These Baby Yoda Mason Jar Pistachio Desserts are layered with a graham cracker crust, creamy filling, and pistachio pudding (such a cute green color). Add some cupcake rings for decoration and these no-bake and make-ahead desserts are ready for party time.
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I grew up in the Midwest and we take our desserts (and our frozen whipped topping) very seriously. One of my earliest dessert crushes was pistachio dessert.
My Grandma would make it–luscious layers of shortbread crust, sweetened cream cheese filling, pistachio pudding, and finally, a healthy spread of whipped topping swirled across the entire pan.
Prepared in a 13″x9″ baking pan, my Grandma’s dessert fed a crowd. I wanted to revise the dessert for a bit more modest portions.
I also opted to revise the crust to a no-bake graham cracker crust. Even less time in the kitchen, and safe to prepare in mason jars.
These single-serving mason jar desserts hold about the same amount as a slice of pie, so they are still indulgent, but with some restraint. The individual servings make an excellent choice for parties. They are easy to serve, no-bake, and can be made in advance.
And, Baby Yoda? Well, he might not have been around when I was growing up, but I couldn’t resist topping that irresistible bright green pudding with another little green favorite of mine.
The decorations are just simple cupcake rings so it’s easy to prepare a “Baby Yoda” (or any other theme you like) themed dessert with minimal effort. These no-bake, make-ahead, individual desserts-in-a-jar are about as easy as it gets on party day!
Where to Buy the Baby Yoda Decorations
It’s easy to snag plenty of themed party decorations online these days and these cupcake rings are no exception. I found some Baby Yoda Cupcake Rings on Amazon and they have plenty more Baby Yoda Party Decorations too. Etsy is always a favorite place of mine to shop as well.
How to Make Mini Mason Jar Pistachio Desserts
These mini pistachio desserts in a jar are made with three layers (plus a final layer of whipped topping!). They are completely no-bake and easy to prepare in advance (I usually suggest a day or two).
First, mix graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter together thoroughly for the crust.
Divide the mixture between eight 4-oz mason jars.
Next up, the cream cheese layer. Soften cream cheese in the microwave and stir in powdered sugar and (thawed) frozen whipped topping. Spoon the filling into the jars, dividing it equally.
How to smooth the jars
Here’s a quick tip for smoothing down each layer of the dessert. I don’t really bother to clean the sides of the jars unless something got really messy, but I do the following to make the layers nice and even.
I take my spoon, gently press it down in the jar touching the outside edge and then I hold the spoon steady while I spin the jar with my opposite hand.
Now it’s time for the pudding layer. Whisk pistachio pudding mix and milk together in a medium size bowl. Layer the mixture into the eight jars and even it out as needed.
When ready to serve, top the desserts with a generous spoonful of (thawed) frozen whipped topping. If desired, crush one more graham cracker and sprinkle a few crumbs on top of each dessert. Crushed pistachios would also be a good choice.
Add your cupcake rings for decoration if using and it’s party time!
How to Store the Desserts
These mason jar pistachio desserts keep well in the fridge, so you can certainly make them in advance. A day or two is great.
If you want to store them easily (or travel with them), just put on the lids and add the layer of whipped topping and decorations once you’ve arrived at your event.
Baby Yoda Mason Jar Pistachio Desserts
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 3 sheets)
- 1.5 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
Cream Cheese Layer
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup frozen whipped topping thawed
- 1 package pistachio instant pudding (3.4oz)
- 1.5 cups milk
- frozen whipped topping thawed, see notes
- Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter together thoroughly. Divide the crust mixture between eight 4-oz mason jars. You'll have about 1.5 tbsp of fluffy crumbs per jar. I like to lightly wiggle each jar back and forth to settle the crumbs. Don't push them down with a spoon because it'll create a stronger crust that will be harder to eat.
Cream Cheese Layer
- Soften the cream cheese in a medium microwave-safe bowl by microwaving in 10-15 second increments. Stir in between intervals. When the cream cheese is very soft, stir in 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Then, stir in gently 3/4 cup thawed whipped topping.
- Spoon the filling into the jars, dividing it equally.
- Whisk the pistachio pudding mix and the milk together in a medium size bowl. Divide mixture amongst the eight jars. I just eyeball it, but each jar will have about 3 tbsps of pudding.
- When ready to serve, top each jar with a generous spoonful of (thawed) frozen whipped topping. I usually use around 1-1.5 cups of topping total to top all the jars. If desired, crush another graham cracker and sprinkle a few crumbs on top of each dessert.