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Pie-Making Party, Part Two: Recipes for Pies-in-a-Jar

Pies-in-a-jar. They are so adorable, I can’t stand it. Thankfully, they are also the tastiest. They make excellent holiday gifts, and they are also a fun dessert to serve at dinner parties.

Yesterday, I shared tips for how to host your own mini pies-in-a-jar pie-making party.

Today, I am excited to share the recipes that we used to make three different kinds of pies-in-a-jar:

Mini Pecan Pies-in-a-Jar

Mini Berry Pies-in-a-Jar

Mini Apple Crumb Pies-in-a-Jar

mini berry pies in a jar mini pecan pies in a jar mini apple pies in a jar recipes

While theoretically you can take any pie recipe and adapt it to a mini pies-in-a-jar recipe, the one type of pie I would advise against if your intention is to freeze the pies, is pumpkin. Pumpkin pies typically do not do well frozen in these mini jars and then baked. Rumor has it, the filling just doesn’t hold.  You can try it with a frozen pumpkin cheesecake or pumpkin mousse recipe and see if that would work. If you do, come back and let me know!

You will need Adobe PDF Acrobat to download and open the printable recipe cards. You can download Adobe Acrobat for free online.

Mini Pecan Pies-in-a-Jar 

I love pecan pie because it can so easily be adjusted for any occasion. I frequently make mini pecan tartlets for the holidays, since full pies tend to be so heavy. These pecan pies-in-a-jar are just the perfect size! You don’t need to chop the pecans too much, just a coarse chopping will do.

mini pies in a jar pecan pie recipes

The pecan pies-in-a-jar filling is fast and easy to put together. These pies do not need a crust topping, as the sugar caramelizes beautifully with the pecans for a delicious topping of sorts.

mini pies in a jar pecan pie recipes

Click here to download the Mini Pecan Pies-in-a-Jar Recipe Card

Mini Berry Pies-in-a-Jar

You can truly use whatever berries you have on hand, whether fresh or frozen. We have many bags of frozen blueberries and raspberries from our berry picking adventures at local farms over the summer, so that’s what we used and what I listed in the recipe. However, feel free to add or sub strawberries, blackberries, Marionberries, you name it.

Mini berry pies in a jar

Mini Berry Pies in a Jar

Click here to download the Mini Berry Pies-in-a-Jar Recipe Card

Mini Apple Crumb Pies-in-a-Jar  

While I am normally a fan of experimenting and substituting ingredients, you will not want to sub the Granny Smith apples for any other kind of apple here. I’m pretty insistent that is the only apple that will hold up well in this recipe.

However, you can feel free to mix up the crumb topping. You can omit the oats or add more oats, or even add more holiday spices if you wish.

mini apple crumb pies in a jar

Mini Apple Crumb Pies in a Jar

Click here to download the Mini Apple Crumb Pies-in-a-Jar Recipe Card

These mini pies-in-a-jar are truly perfect for gift-giving! Just freeze until you are ready to give, then instruct the recipients to freeze until they are ready to bake their pies, or they can refrigerate and bake them within a few days. You should place the jars onto a baking sheet and then place into a 375 degree oven for approximately 50-60 minutes; if you are concerned about placing the frozen jars directly into a preheated oven, you can always place them into a cold oven and then turn the heat to 375 degrees (this is what I listed on the recipe cards).

mini pies in a jar pie recipes

If you are giving these as gifts, you can easily dress these up with labels, gift tags, pretty ribbon, or even place a square of fabric over the pie before covering with the lid.

For my first ever holiday pie-making party, I would call this one a success. It was so much fun, it gave me much needed time with friends, and we ended up with about 6 delicious pies each to enjoy or give away for others to enjoy.

Will you host a pie making party? What kinds of pies would you make or do you make regularly for the holidays? 

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  • Kimberly Nov 16, 2012 Reply

    Marlylnn, thank you for including me in your mini pie making adventure, it was a blissful morning with my favorite ladies! Your attention to the small details made it such a great event, I think pie-making parties are brilliant and should be on everybody’s holiday agenda. I can’t wait to make up a bunch of these pies for gifts, they’re perfect!
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  • Steph Jul 30, 2013 Reply

    Could I freeze these after they were made? I’m thinking about using them for my wedding favors.

    • Hi Steph! I haven’t done that myself, but I have read other food sites where people have full baked pies and then put them in the freezer. These would make such cute wedding favors – great idea! You could also freeze them without baking, then take them out the day before the wedding and hand them out as favors with instructions for folks to refrigerate and bake them within a few days.

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  • Paige Jan 21, 2014 Reply

    You are my new favorite blog – really fantastic

  • Oh that makes me so happy to hear! Thank you Paige! :)

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