Cheesecake in a Jar!

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.

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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!

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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

1 Egg

2 tsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp of Lemon Zest

Graham Crackers, Cookies, Granola or other suitable crust base

5 4oz Jelly Jars

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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.

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Now for the Cheesecake.

Start by mixing together the Butter, Sugar and Cream Cheese.

Add the Vanilla and Lemon Juice and Zest.

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Beat in the Egg using a wire whisk until it is smooth and creamy.

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Carefully spoon into the jars.

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Bake in a water bath at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

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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.

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The perfect pool side lunch!

 

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2 Responses to Cheesecake in a Jar!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks good

  2. Judi M. says:

    oooooh! I can virtually taste them already! Tomorrow the real cheesecake!
    Your pictures and the words work very well together!
    Thanks!