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Mini Apple Pie in a Jar

in DIY / Tutorials, General, Product Reviews, Real Food / Easy Meals

The kids and I raided my aunt’s apple tree last weekend and I’ve been creating apple goodness ever since. Apple desserts are my favourite … I like fall.

Earlier in the year I made these rainbow cupcakes in a jar. The kids loved them. When I saw these cute little apple pies also in a jar, I knew I’d be making them.

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar

What you’ll need:

6 small jars (1/2 cup or 125 ml size)
1 package of Pillsbury pie crust

3 cups of chopped apples
3 Tbsp of flour
Cinnamon to taste
Nutmeg to taste
3 tbsp of sugar (my apples were very tart. You may want to use less if you use sweet apples)

3 tsp butter (1/2 tsp for the top of each pie)
2 tbsp of milk

Preheat the oven to 350f

The Crust:

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar
I bought these little jars to make cupcakes earlier in the year. They are perfect for these single serving pies.

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar

I used the lid of the jar to cut out both tops and bottoms of the store bought pie crust (12 – 6 for the top, 6 for the bottom). I pressed six of the circles into the bottom of the jars. They I cut the remaining pie crust into strips and pressed it around the sides of the jar. It wasn’t an exact science. The Pillsbury crust is really easy to work with, and if you mess up, it is really easy to roll out and start again.

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar

Using a sharp paring knife, I cut little leaf shapes out of the top crust and used the ‘dull’ side of the knife blade to score the leaf veins.

The filling:

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar

The filling is super easy. Chop up 3 to 4 cups of apple into small chunks. If you want to be able to put the jar lid on, just make 3 cups of filling. I didn’t want to put a lid on mine so I made 4 cups of filling and over filled the jars. The apples cook down substantially.

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar

Add sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. My apples were quite tart. I used 3 tbsp of sugar, you may want to use less if your apples are the sweet variety.

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar

Add filling to the jars and top with 1/2 tsp of butter.

The top crust:

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar

Top each pie with the crust and leaf shapes you made earlier. Use a fork to seal the edges. Lightly brush the tops with a coating of milk.


Place the jars on a cookie sheet and cook on the middle oven rack for 45 – 50 minutes.

Mini Apple Pies in a Jar


MK xo

12 comments… add one

  • Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen September 26, 2011, 11:15 am

    These are so adorable, and they look pretty easy too! What a perfect food craft for fall. They’d also be a great idea for Sukkot (the Jewish harvest holiday). Love it!

  • MommyKnows September 27, 2011, 10:38 am

    @Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen, Thanks Tori! My youngest enjoyed helping me make these. We ended up having to peel extra apples though, because she was snacking on the filling.

  • Angella September 27, 2011, 9:08 am

    I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and I an SO making these for dessert!

  • MommyKnows September 27, 2011, 10:37 am

    @Angella, I think I might make a pumpkin version for Thanksgiving. I <3 pumpkin pie.

  • Lynn W. October 1, 2011, 9:14 am

    These look delicious and so fancy! But I think I’d need to eat about 4 or 5 of them in a sitting to get my fill of dessert!

  • acne pimples solutions October 12, 2011, 6:18 pm

    looks so delicious, i bet the taste yummy, i’d definitely try this recipe :)

  • Cam | Bibs & Baubles October 14, 2011, 1:31 pm

    that looks delightful. They look so fancy and delicious!

  • Tanya Vincent November 4, 2011, 8:52 pm

    What a fun treat to make WITH your kids!! This is a really great idea and I can’t wait to make them. You should submit this to Family Fun magazine!!

  • Tanya Vincent November 4, 2011, 8:53 pm

    What a fun treat to make WITH your kids!! You should submit this to Family Fun magazine!!

  • Kelly November 22, 2011, 8:44 am

    Those look so adorable. My family and I absolutely love apple pie. This will be a great dessert to make for Thanksgiving…along with some pumpkin pie of course ;-)

  • Edible Garden January 15, 2012, 7:14 pm

    Awesome idea! There is nothing better than an apple pie in Autumn and these are an interesting take on the traditional pie. I like that they are single serving sized.

  • Karnett May 1, 2013, 6:45 pm

    These are adorable, thanks so much for sharing! But, Where can i find these jars?
    :) thanks!

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