I love to bake! And for years I have been the pie maker in my family. Last year I made these Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies for Thanksgiving and they are my favorite yet!
Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies
My love affair with pie started when I was in my early twenties. Every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas I would experiment with a different kind of apple pie. I’ve tried everything from Bourbon Apple Pie, to a decadent Caramel Apple, Pear and Cranberry Pie.
For almost 20 years I have been experimenting with pies during the holidays! And these apple pies in mason jars are too cute not to share!
The best part about these mini mason jar Apple Pies are the leftovers, if you have any, haha! They are the perfect Apple Pie for eating the day after with a side of turkey. And they make the cutest presentation.
Be sure to print out the free printable at the bottom of this post. These Thankful for Apple Pie printables are so adorable tied to each jar with some bakers twine!
How To Make Mason Jar Pies
To make these mini mason jar pies, I used 8 oz wide mouth glass mason jars. They are the perfect individual serving size. We will be rolling out dough disks to place in the bottom of the mason jars and you can use the lids to cut the circles of dough! How convenient!
The Crust: Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee
The start to any good pie is a great piecrust. I have tried many different versions, but the best recipe by far is Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee. It is simple and makes for the best foundation for any pie.
The recipe is enough for 2 pies so if you are only doing one recipe, you can freeze the other half and save it for another recipe. While the pate brisee is chilling, start making the mason jar apple pie filling.
What Kind of Apples are the Best for Apple Pie?
The best apple pies are made with apples that hold their texture and aren’t too sweet. Granny Smith’s are a good choice, but I’ve also had luck with Pink Ladies and Golden Delicious.
Whatever you choose, peel and dice the apples in consistent size. To the apples, add in the flour, sugars, spices and lemon juice. Mix it together and let it sit for a few minutes.
Roll out your chilled piecrust and cut in circles large enough to fit inside your mason jars. I used 8 oz. mason jars for my pies, which is the perfect single-serving size.
Cut out disks larger than the mouth of your mason jars. You will need enough to fill the inside. I used thick pieces of dough and used the mason jar lids to cut the circles.
Place a disk of dough inside each jar and press it into the bottom and sides. Now that you have your jars lined with crust, fill each mason jar with the apple pie filling. Once the pies bake, the filling with go down so don’t be afraid to fill them up.
Next, top with the yummy crumb topping! This is the most delectable part of the pie so don’t be stingy!
Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Once the pies have cooled, tie the tags on using your choice of bakers twine or ribbon. And voila! These pies are ready for your guests!
Can you make Mason Jar Apple Pies Ahead of Time?
These Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies can be made the day before and warmed in the oven before serving or served at room temperature. Drizzle with caramel sauce for an extra indulgent treat!
Free Mason Jar Pie Printable:
Click on the link below and print on a piece of white cardstock. Cut out each tag, use a hole punch to make a hole and string with your favorite ribbon or bakers twine. Sheet prints out 12 cards.
Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies
- 1 recipe Pate Brisee see link to Martha Stewart recipe below
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 8-10 medium Apples Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady varieties
- 4 tablespoons salted butter cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 6 tablespoons salted butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Make recipe for pie dough (pate brisee).
- While the dough is chilling, peel and core your apples and cut into small pieces.
- Combine the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- Roll out dough and cut in circles that will fit inside mason jars. Press the dough into the jars.
- Fill the dough-lined jars with filling just to top.
- Dot each jar with a small dab of butter and a sprinkle of lemon juice (this step is optional)
- Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter. Add in oats and stir to combine.
Top each jar with crumb topping. Place jars on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Can we stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. Or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.