10 Desserts in a Jar to Try

Shelve the bowls and plates: Mason jars are the latest and greatest way to serve your dessert!

Not only do they make for a pretty presentation, but desserts in a jar are also easy to transport if your celebration takes you away from home. Plus, they provide a mess-free alternative to those recipes that usually cause sticky fingers.

Rather than just serving our party desserts in them, we're giving edible gifts in mason jars this year. Aside from our usual cookie recipes, there are a few dessert recipes we love to layer into these vintage-looking containers. Here are our top 10 desserts ti give as mason jar gifts.


  • Trifles are the most basic layered desserts we're all familiar with, but why not work an all-time favorite treat into the mix? A raspberry brownie dessert in a mason jar is easy, elegant and decadent.

  • Don't limit your pie to a traditional pre-made crust. We're serving banana cream pie in a jar for a sweet treat that won't get nearly as messy as the original slice.
  • Tiramisu is known as a more sophisticated dessert, but it's actually quite simple to make. Layered in a jar, this recipe is even easier and makes for a great display.
  • Cupcakes can be served in more than just fun wrappers. Instead of just frosting the tops of yours once they cool, try layering them in a jar like we did here with this orange creamsicle cupcake in a jar .
  • Same goes for this pink lemonade recipe we made! By simply changing the flavor of the frosting or filling that lies between cake layers, you can customize these treats however you'd like.
  • Skip the frosting and go with a fresh berry and whipped cream layer. We're big fans of these blueberry cupcakes in a jar .
  • Jars come in all shapes and sizes, so tailor your needs to fit the options out there! We love this idea of using baby food jars to layer parfait desserts at a baby shower.
  • With cupcakes in a jar , you can color your cake layers in any hue you'd like, which makes for a simple, but totally fun dessert to celebrate with.
  • For messier desserts you're bringing with you, like this s'mores trifle , try layering them in jars instead of glasses. Same great treat in a similarly eye-catching form, but so much easier to transport and serve!
  • Even the simplest recipes, like these mini cranberry and cherry Jell-O treats look elegant and sophisticated served in a jar.
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