Friday, December 17, 2010

homemade gifts

I have a lot of people I like to give a little something to for Christmas and the holidays.  You know, people who deserve more than just a card but I don't buy big gifts, friends, neighbors, etc.  For these people I like to make a little homemade gift for them.  This year I'm giving the cutest little thing!

Pie In a Jar

I came across this blog: Our Best Bites
It includes pictures and the recipe to make single serving pies in a jar.  They are easy, cute and yummy.
I made several pies in jars; apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry, pumpkin and then I changed it up a bit and made cobbler in a jar; blueberry, peach, apple, cherry. 
I gave some out at work this week and everyone loved them!

Here's what mine looked like and I've included our family cobbler recipe in case you want to try that too.

fresh out of the oven: strawberry pie on the left, blueberry cobbler in the middle 
and cherry cobbler on the right

I labeled them and used twine to attach the recipe card.  
I used this to make the vintage looking card catalog cards that include the link to the recipe.
I learned about this link from here.

A couple of jars got a specially added touch.
All packed up and ready to be delivered.

3 Ring Cottage Cobbler Recipe

For a 9xll dish:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 cups canned fruit filling with juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in a large baking dish.
Combine flour, sugar and baking powder in to a bowl.  Add milk and mix well.
Heat fruit in it's juice.  Pour the batter over the butter.  Do not stir.
Pour hot fruit over the batter.  Do not stir.  Bake until he batter creeps up
to the top of the baking dish and forms a brown crust (that's what my family recipe says).  
For modern people, bake about 30 minutes.

To adapt for Cobbler In a Jar
Put a pat of butter in each jar.  Place jars in microwave for about 30 seconds or so to melt butter.
Mix cobbler batter as directed above.  Drop a couple of large spoonfuls in to each jar (do not stir).  
Drop a couple of large spoonfuls of fruit in to each jar.  I used fruit pie filling. (do not stir).
Bake about 30 minutes.
(There is enough batter for about 8 jars.  One can of pie filling makes about 4 jars).

For both pies and cobblers, I like to sprinkle just a touch of 
cinnamon sugar and nutmeg on top of each one before baking.


  1. what a great idea! Now, first, where do you get those sized jars? And are these fully baked when you give them out? Do they reheat or finish baking them? I love this. Ann

  2. Now this is so clever and such a great gift. I will definitely make some. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

  3. I've never seen this! What a creative idea; I'm sure your recipients will love them! Merry Christmas!

  4. These look awesome! Makes my mouth water to see them. Makes my hips bigger too....not good. :)

  5. I'll bet these were a HUGE hit! They sound so good~and no one can say no to just one single serving jar, right?

    I'm going to bookmark this and use it next year. Thanks!

  6. Now I want pie. REally bad. That is such an awesome idea!

  7. are they sealed or need refrigeration?

  8. I meant to tell was delicious!
    Amy and I both agreed!


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