How to Bake Pies in Jars

Pie in a Jar - Eat and enjoy!
Pie in a Jar - Eat and enjoy! | Source

Learn how to create single servings of your favorite pie to satisfy your sweet tooth and anybody elses.

For most people a pie is baked in a round pie pan or a square deep dish, but have you ever given thought to baking a pie in a jar? These sweet delights are not only cute, but fun to make and are great gifts. Remember when grandma used to bake bread in a coffee can? I remember that, and it was good bread and pleasing to the eye because the bread took on the form of the coffee can. Baking pies in jars is the same concept.

Here are the jars you'll need - 1/2 pint mason jars. The jars have wide mouths and will be easy to line with the dough as well as stick your fork or spoon in. Depending on the type of canning jars your use, after baking, these tiny little pies will be approximately 2.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. You can use canning jars that are wide and fat in width. You can either purchase or make your own pie crust.

Sterilizing Canning Jars on the Stove

Sterilizing Canning Jars - bringing them to a boil.
Sterilizing Canning Jars - bringing them to a boil. | Source

The Step by Step Process

1. Be sure to wash or sterilize your jars first. If you are going to freeze your jarred pies and bake them at a later date it is important to sterilize the jars first. You may bring your jars to a boil, remove them with tongs and let cool.

Lining jars with dough.
Lining jars with dough. | Source
Begin to fill jars with pie filling - apple pie filling.
Begin to fill jars with pie filling - apple pie filling. | Source

2. Grease the inside of the jars with butter or with cooking spray - this will make it much easier to line the jars with dough and the pies will come out of the jars easier after baking if you so choose. It's nice to leave them in the jars and top pies with your favorite topping or with ice cream.

3. Begin to line your jars with dough by first using your canning jar lid and pressing out a dough circle and placing it in the bottom of the canning jar.

4. One half (1/2) inch of pie dough can be left above the edge of the canning jar. With the 1/2 inch of pie dough you'll be able to roll and crimp it to the pie top which I will tell you how to make.

5. Begin to fill your jars with your favorite pie filling and only fill them 1/2 or 3/4's full depending on the size of your canning jars. You don't want your pie filling to overflow and you don't want to make it difficult to put on your pie tops.

Make pie tops using canning jar tops.
Make pie tops using canning jar tops. | Source
Pie top vents using cookie cutter.
Pie top vents using cookie cutter. | Source

How to Make Pie Tops

6. Here's how to make your pie tops. Take some dough and roll it out quite thin. Take the canning lids and press out circles. You can also make strips of dough to create cross-hatch tops. If using solid round pie tops be sure to poke holes in the tops to vent steam. If you want to get real fancy use decorative small cookie cutters to make your steam vent.

Crimping and venting pie tops.
Crimping and venting pie tops. | Source

7. Place the dough tops on your canning jars and begin to press and crimp around the sides of your dough. It's ok to use a fork, a skewer, hunting knife (just kidding). Don't forget to lightly brush your dough tops with butter, and if you want, sprinkle some sugar on top and maybe make it some brown sugar mixed with cinnamon.

8. After you've finished crimping your dough tops put the canning jar lids on to freeze pies for a later date, or if you want to bake quick, fast and in a hurry, do this:

  • Don't put the canning jar lids on.
  • Start with a cold oven.
  • Set the oven 375 to 400 degrees, depending on your oven.
  • Place jars on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake jarred pies approximately 50 to 60 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and your filling is bubbling.
  • Eat plain, or top pies with ice cream or cool whip.

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Lynn 18 months ago

My daughter will love this!


Wendy 2 years ago

This is fabulous! I'll be giving these away for Christmas presents.


Amy 3 years ago

Oh what a fun thing to do! I will be baking pies in a jar for gifts. Nice article.


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Kristine Manley 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Nancy, not only are the pies in jars fun to bake, but they're good as well. Enjoy!


Nancy 3 years ago

I have never heard of baking pies in jars and this is great! My daughter will enjoy this for an upcoming slumber party.


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Kristine Manley 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi ytsenoh, I love to put ice cream on top. Thanks


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ytsenoh 3 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Oh my goodness, seriously? I wish I could do this right now! What an incredible fun idea and when it's cool, slap on some ice cream on top! Great summer idea (if summer will ever get here!!). I love this. Thank you much.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi ExpectGreatThings, yes, you can make them up and freeze them to bake at a later date.


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ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

I love this idea! Do you know if they could be made up and frozen before baking? I'm guessing all my friends will repin this one :)


Nancy 4 years ago

I will be baking these. My kids will love this.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Thanks ShalahChayilJOY37


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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

OH, how absolutely creative!


Lacy 4 years ago

What a great idea.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi alocsin, pies in a jar are so cute and delicious! Thanks


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What an unusual and delicious idea. I'm going to forward this to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi randomcreative, baking pies in jars is so much fun. Kids especially enjoy doing this.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have never done this before, but it looks like such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi summerberrie, thanks.


summerberrie 4 years ago

Enjoyed your hub! I like your cookie cutter idea. Voted up!


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi dobo700, they are very good! Thanks for reading.


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dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

Looks scrumptious my mouth is watering. :)


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi buddyok, it's possible and the pies are good! Thanks for reading.


buddyok 4 years ago

Cool, had no idea that's actually possible.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Lilleyth, thanks.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi teaches12345, this would be great for Christmas, and yes try them with the Hubby first, he'll love them.


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

I'll have to try it. Great idea.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This would be a great idea for Christmas. I can see how it would bring out smiles when presented with these cute miniture pies. Of course, I will have to try them out at home for hubby first. He will love it! Thanks for posting.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Greenhousewife, thanks.


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Greenhousewife 4 years ago

That is adorable! I love this idea!


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi rjsadowski, thanks.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi RTalloni, thanks. Since you like this, check out my other Hub, "Cupcakes in a Jar and other fun Cupcake Ideas."


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi lucybell21, thanks. I have a Hub called "Cupcakes in a Jar and other fun Cupcake Ideas" you may want to check out too. Thanks


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Arlene, these little pies are fun to make, I'm a bit messy in the kitchen, but nevertheless, people enjoy them. Thanks


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Tiffany, thanks.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

phdast7, my wheels were turning as I was reading your reply. A casserole in a jar is a fabulous idea!


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

What an interesting idea - pie in a bottle.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Oh ho--these are terrific pies. I've been seeing so many mini baking ideas that I'm rolling options around the bake of my brain. This is my favorite so far! Baking pies is now on my to-do list--thanks for posting this for us!


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lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

What a great concept, pie in a jar. I love it! I am going to have to try my hand at making some pies. Voted up and useful.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

I always wanted to know how to do this. Plus, I've got enough canning jars around the house to make these little pies. What fun! Bookmarked, voted up and everything else.


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TiffanyTWeber 4 years ago from Washington D.C.

LOVE this!!! I'm definitely making these this spring!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great Hub!! This is so absolutely cool. I can't wait to try it and impress the heck out of my family and friends. :)

I guess you could make 1-2 servings of company casseroles to give to someone. You might want to bless them with a meal or something homemade, but taking them a family sized casserole to feed 8 would be pointless if they live alone. I am thinking of all kinds of ways to use this basic idea. Thanks so much!! Definitely SHARING!!


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Beth100, Thank you.


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

Great gift idea!! Whether your own photos or not, the idea is there. Not everyone can show their wares and goods as well as professional photographers. :)

I'm bookmarking and trying soon! Thanks for the idea!


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Bill, I've been baking these for a while and so have others. I did use other photos because mine did not look as good, but I gave credit from the originators as I should have.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi cardelean, a good friend and I will be making pies in jars for teachers too.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA Author

Hi Sunshine625, you gotta try it! I loved them once I made them. Thanks for sharing.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Brilliant! I have never heard of this or even thought about doing it. I'm bookmarking this hub for sure. I think I've just discovered what my kids' teachers will be getting for teacher appreciation week!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Now this is unique and an excellent idea!!! It's great for gift giving or just to serve for dessert. Thanks for the idea that I probably won't try, but I will share!!

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