No-Bake Lemon Jars

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These easy no-bake lemon jars were developed as a result of my husband hating that I keep the oven on all summer long, even on the hottest of days. So, I set out to come up with more no bake recipes that my kids will love to make, and eat.

My husband’s grandmother used to bring a dessert to family holidays that she dubbed the “French Dessert.” One day she and I were sitting on the couch next to one another and she giggled while telling me how the recipe was created. This beautiful woman had 8 children, and she said she always had dessert with dinner. But she didn’t always have ingredients to make something fancy. So she went in the cupboards and found a few ingredients that she threw together and it became the “French Dessert.”

I don’t remember exactly what she put in her famous dessert, but I figured I would pioneer something and see how it turned out.

I saved these cute little glass jars that our yogurt comes in, washed and sanitized them. Then I made a bottom crumb layer using Leibniz butter cookies, sugar and butter. Next, I mixed just a few ingredients together to make a lemon cream mixture. Finally, I topped with whipped cream and some more crumbs.

These jars would be a good alternative and since they have lids, you could keep them in the fridge for a few days.

no-bake lemon jars

These would also be great with some raspberry coulis swirled throughout the lemon mixture. I can’t wait to make more no-bake desserts and play around with different flavors.



No-Bake Lemon Jars

Recipe by Amanda Innes-ShareefCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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  • Butter cookies 15

  • Unsalted Butter 57g
    (4 Tbsp)

  • Sugar 1 Tbsp

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk 3/4 cup

  • Fresh Lemon Juice 1/3 cup
    (about 2 medium sized lemons)

  • Zest of 2 medium lemons
    (about 2 Tbsp)

  • Heavy Cream 1 cup

  • Powdered Sugar 1/2 cup

  • Mascarpone 8 oz

  • Yellow Food Coloring, optional

  • Heavy whipping cream 3/4 cup

  • Powdered Sugar 1/4 cup


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Crush the butter cookies to make crumbs.
  • Melt butter in a small bowl. Add cookie crumbs and sugar and mix to combine.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and zest. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, start whipping heavy cream on medium-low speed. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue to whip until soft peaks form.
  • Add mascarpone (and food coloring if using) and whisk for another 15 seconds.
  • Add condensed milk mixture and whisk for another 15 seconds on high speed.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs to each of the jars.
  • Spoon lemon cream mixture over the cookie crumbs, leaving about an inch of space at the top.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • Whip heavy cream and powdered sugar together to form stiff peaks.
  • Pipe whipped cream over the lemon cream mixture.
  • Top with remaining cookie crumbs.


  • This makes 7 small jars, but you could make these in any size jar you’d like.
  • You can add more of the cookie crumbs halfway in the middle of the lemon layer for more crunch.