Mason Jar Cherry Crumbles with Mason Jar Whipped Cream ~ these adorable individual desserts are great for summer entertaining because you can prep the jars ahead of time and bake them during dinner. Let your guests shake up their own whipped cream!
My ultimate fantasy is to be able to cook whatever I want without ever having to think about recipes at all. That’s why crisps and crumbles appeal to me so much. You really don’t even technically have to measure out your ingredients, and once you’ve made a few you can just do it by eye. Small variations in the mix don’t matter too much, they all come out good. Customize these Mason Jar Cherry Crumbles for one, two, or a whole crowd.
I threw these mini crumbles together in small, wide mouth mason jars. You can even make them ahead and bake them when you need them. It makes for great portion control, and the cuteness factor counts for something, too.
Any summer fruit will work in these jars, just be sure to chop up the fruit in small pieces so it will fit in properly. I don’t add anything to the fruit but a squeeze of lemon juice, a little cornstarch (for a hint of thickening) and almond extract.
And here’s the perfect topping—mason jar whipped cream—just fill a pint sized jar halfway with heavy cream, screw the cap on tightly, and shake for 5 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done because the ‘sloshing’ noise will stop.
Uncap and enjoy! I like my whipped cream plain., but you can add a bit of sugar and vanilla to the cream in the beginning if you like.
The crumbles bake for about 25 minutes until they’re golden on top and you can see the cherry filling bubbling away down below.
- Cherry pitters make life a whole lot easier, you can find them here.
- I used these mason jars, the size is just right and the wide mouth makes for easy eating.
- I made this recipe easily divisible so you can even make one jar at a time, if you want. Multiply it for a crowd.
Mason Jar Cherry Crumble
For the Cherry Crumble
- 1 lb sweet cherries, pitted
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, (1/2 lemon)
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 4 Tbsp old fashioned rolled oats, (not instant or quick cooking)
- 8 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 4 Tbsp packed brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp sliced almonds
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter , chilled and cut into small pieces
- 1 pinch salt
For the Cherry Crumble
- Set oven to 350°F.
- Chop the pitted cherries into quarters. Put them in a bowl and add the lemon juice, cornstarch and almond extract. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Make the crumble topping: Put the oats, flour, sugar and almonds in a small bowl. Add the chilled butter and use your fingertips to combine. You want to incorporate the butter and create a nice chunky crumbly texture. Keep mixing until no more dry flour is evident, and the butter has been thoroughly mixed in.
- Spoon the cherries evenly into 4 wide mouth half-pint sized mason jars. Sprinkle crumble topping over each one. Mound the topping over the cherries, it will shrink down as they bake.
- Set the jars on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the topping is golden and the cherry filling is bubbling.
- Let the jars cool briefly before serving because they will be hot.
- Serve with whipped cream.
For the Mason Jar Whipped Cream
- Fill a pint sized mason jar half full with the cold heavy cream.
- Add a Tbsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of flavoring if you want.
- Cap the jar tightly and shake for 5 minutes, or until you hear the 'sloshing' sound stop.