Mini Apple Pies in Jelly Jars

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Learn how to make these adorable mini apple pies from Life as Mom contributor Janel. What a delicious way to enjoy fall!

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Mini Apple Pies in Jelly Jars

All Photos: Janel

Several months ago, I picked up a 12-pack of 4-ounce Freezer-Safe Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars by Ball at Walmart for $7 or $8. I thought they’d be cute way to package up small batches of lavender milk bath or lavender hand scrub as gifts. Well, I never got around to that and the jars just sat in my garage for months. Well, I’ve found a fun use for them now — Mini Apple Pies with Almond Crumb Topping!

Are you wondering why anyone would go to the trouble to bake pies in little jars anyway? Well…

  • They’re cute! Kids will love getting their very own jar full of apple pie goodness!
  • They’re portable — just screw on the lid and you can take apple pie with you anywhere. It’s a fun way to add a little fall treat to a loved one’s lunch.
  • They’re freezer-friendly. Just gently screw on the lids and freeze. Remove the lids and bake as many as you need when you need them.
  • They make portion-control easier. It’s much easier to limit yourself to one jar than it is to limit yourself to just one slice of pie.
  • They’re easy to store the leftovers — just screw on the lid and refrigerate.

In my family, we always kept Apple Pie simple — Gramma John’s Pat-in-Pan Crust filled with an apple mixture and finished off with a crumb topping. Simple works well with regular pie, I figured it would work well with pies in jars too. Rather than put crust on all sides of the jars, I followed Fishmama’s method for Slab Apple Pie and just patted some crust dough in the bottom of each jar.

Mini Apple Pies in Jelly Jars - peeled apples

To bake in jars, you’ll need to cut up your apples smaller than for a traditional apple pie. I used my Back to Basics Apple Corer / Peeler / Slicer. It cores, peels, and slices the apples quickly. Then, I just cut the apple spiral in half and then into several uniform pieces. Easy peasy.

Mini Apple Pies in Jelly Jars - chopped apples

For the crumb topping, a food processor makes this very quick. You’ll just want to pulse the topping ingredients together until they look like sand. If you pulse it too much, the ingredients will start to clump into large chunks and then it will be difficult to distribute amongst the jars. So, keep it sand-like.

Mini Apple Pies in Jelly Jars - crumb topping

Just layer up the ingredients in the jars. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any spills while you bake them. Of course, the jars will slide around on the baking sheet so make sure that you hold the baking sheet with both hands. (I only had one oven-mitted hand and almost had a major disaster by trying to hold the baking sheet with one hand. Don’t be like me. Use two hands with oven mitts!)

Mini Apple Pies in Jelly Jars - layered pie

When you remove the pies from the oven, they will be beautifully full. However, as they cool, they’ll collapse down a bit. Don’t worry about that though — it just leaves a bit of room to add some vanilla ice cream!

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Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella.

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This post is part of the DIY on a Dime: Falling for Fun series. Check it out for all kinds of budget-friendly, family fun ideas to celebrate one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.

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  1. What a great idea! I have quite few of these jars, and I know my children would love them in their lunch. Do you think it would work to bake them and then freeze? Thanks!

  2. Sarah in Alaska says

    Sounds awesome! I’ve made mini pumpkin pies for lunches, but apple sound dreamy.

  3. Brighid says

    I wonder if you put a Silpat or other silicon baking sheet in the rimmed baking pan, would that make the jars slide a bit less?

    In any case, the recipe sounds amazing and I think I’ll give it a try this weekend!

    • Janel says

      Great idea! A silpat would probably work well — I just don’t have one.

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