I made these last Sunday for a picnic date, and they were wonderful! I’ve never been a huge fan of cheesecake but these were actually delicious.
This recipe makes enough to fill about 4-6, 16 oz mason jars. You could certainly use plastic cups for easy clean up though!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened (2 blocks)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 stick salted butter
- 1 stick UNsalted butter
- 1/8 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste (or 2 Tbsp vanilla extract)
- 13 whole graham crackers
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 21 oz can of cherry pie filling (or whatever kind of filling your heart desires)
- Melt salted and unsalted butter together in a bowl.
- Crush graham crackers into small crumbs and combine with brown sugar. (I used my food processor for this, but you could easily do it by hand.)
- Spoon about 3 Tbsp of the melted butter into the graham cracker/brown sugar mixture and mix until evenly incorporated. Set aside.
- Whip together cream cheese and heavy cream until smooth. (For this step I used my Kitchenaid mixer to speed the process along. You could use a hand mixer or hand whisk in place of that.)
- Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, mixing until evenly incorporated and smooth.
- Slowly pour the remainder of the melted butter into the cream cheese mixture. (Slowly so you don’t splash melted butter in your eye… I speak from experience.)
- Stir in the vanilla bean paste and gently mix until evenly mixed.
- Transfer cheesecake mixture into a piping bag. You can use one fitted with a decorating tip if you want a little extra pizazz, or just use a plastic baggie with the tip cut off! Your choice. Set aside.
- Spoon some of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each mason jar, so that it covers the bottom.
- Pipe an even layer of the cheesecake mixture into each mason jar on top of the graham cracker mixture.
- Add a few spoonfuls of your topping to each mason jar, on top of the cheesecake.
- Repeat steps 9-11 until your mason jar is full of cheesecakey goodness.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! I’d love to hear about different variations you come up with. Feel free to leave comments and photos below 🙂