I love this Pie In A Jar idea I've been seeing lately. You just get some 4 oz canning jars (Walmart), press some pie crust into the jar, along the bottom and up the sides most of the way. Add some pie filling and then use the band from the lid to cut a circle to press and pinch onto the top. I think it's necessary to cut open the top a little for breathing room. But these can be frozen and then popped into the oven straight from the freezer. Remember to take the entire lid off, put them on a cookie sheet and bake them at 350° for about 15 minutes or until you see through the jar that the crust is starting to brown.
Then, of course I had to try it my own way and made some using my all time favorite pie recipe. Here is the original recipe:
Cookie Crust Lemon Pie
1 pkg (20 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 Tbsp butter
yellow food coloring, optional
Cut the package of cookie dough in half. Put one half in the freezer to keep firm while you prepare the filling. Press other half into bottom and up sides of pie pan. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and eggs. Mix well. Over medium heat, add the lemon juice and boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until it boils and thickens, then cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add food coloring if desired (I usually don't. Au natural is good for me). Pour into the crust. Cut remaining cookie dough into 16 rounds. Place rounds over top of pie filling. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar. Cool completely, then chill in fridge completely for a few hours before serving.
To adapt it for the jars I just smooshed the cookie dough into the jar just like the pie crust, filled it with the lemon filling and then cut a thin slice of the dough to lay on top.
I think I put too much of the filling or cookie dough or both because this is what happened in the oven.
I should have taken into account how much cookie dough expands. There's always next time. It sure didn't affect the taste though. Yum!!
Now you can have a piece of pie anytime or a tasty little gift for someone!