Picnic Recipe Menu Series: Pies In A Jar

Picnic Recipe Menu Series: Pies In A Jar

What’s a picnic or outing without pie? Now you can make individual pies for every taste. This is so easy, fun and creative! Even my kids were taking photos for their Instagram ,LOL! I originally was going to use boxed pie crust, but realized I had Phyllo Dough instead. So, I just “figured it out” and they came out so yummy. As I write this, I have some more pie jars in the oven. My husband was sweet enough to pick up some pie crust for me. Now, I’m about quick and easy, so I’ve used all prepared crusts and fillings, but if you have time and have a favorite crust or a filing, you can certainly make your own.

Pies In A Jar

Pies In a Jar Recipe: Pie crust version. 

Yields 5 individual pies

1 box of prepared Pillsbury Pie crusts

2 cans of your favorite filling

5- 1/2 pint wide mouth canning jars. ( I got mine at Goffstown Ace Hardware.  )

Preheat oven to 375.

Lightly spray nonstick spray in the jars. This will help make your pie slide out of the jar if you prefer it on a plate.

With the jar cover cut five circles in the pie dough. These are the “covers” for your pie.


With remaining dough, press it into the jars having dough go right to the lip of the jars. You should comfortably have enough dough to make 5 jar crusts. Don’t worry if pieces are overlapping. I tore the crust as I went along to fill in any gaps.


Pour 1/2 cup of your favorite filling into the jar. Then top your pie with your circle cut out pressing along the dough at the lip of the jar. Moisten top of crust with water and sprinkle with sugar. Make a few slits on top crust. Be creative with your crusts. You can make a lattice crust top, make a crumb top or your traditional crust. Have fun with it!


Place jars on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes.

When completely cool, put your jar cover on and pack for your picnic! Eating pie out of a jar, never tasted so good!

Pies in a jar made with phyllo dough

Pies in a jar: Phyllo version

Melt 3/4 of a stick of butter.

Brush butter on the inside of jar.

Place 4 sheets of Phyllo dough in each jar one at a time, brushing butter after each layer is placed in jar.

Pour 1/2 cup of pie filling into jar.

Top with 2 sheets of Phyllo dough, brushing butter after each sheet.

Place jars on baking sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes at 375.

We made 4 jars with the Phyllo, had plenty of Phyllo dough left over. Again, this doesn’t have to be “pretty” when putting it together. It comes out looking impressive and yummy when it comes out of the oven. Eat it in a jar, or on a plate. It comes out of the jar very easily.

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