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Saturday, May 23, 2020

No Bake Lemon Blueberry (or any berry!) Cheesecake Jars

These little no bake lemon cheesecakes are served in an individual jar making them perfectly portable, giftable or hide-able if you want to keep them for yourself! The easy homemade blueberry topping is the perfect accompaniment to make them shine.

close up small jar filled with graham crust, lemon no bake cheesecake and blueberry topping


        These creamy and fresh no bake lemon cheesecakes are topped with a delicious blueberry sauce.  The filling is made in a flash and topped with a quick berry topping.  Then you package it all up in cute little individual servings.  The jars make them super portable and easy to serve.  No mess, no fuss, just pass out a jar and a spoon and you're ready to go!


      I originally shared this recipe in the spring of 2018. I was honored to be asked by my little brother and his wife to make their wedding treats.

      They were having a rustic chic wedding in a cool old apple orchard barn.  Instead of one large cake, they wanted a smaller cake and a some easier grab and go options.

stack of lemon blueberry cheesecake jars with navy ribbon and bamboo spoons


    So I made them a small layered bakery style white cake, a cookie buffet that included monster cookies, chocolate chip cookies and a few kinds of cupcakes.

    My favorite treat, however were these fun cheesecake jars. We dressed them up with a little ribbon and a cute bamboo spoon.

     They fit the day perfectly if I do say so myself. You can see the set up in my post about the cowboy and his princess bride.

     That brings us to today. I needed to make treats for a couple of small gatherings this weekend and I just knew these cute little jars would be the perfect springy option.

stand mixer bowl filled with fluffy no bake lemon cheesecake

     They are so easy to make and can be put together a day or two ahead of time. Pkus they are the perfect mix of sweet, tart and creamy.

    The lemon and blueberries make for such a bright and fresh combination. So basically this recipe ticks all of the boxes!

     Little Dude and I whipped up a batch and a half and shot a quick video so you could see just how easy they are. Check out our collection of videos on the Cooking With Carlee YouTube channel

small glass jars with graham cracker crust and no bake lemon cheesecake filling

     Much like the key lime cheesecake jars, this recipe is a breeze to put together.  They can easily be served at a casual picnic or be dressed up for a party.

      Over the years I have made these for almost a dozen different gatherings. Every time they are met with oohs and ahs.

    They are so easy I almost feel guilty accepting all the praise.  But hey, it would be rude not to. 😉

      Other than melting the butter, there is no cooking involved. So what are you waiting for? Let's get some made!

blueberry topping in enameled cast iron braiser


Tips and tricks:


Make sure to get your cream cheese beat completely smooth before you add any liquid. Stop and scrape the bowl a couple of times along the way to make sure there are no chunks hiding anywhere.

A super creamy cheesecake has a much better mouthfeel, so it's worth making sure you get this part right. It is much harder to get rid of lumps once you start adding more liquid.

If you want to save a few minutes, feel free to use blueberry pie filling as the topping.  But really making you own is super simple and I think you can taste the freshness.

Feel free to experiment with the berries as well. The topping recipe should work wonderfully with strawberries, blackberries or a mix of berries.

If a Graham cracker crust isn't your thing, sub in lemon or vanilla sandwich cookies. Vanilla wafers would be great too.

Just pulse them in a food processor until they are fine crumbs and proceed with the recipe. Small adjustments like this can really help you get a finished product you'll love.



looking down on jars with lemon cheesecake and lots of blueberry topping

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      I cannot overstate how much I love my stand mixers. With all the frosting, cookies, cakes and cheesecakes I  make, I can't imagine life without them.

     I am lucky enough to have two Kitchenaid mixers, a 4.5 qt classic that I've had for almost 14 years and a 6 qt professional that has only been in the family for a little over a year. Are you as in love with your mixers as I am with mine?

A food processor is also handy for tasks like making graham cracker crumbs. It makes quick work of it with less mess than trying to do it in a zipper bag.

collection of small jars filled with lemon cheesecake mixture and blackberry topping


We love using cookie scoops for so much more than just cookies. A large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop is a great way to transfer the cheesecake mixture to the jar in a consistent and less messy way.

     Of course an important part of making cheesecake jars is the jar. I like using 4 oz. glass jars for the perfect sized single serve treat.

     However if you don't have the jars, you can use the same recipe and make it in a pie plate or square baking dish. It will still taste absolutely amazing!


Now it's time to head to the kitchen and get to work. Feel free to print out the recipe  below and watch us make it by clicking the following image that will take you to YouTube.




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dessert
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Make No Bake Lemon Berry Cheesecake Jarshttps://youtu.be/dZLGpGdo7NwWatch LD and I whip up these cute lemon berry cheesecake jars.https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L3E6MbJGNkM/Xslt9elpaEI/AAAAAAAA-AY/eMjYjUCSDrQYr3-7jSl1N8T5Aak690X9wCNcBGAsYHQ/s320/lemon%2BBlackberry%2Bcheesecake%2Bjars%2Bthumb.jpg5/23/2020
Yield: 16 Servings
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No Bake Lemon Blueberry (or any berry!) Cheesecake Jars

No Bake Lemon Blueberry (or any berry!) Cheesecake Jars

These creamy and fresh no bake lemon cheesecakes are topped with a delicious blueberry sauce. The filling is made in a flash and topped with a quick berry topping. Then you package it all up in cute little individual servings. The jars make them super portable and easy to serve. No mess, no fuss, just pass out a jar and a spoon and you're ready to go!
Prep time: 25 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 35 M

Ingredients:

Crust
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
Blueberry topping
  • 12 ounces blueberries (fresh or frozen work) *
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Lemon Cheesecake
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream, really cold

Instructions:

  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, toss the blueberries in the sugar and cornstarch. Add the lemon juice and water and stir to mix. Place over a medium-low burner and cook, stirring frequently until it comes to a boil. Then stir constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat and cool completely before use.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the graham crackers, sugar and butter for the crust. Spoon it into the jars and push it down a bit with your fingers to form a crust.
  3. Beat together sugar and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add lemon juice and extract and beat until combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  4. With mixer running on medium speed, slowly drizzle in the cream. Stop half way through to scrape the sides of the bowl and then continue to drizzle in the cream until it is all added.
  5. Turn the mixer to high and beat until the mixture is light, fluffy and holds its shape.
  6. Spoon about 3 Tablespoons into each jar. I like to use my large cookie scoop to make it easier.
  7. Top each jar with about a Tablespoon of blueberry filling and chill until ready to serve.

Notes:

*Feel free to try other berries!
Calories
141.46
Fat (grams)
6.54
Sat. Fat (grams)
3.87
Carbs (grams)
20.36
Fiber (grams)
0.24
Net carbs
20.12
Sugar (grams)
16.07
Protein (grams)
0.90
Sodium (milligrams)
34.52
Cholesterol (grams)
18.60
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These little no bake lemon cheesecakes are served in an individual jar making them perfectly portable, giftable or hide-able if you want to keep them for yourself! The easy homemade blueberry topping is the perfect accompaniment to make them shine.


These little no bake lemon cheesecakes are served in an individual jar making them perfectly portable, giftable or hide-able if you want to keep them for yourself! The easy homemade blueberry topping is the perfect accompaniment to make them shine.


Shared at Meal Plan Monday and Weekend Potluck

66 comments:

  1. These look so cute and yummy! Would love to serve these outside this summer for an alfresco dessert!! Easy, fun and such delicious flavors!! Great giveaway too!

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    1. They would be perfect for dinner on the patio or around your new pool!

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  2. Congratulations to your brother! I'm sure these would be a hit with the wedding guests. I can't wait to see what else you are planning!

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  3. I totally thought of your key lime ones when I saw this this morning. Now that we have a nice big kitchen and are having people over with the "better" weather, I can't wait to make both!

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  4. What a fun treat. I know the wedding guests will love them. I can't wait to see what else you make!

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    1. I can't wait to see it all come together!

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  5. If I won the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield I would start off making Glutenfree bread then cake and so many other items for my family!

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    1. There are so many great things to make!!

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  6. If I won omg there would be so many things I would make. First I would have to make a double layer chocolate cake for the family! Thanks!

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    1. There are sooooo many great things to make!

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  7. These are so cute! I'm totally digging the flavor combination!

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  8. These are absolutely husband approved! I love that they are not too large or overly sweet. Definitely a dessert that you can count on me eating!

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    1. Yay! Luckily you are likely to see them again soon enough!

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  9. Portable desserts are the best! Love blueberry and lemon together!

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  10. Hi Carlee, if you ever need a food tester just give me a nod! I am so jealous of your family getting to test your creations. Cheesecake is one of my favorites, and these do look super cute.

    xx

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  11. These look so good! I love that they are no-bake!

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    1. Thank you! They are so simple and soooo good!

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  12. These really are perfect for a lovely spring wedding! p.s. great giveaway!

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  13. Tough to say. What wouldn't I make? Actually, I would probably start with meringues.

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    1. I know, it's too hard to choose! Meringues would be a great place to start!

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  14. I would make some pizza dough if my name was drawn as the winner!

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    1. It's hard to go wrong with homemade pizza!

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  15. I absolutly love this recipe and so does my husband. We tried this last night and guess what it turned out so good we had some for breakfast as well. Thank you so much for this recipe.

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  16. Macaron of course!! What else would I make? Lol

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  17. Love your cheesecake idea! I think that’s a perfect dessert for the wedding. If I won I’d keep on with my current fave - all things bread! Love using a mixer to knead dough, and I’m in need of an upgrade!

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  18. Oh my do these cheesecake jars look good!!! Congratulations on your brother's upcoming wedding. I love family gatherings like weddings and it sounds like you are going to be super involved. They are lucky to have you.

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  19. If I won this contest I'll first of all make a surprise lemon chiffon cake with a swiss meringue for my mum because I'm doing thus for my mum and the lemon chiffon is her favorite cake

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  20. If I won this contest, I'll make a surprise lemon chiffon cake with swiss meringue for my mum because I'm winning the mixer for her and lemon chiffon is her favorite.

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  21. I adore this recipe and idea- love that it is real cream and not cool-whip- not that there's anything wrong with that, but this is fab! I am featuring it for next week's Friday Frenzy!

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  22. Mercy! No bake cheesecakes are my weakness!

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  23. Your Cheesecake jars look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  24. I think I would try cinamon buns, or something sweet

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  25. What would I make? More of your frosting recipes!

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  26. If I ever won this food mixer I wouldn't sleep for a week! I would be in the kitchen mixing up some great cakes and cookie batches. This would be so awesome! :)

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  27. I would make cheesecake and cinnamon rolls.

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  28. I think I could eat that gorgeous topping all by its self!!! But I guess I could eat the cheesecake too...if forced! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

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    1. It is tempting, that is for sure! But the lemon cheesecakes are pretty out of this world too!

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  29. Blueberry cheesecake is my favorite! I love the idea of making them individual portion sizes and putting them in mason jars.

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    1. It makes them so fun to serve and even more fun to eat! Thank you!

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  30. Way to be featured Carlee on Sugar and Spice!!!

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  31. I'd probably use the mixer to make bread. I don't like to knead, so trying out the dough hook would be great! Thanks for the opportunity to win. :)

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  32. This little cheesecakes are CLEARLY calling my name! :-o Cheesecake is def one of my big weaknesses. These look amazing!

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