Cherry Pie in a Jar

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Cherry Pie in a Jar


Cherry Pie in a Jar for Every Day

I love Cherry Pie in a Jar.  They are simple to make, and you can have them ready for family or guests in less than an hour.  Even if you make a homemade crust!  I started making these when I wanted to have dessert, but something fresh and a little different.  I had some 4 ounce canning jars on my table from using up some jelly, and thought how perfect!  A little jar that is heat proof, and I can make the pie right in it!  Baking Cherry Pie in a Jar makes them completely portable too!  When the fruit bakes down a little, the crust sinks under the top edge of the jar, allowing you to put the lid on Cherry Pie in a Jar.  Add a ribbon and a spoon for a great lunch addition!

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Easy Filling in Cherry Pie in a Jar

I make up my own filling for Cherry Pie in a Jar, but you can easily use canned cherry pie filling if you like.  My homemade filling is so simple, you can have it ready in less than 5 minutes.  Fresh or frozen sour cherries are perfect for Cherry Pie in a Jar.  They give the pie a slightly tart flavor that is old fashioned delicious.  Sugar, a pinch of nutmeg, and flour for thickening round out the sauce of the Cherry Pie in a Jar, while lemon zest and juice brightens the flavor, bringing out the best of all the ingredients.  I cheated for my crust with the stuff in the package, and it made a perfect dessert that everyone in my family loves.

Cherry Pie in a Jar

Cherry Pie in a Jar


  • 12 4 oz canning jars
  • 2 bags tart cherries, thawed and drained
  • 1 C sugar
  • ½ C flour
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ t nutmeg
  • 12 pats butter
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust


  1. Heat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place the canning jars on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl, mix the cherries, sugar, flour. lemon juice and zest, and nutmeg.
  4. Divide between the jars.
  5. Top with a pat of butter on each jar.
  6. Roll out one of the pie crusts. Using a round cookie or biscuit cutter the same size as the jar top, cut out 12 crusts. If you like, use a smaller cutter to cut a vent in the center of each crust, or slit with a knife.
  7. Place a crust on each jar, pressing over the fruit.
  8. Transfer the tray to the heated oven, making sure jars don’t touch to allow maximum air flow.
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes, until fruit is bubbling and crust is golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool 15 minutes.
  11. Serve warm with ice cream.

Changing up Cherry Pie in a Jar

There are as many ways to change up Cherry Pie in a Jar as there are flavors of pie.  Try substituting blueberries, apples, or peaches for a wonderful new dessert.  I love to find the fruit that’s in season and use it, changing up the spices to match and make something fresh and delicious for my family.  Whether it’s Cherry Pie in a Jar, or strawberry rhubarb, you’ll have an adorable, portable dessert that your family will love.

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  1. Desserts in jars are such fun – your Cherry Pie sounds delicious! I love how quick and easy the recipe is too. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Hearth and Soul hop.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic week!
    Miz Helen

  3. Wow that is awesome, I will definitely try this because I love cherry pie topped with vanilla ice cream! Once again, thank you for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. oh so super yummy and great treat as well. found you on the blog hop
    come see me angie and my special recipe at annies home

  5. Yum! This is easy, thanks for a fantastic recipe. I’m one that usually gets my filling from the jar but I would be willing to try yours, it looks so good!

  6. I’ve had cake in a jar – NEVER pie in a jar – this looks fabulous – pinning !
    thanks so much for sharing
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