Single Serving Pie in a Jar

These are individual-sized pies made in little glass jars that can go straight from your freezer to your oven to your mouth. SO cute. You can make these with store-bought crust and canned filling or jazz it up with homemade like we do.   And just for added cuteness we teamed up with crafting expert Lolly for some personalized tags.  These are just about the best little gift from the kitchen you could share with someone!

Pie in Jar

This is the type of jar you’ll need.

They’re half-pint jars, but short and squatty instead of tall and skinny (Ya know, like me as opposed to my mother. Why oh why did I have to get the other parent’s genes??!) Mine are made by Kerr (Here’s the link to buy them from Amazon). They’re stinking cute as is, don’t you think? Something about a short squatty jar makes me giddy with the thoughts of fun things I could put inside. Ya know, like PIE. (And also cupcakes.)

And if you have oozing cherry filling, that might be the only option!

Or you can skip the freezing all together and just bake them up for gifts.

Change out your cookie cutters on top for cute holiday versions

Okay now…freebies for all!
Lolly is the brain behind Lollychops. Some of you may remember last year when she designed these cute cute Christmas tags for us to put on our goodies. So of course, I instantly thought of her when I realized that I could not sleep at night knowing these mini-pies could be better dressed. They needed just a touch of Lolly. And she delivered like always with these adorable tags!

All of the directions are right on the tag and you can write a little To/From on it. Plus in true Lolly fashion there’s like, a million different versions to go with any flavor you could possibly imagine.

These little pies are perrrrrrfect for giving. So once you have these cuties made up, download Lolly’s tag set, and get your cute on. People will think you are amazing because not only did you come up with the brilliant idea to make a mini pie in a jar, you also made an adorable personalized tag. Talk about moving up a notch on the popularity ladder.

–> CLICK HERE <– to head over to the Lollychops blog and get all of the instructions and details on downloading and using the tag sets. And here is a direct link to the tags.

Edit: Lolly has just added this adorable TURKEY pie tag!! Click HERE to get it!
A big thanks to my girl Lolly for playing along with pie this week!
All of the rest of you- get baking and have a great week!
SENDING OVERSEAS:  One of the most common questions we get is about sending these overseas.  I have not personally sent these so I cannot give advice from personal experience, however many people have left feedback.  People have noted that putting the lids on the jars when the are still hot out of the oven and then letting them cool to room temperature helps “seals” them and keep them fresher longer.  Note that the canning jars are purely for appearance and these are not shelf stable.  I cannot tell you how long they will stay fresh, as environmental conditions (heat of travel vehicles etc) would all affect the pies.  Generally when shipping to soldiers overseas items need to stay fresh for 1-3 weeks.  Many people have shipped the pies with success, but that’s all we can offer in terms of advice.
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Aaaaaaahhhh! Too cute. Must make. How can someone with a name like "Lolly Chops" ever steer you wrong? 🙂

  2. Found you through And wow these are so sweet and delicious. I have made cakes in a jar, but pies would be so wonderful. Thank you!

  3. For those looking for Jars. Here's the link to the kind I have, made by Kerr. They are available from Amazon, and a lot of other on-line retailers. The wording on the box is: 12 Wide Mouth Half-Pint Mason Jars. #70610-00500 (whatever that # means!)

    I purchased mine at a regional store called Cash & Carry. You can use other sized of jars, that should be no problem; they're just a little harder to eat! And make sure you get a wide mouth jar, not one that tapers at the top. I would call around and ask retailers if they have this type in stock. It's worth a little hunting; they're the cutest!

  4. I just tried to find this size of jars and came up empty handed. I was able to find the standard tall 8 ounce "jelly jar" kind and bought a crate just in case – have you tried doing it with the tall jars and had it fail? Where did you buy your jars?

    1. The 4 ounce, wide mouth jars are available at Walmart. You may need to check for availability. I bought a dozen today. They have two kinds but both are wide mouth and 4 ounce.

  5. Oh my, I am so hungry now! I will bookmark this page to come back and make some tasty treasures! Thanks!

  6. Are the jars just regular or wide mouth? I want to go get them but live in a small town and have to travel so I want to make sure when I go I get the right ones. BTW the popcorn recipe was yummy!

  7. Are the jars just regular or wide mouth? I want to go get them but live in a small town and have to travel so I want to make sure when I go I get the right ones. BTW the popcorn recipe was yummy!

    1. There is a link at the top of the page that takes you to the correct jars on amazon. Free shipping!

    2. I to live in small town. We have an ace hardware store. They have any size jar you want in the kitchen aile

      Making them for valentines day

  8. I made the Chicken Pot Pie version of these last night – they were super yummy and super cute!! Thanks!

  9. This is GENIUS!!!! I cant wait to try this out and tell my Father about it (who loves pie too!)

  10. Absolutely fabulous! I love anything that comes in a jar. I can think of a million and a half reasons that I need to make these… That's a lot of pie (and a lot of jars now that I think about it). Is there a pie fairy that will pick up the tab?

  11. Oh my GOSH! These are the most amazing little things I've seen in a long time! I think I'll make up a batch for emergency I-just-remembered-it's-your-birthday-today moments.

  12. What a great gift idea! I will be making these this holiday season.

    Also, I wanted to buy one of those cute t-shirts for my son for Christmas (dirt that wiggles), but I can't seem to find the link on your blog anymore. What is it again?

  13. Hey gals! Its your picky friend Hayley. I am always trying to change up the recipe…sorry. But I just don't like cooked fruit. Do you think I could a non fruit filling?

  14. Found through Lolly's site. Love your blog! The pie in a jar is fantastic! I will be doing this!

  15. What a wonderfull, yummy idea!!!! Sounds good to me. I'm definitely going to make these.

  16. Ok, I have done mini pies before but these are awesome!! I love it when you can bake right away or freeze some for later. Makes the effort so much more worth the while if you ask me. Like a 2 for 1. Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea! I wonder can you do something like pumpkin pie this way? OOOO or cheesecake?


  17. I came over from dear Lolly's and am SO GLAD I DID!!! I want to make a million of these, RIGHT NOW.

    THANK YOU!!!!!