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Baby Yoda Mason Jar Pistachio Desserts

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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Baby Yoda MIni Mason Jar Desserts

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.

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

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.

Mini pistachio desserts-in-a-jar topped with a Baby Yoda cupcake ring.

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!

A mini dessert-in-jar layered with crust, cream cheese filling, pistachio pudding, and frozen whipped topping.

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.

Five mini mason jar desserts layered with pistachio pudding, crust, and whipped topping and topped with Baby Yoda cupcake rings.

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.

Stirring together sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and butter for a no-bake graham cracker crust.

Divide the mixture between eight 4-oz mason jars.

Four 4-oz mason jars with a layer of no-bake graham cracker crust on the bottom.

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.

Softened cream cheese in a white bowl with a fork.
Four 4-oz mason jars with a layer of cream cheese filling spread over a no-bake crust.

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.

Mini mason jars layered with no-bake crust, cream cheese filling, and pistachio pudding.

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.

Mason Jar Desserts layered with crust, cream cheese filling, pistachio pudding, and frozen whipped topping.

Add your cupcake rings for decoration if using and it’s party time!

A mini pistachio dessert-in-a-jar topped with a Baby Yoda cupcake ring.

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.

Three mason jar desserts with the lids on for travel.
A mini pistachio dessert-in-a-jar topped with a Baby Yoda cupcake ring.

Baby Yoda Mason Jar Pistachio Desserts

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.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 desserts

Ingredients
  

Crust Layer

  • 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

Pudding Layer

  • 1 package pistachio instant pudding (3.4oz)
  • 1.5 cups milk

Topping

  • frozen whipped topping thawed, see notes

Instructions
 

Crust Layer

  • 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. Push down crumbs with a spoon to form the crust.

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.

Pudding Layer

  • 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.

Notes

How much whipped topping? One 8-oz tub of frozen whipped topping is plenty to make the entire recipe. I put the container of topping in the fridge in advance so it’s thawed for preparing the recipe. 
Tip for smoothing the jars: For smoothing the layers, 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. This smooths the current layer without messing up the prior layer. 
I also don’t worry too much about smudges though I do make sure the rim of each jar is clean before I add the final topping.

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