20 Ways to Enjoy Dessert in a Jar

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close up image of hands holding a mason jar dessert

Why you’ll love Desserts in a Jar!

  • They taste amazing. Everyone will love them.
  • Easy to make. You don’t need a lot of time or energy to make.
  • Great for beginners. No need to be experienced.

Mason jar desserts have been all the craze lately because not only are these recipes picturesque, but they are also tasty and delicious. There are 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! 

Mason Jar Pies

No bake key lime pie in a jar on a table.

1. No-Bake Key Lime Pie in a Jar

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!

Photo Credit: www.soulfullymade.com

2. Rhubarb Custard Pies

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!

Photo Credit: simplebites.net

Rhubarb pie in a jar on a plate with a napkin and a fork.
Lemonade pie in small mason jars sitting on a wooden board.

3. Easy Lemonade Icebox Pie

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!

4. Nutella Ice Cream Pie in a Jar

Try this Nutella ice cream recipe, it’s one of my favorite mason jar desserts. Not only is it delicious but it is also super easy to make. This recipe takes less than 10 minutes. Try it out!  

ice cream pie in a jar with chocolate whipped cream, nutella, and nuts.

Cake in Jar Ideas

Strawberry icebox cake in a mason jar on a white plate with a spoon and sprig of mint.

5. Strawberry Ice Box Cake

Just like the lemonade icebox cake, this strawberry version is just as good and very lightweight. With three simple ingredients, you really can’t go wrong with this recipe. Grab some graham crackers, strawberries, and whipped cream, and throw them in a jar!

6. Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

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.

A spoon of chocolate cherry dump cake in a jar on a table.
Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar on a table with silver spoons.

7. Strawberry Shortcake

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. 

Photo Credit: www.suburbansimplicity.com

8. Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

Photo Credit: www.momlovesbaking.com

Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes in a mason jar on a table with sprinkles.

Mason Jar Cheesecakes

Blueberry cheesecake in mason jars on a blue tablecloth.

9. Blueberry Cheesecake

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.

10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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.

Photo Credit: www.barbarabakes.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake in jars on a table.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a jar with cookie crumbles on top.

11. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Once you eat this dessert you will have a hard time resisting every last drop. This Oreo Cheesecake is by far one of the best dessert recipes, whether it is in a jar or not.

Photo Credit: www.savoringthegood.com

12. Tiramisu Cheesecake Parfait

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?

Tiramisu Cheesecake Parfait | Life, Love, and Good Food

Pudding Jars

No bake banana pudding in small mason jars on a table.

13. No-Bake Banana Pudding

The sweet and creamy banana pudding, a classic in desserts. Like I said before and will say again, if you like banana pudding you’ll love it even more in a jar!

14. Bailey’s Chocolate Brownie Trifle

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 — vanilla and chocolate custard, brownie, caramel sauce, and a touch of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Yum!

Photo Credit: bakeplaysmile.com

Bailey's Chocolate Brownie in a wine glass on a plate.
Coconut mousse in jars with raspberries on a table.

15. Coconut Mousse

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.

Photo Credit: www.thefoodblog.net

16. Coconut Mousse

This Bourbon Peach Mousse is an adult-friendly dessert and a perfect Southern-style recipe. The peaches come from Georgia, and your tastebuds will thank you.

Photo Credit: www.swirlsofflavor.com

Bourbon Peach Cheesecake Mousse in mason jars garnished with peach slices.

Other Desserts in Jars

Brownie Sundaes in mason jars on a table with strawberries.

17. Instant Pot Brownie Sundaes

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.

Photo Credit: www.paintthekitchenred.com

18. Instant Pot Brownie Sundaes

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.

Photo Credit: www.hostessatheart.com

Charceuterie in jars on a table with fruit skewers.
Lemon curd in a jar with a wooden spoon.

19. Instant Pot Lemon Curd

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.

Photo Credit: www.corriecooks.com

20. Keto Mason Jar Ice Cream

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.

Photo Credit: jenniferbanz.com

Keto Mason Jar Ice Cream in paper cups on a table.

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! 

a photo collage of mason jar desserts: strawberry icebox cake, lemon icebox pie, chocolate cherry dump cake.

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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.

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  1. You’ve got so many amazing recipes here! I’ve bookmarked it so I can just go down the list!

    1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!

    1. 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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