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Every year I try to come up with sweet ways to show the kids how thankful I am for them. In years past I have sent notes with little candies attached in their lunch boxes and they have always loved it. This year however, after going through four huge bags of Halloween candy, I wanted to try something different. I don't have a lot of time on my hands, so I decided to bake up some Mrs. Smith's pies, and put them in mason jars with Cool Whip. It was easy, and my kids LOVED it (as did some of our friends who got to share in the #ThankfullySweet Pie Parfaits)!
The Mrs. Smith's pies are so good, and everyone in my family has different tastes; so I decided to use Pumpkin Pie, Dutch Apple Pie, and my personal favorite Very Berry Pie.
These parfaits are so easy to put together, just make sure to let your pie cool (for about 2 hours) before you deconstruct it. You also need to make sure the pie filling is cool, or the Cool Whip will melt when you add it to the parfait.
For my first pie I removed the top first and placed it on a plate, the removed the filling, and placed the bottom crust in the mason jars. So for the Mrs. Smith Very Berry Pie I used crust on the bottom, the next layer was pie filling, then the top crust, then the Cool Whip. I repeated twice in each jar.
I found that I could have gone with smaller jars for the kids because this was more pie than they could eat. Each pie will make 4-6 jars.
Everything I purchased was from Walmart. The ribbon was actually marked down to .10, so I really lucked out on that. I also had coupons for the Mrs. Smith's Pie and Cool Whip. I used hot glue to attach the ribbons, but you could also use tape.
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I have to say, that even if you don't plan to make these Thankfully Sweet Pie Parfaits, but are still planning to make pies for the holidays, Mrs. Smith's pies are the way to go. My biggest pet peeves with pies are broken crusts, and my pie shells looked amazing on these pies. Take a look at this pumpkin pie, straight from the box. It doesn't get much prettier than that!
Pie parfaits aren't just for kids! You could make up a fun basket like this one, and share it with your friends and family, as a sweet reminder of how thankful you are for them!