When I lived in Virginia, my cute neighbor’s husband was at the store one day and saw some Mini pies on a stick, and asked me to make some for him. Specifically cherry.
It sounded like a fun idea, but I wasn’t feeling confident enough in my abilities to make pie on a stick that wouldn’t go all over the place and become pie on your lap… Small individual pies I could do, pie on a stick, not yet. Maybe I will come back and tackle that project another day…
There are a lot of options for pre-made pie dough. I have seen refrigerated and frozen pie dough and some are even already rolled into circles for you. If you are looking for easy, feel free to pick that up while you’re shopping. If you are like me and prefer to make your own, you can try my Favorite Pie Crust recipe.
Cherry pie filling is readily available at the grocery store, but there is something special about making a gift with homemade ingredients. I used the Homemade Cherry Pie Filling recipe that I shared with you last week, but feel free to use whatever you like.
Assemble & Bake
Then, I was faced with the delema of how to make individual pies. I wasn’t sure about using a muffin tin, becuase I didn’t know if the pies would fall apart as I tried to pull them out. I found a great the idea of using a mason jar for baking pies at Our Best Bites. In their tutorial they use 8 oz jars, but since I made this in the middle of winter I was limited on my selection. I used 4 oz jars which helped me feel not quite as guilty when I ate more than one pie. After all, they were half size right? And since I already had those jars, I kept using them (no sense in buying more right?).
I crossed my fingers put them in the oven and they turned out absolutely beautiful. And surprisingly, after they were fully cool, the pies did pull right out of the jars without any problem. I probably could have used muffin tins without any issue, had I chosen to.
- 1 recipe of your Favorite Pie Dough (or refrigerated, enough for a double crust)
- 1 recipe Cherry Pie Filling (or 2 15oz cans)
- Whipped Cream optional
- 2 egg whites, beaten or 1 Tbsp melted butter optional
- granulated sugar optional
Wash 12 4oz (short and fat) mason jars.
Preheat oven to 400˚ F.
Divide the pie dough in half. Generously flour a flat work surface and roll out a piece of the dough into a thin circle. Use a ring from the jar to cut 12 pie tops.
If you have a small cookie cutter, you can cut a decorative shape in the middle, or you can use a knife to make a few slits in the top before you bake.
Or... to make a lattice top, cut the dough into strips about 1/4" - 1/2" wide. Arrange 1/2 of the strips lengthwise spacing a little between each strip. Then arrange the other 1/2 horizontally.
Weave the pieces alternating the strips from top to bottom. When the dough is woven together, use the ring from the jar to cut the tops.
Use the remaining dough to make the crust in each jar. No grease is necessary, there is enough fat in the dough that there should be no problem sticking. *There isn't a pretty way to get the dough in the jar. Take small pieces of the dough and press them with your fingers around the shape of the jar. Make sure the dough goes almost completely to the top.
Each mini pie takes about 1/4 cup of filling. I used a generous amount of filling and made 11 pies, if you don't use quite as much filling, you could get 12.
Using a small spatula, transfer the precut top crusts onto the top of each pie. Gently press down around the edges with your finger to secure in place. If desired, you can use a fork to crimp the edges.
If you used a cut out, you can place it back on top a little off centered to create a vent.
At this point you can place the lids on the pies and freeze them. Or bake right away.
Brush the top with butter or egg whites and sprinkle with sugar, optional.
Place the jars evenly spaced on a baking sheet for easy transport in and out of the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Remove from the oven and cool.
Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Although this recipe has a lot of steps, it really is very simple. Line the jar with dough, fill with cherry pie filling, top with some more dough and bake until bubbly and golden brown.
Oh.. and FYI, my neighbors didn’t care that the pies weren’t delivered on a stick!
These are fun little gifts you can use for teachers, neighbors, or just because. Or you can bake them, put the lid on, pop them in the freezer and pull them out when you need a little pick me up… just sayin’.
- Wells, Sara. (2009). Our Best Bites. Retrieved from https://ourbestbites.com/2009/09/single-serving-pie-in-a-jar/