10 Mason Jar Summer Desserts

Blueberry Cheesecake in a Jar - Life, Love, and Good Food

This week families throughout our beloved nation will be “eating out” beside backyard pools, at the lake, in the mountains, or on the beach (I’m particularly jealous of this group!) in celebration of Independence Day. Even so, I feel fortunate to be celebrating with my family and our just-turned-one-year-old niece, Zadie Ruth, here from Arkansas for the weekend. We’ll be grilling John’s famous burgers and enjoying Blueberry Layered Cheesecake in a Jar for dessert (a variation of the first recipe on my list of 10 Mason Jar Summer Desserts shown below). I can’t wait to dig in!

Mason Jar desserts are a great picnic or cookout idea — just make them ahead and stash them in a cooler for easy serving later. Below is my list of mason jar desserts from some other awesome food bloggers that I’m anxious to try before the summer is over! Happy 4th, ya’ll!

1.Layered-Cheesecake-JarsLayered Cheesecake in Jars

2.salted caramel brownie

Mason Jar Salted Caramel Brownie Trifles


Mini Butterfinger® Pies in a Jar

4.banana split strawberry parfait idea

Banana Split Parfait

5.key lime pie

Key Lime Pie in a Jar

6.brownie batter parfait

Brownie Batter Parfait

7.smores in jars

Smores Treats in Mini Mason Jars


Apple Pie in a Jar

9.cupcake in a jar

Sweetness Contained: Cupcakes in a Jar

10.Punch Bowl Cake Mason Jar

Punch Bowl Cake in a Jar

Blueberry Cheesecake in a Jar
Serves: 12
Graham cracker layer
  • 12 whole crackers graham crackers , crushed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, melted
Cheesecake layer
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 can condensed milk, sweetened
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla
  • ½ cup sour cream
Blueberry topping
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 8-ounce jar blueberry jam
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Graham cracker crust
  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and cinnamon in a medium size bowl and mix well. Press 2½ tablespoons into the bottom of 12 8-ounce mason jars.
  2. Place jars in a 9x13 inch cake pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven to cool slightly while preparing the batter.
Blueberry topping
  1. Combine orange juice and cornstarch in a medium size microwave-safe bowl. Stir till smooth. Add blueberry jam and 1 cup blueberries and stir.
  2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring half way through. Remove from microwave and stir in remaining 1 cups berries and vanilla. Crush whole berries slightly with the back of a spoon. Set mixture aside to cool then cover and refrigerate till ready to use.
Cheesecake layer
  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until very fluffy. Add condensed milk, sour cream and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping bowl after each addition. Beat on high for two more minutes.
  2. Divide batter among prepared jars, about ½ cup in each jar and return jars to the 9x13-inch cake pan. Add enough water to pan to fill the pan ¾ full. Bake at 350˚F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow jars to cool to room temperature in pan.
  3. Divide blueberry topping between the jars. Leave some space at the top. Screw lids on jars and store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Recipe adapted from The Café Sucré Farine.


  1. says

    Cheesecake in a mason jar looks wonderful!
    However, I have 2 questions.
    Won’t the jars shatter if you don’t pour water around them before. Baking?
    Can any little glass mason-type jar be safely baked, or are Mason brand jars designed for baking?
    Any info would be so appreciated….Thanks!

    • says

      Mary, I would only use jars made specifically for canning (Mason or other brand) since they are designed for heat. The jars did not break when I baked them with the crust at 350 degrees for only 10 minutes.

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