Mason Jar Desserts, mess-free and Grove friendly

Posted on Oct 23 2015 - 8:17am by Taylor Cook

Mason Jars are the supermen of the container kingdom. These glass wonders are here to save you from the cascades of crumbs onto your red and blue tablecloth. Each jar contains the perfect single serving of a delicious dessert. Portable and practical, Mason Jar desserts will make catering your Grove tent as easy as pie—Mason Jar pie that is. With three recipes that can satisfy the entire family, you will surely call this Game Day a success.

It’s time to get down and dirty with Mason Jar Dirt Pudding. This playful dessert will bring out the kid in all your Grove guests.
To create this yummy treat you will need one large box of instant chocolate pudding mix, an eight-ounce container of Cool Whip, half a pack of crushed Oreos, and a bag gummy worms. Follow the directions on the box to mix together the pudding. Wait a few minutes to allow the pudding to thicken. Next, put a thin layer of the pudding into the Mason Jars. Then take the remaining pudding, all of the Cool Whip, and two thirds of the crushed Oreos and stir together gently. Add the new mixture on top of the pudding evenly to all of the jars. Sprinkle the rest of the crushed Oreos on top of the layers and place in the fridge to chill for at least thirty minutes. Once chilled, add the gummy worms on top. There is no exact way to place the gummy worms, so feel free to get creative.

To satisfy all of the Pumpkin Lovers out there, make Cheesecake Bars in a Jar. Serve your tent guests a spoonful of seasonal heaven that is sure to make them feel right at home.
For the pumpkin bar filling, add two cups of pumpkin puree, one-half teaspoon of salt, one 13-and-one-half ounce can of evaporated milk, two eggs, three-fourths cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, one-half teaspoon of all spice to a large bowl.  Combine all the ingredients until the mixture appears to have a creamy texture.  Set the mixture aside and heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add 5 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter and 1-and-one-fourth cup of crushed gingerbread cookies. Combine the two and then place in the bottom of the non-stick sprayed jars. Put the jars on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven for about five minutes. After removing the jars, immediately fill the jars a little over halfway with the pumpkin mixture leaving room for the cheesecake layer. Place the jars back in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the center sets. While the jars are cooling to room temperature, follow the instructions on the instant cheesecake box to create the cheesecake layer. Once the jars are cooled, distribute the cheesecake evenly to each jar. Sprinkle a little crushed gingerbread cookie on top and voilà! You have just created a three-layer pumpkin dream.

Everyone has heard of Whiskey and Coke, but has everyone heard of Whiskey and Cake? Get your Grove guests’ taste buds buzzing with this flavorful twist on chocolate cake.
The ingredients required for the cake are one stick of butter, eight ounces of small semi-sweet chocolate chips, one-half cup of white sugar, one-half cup of brown sugar, four eggs, one-half teaspoon of baking soda and one-half cup of whiskey.  Melt the butter and the chocolate by using the microwave. Then put the butter, chocolate chips, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl and until fully combined. One at a time, add the eggs to the mixture. Next add the salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix all the ingredients together. After spraying the jars with non-stick spray, pour in the mixture. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. You will then need four ounces of shortening, four ounces of softened butter, 1 pound of powdered sugar, and two tablespoons of milk to make the icing. Use a standard mixer to cream the softened butter and shortening. Next, with the mixer on low, add the sugar. Turn the mixer on high and slowly add the milk until the icing appears fluffy. Refrigerate the icing until the cakes are completely cooled. Once cooled, add a generous portion of icing to each cake resulting in the delectable Whiskey and Cake in a jar.

With Mason Jar Desserts everyone wins. Grovers will rave over the delightful desserts. As a host, you will thank yourself for taking a functional approach to your Grove buffet. Keeping with the Southern charm, Mason Jar Desserts are a creative way to serve up savory dishes that are not only classy, but also practical.