It’s hard for me to resist most sweets, but it’s nigh on impossible to say no to dessert in a jar. These single-serving pies, cobblers, and cakes are adorable and perfect for entertaining, whether you have a lot of people over or only a few.
Although I didn’t invent dessert in a jar, I love it! I have posted many dessert in a jar ideas here on Inspired by Charm and hope you enjoy this roundup of recipes. If you’re like me, you’ll soon be planning the dessert selection for your next event.
Dessert in a Jar Ideas:
Cake in a Jar – I first made these cute and colorful individual cakes for a caticorn party, and this recipe brings me a lot of joy whenever I see it. The cake is from a boxed mix, but I whipped up my favorite buttercream frosting to go between the layers. Making frosting is easier than you might think, and, the taste beats the pre-made kind hands down!
Mini No-Bake Key Lime Pies – This artfully presented dessert in a jar is refreshing in so many ways. For starters, it doesn’t require you to heat up your kitchen on a hot day. Plus, the petite serving size allows indulgence with less guilt. Best of all, the minute you take a bite, the incredible key lime flavor will transport you to the Caribbean!
Mason Jar Cherry Supreme – My mom gave me this old-school recipe, but I’m the one who decided to serve it in a non-traditional way. You simply press graham cracker crumb crust into the bottom of the jars, pipe on a mixture of cream cheese and Dream Whip, and then spoon on cherry pie filling. I call it Cherry Supreme because I think it tastes better and looks prettier than the regular version.
Mason Jar Blueberry Pies – I put these cute little pies together by placing a circle of pie dough in each jar, spooning in a generous amount of blueberry filling, and covering it all with a star-shaped top crust. The final step before baking was trimming off excess dough and sprinkling the tops with sugar. As with regular blueberry pie, I recommend eating these guys warm.
Mini Cheesecakes in Mason Jars – You may have noticed that I have a thing for cheesecake. This basic recipe, made in small mason jars, is easy and quick to make any time of year. To dress mine up for the holidays, I crafted seasonally appropriate chocolate garnishes – stars, pine trees, and snowflakes. You could pipe bunnies for Easter, hearts for Valentine’s Day, . . . . You get the idea.
More Tasty Dessert in a Jar Ideas:
Strawberry Rhubarb Mason Jar Cobblers – Regular readers of IBC know I am fond of rhubarb and always looking for another way to fix it. This idea takes all the goodness of a strawberry rhubarb pie and puts it in a small container so that it’s convenient to serve and send home with dear ones. I can hardly wait ‘til the weather warms up in PA so I can use locally grown strawberries and rhubarb for this dessert in a jar.
Mixed Berry Shortcakes – When served in a mason jar, this summer dessert staple is certain to elicit oohs and aahs from your guests. The layers of shortcake, berries, and whipped cream are casual yet elegant. I prefer to make my own shortcake and whipped cream (For me, it’s about the taste and texture, and both are fairly simple.), but you can certainly go with the store-bought versions when pressed for time.
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes – If you like margaritas, this dessert in a jar is for you. The cheesecake mixture includes a splash of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Beyond the flavor, what’s especially memorable about this treat is the edible cactus garnish that you can create. Yummy, fun, and cute. – A triple win!
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Bonus Idea: Mason Jar Salads – I know this isn’t a dessert, but after all of the sweets, you might want something on the lighter side. In case you haven’t already had it, I promise you will enjoy Mason Jar Salad, no matter which of these you try: Dark and Tempting, Harmonious, or Sweet and Tart. – Those vague, generic names are intentional. I hope they’ve piqued your curiosity so you’ll click on the recipes.
I predict you’ll find a few new favorites among all of these recipes. There’s just something about eating out of a jar isn’t there!?
Please note: Although Mason jars can handle hot temperatures, they were not designed for baking. Please proceed with caution should you choose to bake in a mason jar.