Blackberry Cream Pies {in a jar}

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One of the earliest memories of my dad I have is of the two of us. On weekends he’d give my mom some time alone and the two of us would go on adventures.

Our two adventures I remember the most, because we did them so much, were looking at airplanes, and looking at boats.

My favorite boat in the dry-dock boat yard was the “naked lady boat.” Because, well, she had a naked lady chalk outlined on the side.

But the things I remember most about our outings were Cheetos and orange soda. And occasionally chocolate milk.

I still remember the little store we’d stop and get them at. And I remember the taste of the orange soda.

These Blackberry Cream Pies really have nothing to do with orange soda. Or Cheetos (ew, that would be gross. Or like an episode of Cupcake Wars).

They, however, have everything to do with my dad.  I made them for him, for Father’s Day.

We celebrated last weekend, when Jordan and I were there visiting. Celebrating holidays early works very well for a food blogger. Know what I mean?

My dad loves blackberries. Blackberry pie is his most favorite. However, he is not allowed to have seeds. Which kind of makes blackberry pie off-limits.

I am, in fact, one day going to make an actual, honest-to-goodness blackberry pie for him, seedless. I just haven’t figured out how yet.

These are a start.

A shortbread crust and blackberry cream (made with blackberry juice, jam, and one of the food groups I grew up on Cool Whip).

Oh, did I mention my dad needs to eat sugar-free?

That adds an extra level of creativity to making baked goods for him.

This dessert is totally sugar-free (well, aside from the sugar in the fruit), and I’ve written those options into the recipe. You can, however, use regular full-sugar equivalents.

And I think the jars make it seem cute. And easily transportable for when your dad is a two-hour drive away.

{One of my favorite photos from our wedding.}

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy. I love you thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much. And more. And, whenever Jordan regales me with stories of how you took her to watch the airplanes, my heart fills up.

And now that she likes soda (believe me, he was crushed that she didn’t before) feel free to fill her up with the orange stuff.

But you get to deal with her after. Just sayin’. 🙂

Oh, and I didn’t forget about my husband. Because he’s an awesome dad too. But that deserves its own post.

And, people. I made a dessert he would actually eat.

*Mind Blown*

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. You rock.


Blackberry Cream Pies {in a jar}


For the Crust

  • 30 shortbread cookies (Murray’s sugar-free or similar)
  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted

For the Filling

  • 1 cup blackberries , rinsed + 1 tablespoon water (or 1/3 cup blackberry juice)
  • ½ cup seedless blackberry jam (sugar-free option)
  • 2 cups Cool Whip (sugar-free option)

Additional Items

  • 4-6 half-pint jars (4 for a lot of crust, 6 for less)
  • Additional Cool Whip or whipped cream , blackberries, and chocolate sauce for garnish


For the Crust:

  1. Crust cookies finely in a food processor. Mix with melted butter. Evenly divide among jars and press to compact. Chill until filling is ready.

Make your Filling:

  1. First, you must make your blackberry juice. Place berries and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Crush with a potato masher and bring to a boil. Cook for two minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. This will make about 1/3 cup juice. Cool completely before making pies.
  2. Whisk jam and cooled juice in a large bowl. Stir in Cool Whip. Divide evenly among chilled crusts. Top with jar lids to transport. Serve with additional Cool Whip, blackberries, and chocolate sauce. Store in refrigerator.
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  1. Oh these look so good and would be so great to take on picnics. I am pinning it to try 🙂

  2. I love pie in a jar–and these look great! Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits. I bet your dad loved eating these. And I LOVE the wedding pic–seeing pictures of dads and their daughters at weddings always makes me tear up!

  3. I loved this post! The part about the Cheetos and orange soda made me laugh because my memory of being out and about with my dad involves the taste of Twinkies and Coke combined with the smell of gas fumes from a motorboat being pushed into the water. Fun times. The desserts in little jars are too cute.

  4. Fun and cute! Wish I had a spoon:@)

  5. Dorothy, Very very sweet post. Both in recipe and in sentiment! I say anything tastes better in a jar! This sweet blackberry cream pie is adorable and looks scrumptious!
    I would love you to join ON THE MENU MONDAY and bring this great dessert to share! Post is live now!

  6. Dorothy! These are too cute for words! That filling looks delicious. I love baking/no-baking with cool whip!!

  7. These look wonderful and your story was even better. I love that these pies are so easily portable! I know my hubby would love these and Lord knows, we have blackberries here in the Pacific Northwest. XOXO

  8. Awe I love the wedding picture with your dad…so sweet!!! I’m sure your dad loved the time and love that you put into these fun cute jar pies!!! And blackberry…yum!!!! So summery!

  9. What a sweet post. I’m such a sucker for sentimental stuff 🙂 so sweet that your daughter gets to enjoy the same adventures with your dad that you did.
    These pies are adorable! I bet your dad felt special getting this custom dessert!

  10. Those are so cute!!! My hubbies dad has to eat sugar free too… I need to make these for him! yummy!

  11. I love the little Jars sooo cute! Fab wedding pic! These look yum and they’re low on sugar,great recipe 🙂

  12. aw I love stories like this, dads and their little girls always have good stories to share:)


  14. We have just been trying blackberries! I love anything in a jar. Its just so cute. I’d like to invite you to link up at Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs. Hope to see you there!

  15. Such a sweet post, Dorothy! And the pies look yummy!!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  16. You’re killing me with all these tasty treats! I’ll never be able to lose weight, but hold on…these have blackberries (which are a fruit), and fruit is healthy right? Ok, I’m making these! 🙂

  17. For not liking blackberries, I am alllllll over this. It looks so creamy and yummy and berrylicious. And what a cute story about you and your pop 🙂 cool dads rock and so do orange foods! I’m sure your dad was beyond surprised and happy to stuff his face full of one or five of these jarred pies.

  18. Blackberries and I have some wonderful memories too. Love the idea and they look so good. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Awww so sweet. And the pie jars look awesome. I just planted a blackberry bush this year. Can’t wait to see if it bears fruit next year!

  20. These beautiful jar creations look like so much fun to make AND to eat! Yummly!!

  21. I (obviously) love the jar idea, too! So many reasons to love them. Thanks for sharing, this recipe sounds a little lighter than mine (always a good option) 🙂

  22. I never make fruit pies because it’s not my idea of dessert (um where’s the marshmallows or ice cream??), but I’m bookmarking this for when my dad visits! Anything is decidedly cuter in a mason jar 🙂

  23. These looks so cute, the jar makes them. Love your story about your dad. There’s truly something special about dads and their daughters. Having two girls of my own now, I love watching their relationship with my husband grow. Today my 3 year old said she wanted to marry her daddy. I remember saying that about my dad. The picture is very sweet too.

  24. THese are so cute! And portable enough for a picnic 🙂 lovely post all around!

  25. I love desserts in jars…and have blackberries in my fridge right now so these are exactly perfect! I wonder if blackberries can be smashed and strained to get rid of the seeds?

  26. Oh my gosh. This looks incredible! I love blackberries. And I REALLY love the looks of the crust!

  27. Awwwwww I loved your post about the fun things you did with your Dad!! The blackberry pies look awesome, too!!!

  28. Those look wonderful! I miss my dad every Father’s Day and I wish he could have been at my wedding. You are a very lucky lady.

  29. What a sweet post and sweet dessert! I am a bit obsessed lately with desserts in jars and if they are filled with Blackberry Cream Pie, even better! Love this! 🙂

  30. These look soooooooooooooooooooo delicious!
    I love the idea of serving in a jar 🙂 Quite unique
    I’m jealous as we don’t have here fresh blackberries ):

  31. We LOVE blackberries and I can’t wait to make this. Pinned and so excited 🙂

    The Farm Girl

  32. Thanks so much for your comment! It led me here to your beautiful site. My dad’s go to is chocolate chip cookies, without the chocolate chips…..those dad’s are strange fellows, aren’t they?

  33. This really caught my eye at Mandy’s… look delicious!!!

  34. Oh my goodness these look fantastic! Im definitely pinning these and need to make them soon. It will be blackberry season here before I know it! Found you through the Saturday Link and Greet party, thanks for sharing!

  35. these look amazing!! I love blackberries too!

  36. Wonder if you could can this recipe?

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