Mason jars are perfect single-serving vehicles for desserts, whether you’re having a party or need a creative gift for a foodie. The classic chocolate cake is always a winner, but what if you want to try something a bit different? Here are some unique ideas:
A carrot cake in a jar is essentially a cupcake with delicious cream cheese frosting. Recipes vary, but you’ll see ingredients like carrots, banana, and spices like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. The cake is baked in a regular muffin tin, and then sliced in half, so you have one piece on the bottom of the mason jar, a layer of frosting, and then the other half goes on top with more frosting. If you like coconut, add a small sprinkle.
I love s’mores any time of year, but they’re perfect for camping. Putting them in mason jar form beforehand saves space in your gear, too. The recipe on website Olivia’s Cuisine has you first lay down a layer of graham cracker crumbs mixed with butter, then add marshmallow fluff and a ganache made from chocolate melted with heavy cream. At the campfire, toast some marshmallows and then top off the mason jars!
You can make any fruit into a crisp. The most famous is probably apple crisp, but crisps made from peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and even a combo are great, too. Use your favorite crisp recipe for a pie filling and spoon into oven-safe mason jars. Top with a delicious crumb topping – usually made with oats, butter, sugar, and spices – and bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm as is or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
No-bake key lime pie
Feeling a bit tired of heavy desserts and want something light and bright? Key lime pie is easy to make and doesn’t even require baking. For the crust, it’s simply mix pulsed graham crackers with some butter and sugar, and press into the bottom of your jars. Filling recipes vary a bit, but will always include cream cheese and key lime juice. The easiest way to get the filling into the jar is to pipe it. Chill for 2 hours and serve!