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35+ Best Mason Jar Desserts

Mason jar desserts are fun to make, serve, and eat! This ultimate roundup of over 35 mason jar dessert ideas includes delicious treats such as Strawberry Shortcake Jars, No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes, Mason Jar Ice Cream, Mini French Silk Pies and many more.

A collage of mason jar desserts with the words, "35 Fabulous Desserts in Jars".

The first time I made mason jar desserts, I was hooked. They are, cute, convenient, and full of creative possibility

I hand-selected each sweet treat on this list from fellow bloggers around the internet. There are recipes for no-bake cheesecakes, layered shortcakes, trifles, panna cotta and possets. You’ll love these delicious ideas!

35+ of the Best Mason Jar Dessert Ideas

It goes almost without saying that these perfectly-portioned treats are a hit at parties. If you’d like a dessert that is ready to go and easy to serve, pre-portioned desserts are an excellent choice. Forget cutting messy cakes and cheesecakes–just prepare desserts-in-jars instead!

Oreo Cheesecake in a Jar

Cookies and cream is one of my favorite flavors, so of course I had to create a version of Oreo Cheesecake in a Jar. These desserts are completely no-bake and topped with yummy homemade whipped cream over an Oreo cookie cheesecake filling.

Oreo cheesecakes in small mason jars and a bowl of chocolate sandwich cookies.

Key Lime Pie Jars

These Key Lime Pie Jars are no-fuss. They are totally no bake and utilize bottled lime juice to save some time. If you love Key Lime Pie or cheesecake then these are the jars for you!

Key Lime Pie Mason Jar Desserts topped with lime slices and whipped cream.

Tip: Did you know?
Mason jars should not be baked or broiled! If you stumble across recipes suggesting that you bake your jars, skip that recipe! I wrote an earlier post about why you shouldn’t bake mason jars, but this important safety tip (that comes straight from the manufacturers) bears repeating.

Layered Watermelon Cake Jars

Layers of colorful cake form these snazzy Watermelon Cake in Mason Jars from Pizzazzerie. The recipe calls for a cake mix, so you can get these baked and assembled quickly. Use 8-oz mason jars (or customize to your preferred size) and tie on cute mini spoons for a party-ready dessert.

Layered green and pink cake slices in mason jars.

Mason Jar Milkshakes

So easy, so good! No blender needed for Mason Jar Milkshakes. Fill a mason jar with your favorite ice cream and milk, shake it up and dessert is ready.

Vanilla milkshakes topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes

These easy No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes featured a lightly-spiced no-bake pumpkin cheesecake filling over a simple graham cracker crust. Serve them in 4-ounce jars and garnish the desserts with plenty of fresh whipped cream and crushed graham crackers or caramel sauce.

Mini pumpkin cheesecakes topped with whipped cream and graham cracker shards.

Berry Custard Trifles

What a cute red-white-and-blue dessert for summertime! These Berry Custard Trifles in a Jar from Life, Love and Sugar are made with a homemade vanilla custard and can be served in mason jars or any similar jar. Showing off the layers with the clear glass is what makes these so pretty!

A berry custard trifle in a small glass jar garnished with whipped cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Strawberry Cheesecake Mason Jar Desserts

Even though a classic cheesecake topped with strawberry sauce is delicious, for my version I wanted a pink strawberry-flavored filling. These Strawberry Cheesecake Mason Jars from my site Bellewood Cottage feature the addition of white chocolate to the no bake cheesecake for flavor and stability.

Layered no bake strawberry cheesecake in a mason jar with a jar of strawberry sauce in the background.

Tip: Jar Sizes for Desserts in Jars
For larger desserts I like to use 6-oz or 8-oz jars. Be sure you have enough jars to prepare a serving for everyone in your group. For smaller desserts, I stick with 4-ounce jars.

Mason Jar Ice Cream

While this Mason Jar Ice Cream from Creative Ramblings doesn’t necessarily have to be served in a mason jar, you do make it in one! And if you eat it straight out of the jar I won’t tell anyone.

An ice cream cup filled with vanilla ice cream and sprinkles.

Samoa Cupcake Shooters

Samoa Cupcake Shooters from Beyond Frosting start with chocolate cake or cupcakes (leftovers are great) and a Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream that’ll really take your dessert-in-a-jar game to the next level.

Jar filled with chocolate cake and topped with whipped cream and cookie pieces.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is an irresistible salty+sweet dessert that is perfect for summertime. Try these individual Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits from BruCrew Life for your next picnic or outdoor party.

A layered strawberry pretzel dessert in a glass jar.

Orange and Chocolate Posset

This Orange and Chocolate Posset Recipe from The Adventure Bite is the perfect choice for trying something new. Check the recipe for lots of tips and tricks from Dani, including what actually is a posset!

Small glass jars filled with orange and chocolate possets.

Lemon Blueberry Tarts in Mason Jar Lids

Now, I’m not 100% sure if the lids are ok to bake (we already talked about not baking the jars!), but Sam does advise you on how to arrange the lids to protect your desserts from the rubber seal. These cuties are Lemon Blueberry Tarts in Mason Jar Lids from Sugar Spun Run.

Try using a mini tart pan like these if you’d rather use something that is designed for oven-baking.

Mini blueberry tarts cooked in mason jar lids and topped with fresh blueberries.

French Silk Pie Mason Jar Desserts

These French Silk Pie Mason Jar Desserts are made using my no-bake chocolate filling (no bake, no eggs) and a crust from crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies. Indulgent and yummy!

A mini chocolate mason jar dessert topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Key Lime Cheesecakes

I love the adorable presentation of these No Bake Key Lime Cheesecakes in a Jar from Life, Love and Sugar. Have fun garnishing your jars or even adding some baker’s twine or similar decoration like Lindsay did.

Mini key lime cheesecakes in mason jars.

Vanilla Panna Cotta in Jars

This recipe for pretty Vanilla Panna Cotta with Blueberry Lemon Sauce from The Adventure Bite is perfect for mason jars. Pack one of these in your lunchbox for a midday pick-me-up.

Small jelly jars filled with vanilla panna cotta and topped with a fruit sauce.

Chocolate Mousse Parfaits in Mason Jars

Chocolate Mousse Parfaits from The Curious Plate are extra-fancy with a homemade chocolate mousse and the added garnish of chocolate-covered pretzels.

Chocolate mousse parfaits in mason jars with peanut butter puff cereal garnish.

Banana Split Trifles

Banana Split Trifles in Jars from Julie’s Eats and Treats include vanilla cake, homemade pudding, and the essential banana split toppings. I love this idea–and they are perfectly portable for summer parties or picnics.

A banana and a mason jar filled with layers of cake, sliced bananas, and pudding.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Parfaits

These Salted Caramel Pumpkin Parfaits from Love Grows Wild feature a homemade salted caramel sauce, but keep things simple by using a pudding mix and store-bought gingersnaps.

Mason jars filled with homemade salted caramel pumpkin parfaits.

Chocolate Spoon Fudge

I had never heard of spoon fudge before encountering this amazing recipe and I think we all need to try this asap. For all your chocolate cravings, I bring you Chocolate Spoon Fudge in a Jar from Cooking with Curls. Gift this spoon-ready fudge to your chocolate-loving friend for a sweet treat they won’t forget!

A glass jar filled with homemade spoon fudge.

Strawberry Shortcake in Jars

Serving Strawberry Shortcake in a jar is the perfect way to make this popular dessert a little more special. Great for summer parties, give Cooking with Libby’s Strawberry Shortcake in Jar a try.

A mason jar filled with a layered strawberry shortcake.

White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Jars

If you are searching for some holiday mason jar recipes, try White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake Jars from Love Bake Good Cakes. Just five ingredients for this easy recipe!

A mason jar filled with a white chocolate Oreo cheesecake and topped with an Oreo cookie.

Marshmallow Fluff

Maybe this isn’t an expressly “mason jar” recipe, but when I saw the photo of this Marshmallow Fluff from Love Bakes Good Cakes, I had to include it. Homemade marshmallow fluff makes a great gift (or a treat to yourself) and of course, a mason jar is the perfect packaging. Note that it does require refrigeration.

A mason jar filled with homemade marshmallow fluff.

Keto Mason Jar Ice Cream

Make mason jar ice cream, but keto! This recipe for Keto Mason jar Ice Cream from Jennifer Banz includes a chocolate and a strawberry variety.

Two bowls of keto ice cream with spoons.

Oreo S’mores Trifle in a Jar

This Oreo S’mores Trifle from Crazy for Crust provides a twist on a classic s’mores dessert. Chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos within this layered dessert make for an indulgent summer treat.

Layers of pudding, graham cracker crust, crushed Oreos and marshmallows in a jar.

Pistachio Dessert Mason Jar Minis

Pistachio dessert was one of my favorite childhood desserts so these Pistachio Dessert Mason Jar Minis are a riff on my family’s recipe. These are no-bake and super easy. Baby Yoda optional, but isn’t he cute?

A spoon removing a bite from a pistachio pudding mini mason jar dessert.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle Parfaits

These easy no-bake desserts start off with crushed brownie brittle for a unique and flavorful crust. Try Raspberry Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle Parfaits from BruCrew Life.

A layered raspberry and brownie dessert in a jar.

Apple Cheesecake Jars

Brown sugar cheesecake, apple pie filling, AND cinnamon maple whipped cream? Yes yes yes. These desserts are not short on flavor! Try Apple Cheesecake in a Jar from Beyond Frosting for the ultimate autumn treat.

Mini mason jar filled with apple cheesecake and a small spoon.

No Bake S’mores Trifles

These No Bake S’mores Trifles from Julie’s Eats and Treats are filled with decadent layers of Milk Chocolate Ganache, Marshmallow Cream and Chocolate Cream. Sign me up! Please note that this recipe has you broil the jars to toast the marshmallow. As noted above, mason jars shouldn’t be baked, so I’d advise skipping that step!

A s'mores mason jar dessert with layers of chocolate, marshmallow cream, and a graham cracker crust.

Tips for Traveling with Mason Jars

Prepping for a party? Lots of these recipes can be assembled ready ahead of time and are easy for guests to grab without everyone touching the same serving utensils etc.

If you are traveling with mason jar desserts, just pop on the lids and go! Add toppings like whipped cream and garnishes when you arrive at your destination.

Three mason jar desserts with the lids on for travel.
Store your desserts for later just by adding their lids (recipe shown: Mini Pistachio Desserts).

I hope you enjoyed this round up of dessert recipes! Leave a comment and share which recipe you chose!

Happy making! ~Ellen

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2 Comments

  1. I totally agree with not putting the jars in the oven. I’m curious what you think about using a blow torch on something like the s’mores or maybe a meringue.

    1. I haven’t tried it personally, but I think if there was enough topping added to the jar that the heat isn’t being applied right to the edges of the jar it might be okay. If I tried it I would go slowly and periodically check to see how hot the jar is becoming.

      Thanks for stopping by! =)