Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine

Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine

by Shaina Olmanson


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ISBN-13: 9781558327986
Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shaina Olmanson is a cook, writer, photographer, and mother of four young children. She writes the popular blog She also writes two other blogs, and She is the editor of the food channel for She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Desserts in Jars

50 Sweet Treats that Shine
By Shaina Olmanson

Harvard Common Press

Copyright © 2012 Shaina Olmanson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781558327986


A Dessert in a Jar

They are a trend today, but desserts in jars in fact are timeless. A number of friends have shared with me that their grandmothers tucked desserts into their canning jars, for backyard garden parties or Sunday afternoon picnics. The jars were what they had at hand, and really, the practicality of it makes sense.

In a day and age where so much of what we use day in and day out is disposable, using glass jars as a serving mechanism or a gifting vessel for dessert is a way to make the entire package reusable. Whether you go on to put up food in them after the dessert is long gone or repurpose them for another household use, jars are containers that have a multitude of usage possibilities.

Eco-friendly and multi-purposeful, glass jars win points for aesthetics as well. They can be a cute and decorative gift that requires just a simple ribbon and gift tag as packaging, and they can also find a place at a respectable dinner party. They can be well received and at home during an outdoor vintage wedding.

They are easy to package and carry with just a lid, a towel, and a sturdy basket or box. Desserts in jars require no plate or bowl, making them less susceptible to landing in your lap or on the ground next to you while eating outdoors. All that is necessary is a proper utensil, a simple fork or spoon, and you’ll be on your way to digging into a delicious treat.

Choosing the Perfect Jars

There are a variety of canning and mason jars on the market, in many different sizes, prices, and designs, and with a range of closing mechanisms. This leaves a world of possibilities out there to explore when you’re looking at serving dessert to guests, shipping jars in the mail, or giving mixes as gifts. You always want to use clean, chip-free jars. Never use jars that have been chipped or cracked in any way. Two more things to consider are the size of the opening or mouth of the jar and the height of the jar from the mouth to the bottom.

First, let’s consider the jar opening or "mouth." Jars typically come in one of two sizes of opening: standard or wide-mouth. Most standard jar openings are 2 3/8 inches in diameter, while wide-mouth openings are 3 1/8 inches across. There are other styles of jars that have openings specific to the brand or design of the jar. When baking a dessert that requires you to reach into the jar to pack it, as you will do with a cheesecake crust or a layered parfait, a wide-mouth opening will give you more room with which to work.


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Table of Contents


1  Cakes and Cupcakes           

2  Pies           

3  Custards and Puddings            

4  Fruit Desserts            

5  Frozen Desserts            

6  Mixes for Giving            


Measurement Equivalents            


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Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
seattleniki More than 1 year ago
Desserts in Jars is the most fun recipe book I've seen come along in a while. The concept of filling adorable jars with mouth-watering desserts is delightful, practical, and ideal for a number of occasions. The recipes are gourmet and approachable at the same time; creations that are easily the next wave in the *now jarred* dessert world. I don't think I'll ever quite imagine desserts the same way after seeing the possibilities Shaina has crafted. It's food art at its finest.
Madsgal More than 1 year ago
Great book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love what I've seen of the recipes and the concept in general, but when it loaded onto my nook a number of the recipes have ingredients written on top of each other.
karenbee More than 1 year ago
Beautiful pictures,and great recipes. I could hardly wait for this to come out and I love it.