Apple Pie in Jars | Cherry Pie in Jars

Apples Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #applepie #dessert #pie

So today is the wrap up for Fun with Jars. It will be moved aside for Farm Fresh Fridays now that the Farmer’s Markets and Fruit Stands are open in Ontario. I thought I would send it off with a big bang. I’ve been dying to make these for ages. So I hauled my butt to the store to buy wide mouth canning jars. I think it’s the only kind I don’t have. I picked up a case and got busy. Making pies in jars. Who knew? So much fun, so cute and such a huge pain in the rump. It’s really flipping hard to get the dough in the jars properly. I mean wicked hard. I tried just cutting round pieces bigger than the jar but as you push them into the jars they fold over all over the place and you end up with a big old weird top. I tried strips but that looked weird. Finally I just starting winging it. Piecing bits together as I went. You get some spillage but heck it’s pie so who gives a flip. I mean who in their right mind would refuse to eat a pie based on it not  being perfect. Okay so maybe Martha would but it’s not like we’re buds or anything. It’s not like she’s gonna show up here and then stomp off cuz she saw some pie leaked out the bottom. And quite frankly Martha if you’re that uptight then I don’t want to share my jars with you. So there!

Cherry Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #cherrypie #dessert #pie

So for all you less uptight people I’d love to share my jars with you. I mean look at these things. They are beyond adorable. Who would not love little apple or cherry pies served in cute little jars? You’d have to be out of your mind not to love these. I am totally in love with them. I want to marry them. I really do. Seriously.

Apples Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #applepie #dessert #pie

Apparently you can actually freeze these little suckers. Again, who knew? I think it’s such a cute idea. I think next spring I am going to plan ahead for our scorching, blazing hot summers and make a gazillion of these before it gets hot. Then I can just pop one or ten out every time I need a snack. Seems like a reasonable plan to me. I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to snack on pie on a moments notice? I know I am all for pie snacking on the fly.

Cherry Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #cherrypie #dessert #pie

I’ve done Shepherd’s Pie in a jar before but I had never done fruit pies. So I had no idea what temperature to cook these at so I did some ninja googling and came upon Squawkfox- Tiny Tarts: How to Make Pie in a Jar. That site is a mountain of information. I’d never seen it before so I had a blast poking about. It gives a way better tutorial than I’m about to so seriously you should scoot over there and see how it’s done by pros. Cuz here you’re just getting my slapped together jars Martha won’t even look at. Martha honey, stop making the rest of us feel like under-achievers. Seriously woman, drop a pie on the floor, wear a shirt with a stain on it in public, heck let us see you covered in pet hair. I still can’t figure out how you never have any on you. I have as many pets as you do and no lint roller from heaven above is going to get it all. You must be using black magic or something to get rid of it. What’s your secret Martha?

Apples Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #applepie #dessert #pie

Okay so I went on a tangent.  Sorry. It happens. Maybe I need to shove some pie in my pie hole so Martha doesn’t show up and take a strip outta me. Not that I think she could. I’m pretty tough. I may not be rich, or famous, or have loads of Friesian horses, or my own tv show, or my own magazine, or my…wait, where was I going with this anyway. Oh ya, I could take Martha in a smack down. Not a money challenge, but an actual smack down for sure. I’m scrappy like that.

Cherry Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #cherrypie #dessert #pie

Okay so now that I’ve embarrassed myself fully and challenged Martha to a duel maybe I should tell you how to make pie. In jars. Take that Martha!

Apple Pie in Jars | Cherry Pie in Jars
Prep time
Cook time
Fun little pies done in tiny mason jars. Would be great for parties or showers.
Serves: 12 Mason Jars
For the Crust:
  • 2 and a half packages of ready-made crust
For the Apple Filling:
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut up
  • 2 Red Delicious apples, peeled and cut up
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice to keep apples from browning
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt if desired
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter
For the Cherry Pie Filling:
  • 1 can store-bought cherry pie filling
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Clean your mason jars.
  3. Spray the heck out of your mason jars with non stick spray.
  4. Roll out the dough a little thinner than it is in the package. Use a pizza wheel to cut into pieces. Now place the pieces in your jars and press them so you have very little gaps. Just keep working it till you get the groove going.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Peel and cut up your apples. You want small cubes for jars. Sprinkle the lemon juice over them to keep them from browning while you measure out everything else.
  7. Combine brown sugar, flour and spices in another bowl and mix. Then pour over your apples and mix it all together.
  8. Spoon the apples into 8 of the 12 jars. Fill about ¾ of the way.
  9. Put a pat of butter on each one.
  10. Top with more crust.
  11. Pinch or use a fork to seal them up.
  12. You can brush the top with milk or butter if you like. I didn't this time.
  13. Open can, spoon into the remaining 4 jars.
  14. Top with crust.
  15. Pinch or use fork to secure tops.
  16. Make sure you leave a steam hole.
  17. Using a little cookie cutter to make the hole is fun.
  18. Place all the jars on a rimmed baking sheet. Carefully place that in your preheated oven. Cook for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
  19. Remove and let cool or eat right away.
  20. Serve with a big old jar happy smile!
You can make these with any type of filling.

Store in fridge just like regular pie.

Do not substitute cheap glass jars, the jars have to be oven safe.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Mason Jar

Cherry Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #cherrypie #dessert #pie

See, it’s as easy as pie. Oh come on now. You didn’t think I was going to get through a whole pie post without saying that did you. I mean by now you should all know the cheesy, corny jokes are never far away. Yah, I went there. And I’ll do it again, I’m sure. It’s how I roll. Lunatic style. And this is how you roll and press your pies in jars. Subtle right!

How to fill mason jars with pie crust.

Press your dough inside like so!

How to press pie crust into mason jars for pie.

Get your edges all ready so you can press them down later!

Apple pie filling

Get your apple mixture all mixed up and ready to go!

How to fill mason jars to make pie in jars

Spoon in the filling!

Add butter to the top of each mason jar before putting on top crust

Now add a pat of butter on each for yummy goodness!

How to top mason jars with pie crust for pies in jars.

Top with dough. I experimented since this was my first go at these!

How to make cute toppings for pie in jars.

See, cutie patootie hearts. So adorable I might barf!

Okay so the photos of the steps blow. What can I tell you, my cell blows too. As does my multi tasking skills. As does my kitchen lighting. As does my sentence skills. Thankfully my pie skills rock! Maybe Martha will see and feel bad for me and send me an Iphone as a gesture of kindness. She’ll take pity on me, then I’ll email to thank her, then she’ll call me, then she’ll invite me up to her place to go horseback riding, then we’ll become BFF’s. Okay…so…ya…probably not. I suppose us underachievers can dream right.

Apples Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #applepie #dessert #pie

I did not say my crust skills rock. Clearly they do not. They might roll, but rock they do not. It’s really freaking hard to get these right. I intend to practice till all my neighbours look like Santa Claus so I can nail this. I might even send some to Martha to Santa her up too.

Cherry Pies in Jars | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #cherrypie #dessert #pie

Okay so are you sick of looking at pies in jars yet? No. Anyone. Anyone. I hope you haven’t nodded off or been inspired to go visit Martha . As we say goodbye to Fun with Jars I’m a little sad but also filled with wild anticipation at all the fun posts I’ll be doing for Farm Fresh Fridays. I had a blast with that series last summer. So out with the old and in with the new. I could make a totally inappropriate  Martha reference right now but I’ll refrain. After all I really do love me some Martha. I also know she has a wicked sense of humour. Did you all see her years ago with Conan O’Brien when they did a whole skit based on romance novel covers. It was beyond funny. The woman can cook and take a joke. I still think I can take her in a smack down though.  All that jar lifting and filling has made my guns like steel. How do you like me now Martha baby.

Other Apple Recipes from Cravings of a Lunatic:

Fried Apples with Apple Caramel Sauce, pictured below:

Fried Apples with Apple Caramel Sauce | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #caramel #dessert

Apple Pull Apart Bread with Caramel Drizzle, pictured below:

Apple Pull Apart Bread with Caramel Drizzle | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #pullapartbread #caramel #dessert

Turtle Apples, pictured below:

Turtle Apples | Cravings of a Lunatic | #turtles #caramel #apple #caramelapple #halloween #dessert

Spring Apple Pie, pictured below:

Spring Apple Pie | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #pie #dessert

Christmas Apple Pie, pictured below:

Christmas Apple Pie | Cravings of a Lunatic | #apple #pie #dessert #christmas

Other Cherry Recipes from Cravings of a Lunatic:

Cherry Cobbler Pizza, pictured below:

Cherry Cobbler Pizza | Cravings of a Lunatic | #pizza #dessertpizza #dessert #chocolate #cherry

Black Forest Bites, pictured below:

Black Forest Bites | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #cheesecake #bites #snacks #dessert #nobake

Black Forest Cheesecake, pictured below:

Black Forest Cheesecake | Cravings of a Lunatic | #blackforest #cherry #cheesecake #dessert #chocolate

No Bake Black Forest Cheesecake, pictured below:

No Bake Black Forest Cheesecake | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #cheesecake #blackforest #nobake #dessert

Coconut Whipped Cream and Cherry Parfaits, pictured below:

Coconut Whipped Cream And Cherry Parfaits | Cravings of a Lunatic | #cherry #coconut #whippedcream #dessert


Toodles and smoochies! xx



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  1. The Mom Chef says

    After my experience with lattice pie crust today, your pies in jars look heavenly! I just wonder about the piling guilt I’ll feel at seeing the stack of empty, dirty little jars in the sink. It’s another great idea a la you.

    • Kim Bee says

      I need to tackle lattice myself. It intimidates me a little bit. These are just so cute.

      I have older kids so I haven’t done dishes in years.

      Thanks. Muah!

    • Kim Bee says

      Awe Kerry how sweet are you. I was in awe of yours and loved your post. You have a great sense of humour. I’m so touched you stopped by.

    • Kim Bee says

      Only 5? They are so much fun. I’m going to do them again for a party. This time maybe they’ll be neater. Or not.

      Thanks! xx

  2. says

    You are so creative….those are killing me right now, because i want some :( Great recipe and tempting photos(you have no idea how tempting…i might search for something sweet right now):))) xoxo

    • Kim Bee says

      Awe thanks Sandra. I had been wanting to make them for ages. So glad I took the plunge. They are just too cute for words. You should just make a fruit salad in a jar. Cute and just as sweet without all the calories.

  3. says

    They look super little pies. I did individual chicken pies for dinner last night and they turned out really great and we could even lift them intact out of the dishes, which makes them so much easier to eat.

    • Kim Bee says

      There’s just something about cute little individual size foods that gets me. I love the small chicken pot pies.

  4. says

    Aha we sorta had similar ideas, but def a different approach! I should make pie in a jar bc my pudding pies always leak out everywhere when cut haha great idea! I’ll use my pie filling w your pie jar and call it a party :)

    • Kim Bee says

      Lol I was so worried we did the same thing. I love yours. I took a quick peek before I had to run off somewhere earlier. So cute. Okay it’s a deal. Party time.

  5. says

    Wow, your patience always impresses me with your fun with jars! I like to chuck everything in one big bowl, so I love these even more because I could never do it :) And you’re totally right and now the question will HAUNT me – why don’t we see pet hair on Martha??

    • Kim Bee says

      Lol, thanks. This one wore me out a bit but once you get your dough mojo it’s not so bad.

      Right! I think she’s like a cyborg or something. Made with anti pet hair repelling metal.

      *I’m so going to get sued!*

  6. Debra Kapellakis says

    Those are adorable. Thank you for going to the trouble to figure it all out! YUM! Your ranting cracked me up!

    • Kim Bee says

      Awe thanks Debra. It was fun. I love a challenge so this was good for me. I kind of went off. Poor Martha took the brunt of it.

  7. says

    I have a gf version of the apple pie waiting to be published…haven’t gotten to it, but it’s in the draft file. Yours look fantabulous, but seriously, I wouldn’t try to get mine out of the jars…that’s just too many dishes to wash girl!

    • Kim Bee says

      Um, that’s why I had children. I haven’t washed a dish in a looonnnng time. Can’t wait to see a GF version. You rock!

  8. says

    I am in love with this fun post! It looks like you had lots of delicious pie leftover:-) I love finding treats that are all mine, I wouldn’t have to share LOL:-) Hugs, Terra

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks. Had a blast with this one. I just think there’s something so adorable and fun about individual desserts. They take me to my happy place. Hugs right back at ya girl!

    • Kim Bee says

      Lol, I would fear for your life shipping these that far. You could just come visit me and we could make them together. xx

  9. says

    OK, so I already know how to make pie and I’ve been tempted to make them in jars. I was kinda hoping you’d teach me the secret to getting the dough in there. Recently I made pie cups in an over-sized muffin tin and spent hours wrestling with the dough even for just for that. I mean flour is now officially part of my decorating scheme here cause it’s never coming out. But apparently you don’t have a magic secret to tell me as to how those jar pies in the magazines look so perfect. Retouching would be my guess. Leakage or not, I would totally eat your pies, though, and they look delicious. Oh, by the way, I’m not sure you could take Martha in a fist fight. She looks like a dirty fighter.

    • Kim Bee says

      I had a friend retouch some photos for me but I felt weird about using them. I mean it’s not real if it’s retouched that much. There is no way even Martha could get all these suckers in there without making some holes. I could totally take her. I am not above tossing some flour in her eyes to gain an advantage.

    • Kim Bee says

      She does look like a stomper.

      Thanks. They are just too cute. I’ll be doing them again cuz they’re purty!

    • Kim Bee says

      Awe thanks so much. It was just such a cool idea that I had to test it out. They freeze really nicely too.

    • Kim Bee says

      See I always knew you were a sharp gal. Thanks. I really had way too much fun once I got my jar mojo going.

  10. says

    At first I was wondering why you’d ever get rid of food in jars Friday, but Farm Fresh Friday is a great replacement during summer’s bounty! Looking forward to it.

    • Kim Bee says

      I love them both so they have to share the spotlight. No jealousy in this dojo. All themes must make their rounds. Lol.

    • Kim Bee says

      See, I like the way you think. I might make these when my older bro visits next week. If we ever get a cool enough day so I can bake.

    • Kim Bee says

      I totally would send them but I kinda, sorta, maybe, ate them all. You could come visit and we could whip up a batch together.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much. I love making food in jars. There’s just something so cute about it. But I have to say I am super stoked to show you all my amazing scores from my first farmer’s market trip this year.

  11. says

    Kudos to you for braving the “pie-in-jars” idea. I’ve had it pinned for ages but something has been holding me back that sounds quite similar to how difficult you said it was to get them going.

    Glad you ended up winging it though; it looks like it totally paid off! They look scrumptious 😀

    • Kim Bee says

      Jess it’s so worth it in the end but while you’re doing them you will probably question your sanity like I did. I mean I questioned mine. Cuz I’d never like question someone else’s or anything. I mean not out loud anyway. Okay so…. make these and have fun and if you figure out how to do them perfectly please fill me in.

      Thanks. They were so good.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks. I get goosebumps when I see the pics. Just so adorable. You will love this week’s return of FFF, we had a ball.

  12. says

    I LOVE THIS!!! What a creative way to make a pie, what a creative way to use your old jars!!!! I would love to do this for a summer BBQ!!!

  13. liana says

    You are so right! These are absolutely adorable! I already have the jars so you’ve inspired me!!! great post!

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Liana. I really think these are just the cutest little things. I want to do them again for a party we have coming up. Let me know how yours turn out.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Katherine. I had so much fun eating these. Not so much making them. But if nothing else I now know I have my pie in jar groove on. Which is always a bonus.

  14. says

    Oooh, would these hold up well for traveling in a hot car for a few hours? Because if so they may be on the top of my list for a little event coming up.

    • Kim Bee says

      I’m not sure. They only have a little butter on top and they are already baked so I don’t see why not. Remember the days when our grandparents used to leave pies on the counter uncovered for a day or two? We’re all still alive and kicking. I keep a small plug in fridge in the back of my suv all the time. Then when I go to Costco I can always plug it in and not have to come right home. It’s a small camping type thing, about $100. We got it as a gift but that thing is invaluable for stuff like that. You should look into one. We’ve had ours for about 10 years and I’ve used the heck out it.

  15. Jennifer says

    Yummy!!! I’m not inclined to go buy jars, but I have a gazillion jars in my pantry that used to contain yummy other things. For this project, I’m thinking specifically of Salsa jars, which are squat and wide. Do you think they’d work, or would they shatter? Guess I’ll have to experiment… At what point does normal glass shatter in the oven?

    • Kim Bee says

      Hey Jen. I am not sure if salsa jars would hold up in the oven. They would explode if not oven safe. I’m not sure I’d chance it myself. If they are canning jars they should be okay, if not and are regular glass I’d be inclined to say no. Small, squat and wide work really well for pie in jars.

  16. says

    I have sent my husband cake in a jar but was hoping to send pie for Thanksgiving. Do you know if it would stay fresh like a cake? He’s deployed so it usually takes 3-6 weeks to get to him. My guess is no but I haven’t found any info.

    • Kim Bee says

      Hi Kerri. I wish the answer was yes but I would steer clear of sending pie. It would not hold up well that long. What if you sent him apple pie cookies? There must be a way to turn this into a cookie you could send him. Is he a huge apple pie guy? I can do some digging and try to find a recipe that would appeal but make the trip. Feel free to email me

  17. Tearie says

    I loved your Pies in a jar and am looking forward to exploring more with your site. I use a large Tuna fish can to cut my dough for Muffin Pies, seems they would be about the same size and makes it easy to set into the tins. Hope this helps others with the issue

  18. Kate Templin says

    This is the first time that I laughed out loud while reading a recipe. The recipe is great – had to try it right away. Bookmarked the page for the next time I need cheering up. Thanks for both.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks so much Kate. I don’t seem to have an edit button on my mouth most days. Hope you get to make these. And giggle. xx

  19. jeanie j says

    I love these little pies…Made about 24 (cherry apple and peach) Froze them. When it came time for our family camping trip, I put the frozen jars in the cooler, and by the time we were ready for them, they were all thawed out. I did the crumb topping on all the pies. Everyone camping with us 15 (people) really enjoyed them. I also brought cool whip to blob on top. You can also, take the lid off and toss them in the micro for 1 and 1/2 minutes and when unexpected, or expected guest show up…..Pie in a jar to the rescue!!
    Making a bunch today as I am going on another week-end at the lake.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      That is so cool Jeanie. I love that. I also love that you used a crumble top. I bet it was amazing. I think these would be amazing on a camping trip. I grew up camping and wish we’d had snacks like this. I like keeping these in my freezer for when people pop by unexpectedly. It’s perfect for situations like that. And I know here that happens a lot. I think everyone knows I cook for a living so they stop by when they’re hungry, lol. Thanks for visiting and letting me know you liked them. I love getting positive feedback. xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      You roll out the dough and you cut the pieces to fit the bottom and the sides. So if you cut rounds with something you would put one in each jar. Then use straight pieces to fill the sides. There’s some pics that help show you how to do that. Hopefully this helps. One jar = one piece.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Your rock Donna. You sent a ton of traffic and new likers my way. I can’t thank you enough. Thanks so much for sharing. xx

  20. Katie Coates says

    You are clever and funny. Loved your comments about making pies in jars! Just wanted to let you know it was fun reading your instructions!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Katie. I tend to be a bit silly and lack a filter. The first time I did these was a lesson in patience. I should redo the pics cuz these ones suck.

  21. JaniceT says

    I am having a hard time finding the short wide mouth mason jars. I can only find the tall ones. Did you get them online? Thank you.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Nope, I’m trying to remember if it was Walmart or Home Hardware. You can have local hardware stores order special sizes. I have mine order in the 1L ones for cereal and rice.


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