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Creme Brulée Pie in a Jar

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creme brulee pie in a jar

This weekend, I received Renuzit Tempting Indulgence Creme Brulée fragrance in the mail.  As part of this challenge I was to create a recipe that was inspired based on this scent.  I already had in mind exactly what I thought of when I thought Creme Brulée, that was to make individual pies in a jar!

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The wonderful thing about these delicious creations is that they can be given as gifts too a pie in the jar paired with one of Renuzit’s Tempting Indulgences.  All you need to do is add a little decorative tag to them and you have a wonderful gift!  As soon as I made these I immediately thought teacher gifts especially as the kids head back to school, this would be a great little gift to bless your teacher with on the first day.  I am sure by the end of the day she will be more than happy to enjoy an individual pie!

creme brulee pie in a jar

cream brulee pie in a jarThe jars I used for these are half pint size jars.  They are perfect for individual size pies and can be picked up at your local Walmart.  To see my entire shop including the jars that I purchased head on over to my Google + story.

For this recipe I decided to use the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust.  I used both crust to make the 8 pies, you may have additional too depending on the amount that you use to make a few extras.

creme brulee pie in a jarcreme brulee pie in a jarcreme brulee pie in a jarTo make this pie, I simply adapted a basic Creme Brulée pie, I had to adjust the method to account for the jars as opposed to a basic pie crust.  They turned out perfectly and just as I had hoped.  I was able to make 8 servings with 2 pie crust that included the inside of the jar with crust as well as the top.

Be sure and remember when making a pie in a jar, that you need to have a vent on the top of the crust.  In order to do this you can get creative and use cookie cutters to make decorative shapes or you can use a knife and simply cut slits.  I did a few with a basket weave too.  Then, to garnish my pies I added homemade whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

creme brulee pie in a jar

Let’s get on to this complete recipe!

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Creme Brulée Pie in a Jar


  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 2/3 Cup 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1 14oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 Egg Yolks, Beaten
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 9 inch Pastry Shells (I used Pillsbury Refrigerated Shells)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 8-10 Half Pint Jars for Canning

Homemade Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 4 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon



Preheat oven to 375*.

Begin by preparing the pie jars. Make sure they are washed and cleaned out. Then, roll out your pie dough. Use the tops of the jars to make the circles for the lids of the jar. Using the remaining dough pat it into the jar to cover the sides and bottom of the jar to make the pie shell. I left about an inch at the top where the lid would be screwed on without crust.

In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add in the cornstarch and cream, whisk this until fully dissolved.

Next, whisk in the condensed milk, egg yolks, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Continue stirring and cooking on medium heat until thick and bubbly.

At this point, remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla until the butter is completely melted.

Pour enough of the creme brulee mixture into each jar to fill up to the top of your crust. Be sure to add a slit into the round top that you cut out with the lids before sealing it onto the top of the pie. This will allow the filling to breathe during the baking process. At this point I was able to make 8 individual pies; however, you may be able to make a few more depending on the amount of dough that you use.

Top each of the pies with sugar, then place the jars in a casserole dish to easily bake them in the oven.

Bake these in the oven for 45 minutes on 375* or until pie crust has browned.

While these are baking add your whipped cream ingredients to a stand mixer and whisk on high until the whipped cream has formed. At this point I fill a decorator's bag and use a Wilton 1M tip. Set this aside until you are ready to add the whipped cream.

Let these cool completely once the jars have completely cooled you can put them in the fridge for 1-2 hours to chill or serve them warm without chilling. Note: Do not put these jars in the fridge or freezer when they are still hot or warm from the oven.

Add the whipped cream and a little cinnamon to garnish them and enjoy.


I hope you enjoy these delicious treats!  Be sure to check out more inspiring scents from Renuzit Tempting Indulgences over on their Facebook or Twitter at #TemptYourSenses.

This recipe has also been linked up to Eat at Home.

Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Renuzit #CBias #SocialFabric  All the thoughts, opinions, recipe, and pictures are my own.

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14 Responses to “Creme Brulée Pie in a Jar”

  1. Christine@TheCupcakeBanditsposted July 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Awww! Those desserts are too stinkin’ cute! Great job!


  2. Brandiposted July 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

    YUM! I can’t wait to try these!!


  3. Arlene @FlourOnMyFaceposted July 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I love desserts in jars! These look so good.


  4. JanetGoingCrazyposted July 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I love the jar!! My son is so interested in making desserts (or anything in the kitchen really) that he would probably love making these!


  5. Randi - Dukes and Duchessesposted July 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Those look so delicious! I love desserts in a jar … they’re just too cute!


  6. Israposted July 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Ive always wanted to make a dessert in a jar, this recipe looks so delish!


  7. Chrissyposted July 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Delicious! I love making desserts in a jar, something about Mini pies and things are adorable! Great idea!


  8. Tammyposted July 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Okay as everyone else has already said, those are just too stinking cute! I really have to try this ‘jar’ baking thing.


  9. Jules @ A Little Bite of Lifeposted July 26, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Creme brulee in a jar? This is so adorable-a perfect summer way to present creme brulee!


  10. Julieposted October 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I’ve never had crème brûlée PIE before…I love the creaminess of the custard and the crunch of the caramelized sugar topping. Have you tried it in a jar the “traditional” way? Thanks!



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