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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  1. 1
    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" says:

    oh my! cutest idea ever! I love them popped out of the jars, knowing my luck, they'd bust open and make a mess. haha. Is glass ok to be kept frozen for long? I'd love to try this!

    • 1.1
      Mike D. says:

      Yes, no problem keeping glass in the freezer for extended periods. Think about your window panes on your house, they survive the long winter and canning jars are even tougher.
      The only way the glass will break is if it full up with liquid and sealed without any expansion room but these pies have room at the top.
      Happy Baking!

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    HoneyB says:

    Absolutely adorable! I am going to do this! Thanks!

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    Tracy says:

    Totally adorable.

    And I got the short & round genes and have a tall, skinny mom. Sometimes life isn't fair. :-)

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    Nathaly says:

    Yay! I knew you girls could make this adorable! I'll be giving these away for Christmas. Sara….NaTHaly? Still?? For shame. :)

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    LollyChops says:

    These are so fabulous (the lattice topped pie is so cute I want to ask it out on a date… sorry Sara)! hehe

    It was a real blast doing this little co-post with you guys. I'll be happy to come back anytime!

    Good Pie HUGS!

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    dottieb says:

    Thank you-Thank you!!!
    I love this idea!
    I am making this for the sweetest little 3 year old boy [grandson] and 'sometimes sweetest' 78 year old boy [daddy] this evening.
    I hug you.

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    Susieqtpie says:

    These are adorable! Thx for sharing!

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    FlipFlop Mom says:

    unbelievably ADORABLE!!!! LOVE the idea… LOVE IT!!
    Thank you Nathaly!!!!!

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    Lucious says:

    Nathaly- I still do it too, I'm sorry!

    This look so cute and great gift for christmas. Love them, good work girls!

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    Alisa says:

    Ooh sorry! Lucious is Luke's log in.

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    Naomi Alice says:

    this is A D O R A B L E !!!
    WOw, what a great idea, I loved it so much I had to post it on one of my blogs here : naomialice.blogspot.com

    Thank you THANK YOU!
    N:)

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    So cute! I love that the jars make cute little single serving pies. Can't wait to give these a try!

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    Rachel says:

    I just got my marinade in the mail (from the giveaway) and I love it- Thank you so much! I (and my baby) really appreciate the low carb alternative!

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    Missy says:

    This is totally cute! And my neighbors will love them for christmas!! :)

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    Em says:

    These are just too cute. Really. And I realized that I have a little leaf pie cutter like that, too!!

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    Page says:

    Oh my, I'm dying of cuteness overload! I'm totally making those this week.
    Thanks!

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    Courtney says:

    Absolutely adorable. Of course, now I have "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here" from Schoolhouse Rock stuck in my head.

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    Bethany says:

    Such a fun idea! I have a couple questions:

    1) what would the baking time and temp be if you do not freeze them?

    2) How do the jars not break going straight from the freezer to the hot oven???

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Bethany-
    My unbaked pies took about 45 minutes to cook still.

    And don't ask me how the frozen jars don't break, but none of mine have!

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    Jen says:

    so so cute!

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    Country Mouse says:

    These are adorable!!! I cannot wait to try these mini pies in a jar!!! Great gift idea!!!!!!!!! Love them, and love this blog!!!!

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    becca says:

    They're so cute! I bet you could fill em with Kate's Chicken Pot Pie filling, too. I love frozen pot pies but they are so big and caloric, so it would be nice to have little mini ones that are a bit healthier!

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    Kindy Lynn says:

    Im here from Lollychops and now im in the mood for some apple pie {Yummy} Thanks for the great ideas! Now can this work with just any old pie? there are so many out there and so little time. Great Xmas idea also along with lollys brownie in a jar idea. Hmmm….

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    Libby says:

    How cute and adorable!! What a great idea for gifts for the holidays!

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    OREGON SOUTHWORTHS says:

    Seriously? Those are so freakin' adorable! [I know everyone's already used that word, but I can't help it!] What an awesome idea and what a great gift those will make. Seriously need to get myself a pastry-cutter-thing and get over my fear of pie making… Pumpkin pie in a store-bought frozen crust is as good as it gets at our house! I love all the variety for the tops, too – lattice, crumb topping, cute cut-out. How fun!

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    Ingrid says:

    Holy cow those are BEYOND cute! Only need to find me some of those little jars and then it's on!

    Btw, I can't remember if I mentioned that I made & blogged about your cinnamon caramel popcorn. VERY good stuff!
    ~ingrid

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    brooklynechaos says:

    This is such a good idea. I love pie!

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    rach says:

    LOVE IT!!!

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    Heidi says:

    Yay–thanks for posting this! I bought some of those jars last year intending to make the cupcake-in-a-jar things but have never gotten around to it, and I think the pie idea will be easier! This will be darling for the ladies I visit teach!

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    Emily says:

    So, for pumpkin pie would you need a crust? I'm guessing not…

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    Lisa B. says:

    This is such a cute idea!!!

    Love your blog!!!!!!!!

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    amylouwho says:

    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!!!!!

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    RootsAndWingsCo says:

    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?

    Katrina

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    Small House says:

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

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    Danielle says:

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

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    Amanda P. says:

    OK Sara. These are the cutest thing ever!!

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    Hayley says:

    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?

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    The Nedrys says:

    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?

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    Nurse Heidi says:

    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.

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Hayley- sure, you can put anything in here!

    Nedry's- here's the link to the shirts: http://strawberrypearlapparel.blogspot.com/

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    The Nedrys says:

    Thanks,Sara!

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    RMCarter says:

    I am SO going to make these with my YW!!! Thank you!!

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    Fuji Mama says:

    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?

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    Jennifer says:

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

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    auntmeg says:

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

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    Matt & Penny says:

    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!

    • 46.1
      Kristi says:

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

    • 46.2
      Deena says:

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

      Making them for valentines day

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    Matt & Penny says:

    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!

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    lifeoftheparty says:

    These are great! I'm going to bake these and hand them out to all my neighbors =)

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    sunnymum says:

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

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    Nurse Heidi says:

    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?

    • 50.1
      Nancy says:

      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.

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    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!)

    http://www.amazon.com/Kerr-0500-wide-mouth-mason/dp/B000V85JNO

    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!

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    stephchows says:

    i love this idea! so cute!! And I love making jam topper labels, too cute :)

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    The Food Hunter says:

    This is an awesome idea…

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    BeachMama says:

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

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    Dorothy says:

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

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    Kelley says:

    SO CUTE! I could die from the cuteness! Thank you for sharing!

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    The cool family! says:

    OH MY GOSH! That is cutest thing I've ever seen! I LOVE your recipes!!

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    Donya says:

    So gosh darned cute! Once again, thank you for sharing your practical geniousness.

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    CaSaundraLeigh says:

    This may be the most brilliant use for jars ever! And def the most delicious!

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    Amy says:

    Those are the cutest and the best idea ever.

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    Jake and Sheena Halverstadt says:

    I would absolutely love to make pumpkin pie in a jar for my dad! Has anyone tried it? I'm jut not sure of the baking time (since with regular pnk pie you have to bake at a higher degree for so many minutes then lower the temp for so many more minutes) Any ideas? Thanks!!!

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    Tara says:

    You are a freakin culinary genius! I will be doing this this weekend to impress everyone! Love your guts!

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    Emily says:

    Sheena: I made pumpkin pies last night. I used the same baking instructions and baked them all before freezing. I figured that was easiest since I didn't want the filling sloshing around. They turned out great!!

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    Cottage Rose says:

    Hello My first time here… glad I found your blog… I love the pie in a jar,, that is just so great,, I will be making some for gifts this Christmas season…. have a great weekend… oh by the way I book marked you so I can make another trip back….

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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    superstitches says:

    Yum. You think if I hide them way in the back of the freezer I might actually get one? My family will consume these so fast.

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    Kevin says:

    Those mini pies look so good! I like that leaf pattern on top.

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    Mrs. Joanz says:

    Do you grease the jars before pressing the crust on the sides and bottom?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Ms. Joanz- nope, no greasing necessary!

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    Jake and Sheena Halverstadt says:

    Emily: Thanks so much!! I'll be trying it out this afternoon =)

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    Emily says:

    these are amazing. i just shared this fantastic idea and you're great blog with my readers. thank you for the great inspiration!

    wideopenspaces.squarespace.com

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    heidi~r. says:

    Every year my family celebrates Pie Night on the evening before Thanksgiving (we like to eat our pie BEFORE we're all stuffed up with turkey and mashed potatoes). This is definitely what I will be bringing this year…so adorable!

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    A. says:

    Ok, so maybe I missed this, but did you guys grease the jar, or does the butter in the crust make it un-necessary? I absolutely cannot wait to try these!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    A. No greasing required!

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    Gwen says:

    love, Love, LOVE this idea. I think I need an entire freezer dedicated to these mini pies. Now, where are my jars…

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    karamelya says:

    I love this idea, its great. I cant wait to try some including the chicken pot pie idea. Thanks to your amazon link, purchasing those jars was really easy. But I'm curious… If I dont bake them before giving them as gifts.. how long will they stay frozen for handing out to people? Might be a little annoying to need a freezer in order to take some to a christmas party. :(

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    Paper Lady Invites says:

    Yum! I had to blog about this! Its so yummy! I would be more than happy to receive this as a gift…
    -chelsey

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    Brittany says:

    Adorable! I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm linking this post to my blog so I can do this over and over again. Love your blog, by the way.

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    amoeba says:

    Just wanted to let you know I am linking to you on my blog… there are some gorgeous tummy rumbling recipes on here, and lots that my daughter can have a go at too – she recently proclaimed that her main interest was cooking, so I said in that case she'll have to branch out a bit from chocolate fridge cake!

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    Chatt-town Mommy says:

    Hello, these are cute and I got my 4oz jars at the local grocery store for 8.99/set of 12. Anyways, This may be silly but if your giving as a a gift, do you give frozen, room temp or what?? I am confused…

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    catinanapron says:

    i can't WAIT to try this! and i think i need to have a stash for new mamas – what a great thing for them to have in their freezer and pop in the oven whenever they get the CHANCE to eat!
    I wrote about this and you and linked to you, too.
    thanks!!

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    Erin says:

    I love these little pies and I wondering, my husband is stationed overseas right now, would it work to bake these and mail them to his troop??

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Chatt-town mommy- not a silly question at all! You can give them frozen or unfrozen. If you've got a stash in your freezer than you can whip them out any time you want to give one away and just tell people to pop it in the freezer until they're ready to bake it. Or you can make them all and give them unbaked and that way people can either keep them in the fridge for a day or two or save them in the fridge for later. Whatever!

    Erin-
    I've never mailed them so I don't know! I wonder how long they'd take to get there though, because they'd need to be refrigerated and they might spoil before arriving. Whatever you send your hubby give him a big thank you from everyone at Our Best Bites! We sure appreciate our nation's servicemen and women.

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    resalikescolors says:

    This is so cute I can't stand it! I am a huge pie lover and love anything mini! I want to make these right now!

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    Jolleen says:

    made a bunch of these apple pie style with your crust recipe and pie filling recipe to the lake cabin this past weekend…a serious hit! they all think i'm a genius. (don't worry I gave you guys all the credit!) :)

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    brightbrats says:

    Does anyone know how to fix Pumpkin pie in these, thats my favorite. Can't wait to make some and give them out as teachers gifts, cool idea.

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    Lila says:

    You're like the most creative person ever. My sister and I can't wait to make these!!

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    Kristal says:

    This is awesome! I'm seriously going to try and make these as hostess gift for my bridal shower. Thanks so much!!!

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    :::b r a n d i::: says:

    So cute! I have a question – how long do you need to let the jars cool after baking before serving? I would imagine that glass is pretty hot once it comes out of the oven!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Brandi- yes, the jars are quite hot after coming out of the oven, so be careful! But because they are small, they also cool off pretty fast too. By the time the jars are okay to handle (10 minutes or so) the pies will be ready to eat too.

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    brightbrats says:

    Anyone have any recipes to share for these ?

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    carrie mcveigh-crow says:

    I just love your idea of your single pies. I can't wait to try it and give as gifts. There are many ppl who are single and just don't want a whole pie then the pie is wasted. Thanks to Joanne – Craft Passions who led me your Blog, once again thanks Joanne!
    Carrie McVeigh-Crow

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    Maryam says:

    what an awesome idea! thanks :)

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    Cola says:

    I've made these before! I made pumpkin and gave them as gifts to my clients. I put a leaf cutout on the top, baked them and dropped them off to my clients…they LOVED THEM!!!!

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    Erin says:

    Wow! I just got on your site today and am already drooling over my keyboard! I am definitely going to make these cute little pies for Thanksgiving!! How fun that will be!

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    brightbrats says:

    If anyone would care to give me some recipes it would be appreciated. i bought some jars and was going to let my Daisy Girl Scout troop help me make this and earn a patch. If you guys have some recipes for pumpkin, apple what ever we will take them You can email me at brightbrats@yahoo.com

    Thanks a million
    Lisa

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    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Lisa, Sara posted the link to the apple pie in the post, but here it is:

    http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/07/apple-pie.html

    Hope that helps! :)

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    brightbrats says:

    Thanks Kate for the apple pie recipe, now if we could just get a Pumpkin one.

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    SewPattySew says:

    I made these today—they are just as cute as can be and as easy as can be. I made cherry & apple. Next time I would like to try pumpkin. I will be making these to have on hand for gifts. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Denise aka wererich says:

    Okay, that lattice one – it says you have WAY too much time on your hands. LOL. I came over here from Sew, Mama, Sew and will be staying. I love your blog and I know what I'm doing with the rest of my apples today. Thanks so much to you and Lolly!

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    Julia says:

    This is the most genious thing I have ever seen!!! I always make & freeze my thanksgiving pies ahead…this year there will be jar pies!!! Brilliant!

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    zaluskyv says:

    Wow…these are so adorable. What a great idea for Christmas gifts for coworkers. Love it!!!
    Suburbangrandma.com

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    ItsyBitsyKC says:

    These are amazing! I bake a lot of pies for my friends…these are so much cuter!!
    I cannot wait to try these out for the Holidays :-)

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    Tiffany says:

    I love your idea! I will be linking on myskinnypurse.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    Tiffany
    myskinnypurse@gmail.com

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    Barb says:

    I've made cake in a jar and sealed them to give people but this is really cuter and I like pie better than cake anyhow.

    • 104.1
      cl says:

      can someone send me the cake in a jar? Sounds wonderful, as does this pie!
      what about the cheesecakes?
      Thanks
      cl

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    Becky says:

    Love these!! The bad news is that I cannot find the jars
    ANYWHERE!
    They are sold out on the websites that I could find them.
    Anybody have a source for them?

    • 105.1
      Carol says:

      I have a pretty good source for the jars. E-mail loudenc@mei.net with what you want and address for shipping and will get you a quote. Payment can be pay pal.
      Can split boxes.

      Carol

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    Misty says:

    My chicken pot pies in a jar are in the oven right now. I however used pint size wide mouth jars because my husband laughed at me when I brought home the mini ones for the family. However I'm planning on lots more batches- and think the mini ones will be great for baby food- for my older I used to buy frozen pot pies for a yummy meal- my new baby will get homemade ones!

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    Megan says:

    Thank you ever so much for this friendly tutorial. I made a bunch of these (or versions of them) for housewarming party favors and they were a huge hit. Of course I blogged about them and linked this tutorial since it was so helpful. Thanks Again!

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    Memória says:

    These are so cute!! I love the lattice, heart, and leaf ones! Wow!

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    Christine says:

    This has got to be the most creative idea for individual pies that I have EVER seen. I'm so excited, I even have those small canning jars!

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    Elenka says:

    I just stumbled on your blog from who know where and found these pies in a jar. What luck!
    Love, love, love the idea. Thanks so much for the very clear tutorial. I wonder if I could find these jars in my travels through regular stores before I order from amazon?

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    Kim G. says:

    These are terrific! I'd like to make a whole load of them. Maybe it's time to buy that extra freezer for the garage!

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    redforever says:

    If some are worried about the frozen jars breaking when placed in a hot oven, I would suggest the following.

    Place them on the baking sheet in a cold oven. Then turn the temperature to 375. That way, the pies will slowly warm up while the oven warms up. You might have to bake them a bit longer if you have not preheated the oven.

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    AJ says:

    I wish this would work with custard pies!! It would be ideal for coconut loving me.

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    proud parents says:

    decided to make these today for thanksgiving. i made cherry and apply. i think i put too much filling in b/c my tops popped off! i can't wait to try them, i'm sure they will be a huge hit tomorrow even with popped tops.

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    Jeannette says:

    We now have a new Thanksgiving Tradition thanks to Our Best Bites. My children 6 and 7, were very pleased to make 12 pies. 2 Peach, 2 Blue Berry, 4 Mixed Berry and 4 Apple. Some with your crumbled topping, some lattice, and some just topped. They would like to give them out as teacher gifts for Christmas. GREAT IDEA from them!

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    penniesonaplatter.com says:

    Thanks for the idea! I made them for Thanksgiving place holders yesterday for 10 guests and they were a hit! I'm going to bake mine and my hubby's tonight! YUM!

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    penniesonaplatter.com says:

    Oh! I forgot to add that I found wide-mouth mini jars at a local grocery store called Woodman's (you may have one near you.) But, they are wider and more squatty…but very cute! I'll be posting pics on my blog soon with details.

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    Jess says:

    ok this might be a dumb question…do i have to do anything to prepare the cans before (or after) filling them?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Jess- not a dumb question at all! All you need to do is make sure they are clean and dry. That's it!

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    Jess says:

    thanks! also, i don't know if this has been answered already or not, but when you give these as gifts do you pre-bake them so they just need to be heated or give them frozen?
    ps these are seriously the greatest things ever and i can't wait to make them.

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    Lisa says:

    I just made a batch of these and they are sort of adorable and yum.

    Mini apple pie

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Jess, that's really up to you. I personally like to give them freshly made, but unbaked and unfrozen. That way you can tell people they can either pop them in the freezer and save them for later, or they can bake them up right away.

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    Rebekah says:

    These are absolutely adorable! I'm very seriously considering making TONS of these as favors for my picnic wedding. Thank you for sharing this! I've blogged about the idea and linked my readers back to this post. (http://the-barefoot-bride.com/2009/12/diy-favor-ideas/)

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    Amy McPherson Sirk says:

    These are just perfect. With just the kid and I at home a whole pie just goes to waste (or ends up on my thighs). Thanks for giving us such a beautiful solution.

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    Pamela says:

    These are just too cute and cannot wait to try them. Has anyone tried Ball jars instead of Kerr?

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    Bargain Loving Mom says:

    These are sooo precious! I can't wait to try!

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    Karla says:

    What a great idea! I see these as being a perfect gift for many of my senior friends who are single and don't really cook for themselves anymore. Thanks for the inspiring idea.

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    Denise says:

    THANK YOU :) I can't wait to do this! I see some mini turkey pot pies appearing tomorrow. EASY Christmas gift for meee. YEA
    Thanks Again & Merry CHRISTmas!!!

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    awestback says:

    I LOVE these!! I am making them for our widow/widowers at church. We always give them a special gift for Christmas from the church. Can you tell me what size fabric circle you put on your jar?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    awestback. I actually don't know what sized fabric circles I used. I just eyeballed them!

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    Jones Town says:

    Saw you guys on Studio 5-you were awesome! I made these the other day but tried pumpkin. I used canned pumpkin and just followed the recipe on the can. The 30 oz. can of pumpkin made 6 little pies. I baked 3 right away (following the instructions on the can) and they turned out marvelous! I froze 3 for a month or so and just recently baked them. I followed the canned directions again (start at 400 degrees for 15 min, then down to 325 or 350 for about 50-60 min). It took a little longer to bake when they were frozen but turned out just as yummy and didn't separate from the sides!

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    Karlyn says:

    made these yesterday for teacher/instructor gifts. thanks for the adorable, brilliant idea!

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    Julie says:

    As everyone else, TOO CUTE!! Much better than my cup-pies. Everyone is getting one for xmas!

    I had a problem with finding the jars, though. No one out here sells wide mouth mason jars where the top isn't tapered, and online retailers are charging a lot for shipping, selling out quickly, and raising their prices. It's probably because your pies are too adorable; everyone must have their jars!

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    Christian, Rachel and Savannah Baldree says:

    I am in love! I just made these to give as Christmas gifts to friends and neighbors… took some time- but I am SO excited to give them out. LOVE IT! Thank you!

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    JWWurman says:

    OK, you have officially made me a crazy person because of these pies. I cannot get the jars online, and no one nearby has them — well, to be honest, I *can* get them online, but while 24 jars will cost me $17, the shipping to get them here in time will cost $65! That is so NOT going to happen.

    So today, armed with an iPod bursting with podcasty goodness, I went out in the BLIZZARD and drove 58 miles away for them. You heard me! :) (I live an hour east of Lancaster, PA, home of Amish ladies and quilty, home-canned, home-sewn, home-made goodness.) It took FIVE HOURS because I had to drive so slowly — but I feel very brave and highly competent for having had such an adventure, PLUS it makes a good story. (And bonus: they are super-cute jars already, and they're still naked until tomorrow!)

    These little babies are destined to go to my husband's coworkers this week. He moved from one part of his company to another just recently, so I get to make a MAJOR Martha impression on these people! All thanks to you and Lolly (which is how I found you, btw. Good idea not giving her link until the end; it's like falling into a well of cuteness over there!).

    I'm SO excited — and my 8yo son is going to help me make them! The crust in these darlings is perfect for little hands that are good at playdough but perhaps not-so-much at more fussy projects.

    A little mother-son happiness at the holidays, PLUS cheap gifts, PLUS yummy happiness in my freezer form now on, PLUS a commendation from ME to ME for bravery and exceptional dedication above and beyond the call — what else could a girl ask for? THANK YOU! :)
    Jill

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    Lanna says:

    Fantastic idea! I'm snowed in today. Now I know what to make instead of more Christmas cookies! Thank goodness I have oodles of these jars left over from canning chicken.

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    kelsey022 says:

    I came across this site somewhere amongst my non-stop wedding planning. Maybe someone had the idea to use these for a favor? I don't know, but I HAD to make them. My mom and I made two dozen last night and we're giving them as Christmas presents. Of course we are only giving out 23, as we had to try one ASAP. I continued to search your site and also for Christmas we will be making the bacon wrapped green beans, peppermint brownies, and pumpkin cheesecake bites. And there are many more I can't wait to try out! What a great blog, thanks for all the yummy ideas.

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    Stephanie says:

    I stumbled across this blog from a DIY wedding site for favor ideas. What an adorable idea!!!! Thank you!

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    Nikki says:

    glorious idea! That is a wonderful change from a cake in a cup, and much yummier too! These would be a wonderful addition to my Christmas hampers, a special little treat to pop in the freezer for a little post-Yule relax.

    Thank you for your recipe, and for Sew Mama Sew for directing me to your site. Craftster > Sew Mama > To you! A chain of craftiness!

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    Jenn says:

    Hi. I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog and that I mentioned this entry in my recent blog post.Thanks so much for your great ideas and free printables. I hope you will take a look at my blog when you get a chance: http://delicious-ambiguity-nennyk.blogspot.com/

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    Noir the Texas Tabby says:

    I'm a cat. And I know when something looks good! I saved this blog so my human could take a look. She likes peaches. I like cooked crust. It'll work!

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    6p012875e7fa37970c says:

    Well. A cat is a pretty tough act to follow, especially on the Internet. But I'll chime in to say that this is a genius idea.

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    T says:

    awesome!!!!!!!! i'm totally doing this!! i've never been so excited about a pie recipe in years!!! (read this post on lifehacker)

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    Mrs. Scrimp says:

    The awesomest. Got this from a friend and will be linking from my blog today – http://scrimpalicious.blogspot.com

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    Mollie Cox Bryan says:

    I LOVE the idea of pie in a jar. How clever.

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    Liz says:

    I cannot wait to try this!

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    Ryth says:

    I found this on a friend's blog and immediately shared it with my fiancee. We've been discussing doing something in a jar for wedding favors (previous front runner was salsa, cuz his dad makes a mean salsa), and this is perfect. His last name is pronounced "pie", so this is just ideal and plays along with our sense of humor (we love puns). I think they'll also be memorable.

    If we do go for it (have some researching to do for costs and stuff), we'll be sure to let you know.

    Thank you!

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    Matt B says:

    Be careful of preheating the oven with the jars inside – some ovens turn on the broiler to speed preheating, so the heat might actually be more intense during preheating.

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    the wild magnolia says:

    Splendid!

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    Linda says:

    To get the jars, find a good farm store or feed store near you. Even a hardware store in a semi rural area will have them.
    Oh, and don't worry about these breaking in the oven. These are CANNING jars, people.These are made to be boiled in a water bath when you can fruit or jam, so they will definitely be fine in the oven.

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    Mama B. says:

    I am so looking forward to rhubarb season now! These will be perfect! Thank you for sharing. What a brilliant idea.

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    Sonja says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I'm the mother of a United States Marine and have passed this recipe (and others) along to other Marine Moms. We LOVE to find recipes for goodies to bake (& seal) inside jars to send to those deployed overseas. If you have more recipes that would work for our needs, please forward them to me. You have no idea how happy you have made many Marine Moms.

    I would love to try the chicken pot pie in a jar recipe, but am afraid it would not keep long enough due to the mail processing time. Do you know how long it would keep, without spoiling or refrigeration, once sealed?

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      Christina Schmidt says:

      Sonja~I’m so glad you asked this, I have been scrolling through to see if “shelf life” was discussed yet. My husband is in the Army so I am constantly looking for ideas of goodies I can send his way during deployments. I was wondering if these would ship well, did you have any luck with them?

      OBB~Awesome! I love your recipes! I’m sure these pies get eaten up very quickly once baked, but do you happen to know how long they’d last w/out refrigeration?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Sonja- thanks for having a great son serving our country! I'm so proud of our servicemen and women and I know behind every good soldier is a good momma :)

    Keep in mind that these jars do not go through any canning process that actually "seals" them. They are merely stored in the jars as something would be sealed in any airtight container. That being said, you could prebake them and ship them, but I don't know exactly how long they would last before spoiling. I definitely wouldn't ship the chicken pot pies because of the meat.

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    Danielle says:

    Ace Hardware ordered the jars for me when I couldn't find them on their shelves. They were 8.99 for twelve jars, and Ace did not make me pay shipping. It was definitely worth asking about them. The pies turned out delicious!

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    chef david says:

    you could also do these in a silicone muffin tray,large or small. Pie for 2? Meat pasties come to mind or as said mini pot pies… Chef david

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    KryssiRuss says:

    that is the cutest Idea ever!! Thank you for sharing. off to get suppies for pie.

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    Lisa says:

    I made these and they were a huge hit with my family. I posted an entry on my blog about them and linked them to here!
    Thanks for sharing a terrific recipe!
    Lisa

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    sloan says:

    Do you remove the metal lids before cooking? Do defrost the pies then bake or do you remove them from the freezer and immediately place in oven to bake?

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    Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    I love this idea so much! Lolly labels are icing on the cake. I'll be linking to this.

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    sloan- I'm just going to refer you to the section of the post titled "Bake 'em". All of your questions are answered there!

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    Mari says:

    how long can you keep them in the freezer and the pies still be fresh? I wanted to make these but didn't want to make them too far in advance. thanks!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Mari- I wish I had a good answer for you, but to be honest, I don't know! They've never lasted very long at my house so I haven't tested it, lol.

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    biggerdiamond4me says:

    just wanted to say I LOVE these. they are just too adorable. and they taste yummy too!!

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    resonant8 says:

    1. What an amazingly excellent idea.

    2. I'm going to try it with quiche.

    3. We have an oven at work. I like to pack a lunch. Hmmmmm.

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    JaneL says:

    I love this idea and can't wait to try it!

    If you can't find the jars or are concerned about them breaking, Anchor Hocking and Pyrex make 1 cup containers with lids. I bought my Pyrex ones at a Corning Corelle outlet and have seen the Anchor Hocking ones at the grocery store and at Wal-Mart.

    They look like the small ones on the right in this picture:

    http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/viewImage.asp?img=71160212244

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    Kansas A says:

    I made 7 of these yesterday with my homemade cherry pie filling… they turned out awesome! Wonderful for my husband and kid's lunches! Thanks for the idea!! :)

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    mmrussell says:

    Simply beautiful! I just made my first batch (a homemade apple pie, though, I did use a Pillsbury crust!) – FANTASTIC!!!

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    Randi says:

    I love this idea. I have been canning cake and sending to my husband and his friends deployed to Iraq. They say when they open the jars it taste like it just came out of the oven. I can't wait to see what they think of these pies.

    Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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    Wendy says:

    Fan-freaking-tastic!

    These would be perfect for adding a little homemade happiness to packed lunches.

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    Pandora says:

    Absolutely fabulous!
    Really want to make… but does anyone know of any jars in England to use?! Searched for ages and come up with nothing :(
    If not I'll be buying the linked ones and sucking up the postage costs!
    x x x

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    Elizabeth Anne says:

    What a lovely idea…I'm sending the link to my beautiful daughter NaTHalie!

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    Tracy says:

    We absolutely loved this idea for the little pies. We made some recently and shared your link on our blog. We're crazy about them!
    http://www.barnchicks.us

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    Hollie says:

    How long can the pies last in the freezer? In all honesty they wouldn't last long in mine, but technically, "how" long could they last? A month, or more?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Hollie- everyone asks this, but honestly I don't know because I've never kept them more than a week! lol. I'm sure they'd be fine for a month or two- maybe more!

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    Aquila says:

    I just wanted to pop in and tell you how grateful I am for this post. :D It inspired me to make pies for my family for christmas and everyone loved them. I've also given some to friends as a thank you for helping us move and I was told I should sell them! lol.

    Oh, I've made a bunch for myself too.

    You don't have to stop with pie. I made shepherds pies in jars, chicken pot pie, pasta casserole and the latest is cheesecake, which I baked before putting them in the freezer, then they only need to thaw.

    My husband thinks you've created a monster, but really, he loves all the pie! XD

    Thanks!

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    Coyote says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! These are indeed adorable, and I can't wait to try this out!

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    Rick says:

    GENIUS!!!

    It is like the new go gurt.

    bittersweetsugarandsarcasm.blogspot.com

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    Micaela says:

    Talk about portion control!! This is awesome! Thanks for posting this!

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    Miriam says:

    This is damn cute! And practical.

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    Rachel says:

    My grandfather gives me back lots of empty jars to fill with goodies and return to him. Since it isn't really season for anything yet here I was looking for other options to give him. Unfortunately, his oven is extremely unreliable. Do you think i could bake these at home, then freeze them, and he could reheat them in his microwave?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Rachel- probably, but I've never tried it. Give it a shot and let us know how it works!

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    Paula says:

    Is it ok to do these in the quilted jars?

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Paula, you can do them in any jar you like, just pic one that has sides that go straight up. Rounded sides and indented necks make it difficult.

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    Rachel says:

    Those are BEYOND adorable! Thanks for the great step by step.

    I have a friend named Nathalie.. and hers IS pronounced NaTH-a-lee

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    June says:

    Like everyone else has said, these are adorable!! I needed a housewarming gift for a recently divorced friend and these will be perfect. Thanks for the idea!

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    Sheri@childmade.com says:

    Those are great! And it's a great way to keep a "serving" to an actual serving. Thanks for sharing … I've posted a link.

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    Isabella says:

    I love the idea! but i have a question! can you ship this cute pies!!! My boyfriend is in Iraq and I want to send him something like this!!!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Isabella- tons of people have been asking about sending these overseas and I know a lot of people have. I've heard that people put the lids on while the pies are hot to "seal" them. I can't guarantee the freshness or food safety aspect of this but I know it's been popular. As long as the glass jars are packaged well they should be okay to travel.

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    Isabella says:

    perfect!!! thank you so much!!!!!

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    dvinedesigns says:

    sounds wonderful! Cant wait to try it!

    thanks
    debbie
    http://www.dvinedesigns.etsy.com

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    Lisa Marie says:

    For those who are wanting to SEAL the jars, prep your lids the same way you would if you were canning – in hot water. (It softens the seal on the lids) Then screw the lids on after removing from the oven. This will make an airtight seal; HOWEVER, this does not mean it's "canned" as there aren't any preservatives (natural or chemical) to help it "keep" longer; It will just make for a fresher taste when you open it back up to enjoy.

    BTW, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this site! So many great ideas!

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    Debbie says:

    Brilliant! I'm one of those people who would be worried about the glass breaking, but I guess if I had the proper bakeware it would be okay. I love how they look, especially with the little cutouts.

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    liz says:

    I'd love to do these instead of cake at my wedding in October. I'm hoping to bake 250 en masse ahead, freeze, and then cook a day or so before the big day. To cheat a bit, does it work to do as just a cobbler and lose the crust? Can you still freeze it that way? Thanks, Sara!

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    AmyP. says:

    I accidently bought 4 oz (jelly) jars instead of half-pint jars (8 oz.). In reading through your response to the comments it sounds like these will work but will just be smaller portions. Which means my husband will probably eat two of them. Or four.

    On a side note there were coupons for 1.50 off a case of Ball or Kerr jars about three weeks ago in the paper. fyi. :)

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    canewton42 says:

    Hi. Love your blog! Do you think I could make these with a cream filling instead of fruit?
    Thanks,
    Cheryl

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Cheryl,

    I've never tried it so I don't know. It would just depend on if you have a cream filling that freezes well. If you try it out let us know!

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    icebluestream says:

    I am thawing out the store bought dough as I type this and I'm going to make chocolate pudding and coconut cream pies tonight. Wish me luck! :)

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    christi says:

    absolutely awesome! i ran across a link these yummy pies sometime earlier this year, and im now looking forward to having them as a dessert option at my rustic farm wedding. THANK YOU so much for sharing this idea:)

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    mar_mailbox says:

    What a brilliant idea & SO freaking adorable. I love this site!!!

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