Whip, Layer, Enjoy: 5 Effortless Jar Desserts for Every Occasion

Generally, when it comes to food, our eyes do the most of the eating. Filling mason jars with treats is one of the most appealing things to do. The introduction of these jars completely altered the dessert serving game. They have endured because they are still a favourite among many people today. 

Show off your artistic side and provide your guests with personalised, easy-to-eat desserts with these dessert jar recipes. 

Cheesecake Jar 


For the crust: 

  • ¾ cup Graham cracker crumbs 
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • 3 tbsp butter

For the filling: 

  • 2 packages cream cheese 
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ½ cup sour cream 
  • ½ tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven. 
  • Grease jars and place them in a baking pan. 
  • In a bowl, mix the Graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press this mixture into the base of the jars.
  • In a mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Add the eggs and continue mixing. Add the sour cream, vanilla and lemon juice. 
  • Fill ¾th of the jar with this filling. 
  • Fill the pan halfway with hot water, and bake the jars until the tops of the cheesecakes are golden. 
  • Refrigerate for 3-5 hours before serving.  

Tiramisu in a Jar  


  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled 
  • 3 tbsp coffee liqueur (optional) 
  • 3 large egg yolks 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese, softened 
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 24 to 30 ladyfinger biscuits 
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting


  • Brew a cup of strong coffee and let it cool. If desired, mix in coffee liqueur for an extra kick. 
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the softened mascarpone cheese and blend until smooth. 
  • In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until well combined. 
  • Dip each ladyfinger briefly into the brewed coffee mixture. Ensure they are soaked but not overly soggy. 
  • In serving jars, create layers by placing a few dipped ladyfingers at the bottom. Add a generous layer of the mascarpone mixture on top. Repeat the process, creating multiple layers until the jar is almost full. 
  • Refrigerate the jars for at least 4 hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the dessert to set. 
  • Before serving, dust the top of each jar with cocoa powder using a fine sieve or sifter. 
  • Tiramisu in a jar is ready to be served. Enjoy the individual portions of this classic Italian dessert, perfect for special occasions or a delightful indulgence.  

 Cupcake Jar 


  • 1 box of cake mix 
  • Pink, yellow, purple and blue food coloring 
  • 2 packs of buttercream frosting 
  • Sprinkles


  • Make the cake batter as per the instructions on the box and split it into 4 parts. 
  • Add the different colors to the 4 portions of the batter. 
  • Add the 4 batters to cupcake liners and bake. 
  • Make 2 batches of frosting. 
  • Add one color of your choice to make the bottom layer in your jars. Add a layer of frosting on top of that, and keep adding different colors and frosting alternately. 
  • After the final layer of cake crumbs are in, pipe a design of frosting on top. 
  • Add sprinkles on top, leave to cool and serve.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding 


  • 4 tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder 
  • Chopped fruits, sliced nuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips or any other toppings of your choice


  • Fill the jars with milk and slowly mix in the other ingredients. 
  • Let it sit in the fridge for a minimum of 6 hours, or overnight. Remove and add toppings. 
  • Alternatively, to achieve layers, fill half a jar with the pudding, then add a layer of toppings and repeat with pudding and topping subsequently.

Also read: 6 Steamed Desserts For No-Bake Sweet Treats

Ice Cream in a Jar 


  • Heavy whipping cream 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Fill half the mason jar with the whipping cream. 
  • Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the jar. 
  • Cover the lid and shake until the mixture has doubled in volume. (It should coat the back of a spoon when dipped in.) 
  • Put in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours. Enjoy!