Irresistibly Easy Mason Jar Desserts

Put your Mason jars to good use with these indulgent cakes, crumbles and more.

Dessert for Two

There’s something so comforting about dessert presented in a cute, pint-sized Mason jar. No need to sift flour or roll out dough; each of these recipes relies on common store-bought ingredients. They're perfect for two people to split — but we can't blame you if you don't feel like sharing.

Caramel Apple Layered Crumble

This layered apple crumble is full of delicious fall flavors. Just cook peeled, diced apple in butter and a little apple pie spice until soft, then add just enough jarred caramel sauce to coat. Layer it in a Mason jar with your favorite granola, and top it with Greek yogurt for a little tang. To finish it off, add an extra drizzle of caramel.


Tiramisu may be the world’s most-perfect dessert. It’s creamy, boozy and caffeinated! Start by mixing mascarpone with a splash of Marsala wine and just enough sugar to make it a little sweet. Dip crisp ladyfinger cookies in espresso and layer them in the jar, alternating with the mascarpone. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder. Serve immediately, or let it chill in the fridge for a few hours to make it even better!

German Chocolate Layer Cake

Dulce de leche and sweetened flaked coconut make this layered dessert sticky, sweet and very addictive. Cut up some brownies or chocolate cake, then layer them in the jar with the coconut, toasted pecans and a generous drizzle of dulce de leche. Warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds to make it extra yummy. 

Microwave Pumpkin Pie

Who would have thought you could enjoy all the sweet and spicy goodness of pumpkin pie in under 10 minutes? Start by mixing 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs with 1 tablespoon each butter and sugar, then use a spoon to push the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a jar. Microwave about a minute, until toasty. Cool the jar a bit and mix up a cup of pumpkin pie filling with an egg and 2 tablespoons of flour. Pour it into the jar, microwave for 3 minutes and voila — pumpkin pie!