Bottoms Up! 5 Recipes for Desserts in a Jar

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For many, cooking and baking are art forms. The idea is that pretty food tastes better, and presentation is everything. Whether you like to look at your food, take pictures of it, or just eat it, it’s hard to resist good-looking dinners and desserts, and when the latter is served in a jar, you’re a goner. Desserts in a jar are too easy to like and too hard to turn down, but luckily, they have built-in portion control.

Case in point: Desserts in a jar are in, and at a time when hipsters and non-hipsters alike are doing anything they can to eat, drink, and garden out of any mason jars they can get their hands on, it’s high time you perfect a basic dessert-in-a-jar recipe. Here are five examples.  Take your pick —  just make sure you get some mason jars and get your bake on.


1. Peanut Butter Pie in a Jar

Ready, set, go: Peanut Butter Pie in a Jar is up first. Thanks to Life in Recipes, we have the formula for the perfect mix of chocolate wafers, peanut butter, chocolate chips, mascarpone cream, and heavy whipping cream, all packed in one jar. Peanut butter lovers unite, because this dessert is perfect for both the eye and the stomach.


  • 8 ounces chocolate wafer cookies
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks

Directions: Place the cookies in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to create crumbs. Turn the food processor on and pour the melted butter through the feed tube. Spoon three heaping teaspoons of the crumb mixture into 4-ounce mason jars — there should be enough crumbs to do 12 small jars. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the jar with your thumb. Refrigerate to set.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Once crust has set, spoon a teaspoon of melted chocolate into each jar and sprinkle chopped peanuts on top. Refrigerate to set. Combine the peanut butter and mascarpone cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high to combine. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Stir in half the whipped cream, just to loosen the peanut butter mixture. Carefully fold in the remaining cream, creating a mousse-like filling.

Place the filling in a zip-top bag fitted with a 1-inch star piping tip. Pipe the mousse into the mason jars. Sprinkle with chocolate chips to garnish.

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