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In The Kitchen: Pie In A Jar


Rob maybe a wiz at whipping together a savory dinner but I definitely take the cake for yummy desserts. One of my favorites are apple pies in a jar. It’s a fun and easy way to serve your favorite apple pie and there are so many fun ways to customize. You can also give them as favors for a wedding or as a gift during Christmas time.

I was recently in NJ visiting my family and decided to make them as a treat for dessert.


For 8 small wide mouth jelly jars I peeled and cut into small pieces 4 large apples. I used a mix between Gala, Granny Smith, and Cortland apples. I then mixed together a simple apple pie filling and added it to the cut apples.

3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Using Pillsbury pie crust I lined each jar making sure there were no cracks (about 3 crusts, 1.5 boxes).


I filled each jar almost to the top but leaving room for the top layer of crust. If you plan to close each jar and bake at a later time make sure it does not pass the threshold. If you are going to throw them right in the oven you don’t have to worry about that as much.


Using the 4th pie crust I cut out a top layer for each jar and used some fun cookie cutters for accents.


I love using cookie cutters because you can customize the jars for any holiday or special event.


I placed all of the jars on a cookie sheet and baked at 325 for 45 minutes. Cook time will depend on your over so you may want to start checking them around 35 minutes.


Once cooled I topped with some whip cream and they were ready to serve! The extras can be covered and placed in the fridge to be warmed up at a later time. I always make extras for that exact reason.


Chocolate Pretzel Rods ~ Yummy!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels v2

This year Rob, P, and I are visiting my parents for the holidays which means attending our family’s Christmas Day party. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, I come from a fairly large family. This year there will be about 45 family gathered together on Christmas Day. One of the newer traditions we have started is a cookie exchange. It’s a great way to share recipes and take a yummy variety of treats home to enjoy on New Years Eve. There are some amazing bakers in my family so I really had to step up my game and find something yummy. I wanted to make something a little different and ended up finding this beautiful image on Pinterest of chocolate covered pretzels. Turns out, it was from a favorite blog of mine, My Blessed Life.  Since salty-sweet is a favorite of mine, I knew this was the one!


What’s great about this recipe is that there really isn’t one at all! Just buy your favorite pretzel rods, Almond Bark chocolate and any toppings you fancy.


I chose peppermint pieces, Oreo cookies, sprinkles and pecans. I used my Ninja to finely chop everything. This is really important because bigger pieces won’t stick to the chocolate covered pretzel rods. I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate. In a perfect world, I would have melted the milk and white chocolate at the same time but I am still a novice baker. I melted the milk chocolate first and then the white chocolate later.


Now, before you get all frustrated, take a look at what my first few looked like. After these first few, I was ready to give up because they looked terrible! Figuring out the best way to get the chocolate onto the pretzel was a little tricky.

With the help of Rob and my Mom, we kept at it and 2-3 rods later, we had figured out a good rhythm.  I held the pretzel rod over the pot and used a spoon to evenly pour the chocolate on. Then I laid it on parchment paper so I could later trim the excess off and pick up the finished rod without it sticking. I did about 10 at a time and then sprinkled them with a topping. I found that if you sprinkle them too soon the toppings slips right off and too late they won’t stick at all. Make sure to have enough to practice on a few to get into a good rhythm.

I have to admit these came out pretty good and they were very yummy! I got several positive comments on Christmas Day and was asked to bring them again next year.