Cheesecake is an all time favorite indulgence. But I don’t like having a entire eight million calorie cake sitting in my fridge. It’s just too much temptation. It’s too easy to cut a slice that’s just a wee bit bigger than it should be. Or better yet, sneak in for a fork full (or two) throughout the day. Before you know it, you’ve eaten the whole thing! And you can’t very well steal a piece before taking it to the neighbors as a gift. So I came up with a plan for individual cakes that would stay fresh in the refrigerator.
These cute little cakes are baked right in the jar. They are quick to mix up with just some basic ingredients. They make a perfect serving size for one. Super fun as a gift too. And they won’t even know that you kept some!
Use your favorite Cheesecake recipe or follow this one for a small batch of 5 small 4oz jars. This is just perfect for us. And yes I know there are only 4. I tried and experiment on the 5th one. It didn’t work out so well so I’ll just leave it at that…
All you need is:
1 8oz package of Cream Cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs Butter softened plus 1-2 Tbs melted for the crust.
1/4 tsp Vanilla
2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp of Lemon Zest
Graham Crackers, Cookies, Granola or other suitable crust base
5 4oz Jelly Jars
Begin by making the crust. I used some Nilla Wafers in 2 of mine. I left them whole and just plopped them in the bottom of the jars. For the others I made an actual crust. You can do this with the Nilla Wafers too. Crumble the Graham Crackers or cookies (try Chocolate Wafers too). I chopped up some Cranberry Almond Granola (yum!). Stir in 1-2 Tbs melted Butter. Press into the bottom of the jars.
Now for the Cheesecake.
Start by mixing together the Butter, Sugar and Cream Cheese.
Add the Vanilla and Lemon Juice and Zest.
Beat in the Egg using a wire whisk until it is smooth and creamy.
Carefully spoon into the jars.
Bake in a water bath at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
Allow them to cool and add some fruit or preserves to the top if desired. Place the lid on top and store them in the refrigerator until devouring.
The perfect pool side lunch!