Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pie in a Jar Thank You Gifts

My kiddos are on a year round school schedule.  That means that I was searching for an end of the year gift for their teachers about a month ago.  I prefer to make something, if I can, to let our teachers know how important they are to our family.  It seems everyone has made something in a jar lately so I decided to give it a try!  I searched through my kitchen and craft dresser and came up with the following materials to use..

The crazy thing is that I bought all of this for different reasons and had no idea that there was coordinating craft paper and ribbon lurking in my drawers...  But lucky for me as I had everything I needed on hand and didn't need to spend a thing on making our gifts cute!  These are not the jars I would have chosen, but I had them on hand, so they are what I used.

I used Pioneer Woman's Key Lime Pie recipe, again.  It is my all time favorite!  I divided the graham cracker crust between the jars.  I placed the jars on a cookie sheet and baked the crusts while I whipped up the filling.

I divided the filling between the jars and placed them back into the oven to bake.

While they baked and cooled, I whipped up some fresh sweetened whipped cream.  I piped the whipped cream onto the cooled pie.

And I topped each one with a blueberry.  It took all of my willpower not to dig into these myself!

I had to get our decorated lids on these quickly!

Then we added some ribbon and spoons to make sure they could be enjoyed as soon as their teachers wanted them.  I sent these to school with the kiddos in small gift bags with reminders that they should be refrigerated and notes of appreciation.

I'm linking up!!!  Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Recipe Sharing Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Too Cute Tuesday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, These Chicks Cooked, Works for Me Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, What I Whipped Up Wednesday, Foodie WednesdayFull Plate Thursday, Sweet Treats Thursday, Turning the Table Thursday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Chic & Crafty Party, I'm Lovin It, Tasty Thursday, Bake with Bizzy, Friday Favorites, Friday Flair, Sweets for a Saturday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Sweet Indulgences Sunday, My Inner Baker, Simply Delish


  1. Yum! That is very sweet.... :)

  2. What a great gift idea! Who wouldn't love these? They look cute and I'm sure they are delicious as well. Glad I stopped by to pick up your recipe!

  3. Love these, your packaging is adorable. I doubt they even made it into anyone's fridge who received them. Popped that lid and dove in with a fork right away I'll bet ;)

  4. Those look delicious! If I received these as a gift from one of my students I'd eat it right away!

    New follower from Tasty Thursday.

  5. What a great idea! These are just adorable, I would love to try them sometime. Hope you are going to have a wonderful week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  6. Very good idea, looks delicious! I featured these on my Friday 5, thanks for sharing!

  7. These are adorable, and I'm sure that the recipients loved them. I'll bet they were delicious too. I linked to you from Foodie Friday. You have a great blog. I am a new follower. Thank you!

  8. What a cute idea! I love them. I've never made pies in a jar but I really like the way they turned out. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  9. I love this idea! I haven't tried to make pie in the jar before or anything in a jar. I'm putting this on my list of things to make! Thank you!

  10. These are adorable and what a wonderful way for gift-giving baked goods. I'm sure the teachers are happy to receive these.

  11. What a cute gift idea! I can't wait to make some of these for friends :D

  12. What a fantastic recipe. I heard of cake and brownies in a jar, but never pie. I must try this soon.

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Foodie Wednesday. hope to see you there this week as well.

  13. These are the cutest little things. I'm so impressed that you didn't dig in yourself. How long did you bake the crust and then the full pie? I would love to try this.

    I am soooo doing this for my Drewbie's teachers. It's his last day with his teachers on Thurs, then he moves to a new class..
    Gonna sure miss those ladies.. they sure helped me out a LOT!

  15. I'm gonna use my famous banana caramel pie recipe. It's four ingredients, no baking.

    Ready? Get a nilla pie crust. Get a can of condensed milk. Take the label off. Boil the whole can submerged in water for about 4 hours. Let the can cool. Get 4-5 ripe bananas and slice them lengthwise. (I like mine with a little green on top). Put the banancas in the crust, open up the can and pour your TA-DA "caramel" on top, then top with cool whip. HOW EASY WAS THAT.
    Oh and the pie.. TO.DIE.FOR. I dream of this pie every so often.

  16. Let me be very clear... NILLA pie crust. It makes everything worth living.

  17. Terry -- I baked the crust and pie as directed in the recipe just like I was baking the whole pie. I checked often because I wasn't sure it would need the whole time but it did.

    Calypso -- Thanks for the new recipe. I'm looking forward to giving that a try -- sounds yummy!

  18. I love this idea. My daughter is not in school yet, but I thought that this would be great for her sitters! Thanks

  19. THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I'd like to invite you back this week.
    I hope to see you again!

  20. Cute idea. Never seen pie in a jar. Very creative. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on right now over on my blog. :) (New follower, cute blog!) :)


  21. These are so cute! Thanks for linking these up to our party. We are featuring you this week so come grab a button!

    The Sisters @

  22. Very neat idea! These would be great for our church kids to do for elderly and shut ins, too! Thanks for sharing :)

  23. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know that your recipe was #1 on last week's Sweet Indulgences Sunday. Hope you'll stop by this week and add another recipe.

  24. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

  25. really love this idea... such a nice gift! Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesday at Nap-Time Creations. I really hope you can come back and link up again this week!

  26. Delicious idea's !i love cake plates and use them for numerous things.....looking so impressive like dark green!!
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  27. WONDERFUL idea! How long do you cook the pie crust and pie filling in the mason jars?

  28. Can you suggest some more collection about thanking gifts?

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