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This cheesecake in a jar is a delicious treat for one person. It's got a creamy cheesecake layer, a crunchy graham cracker base, and yummy fruit on top. You can enjoy it as a snack by yourself or share it with your friends and family at your next gathering.
You're really going to get a kick out of our version of the newest food trend, cheesecake in a jar. These little treats have all the things you enjoy about cheesecake, like the yummy crunchy crust, the creamy inside, and the delicious cherries on top. And the best part? It's all in a convenient jar!
Think about how amazing it would be to enjoy a mix of sweet cream cheese and a little tartness, all perfectly balanced with a yummy homemade graham cracker crust's crunch.
You don't even need plates or utensils; just grab a spoon and get ready for an incredibly indulgent experience that's really amazing.
Ingredients for Cheesecake In a Jar
To make these easy-to-serve desserts, you'll need:
- 1¼ cups of graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup of butter, melted
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 21 ounces of cherry pie filling
Cheesecake In a Jar Variations
These easy substitutions and additions can easily be swapped out while still maintaining the deliciousness of this cheesecake in a jar dessert.
- Toppings: You can put all sorts of yummy things on top of this simple dessert. We like cherries, strawberries, lemon, chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, Snickers candy, Nutella, pineapple, or whatever toppings you like the most.
- Whipped Cream: If you like Cool Whip, you can use it instead of heavy cream. Just mix one 8-ounce container of thawed Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture.
How to make Cheesecake In a Jar
Making and enjoying this recipe is a lot of fun. Just like when you make a regular cheesecake, the first thing to do is make the buttery crust. You'll put this crust at the bottom of each mason jar.
After that, make the cream cheese filling and put it in the jars. If you use a piping bag, it won't be messy. Lastly, put some yummy cherry pie filling on top, and you'll have a treat you can take with you when you're on the move.
FIRST STEP: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Divide the crumb mixture into the bottom of the six jars and gently press the mixture into an even layer.
SECOND STEP: Beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract until it’s soft and creamy with your stand mixer or electric hand mixer on medium-high speed.
THIRD STEP: Whip the heavy cream with your mixer on high speed in a large mixing bowl until you get soft peaks.
FOURTH STEP: Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
FIFTH STEP: Place the cream cheese filling into a piping bag and pipe the mixture into the jars.
SIXTH STEP: Top each jar with a few tablespoons of the cherry pie filling.
This easy no-bake cherry cheesecake in a jar is just right when you want a quick cheesecake fix. It's got all the yummy stuff from a regular cheesecake - like the buttery graham cracker bottom, the creamy filling, and the sweet fruit topping. You'll really enjoy each spoonful of this favorite dessert.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Quick & Easy: You can make these in less than 25 minutes. You can eat them right away or put them in the fridge for a while to make them even thicker. This is great if you want to prepare them in advance for a party.
Perfect Portions: Who doesn't like a simple dessert that's just the right size and served in a jar?
No Fuss Recipe: You don't have to worry about cracks or using a water bath, like you would with a regular baked cheesecake when you make these no-bake cheesecake jars.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I put these cheesecake cups in the fridge before I eat them?
It really comes down to how you want it to feel in your mouth. If you like it light and fluffy, kind of like a mousse, then eat it right away after making it. But if you prefer it to be denser, like a regular cheesecake, then stick it in the fridge for at least an hour before you dig in.
Can I use gluten-free graham crackers for this cherry cheesecake in a jar?
Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free graham crackers. It will still taste similar.
Can I use different cookies for the crust?
Sure, you can change the cheesecake's flavor by using different sweet crackers or cookies. You might like crushed Oreos or vanilla wafers.
What size jars should I use for these no-bake mason jar cheesecakes, and where can I find them?
I use 8-ounce mason jars, and you can buy them in most grocery stores or on Amazon.
Is there an easier way to layer these no-bake cheesecake jars for the perfect bite?
If you want each bite to have crust, filling, and topping, you can layer it. Put half of the graham cracker mixture, half of the filling, and half of the topping in each jar, and then repeat this one more time. You can also use 4-ounce mason jars for easier eating.
Cooking tips for the dessert
Want a beautiful no bake dessert that's easy to make? Here's your guide! Every spoonful promises creamy goodness. Follow these tips to make it perfect:
- Graham Crackers: You have a couple of options for making the graham cracker crumbs. You can either use a food processor or blender to turn them into fine crumbs by pulsing them. Or, you can put them in a plastic bag you can seal and crush them with a rolling pin. You can also buy pre-made crumbs at the store in the baking section if you prefer.
- Cold Ingredients: Make sure your cold ingredients are at room temperature before you mix your cheesecake together. This way, you won't have lumps in your cheesecake filling.
- Adding the Cheesecake to the Jar: You can put the mixture into the jars with a spoon, but if you use a piping bag, it won't make a mess on the sides, and it will be evenly distributed.
- Don't Have Mason Jars: If you don't have mason jars, you can use any glass you want to make this single cheesecake. I've even used stemless wine glasses to make it look fancy.
Best Cheesecake In a Jar Toppings
- Store Bought Pie Filling: You can use any flavor of pie filling that you'd like on the top of this Cheesecake in a Jar. Depending on the season you could add apple, strawberry, Lemon Creme, blueberry, cherry, peach, raspberry, berry medley, or even blackberry.
- Nuts: Crushed pecans, walnuts, or almond slivers can easily add a little extra crunch to the top of this no bake dessert.
- Chocolate Shavings: White Chocolate or even Milk Chocolate would make the presentation of this dessert a little more festive.
Storing this Recipe
Storing Cheesecake In a Jar in the Fridge: The cheesecake jars will last for about five days in the refrigerator.
Can you Freeze Cheesecake In a Jar? Yes, you can freeze your mason jar desserts without the fruit topping.
If you freeze it with the fruit topping, it can be messy when you thaw them. The cheesecake jars without fruit can be kept frozen for up to 3 months.
When you want to enjoy your cheesecakes, place them in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
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- 1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup butter (melted)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- ½ cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 21 ounces cherry pie filling
- Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and granulated sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Divide the crumb mixture into the bottom of the six jars and gently press the mixture into an even layer.
- Beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract until it’s soft and creamy with your mixer on medium-high speed.
- Whip the heavy cream with your mixer on high speed in a large bowl until you get soft peaks.
- Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
- Place the cream cheese filling into a piping bag and pipe the mixture into the jars.
- Top each jar with a few tablespoons of the cherry pie filling.
- You can turn graham crackers into fine crumbs by either using a food processor or a blender. If you don't have those, you can also put them in a freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin. You can find graham crackers at the grocery store in the baking section.
- If you don't have mason jars, you can use any glassware you like for this cheesecake recipe. I've even used stemless wine glasses for a fancy presentation.
- Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. This way, your cheesecake filling won't have lumps in it.
- To put the mixture into the jars neatly, you can spoon it in carefully. If you have a piping bag, you can use it to fill the jars without making a mess, and it will come out evenly.