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No-Bake Berry Cheesecake in Glasses

A summer filled with fresh berries and tasty desserts is one that I love for sure! This berry cheesecake is the perfect easy no bake dessert for this season.
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Graham crackers begin the base to these cheesecakes. A decadent layer of cheesecake mix, creamy and the perfect amount of sweet fills in the middle. On top, a sprinkle of chopped berries is the cherry on top: almost literally. This delicious combination pleases not only the family, but also party guests. If you like a sweet midday snack, this cheesecake can be waiting in the fridge for you to enjoy it.

When dinner is over and the water is boiling for tea, what do you pull out for dessert? Of course, some fruits are a great option. Maybe a cake, or cookies. There’s no need to wait for special occasions to make dessert, really. If you’re short on time early in the day, I’ll suggest this yummy berry cheesecake. It combines the chopped fruit with a simple cheesecake build, but as individual desserts! One for everyone… or maybe two. Desserts, drinks, and smoothies in mason jars has become a popular option, so if you want to make mini mason jar no bake cheesecake, this recipe is for you.

This delicious recipe has simple ingredients that are most likely on hand all the time. With a buttery graham cracker crust and the creamy cheesecake filling in the middle, maybe some chopped sweet cherry or fresh strawberries on top, this dessert is the perfect summer dessert.

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Let’s talk about the sweet graham cracker crust:

Graham crackers are a pantry staple and when you’re in a pinch, they help out with so many dessert options. In the summer, they’re best for s’mores, all you chocolate lovers will definitely agree with me on that! For these cheesecake jars, all you have to do is pulse the crackers in a food processor. Then, you’ll combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and pulse again to make a buttery graham cracker mixture. When you’ve put down the base layer of crust in the jars, you’ll want to smooth down the top of the graham cracker crust to prepare for the creamy filling. The easy recipe for the crust can be used for not only these no-bake cheesecake jars, but also for more desserts like maybe a no-bake cherry cheesecake or even a classic cheesecake in a traditional format.

Next, we’ve got the creamy cheesecake filling.

Heavy cream, softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest: these all combine to make the cream cheese filling. The main portion of this dessert is the classic cheesecake mixture. I think my favorite part is the fact that you don’t have to bake it. Once you’ve got your prepared graham cracker crust, you’ll spoon in about 2 Tablespoons of the cream cheese layer in there. If you’d like to use a piping bag or pastry bag for this step, that’s great innovative thinking! For this recipe I’m using a short glass to make mini desserts.

Pro-tip for small desserts: storing leftovers is the easiest when they’re all separated in their cups of individual servings, but don’t leave these whipped cream g

Finally, we’ve come to the final step.

This perfect dessert option couldn’t have gotten any better, and then we reached the top of your cheesecake. You’ve got strawberries, blueberries, red currants, and more to choose from. Will it be a toss-up of all of them? Or are we going to be picky with our fruits? I don’t like to put maraschino cherries on desserts since they’re filled with food coloring, so it’s a good thing to have fresh fruit on hand. In the summer it’s mostly berries, but I like putting fresh sweet cherries on top when they’re available.

This no bake cheesecake dessert is great gift to bring to new neighbors. You not only give them a gift of small jars, but also an easy dessert inside. Mason jar desserts are always a good “welcome to the neighborhood” gift idea. It’s also a fun way to share a recipe that the whole family will enjoy.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy dessert:

Graham crackers start off the base to this recipe. You will pulse them in the food processor.

Butter will be added into the graham cracker crumbs and then pulsed in the food processor again.

Heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, and powdered sugar are for the middle cheesecake layer, you’ll need 2/3 of a cup.

Lemon zest and lemon juice add citrus notes to the center cheesecake layer.

Mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, red currant): these fresh berries will top off these mini desserts.

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How do we put together a cheesecake recipe?

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No-Bake Berry Cheesecake in a Glass

A summer filled with fresh berries and tasty desserts is one that I love for sure! This berry cheesecake is the perfect easy no bake dessert for this season.
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Course: Desserts, Snack
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 398kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crackers, or other cookies, crumbs (100g)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups mixed berries, strawberries, blackberries, red currant

Instructions

  • In a food processor, pulse the crackers until finely ground. Add melted butter, and blend again.
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  • In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and zest. Using a hand mixer, beat for about 1 minute until well combined and smooth.
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  • Add cold whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture and beat until fluffy.
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  • Cut strawberries into pieces.
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  • Divide the crust between serving glasses. About 2 Tablespoons per glass.
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  • Place the cheesecake filling into each serving glass, dividing evenly.
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  • Top with berries. Place into the fridge for 1-2 hours.
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Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1049IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

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