11 easy and delicious mason jar dessert recipes

Dessert in a jar is cute—and portable

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In my household, we’re obsessed with jars. Mason jars to hold drinks that make us feel charmingly rustic. Jars that come free with purchases of jam, then find second lives as food storage containers after the jam is gone. Cute little canning jars to set on the counter, filled with salt or small candles.

Jars to bake in, even. Jars to fill with desserts.

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Yes, that’s right. It’s my opinion that a dessert is about a million times cuter when set snugly inside a glass jar. It’s a fact that desserts in jars are wonderfully portable.

Whether you want to impress dinner guests with an adorable treat, bring a sugary snack to work that you can eat straight from its container, or just make use of the extra jars you have lying around, desserts in jars are always a good idea.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!

1. Rainbow cake

The clear glass sides of the jar mean you can see all the colorful layers of this rainbow cake! It's the most cheerful dessert I've ever seen.

For the recipe, check out Babble.

2. Rolo brownie trifle

Rolo brownie trifles
Credit: Bakingdom

Layers of brownie, Rolo candies, caramel, and whipped cream make this dessert straight-up decadent. Yes please!

For the recipe, check out Bakingdom.

3. Apple custard pie

Apple custard pie
Credit: Eat Boutique

Creamy, apple-studded goodness in adorable canning jars? Count me in!

For the recipe, check out Eat Boutique.

4. Peanut butter pie

Peanut butter pie

Jars make for a perfect portion of this rich, peanut-buttery concoction. You should definitely eat a jar of this pie. Or two jars. Or maybe three...

For the recipe, check out Life in Recipes.

5. Salted caramel pumpkin parfait

salted caramel pumpkin parfait

Gingersnaps, pumpkin pudding, and salted caramel make these sweet treats perfect for autumn—or any time of year.

For the recipe, check out Love Grows Wild.

6. Caramel apple

Caramel apple

This caramel apple in a jar would make a deicious gift!

For the recipe, check out The Gunny Sack.

7. Rocky road chocolate fudge

The perfect portable treat!

For the recipe, check out The Cafe Sucre Farine.

8. Gingerbread

Gingerbread in a jar
Credit: Vegan Richa

This gingerbread is gluten-free and vegan, which makes it great for those with food restrictions! Store homemade mix in a jar to bake a quick treat for one whenever you want.

For the recipe, check out Vegan Richa.

9. S'mores dessert trifle

S'mores dessert trifle
Credit: Mom Endeavors

S'mores are universally beloved, but without access to a campfire, how are you supposed to enjoy them? This dessert trifle is one way to go.

For the recipe, check out Mom Endeavors.

10. Mini apple pie

Mini apple pies
Credit: Pure Wow

The cutest version of apple pie, period. Bonus: the jar can hold a lot of apple filling!

For the recipe, check out Pure Wow.

11. Chocolate chip pecan pie

Chocolate chip pecan pie

The only thing better than chocolate chip pecan pie is chocolate chip pecan pie eaten straight from the jar. Yum!

Check out the recipe at Big Bear's Wife.

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