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In my family, dessert is serious business. Especially pie. (Remember Avery’s Pie themed birthday party? Yeah. Serious.) Cherry pie is my favorite. Growing up I’d always ask my Nana if I could just eat the cherry pie filling, right out of the can. She’d tell me that I was being crazy, and absolutely not. I can still picture the look on her face when I’d ask. It was as if I was asking her to spread margarine on my toast or something. Completely absurd!!
Years later, after she was diagnosed with cancer, I came into her kitchen one evening and she was sitting at the table, with a can of cherry pie filling and a spoon. I looked at her quizzically and she smiled and said “You only live once, might as well enjoy it!” we both laughed, and then I sat and ate that can of cherry pie filling, and it was just as delicious (albeit, sickeningly sweet) as I’d always dreamed it to be!
My Nana always made the best pies, and my aunt has carried on that tradition. I on the other hand? I can’t make a pie crust to save my life! I don’t know what my issue is, but no mater how hard I try, my pie crust always comes out terribly. Not just bad, but completely un-edible!
After my Nana passed away, I compiled some of her recipes in a little book to give to family and dear friends. One of those recipes was for her pie crust. Even using this tried and true recipe I was still a pie crust failure. I figured it just wasn’t meant to be, and sought out the best store-bought pies I could find.
My favorite brand is Mrs. Smith’s! These pies aren’t your ordinary supermarket pie. Mrs. Smith’s pies truly have that delicious homemade taste and perfectly flaky crust! I think it’s the butter. That’s another thing my Nana taught me. EVERYTHING is better with butter–REAL butter!
And, now through December 10th you can save $1.00 on Mrs. Smith’s Pie with the purchase of Cool Whip! Grab the coupon HERE!
With Thanksgiving just a few short days away, I headed to Walmart to grab a few pies for dessert! I picked up a traditional pumpkin pie, and, of course, a cherry pie! I also picked up a tub of Cool Whip! Because pie just isn’t complete without Cool Whip on top!
Following the directions on the box I baked the pies and they came out beautifully. I wanted to do something more with these pies, though. Something fun! Something different!
I decided to make Deconstructed Pie Shooters! It is an incredibly quick & easy way to make it look like you spent hours on dessert! You just layer the pie and the Cool Whip to your little heart’s content then top them with sprinkles or crushed nuts or cinnamon or whatever else you can think of! The shooters are the perfect size (one serving of pie based on recommended serving size) and they are easy for your guests to grab and enjoy! They look super cute, too!
- 1 Mrs. Smith's Pie-any variety
- Cool Whip whipped topping
- Sprinkles, nuts, or cinnamon (optional)
- Small cups or jars
- Bake pies according to instructions on box.
- Allow pie to cool.
- In a large bowl, cut, chop, or otherwise smash the pie.
- Scoop pie into small cups or jars.
- Layer pie, then Cool Whip, then another layer of pie, until filled.
- Top with a scoop of Cool Whip and sprinkle with whatever toppings you'd like.
I was really happy with how they came out, and I know my nana would love them too!
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