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Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar!

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 Cherry Cheesecake, anyone?

How about cute little individual cherry cheesecakes, all bottled up and ready to be delivered to someone sweet.
 

Like you! 
These little cherry cheesecakes taste really, really good. 
And everyone loves cute, right?
Everyone….?
Ok, if you brought one to a man he might look at in and say..
“Hu? 
What IS it?
Um. Thank you…..?”
But we girls GET the whole cute thing, don’t we.
Sometimes, girls just need to make things “cute”.
And sweet…
and darling and all that.
I guess that’s part of the whole 
“sugar and spice and everything nice”
thing we are pulling off. 

 We decided to make these little cheesecake jars into invitations for BlondeEmily’s birthday party.
There are all kinds of “cute” things you could use these for….
You could give them as party favors,
or thank you notes,
or happy birthday treats,
or “sure do love ya, I think you are fantastic” treats,
or as bake sale goodies…
the possibilities are really endless. 
Here a couple of  links to other treats in a jar I though you might like to take a peek at…
Mint Fudge Brownie Parfaits by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Single Serving Pie in a Jar by Our Best Bites
 Hope you make some soon!

Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar
Time: about 45 minutes
Yield: 7 half pint jars
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!
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1 C graham cracker crumbs (about 1/2 a sleeve worth)
1 T sugar
2 T melted butter
1  8 oz package cream cheese
1  14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 t lemon juice (bottled is fine)
1  21 oz  can cherry pie filling
cool whip or redi whip
7 half pint jars
7 lids and rings

invitations
ribbon
little flowers
  
1. Throw your graham crackers in a small food processor. (If you don’t have one…don’t sweat it. Just put the graham crackers into a gallon sized zip lock bag, seal it up tight and use a rolling pin to break the crackers into crumbs.)
 
2. Process them up into fine crumbs. 
 
3. Add your sugar and melted butter. Mix until combined. 
 
4. In your stand mixer, or in a medium sized mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth. Scrape the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the sweetened condensed milk while you continue to beat the mixture. Once it is all added beat for about 3 minutes, or until smooth and silky. You may need to scrape the bottom of the bowl again to be sure all of the cream cheese is getting incorporated. 
 
5. Add your lemon juice. Mix for 1 more minute to be sure everything is combined nicely.
 
6. Be sure your jars are nice and cleanly washed. 
 
7. Layer about 2 t of the graham cracker mixture. 
 
8. Then about 2 T of the cream cheese mixture. Try not to let the above picture give you a headache! You vision has not suddenly gotten blurry…I must have been moving around a bit while I took this picture! Pardon the fuzziness.
 
9. Layer about 2 T of cherry pie filling over the cream cheese mixture. 
 
10. Spray in a bit of whip cream, and smooth it out with a spoon. Then repeat the layers again. 
11. Put on the lids and rings. 
12. To attach the invitations, simply punch two holes in the top of each invite. Wrap the ribbon around the lid of the jar and through the two holes. Tie your self a lovely bow and hot glue the flowers on tops. Vwalla…..invitation ready and done. Refrigerate until you are ready to deliver them. Also, they will stay good for a few days if you need to make them ahead.

 

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22 Comments

  1. 1
    March 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    These are soo cute!! I was curious- do you have to refrigerate them? How long do they last??

    Thanks!!

  2. 2
    March 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I guess I'm not a female then because I would react the same way as a guy! haha Just give me the cheesecake without the frills, and I'm a happy camper! Thanks for sharing this with us! :)

  3. 3
    March 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    The Wille's,
    Thanks for your question. They do need to be refrigerated, and will keep for a few days if you need to make them ahead of time. Have a good one!
    ~Jamie

  4. 4
    March 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I love this idea and I am so excited to use it as gifts for people I love.

  5. 5
    March 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    looks sooo yumm ! i really love ur recipes

  6. 6
    March 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    You are a genius, woman!!!! I am so incorporating these darling little confections into refreshments for Relief Society (Enrichment Night. I can not stop calling it that; I must be old) meeting. What a great way to kick off spring!

  7. 7
    March 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    That is so awesome! I haven't seen anything like that before. Who doesn't love cheesecake? I'm trying to think what is coming up that I should make those for – Mother's Day???

  8. 8
    March 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Most guys don't get cute do they?! LOL But, yes, us girls love cute..something about how it makes the day brighter and makes our heart smile. Thank you for sharing such a lovely idea and it sounds yummy too! Great Spring idea!

  9. 9
    March 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Those are Adorable!!! I think I will take them to my V.T sisters to wish them a Happy Spring

  10. 10
    March 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    What a cute idea!

    I would like to invite you to join in on a RECIPE LINK PARTY on my blog!
    http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/
    “Made it on Monday” is a WEEKLY link, you can link up every week Wed.-Sat.

    I hope you will join in on the fun!
    There will be prizes often :)

  11. 11
    March 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    What a cute idea!

    I would like to invite you to join in on a RECIPE LINK PARTY on my blog!
    http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/
    “Made it on Monday” is a WEEKLY link, you can link up every week Wed.-Sat.

    I hope you will join in on the fun!
    There will be prizes often :)

  12. 12
    March 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for linking up on
    “Made it on Monday”

    I am SO making these! :)

    http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/

  13. 13
    March 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for linking up on
    “Made it on Monday”

    I am SO making these! :)

    http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/

  14. 14
    March 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Gosh I'm hooked on Cheescake today
    Thanks for sharing…
    Would love you to share in my Food Fight too:
    http://choochmagooz.blogspot.com/2011/03/food-fight-friday-who-cut-cheese.html

  15. 15
    March 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Really really fun Idea and so yummy! Thank you for sharing!!!

  16. 16
    April 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Way cute – perfect V.T. happy spring gift. Thanks, I love your blog.

  17. 17
    May 14, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Loved this receipe and can't wait to use it! Love your website!

  18. 18
    February 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Instead of cherry pie filling, do you think I could use strawberry pie filling and it still taste just as delicious or should I just stick with the cherry?

  19. 19
    February 11, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Steph,
    Any berry pie filling would work well. Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry…all super yummy. Good Luck! Hope you love it!
    ~Jamie

  20. 20
    February 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    What a cute idea…sounds like fun making them too! Thank you for sharing such a cute idea :-)

  21. 21
    May 9, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Thanks to my neighbor Misty Maki for introducing me to your blog. Your ideas and recipes have saved me many times! I teach a group of ten 10-year old girls for Activity Days and I had them put these cherry cheesecake jars together for Mother's day gifts. Instead of an invitation tied to it, they tied on a Happy Mother's Day card they made. They all had a great time and were excited to give their gifts to their moms :-) THANK YOU!

  22. 22
    May 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    THANK YOU for this lovely idea! I made this for all the mothers in my family and here in Guatemala, we celebrate Mother's Day today. I did them with Strawberry Filling because couldn't find the cherry one, but… let me tell you… this is just the perfect combination of WOWNESS!!! It's awsome and delicious and lovely and easy to make and packed with flavor and color and just loved it. I did also tied a Happy Mother's Day card to each of them and well, I hope they all love it as I did! Thank you, and Happy Mother's Day to you!

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