Delicious Dessert Jars

Christmas is a flurry of craziness and anticipation and family and food in our house. I am still washing our dishes from two days ago! And many of those dishes are jelly jars, licked clean – but not quite clean enough to put away.

We host a big Christmas Eve dinner every year and this year I made something new for dessert. We have chocolate lovers and fruit lovers and cheesecake lovers and cookie lovers in our family, so covering all those bases can be hard. But I figured out a way to make 24 servings of 4 yummy flavors without all the usual slicing and dishing up hassles. And they were a delicious, delightful dessert success!

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These little cuties were easy to make and appealed to everyone’s tastes. We made 6 of each flavor and bought 2 dozen jelly jars to fill up with the sweet, creamy yumminess. Here are the simple recipes for you!

Banana Cream Pie

– 1 banana
– 1 large box of instant banana pudding
– 2 cups of milk
– 1 cup of Cool Whip (thawed)
– 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
– 1/2 stick of butter
– 1/4 cup of sugar

Simple steps: First, melt the butter a bowl and then mix in the graham cracker crumbs and sugar with a fork until crumbly. Then drop a big spoonful in the bottom of 6 jars. Add a few slices of banana next. Now it’s time to whip up the pudding – I used my hand mixer to make it quick and easy. Pour the milk and pudding mix into a bowl and mix until it begins to thicken up. Then with a plastic spatula, fold in the cool whip until it blends in. All that’s left to do is to layer the rest of the jar with the pudding mixture, then some crumbs, then bananas, more pudding, and top with a dollop of cool whip and a sprinkle of crumbs. Finally, seal the jars and refrigerate.

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S’mores

– mini marshmallows
– 1 large box of instant chocolate pudding
– 2 cups of milk
– 1 cup of Cool Whip (thawed)
– 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
– 1/2 stick of butter
– 1/4 cup of sugar

Simple steps: First, melt the butter a bowl and then mix in the graham cracker crumbs and sugar with a fork until crumbly. Then drop a big spoonful in the bottom of 6 jars. Add a few mini marshmallows next. Now it’s time to whip up the pudding – I used my hand mixer to make it quick and easy. Pour the milk and pudding mix into a bowl and mix until it begins to thicken up. Then with a plastic spatula, fold in the cool whip until it blends in. All that’s left to do is to layer the rest of the jar with the pudding mixture, then some crumbs, then marshmallows, more pudding, and top with a sprinkle of crumbs. Finally, seal the jars and refrigerate.

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Cherry Cheesecake

– 1 can of cherry pie filling
– 1 large box of instant cheesecake pudding
– 2 cups of milk
– 1 cup of Cool Whip (thawed)
– 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
– 1/2 stick of butter
– 1/4 cup of sugar

Simple steps: First, melt the butter a bowl and then mix in the graham cracker crumbs and sugar with a fork until crumbly. Then drop a big spoonful in the bottom of 6 jars. Add a generous amount of cherry pie filling next. Now it’s time to whip up the pudding – I used my hand mixer to make it quick and easy. Pour the milk and pudding mix into a bowl and mix until it begins to thicken up. Then with a plastic spatula, fold in the cool whip until it blends in. All that’s left to do is to fill the rest of the jar with the pudding mixture, almost to the top. Add 3 cherries and a sprinkle of crumbs. Finally, seal the jars and refrigerate.

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Oreo’s

– 1 large box of instant Oreo pudding
– 2 cups of milk
– 1 cup of Cool Whip (thawed)
– several Oreo cookies

Simple steps: First, place a whole Oreo on the bottom of 6 jars. Then crush several Oreo’s for later layering. Now it’s time to whip up the pudding – I used my hand mixer to make it quick and easy. Pour the milk and pudding mix into a bowl and mix until it begins to thicken up. Then with a plastic spatula, fold in the cool whip until it blends in. All that’s left to do is to layer the rest of the jar with the pudding mixture, crushed Oreo’s, more pudding, and top with crushed cookies. Finally, seal the jars and refrigerate.

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These tasty little single serving desserts can be made a day or two ahead. We labeled each of the jars so our guests could easily tell what flavors we had made for them. When it’s time for dessert, just take ’em out of the fridge, stack ’em on the counter, set out some spoons and let the fun begin!

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2 thoughts on “Delicious Dessert Jars

  1. Melissa December 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

    how adorable!! What a cute idea!! Oh and I’ll take a s’mores please. 😉

  2. trisbendickson December 27, 2014 at 11:44 am Reply

    S’mores jar coming right up 🙂

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