If you caught last week’s Thanksgiving video, you probably noticed the little pies in mason jars we handed out to departing guests… and let me tell you, we still haven’t stopped talking about them. There’s simply no better way to follow up the Thanksgiving meal than with a slice of pumpkin pie (except for maybe warm pecan pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?) Good thing these pies are small enough to eat in multiples, and we sent our guests home with individual apple pies that they could snack on later that night. We invited our friends from Tiny Pies to show us how we can get our pies into those adorable mason jars this Thanksgiving, and they’ve provided the full step-by-step after the jump…

  • small mason jar (we used 3 1/4-inches wide and 2 5/8-inches tall)
  • 5-inch circular pastry cutter
  • 3-inch circular pastry cutter
  • small heart-shaped cutter (available at any craft store)
  • pie crust pastry, chilled (homemade or store-bought)
  • homemade pie filling (for apple pie, try this recipe)
  1. Roll out pastry dough. Using larger circular crust cutter, cut 5-inch circle out of pie pastry. Carefully place crust into glass jar. Use fingers to press dough against inner wall of jar. Spoon pie filling of choice into dough-lined glass jar.
  2. On new sheet of pastry, use 3-inch circular pastry cutter to cut out top crust (use cutter with crimped edges for added decorative detail). Use heart shaped cutter to punch air hole in top crust circle.
  3. Place top crust on top of filled jar. Use fingers or fork to tightly pinch edges of top crust to bottom crust.
  4. Bake pie for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
… Thanks, Tiny Pies!
*images: Mike Bullock

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  1. 1
    Michelle Henderson November 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

    This might be the cutest thing ever!!!

  2. 2
    Clara November 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial, Chanel! It looks simply enough and the presentation could not be sweeter :).

  3. 3
    Supal November 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

    This is such an adorable idea. I like the hearts 🙂

  4. 4
    delia November 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I love this idea and pies 🙂


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    Maya November 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

    What a fantastic idea! I have an apple tree in my backyard that is loaded with fruit; time to put it to a yummy use!

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    Annie Hall November 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

    What a great idea and they look so yummy!

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    Kasey November 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Cutest idea ever!

    • Zoe (Bite This) November 19, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Made them tonight…they were a hit…did pear and cranberry filling with a whole wheat crust! Mmmm…perfect with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream. So fall!!

      • Camille Styles November 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

        Oh wow, that sounds incredible. Of course, anything with vanilla bean ice cream sounds divine, in my book. 🙂

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    Julia November 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Awesome, this totally helps me continue with my mason jar obsession…These really are the cutest little things!

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    { Taylor Moseley } November 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Wow, that looks pretty easy and totally cute. 🙂

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    Gini November 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    A-DORABLE! I just might incorporate these this year!

    Now, is that 20-25 minutes baking time per pie? If so, baking a bunch of these could be pretty time- and energy-consuming…

    • Camille Styles November 17, 2011 at 7:04 am

      Oh, you just pop them all in the oven at the same time!! 🙂

  11. 11
    Ridgely's Radar November 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Love this! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 12
    Becki November 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I love these mini pies in mason jars- so sweet! Would you be able to tell me what size the mason jars are (in ounces)? Perhaps 8 oz? I was just trying to find them online and wanted to be sure to buy the correct jars…. I can’t wait to make these for all my pals at work! Thank you!

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    Zoe (Bite This) November 19, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Made these tonight!! SO GOOD, so cute, so perfect!! Definitely making again! Thanks!

  14. 14
    Dana November 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

    This is the cutest idea! Perfect for Thanksgiving! I’m sharing the love over on my blog today – too cute not to share 🙂
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    cara December 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    anyone know if these could be put in the freezer and then pulled out…as in to make them ahead of time for a reception and then have them defrost the day before??

    • Camille Styles December 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Absolutely – these would freeze perfectly!!

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    Camille Styles December 4, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Although I should clarify – these should be frozen BEFORE they’re baked, then taken out to defrost and come to room temp before popping in the oven.

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    dianne December 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I loved the demo in the store(wheatsville coop); the samples were DELICIOUS, but I purchased the blueberry bliss and there were no instructions. None. I called the store and they told me to pre heat the oven to 375 degrees, and put the frozen jar in the oven??? So, now I guess I will be making another trip to the store to read the label on another pie

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    Aaron December 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I did it! I used wide-mouth, half-pint jars, so the crust took a little artistry to get in, and they had to bake for about 45 minutes at 350 to be perfect. But they are so cute and wonderful! And now I’m spending about $50 on eight gifts instead of two store-bought things. Thank you!

    • Camille Styles December 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Awesome – so excited to hear that! Thanks for sharing your tips…and I’m sure your recipients will be absolutely THRILLED!

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    Jennifer Lund January 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    how long would these last? I was thinking that maybe in the sealed jar that it would last long enough in a package to send overseas…?

    • Chanel Dror January 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Jennifer! I’m afraid that without any preservatives these wouldn’t last long enough to send overseas & still remain tasty 🙁 But of course, you never know until you try – so let us know if you have any luck!

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    Elizabeth Knight SMith January 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Like the look of those..delish

  21. 21
    Gyllian January 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I’m in Austin, Texas and trying to find mason jars in various sizes. Recommendations???

    • Camille Styles January 29, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Michaels has tons in every size! Good luck!

  22. 22
    Sade' Rose April 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Can anybody tell me how many Ounces these Jars are so I know what size to purchase, Please?

  23. 23
    Shelly May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Sade’ Rose, here’s what I found on the interwebs:
    1 pint mason jar is 3 1/8 inches diameter by 4 1/2 inches high. The only jar smaller is the half pint, which should then be approx. 3 1/8 by 2 1/4 inches since the diameter will not change and the jar holds half of the pint jar. Half pints hold 8 ounces.
    Hope this is helpful.
    Can’t wait to make some of these adorable pies!

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    Dee May 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    how long could those be baked ahead of time? to remain tasty? or if i bake them lets say 5 hours b4 serving, should i reheat them in a way or what? plz help!

    • Chanel Dror May 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I would recommend either baking them earlier that day, and then reheating them in the oven at a very low temperature. Or just pop them in at the beginning of your meal, and they should be baked & ready by dessert time! Good luck 🙂

  25. 25
    Ruth May 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hi – would love to do these as a wedding favor. Thinking of making a bunch then freezing them. After taking them out and baking them, how long do you think they would last?

  26. 26
    Judy July 8, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Great idea & nice visuals. I found 4 oz. quilted crystal, jelly jars w/screw on lids by Ball at my local neighborhood hardware store I’m going to use.

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    Lindsay October 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hello! I would also like to use this idea as a wedding favor. My wedding is about 6months away and I was curious to see what your recommendations were for freezing, cooking, and serving! As mentioned before, I could start making them early, freeze them, and cook them closer to our date. But how long before the wedding could I cook them and keep them in the fridge? Should I cook them the day of? Or the day before maybe? I just really love the idea and would hate to prepare them all and then have them become spoiled because I didn’t handle them correctly! Please help me! 🙂

    • Camille Styles October 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Hey Lindsay! I’d freeze them in advance, then cook them off no sooner than the day before your wedding. Congrats on your engagement and good luck!

      • Lindsay October 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        Thanks so much! I will do just that!

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    Victoria November 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Just curious, where can I purchase this mini mason jars?

    • Camille Styles November 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Check Michaels, Hobby Lobby or any local craft store! 🙂

    • Soo December 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      I want to try this with chocolate… melted Hershey bars..then a fruit filling….what kind if filling should I do?

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    Allie January 24, 2013 at 4:03 am

    If I put the lid on right away after getting out of the oven, does that create the vacuum seal? These would be great to make & send to my brother while being deployed to Iraq. Thank you!! Oh if it doesn’t create the seal, any ideas on how?

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    Kathy July 24, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I am also wondering can I seal it somehow to send to deployed husband. Please let me know if this would work!!

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    Leah October 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I am having a wedding with 110 guests and would LOVE for these to be my favors! Especially because my wedding is on a farm in the fall I think it’s perfect! Is this too time consuming for this amount of people? Also how many days in advance could i start to make them for them to still be yummy for the big day?

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    Pam Romine March 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I was wondering the same thing , my daughter is getting married this May in Savannah and I was thinking of doing a pecan pie favor but wondered how far in advance we could make them?



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