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Easy Mini No Bake Philadelphia Cheesecake in a Mason Jar

Mini No-Bake Cheesecake In A Mason Jar -the perfect cute, portable, easy treat! Top with any fruit you like best. Indiviual serving size.
Mini No-Bake Berry Cheese Cake In A Mason Jar -the perfect cute, portable, easy treat!

This classic Philadelphia no bake cheesecake filling has been around a long time for a reason. If you’re looking for an easy dessert, that you don’t have bake in the oven, then this no bake dessert recipe is perfect.  We made ours mini individual sized, but you can use this same recipe to make on large on if you prefer.  This easy recipe is made with simple ingredients and crowd pleaser.  It starts with a classic graham cracker crust, then our no bake philadelphia cheesecake layer.  You can top these cheesecakes anyway you like, with the traditional cherry pie filling, or any of your favourite pie fillings or jams, or fresh fruit and whipped cream.  I love how easy and versatile this decadent cheesecake recipe is.

Since it’s finally starting to feel like spring, these Mini No-Bake Berry Cheesecakes In A Mason Jar, are the perfect little treat.  They’re great topped with fresh berries, and portable enough to bring on a spring picnic, weekend adventure, or enjoy for a backyard bbq.

Mini No-Bake Berry Cheesecake In A Mason Jar

Mini Cheesecakes

Mason jars are the perfect serving piece for these little individual cheesecakes.  The jars are cute, mini size, easy to serve and eat, and portable for adventures!  You could also make these in little ramekins, or even small drinking glasses.

This recipe can also be made one large no-bake cheesecake in an 8 x 8 baking dish if you prefer.  Or use a store-bought graham cracker crust for a pie and fill it instead.

Homemade Crust

The base of our mini cheesecakes is an easy homemade graham cracker crust.  We picked up some graham cracker crumbs at the grocery store.  You can also use whole graham crackers and if you have some and put them in your food processor to turn them into crumbs.  This graham cracker crust comes together in minutes, by mixing some butter with the graham cracker crumbs and then pressing the crumb into the base of the mason jars, or whatever container you’re using to form the cheesecake base.

If you decide to make one large cheese cake instead of the mini versions you can also use a store-bought graham cracker pie crust instead of making your own.

how to make Cheesecake In A Mason Jar

Cheesecake Filling

This easy recipe is a no bake cheesecake recipe, which makes it very quick and easy to put together.  Unlike traditional cheesecake, this cheesecake doesn’t require baking a water bath.  The simple ingredients for our philadelphia cheesecake recipe are simply mixed together and the cake or mini cakes are set in the refrigerator for the cream cheese filling to set.

This recipe works best if you use room temperature cream cheese.  It allows it to mix more easily and avoids the issue of the filling being lumpy.  This recipe uses sweetened condensed milk to add a wonderful sweetness and make this a creamy dessert.  Also be sure to use pure vanilla extract, as the artificial vanilla can have a slight aftertaste to it.

Mini No-Bake cheesecake

Flavor Ideas

You could make these cheesecakes in any flavor.  Go for the classic combination of cherry pie filling, or try a different flavor of pie filling like raspberry or blueberry.

For our blackberry cheesecakes, we used jam as the topping.  Jam is a little sweeter than pie filling, so you won’t want quite as much jam as you would use pie filling.   I chose blackberry jam for mine this time, but any favourite jam flavour would be great.  There’s lots of different options for your favorite toppings.  I’m thinking cherry jam, raspberry jam, or how about mango?  The sky’s the limit.  Because the jam is a little on the sweet side I love to garnish it with some whipped cream and fresh fruit too.  The sweetness of the jam and tart fruit pair so well with the creamy filling of this easy cheesecake recipe.  

Cheesecake In A Mason Jar

Yield: 12 Mini Cheesecakes

Mini No-Bake Berry Cheesecake In A Mason Jar

Mini No-Bake Berry Cheesecake In A Mason Jar -the perfect cute, portable, easy treat! Top with any fruit you like best. Indiviual serving size.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 300 mL sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • I can spray whipped cream
  • 12 fresh blackberries

Instructions

    Melt the butter and combine well with the graham cracker crumbs. Use a spoon and divide the crumb mixture between 12 -4oz. Mason Jars, and then press the crumbs down with the back of a spoon to create the cheesecake base.
    Next, combine the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beating until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined.
    Divide the cheese cake filling mixture between the 12 mason jars. Refrigerate the mason jars, until the cheesecake is set, about 1/2 hour.
    Once the cheesecake is set, and able to support the jam topping, spoon about a teaspoon over the cheesecakes. Don't use too much, since jam is sweeter than pie topping which is usually used as a cheesecake topping. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
    Just before serving, top each cheesecake with some whipping cream, and add a fresh berry. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 6g
Store your cheesecakes in the refrigerator.  If you made them in the mason jars, just add on the lids to create an airtight container, or cover them in plastic wrap.

Mini No-Bake Berry Cheesecake recipe

The perfect finish to these sweet little cheesecakes right before you serve them is some whipped cream, and a fresh berry!  I love these easy little decadent desserts.  They’re always a hit with company and great make ahead for entertaining.  You could even make different flavors and let guests choose which one they’d like.  These are so much easier to make than a regular cheesecake, and so tasty.  This delicious dessert is the perfect choice for your next get together.

blackberry Cheese Cake recipe

With Mini No-Bake Cheesecakes in a Mason Jar, life really is a party!

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