Three strawberry cheesecakes in a jar with spoons on a blue platter for serving
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STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE IN A JAR

Strawberry Cheesecake in a jar is a fun way to eat dessert. It's easy to put together and no-bake, so use the prettiest berries you can find.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, berries, no bake
Servings: 4
Calories: 493kcal
Author: Studio Delicious

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUST
  • 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • FOR THE CHEESE LAYER
  • 1 8 ounce light cream cheese softened
  • 1 8 ounce light ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • FOR THE STRAWBERRIES
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (organic preferred) sliced in 1/4" pieces
  • whipped cream, for serving plus additional slioced strawberries and fresh mint if desired, for serving

Instructions

  • CRUST
  • Make graham cracker crumbs by adding enough graham crackers to a food processor to make 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. This is approximately 8 sheets of graham cracker, plus a quarter. Alternatively, you can make crumbs by using a blender in the "crush" mode or equivalent, or by placing the graham crackers in a large plastic freezer bag and using a rolling pin to crush to a sandy consistency.
  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and set aside.
  • MAKE THE CHEESE LAYER
  • Mix the cheeses using a hand mixer or the food processor you just made the graham cracker crumbs in. Place the cream cheese and ricotta cheese in a medium-sized bowl and blend until the two ingredients are combined. Don't mix too long or the cheeses will be too heavy and dense.
  • Add the sugar to the cheese mixture and mix until just combined
  • Add the lemon zest and lemon extract and stir gently with a spoon to combine
  • PREPARE THE STRAWBERRIES
  • Combine the strawberry jam and the 1/2 teaspoon water in a medium-sized bowl, and stir together to loosen the jam before adding the fresh strawberries. Gently toss the strawberries in the jam mixture to evenly coat.
  • ASSEMBLE THE CHEESECAKES
  • Lightly pat 1/4 cup of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each jar using your fingers or a small spoon
  • Spoon 1/2 cup of the cheesecake mixture on top of the crust
  • Divide the strawberry mixture between each cup and garnish with a tablespoon or more of whipped cream, a fresh strawberry sliced in half, and some fresh mint if you'd like.

Notes

  • Use half-pint canning jars for this recipe, or small disposable plastic cups
  • You can make this recipe into 6 servings instead of 4 by dividing the ingredients equally in smaller plastic cups.  Just eyeball this to distribute the ingredients.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake in a Jar can be served in long stem glasses too - such as a wide-mouth red wine glass - this presentation looks especially pretty.
  • The cheesecakes travel well in the canning jars shown.  Great for picnics! 

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 2mg