pie in a jar

Posted by on December 14, 2009 in cook | 15 comments


So this pie in a jar thing has been making the rounds on a few blogs. I first saw it here, but also here and here.

I wanted to do pumpkin pie, which I didn't see anywhere else. I was taking a chance, because I wasn't sure it would work, but they came out beautifully. They came out of the oven all puffed up, but flattened out as they cooled, so the lids went on with no problem.

For the crust I used the shortbread crust recipe in The Joy of Cooking, which is a crumbly crust, perfect for patting into the jar as it doesn't roll out well. It's supposed to be a pre-baked crust, but I didn't bother and it cooked through just perfectly along with the pumpkin filling. 

For the filling I used the recipe from Eagle Brand, which is my favorite pumpkin pie filling. It's so easy, just requires a few ingredients (pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt), and comes out perfect every time. I really like its custard-y texture.

Two crust recipes and one pumpkin recipe was enough for a dozen pies. I used the tiny, four ounce Bell jars. Just pat the crust into the jar, keeping it even with the top of the jar, don't go over! Fill them with about a third of a cup of the filling, just a little under half an inch from the top. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-38 minutes. 

I think I always want to eat my pie from a jar now. 



  1. Just beautiful!

  2. oh my! two things I love (glass jars and pie) all rolled into one wonderful treat! can’t wait to try these. đŸ™‚

  3. That is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a loooonnngggg time. Thanks for sharing it! Makes me teary eyed though, since I’m sugar free right now. Pumpkin would have been my choice too. Love the pics too! Nice angle.

  4. Oh my god. I was flipping about about cakes in jars last year! Now pie? I have to make some – I just have to!

  5. Yes you do! They were the best, so cute and so good!

  6. Oh, you should try chocolate cakes in a jar. These have been around so long you just have to be careful that the jars seal. One year was a disaster and every cake molded. I was not happy! The pies look awesome!

  7. So cute. Maybe you can be in charge of dessert for Christmas dinner.:-)

  8. I know, I do want to try the cake too, but I think I want to use bigger jars. How long had you stored your cakes when you noticed the mold? The pies you can actually freeze, unbaked, and then just pop a few in the oven when you need them. I think I need to stock my freezer with a dozen pies. 

  9. Aw, thanks for the link back. I feel like a proud mama watching her babies grow. Er….. be tiny. đŸ™‚

  10. Of course! As far as I can tell the pie-in-a-jar originated with you đŸ™‚
    It's genius, and I think the pies were everyone's favorites in the gift boxes I made. They even beat out the caramels that took me three attempts to get right.  
    I don't like making regular pie, but these were fun. Plus I got lucky with my filling/crust combo, it was perfect, although I want to try a fruit pie next.  

  11. I can’t believe how cute these are, and thank you THANK YOU for the filling and crust links. I love sweetened condensed milk; excited to put it in pumpkin pie.

  12. those look amazing! i can only imagine how scrumptious they tasted! and beautiful pictures, btw, of those lovely jar pies. :o) –robin

  13. I have a question about shipping the pies….it takes my husband 2-3 weeks to get a package, do you think if i sealed them properly they would make it to him? Thank you!

  14. Whoa – cakes in jars??? Can you share the flipping-out goodness? Would be a perfect recipe-card complement to Pie In A Jar…!!

  15. Finally made these on Wednesday night with a group of young women – so easy to assemble (we did cherry pie with crumb topping), had enough time to bake and eat them the same night, and the girls all loved making them! Where has the half-pint wide-mouth canning jar been all my life??!!
    I also have another half dozen sitting in my freezer to bake in the weeks ahead. Thanks for highlighting this fun cooking project, Marne! And bestbites.com, great work on the recipes, variations, and labels!

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