Saturday was the monthly gathering of my stitchery friends, and I volunteered to bring dessert this month--I had purchased a nice quantity of the season's first cherries the weekend before and I had seen a cherry pie idea on the cooking show Kelsey's Essentials. In the end, I used the fresh cherries I purchased and supplemented them with about an equal amount of frozen cherries. These desserts turned out oh so cute!
I doubled the recipe and was able to get a dozen pies. You can find the recipe HERE. Shorter and wider jars which would work MUCH better, but I didn't have time to shop around, and these were the size I came up with. I used frozen pie shells and pressed segments of the dough around the insides of the jars; I was afraid I was handling the dough too much, but they turned out very tasty!
You can see in the above photo that I also used a crumb topping for some.
Pies and desserts in jars seem to be the hot, new idea--since I saw these on Kelsey's Essentials, I've seen several other ideas online and in magazines, especially for non-baked goodies. The nice thing about these pies, though, is that they can be frozen before baking and then given as gifts or baked as needed--they just bake in the canning jars.