What I’m Making: Mini Canning Jar Lid Pies

I saw a recipe somewhere on the internet that showed how to make mini pies with canning jar rings.  I thought they were so stinking cute that I had to give them a try.  I didn’t pay attention to the recipe they gave with it…just the technique.

The pies are really putzy to make but as I said, they are so cute and honestly, so good!!


So what I did to make them is this…
I took a regular canning jar ring and put the lid upside down making and mini pie pan.  I made pie crust.  You can use boughten pie crust.  It will work the same.

I rolled out the dough and then I took a large wide-mouth canning jar lid and used it as a cutter to cut the bottom crust.  I put the crust into the jar lid as shown in the photo below.

I used canned pie filling to put inside.  I should have put a little less filling in this than I did.


Then I cut out the top crust using the same large wide mouth canning ring.

I put that on top and pinch the bottom and top crust together.  Then I took a fork and indented the outer edge.

I ended up with 13 mini pies.  I had more filling left but I was out of crust.  I had made a double crust and think if when I make them again, I would make one double crust and one single crust to equal out the amount of filling in proportion to the amount of pie crust.  Remember to poke a hole in the top.


You can do whatever you do to normally complete your pies.  I like to brush milk on the top and then sprinkle them with sugar.


I put them in the oven for 35 minutes at 350.  I topped mine with Reddi Whip.  Oh my, they were so good.  I liked it better than I normal pie…and I really like pie.

I know someone is going to ask for my pie crust recipe.  Here it is…You can see it’s a well-loved recipe from all the discoloration on the page.


I can try to do a whole blog post on making pie crust if that is something you all are interested in.

If you’re not a big baker no worries…just buy some boughten crust!!

I HIGHLY recommend making these with kids.  I think it’s great that they can make their own pie.  They can get an understanding of how pie making happens.  You could have out a couple of different fillings and let them choose their favorite flavor.  I’ll for sure be doing this with the grandkids.  I love baking with them.

Making them is a little putzy but so worth it…not only stinking cute but delicious too.

31 thoughts on “What I’m Making: Mini Canning Jar Lid Pies

  1. Barbara Wegner

    I have a daughter who made these pies for her son’s graduation party! they were wonderful. And then she made about 500 for a wedding party!

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  2. Judith Fairchild

    For people like me who have to watch their carb intake these would be ideal. Enough to satisfy fun to make and I have granddaughters who would have a blast making them

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  3. Susan smit

    I make these at Christmas time using mincemeat and have lower patty pan trays. Very tedious to make but only make them once a year and a huge hit with hubby and brother as Christmas wouldn’t be the same as it’s very big British tradition

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  4. Carla

    Another great “with the grands”; idea. I think I’ll do this one. I’m also planning to make molded plaster of Paris ornaments to decorate with my grandson! Hello paint and glitter lol! I want to help him make gifts for his mom who is no longer with my son.

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  5. Paula Nordt

    Next time my great-niece and great-nephew visit, we are making these! Don’t know if they will eat them (kind of picky eaters), but they will have a blast making them.

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  6. Astrid B

    Hello Joe
    I am a durchwoman ,living in Germany As we will be on our own this year i will make the pies and send them to my love-ones with my Xmas presents,fiilled with apples ,raisins end xmas spicesTrough the year I love to read your posts Thank you for that I am also a big quilter and love to see some new thing.Merry xmas for you and your familie and stay safe

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  7. Vintage Quilter

    Who wouldn’t love a pie crust post. Love Pies – Still dislike making pie crust. My mother-in-law was the best but I never got as good at it as she did. Would love to see your post on the process!

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  8. ChristieB

    Ooooh! Thanks for sharing! I want to make these with my granddaughters (or even with my grandsons). What a fun project this would be! HUGS… and stitches

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  9. Bonnie Lippincott

    These look good! In my family, there is no such thing as “leftover” pie crust dough. My Mom, and before her my grandmother, used to make what we have always called “little funny things.” Leftover pie crust dough rolled out into a rectangle about ten inches long, any width, spread some butter on it, sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar (or brown sugar, yum), and roll-up. Cut the roll at about 1/4 inch intervals and bake until browned. I sometimes buy pie crust in the freezer section just to make these!

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  10. Linda in NE

    Those little pies are so cute, but I can see where they would be tedious to do. I hope you used lids from jars you had opened. As scarce as jar lids have been for months I couldn’t see using brand new ones. I haven’t seen jar lids in the stores in months. I ordered some but what I got was cheap Chinese knock-offs that wouldn’t seal and I had to fight for a refund.

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  11. Camille

    I, too, saw that post about the mini pies in canning lids. I immediately decided that they were too much work. I now need to reconsider.
    Thanks to Bonnie Lippincott for her “funny little things” left over pie dough recipe. I always put the leftover pie dough trimming strips on a cookie sheet, sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on them and baked until crisp. Her version sounds like a fancier option. I look forward to trying it.

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  12. sandy lewis

    This is a great idea. It’s like a whole mini pie in just the right size for me. Thank you. Will be making some when I get the canning jars.

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  13. Karen Johnson

    You didn’t mention but assume you push the pies out of the ring when cool. Would like to give some as gifts but not the rings? Please explain that one last step. As you can tell I am not a pie baker but am going to make these for neighbors.

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  14. Bonnie Lippincott

    Lou, I consider “boughten” a regional use of a “word.” There are a lot of words that are in common use that you won’t find in any dictionary. It doesn’t make them wrong.

    Unless it is an actual misspelling then I don’t fret over it. Neither should you.

    I was the editor of a newsletter that went out to about 6000 members.)

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