These delicious recipes are just what you need to spruce up your dessert style. Not only are mason jar desserts super easy to make, but they are also budget-friendly.
From cakes to pies and ice cream there is a mason jar dessert out there for everyone. After that first taste hits your tongue, you will be wanting to make every dessert this way!
With mason jar desserts you can’t go wrong, it may look a little intimidating but once you create one recipe you will want to create more! Mason jar desserts are as simple as creating your normal dessert but creating a smaller version.
Mason Jar Desserts
Mason jar desserts have been all the craze lately, because not only are these recipes picturesque but they are also tasty and delicious. There many different combinations and recipes out there for mason jar desserts from cakes to brownies and even ice cream.
What’s great about these desserts in jars is that you can choose the size and style of the jar. For example, if you are hosting a beach-themed party, you would want to choose a dessert that correlates with that theme right? Something like a lemonade icebox pie or banana pudding in a jar. Now to top it all off you can go to your local home goods store and find mason jars that are beach-themed.
How adorable is that?! That is the great thing about desserts in a jar, there are endless combinations and opportunities you can do when making a mason jar dessert. Whether it is the Fourth of July, Easter, Christmas, a birthday, or Mothers Day, there is a treat for any occasion!
Why you’re going to love it!
They taste amazing. Everyone will love them.
Easy to make. You don’t need a lot of time or energy to make.
The sweet and tart flavor of key lime pie is a long-time favorite but put it in a jar and somehow it gets even better! Layer some graham crackers at the bottom of your jar (be generous), throw in your key lime filling, and layer on the whipped cream, voila!
How easy was that? So easy you will probably want to make it every night!
This yummy seasonal dessert puts you in the holiday spirit! Rhubarb is a tart vegetable that when paired with some sugar and pie crust is irresistible! What’s even better than rhubarb pie? Rhubarb pie in a jar!
A delicious lemony dessert for you to make on a warm summer afternoon is lemonade icebox pie in a jar. Gather the ingredients listed in the recipe to make this yummy dessert. Put it all together and try not to lick the mason jar when you’re done!
This Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake is a flavor explosion. With rich flavors coming from the chocolate, and tart flavors coming from the cherries. This sweet dessert gets extra bold when you combine the ingredients together.
You really can’t go wrong with a strawberry shortcake. There are a few different ways to make this recipe using angel food cake, pound cake, graham crackers, or even vanilla wafers as a base. Personally, for this mason jar recipe, I’d go for the graham crackers or mashed-up vanilla wafers.
Coat the bottom with the crust and add in your strawberries and whip cream. Add as much or as little of each item, it is totally your preference. Not only is this simple to make but it requires no baking and it costs less than $10!
How many times do you find yourself baking cupcakes for your kids’ birthday, partner’s birthday, or just as a quick treat? Well, if you are looking for a way to spruce up your cupcake game I highly recommend making a cupcake in a jar.
Stack layers of cake and icing on top of each other until it’s filled up. Sprinkle some toppings on it and you have this adorable cupcake dessert that is picture-worthy!
Doesn’t blueberry cheesecake sound like a warm summer evening after a nice family BBQ? This is one of my favorite mason jar desserts because it’s rich and sweet flavors go beautifully together. If you have any extras, be sure to stick them in the fridge when you’re done to save for tomorrow.
The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake is a creamy treat that is every chocolate lover’s dream! With the cheesecake and peanut butter giving it that rich and thick taste, then pairing it with rich chocolate and crunchy peanuts. This dessert will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Does your grandma love to cook her traditional tiramisu at Christmas time? If you said yes, it’s time to change it up and serve it in a jar! You already make it in small pastry dishes, why not place it in a jar with some creamy icing and cinnamon?
If you are looking for a fun way to use Bailey’s Irish Cream then you’ve come to the right place. This is a fun dessert for adults only. With a variety of flavors, this dessert calls for vanilla and chocolate custard, whipped cream, a brownie, caramel sauce, and a light touch of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Yum!
Even if you aren’t a fan of coconut, you may find this recipe pretty delicious.
Coconut mousse is light and airy but has a rich flavor. The best way to use this mousse is for icing on a fruit pie. Spread the coconut mousse onto your fruit pie crust and add the fruit on top for a yummy and healthy dessert.
Nothing makes your kitchen smell better than warm chocolate brownies. In this recipe, you make delicious brownies in less time than you would in an Oven. Using an instant pot, combine your ingredients into mason jars and place them inside the pot. Cook until finished and top with ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry. This was a quick and easy brownie sundae.
This Jarcuterie dessert is spun off of the popular charcuterie board made with cold meats and cheeses. Instead of these foods, create a container full of sweet treats. There are endless options when making jarcuterie. Choose combinations with dried fruit, chocolate-covered fruit, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and your favorite candy. Make it look presentational and your kids will love it!
Lemon curd is the perfect dessert for relaxing beside the pool. It’s very light and airy just like the coconut mousse, and not as sweet as normal lemon desserts. Choose to eat this plain or add it as a topping to your favorite sweet treat.
What if I told you, you could make ice cream in a jar with only three ingredients? Well, this is it! All you need is whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar. No machine needed but maybe a little bit of muscle when stirring the ice cream.
Trust me it will all be worth it in the end.
As you can see there is an endless amount of mason jar desserts you can make. It doesn’t just stop at desserts either, there are soups, pasta, and salads that can be made in a mason jar. So if I were you I’d run out and buy myself some mason jars as soon as possible because you don’t want to miss out on these fun mason jar desserts and recipes!
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First Published: July 3, 2014. Last Updated: July 1, 2021.
About Sheila Thigpen
Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer
Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.
You've got so many amazing recipes here! I've bookmarked it so I can just go down the list!
Tuesday 11th of August 2020
Can I ask what size jar is used? They all look delicious.
Tuesday 11th of August 2020
Diane, each of the recipes should specify what size jar to use. Please click through to those that you are interested in making for more details :)
Monday 10th of August 2020
So many delicious recipes! I'll start from the top and work my way through the yum!
Thursday 28th of May 2015
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!
Saturday 30th of May 2015
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.