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Customizable Individual Cheesecakes In A Jar

I am totally in love with this new trend of dessert in jars. I mean really does it get much cuter?! I love the simple elegance they can add to any party or function. The personalization that can be added to each individual jar and the personal flavor choices that can be added. Plus they are REALLY REALLY cute.

Individual Cheesecakes in a jar are simple to make, easy to flavor, easy to make look beautiful and they have their own built in portion control. Let’s face it when it comes to cheesecake baked or no baked there really isn’t much stopping me from eating that whole creamy and delicious graham cracker filled crust.

As I scrounged around my house to make these delicious and tiny desserts I didn’t have any graham crackers on hand. What! I know how is that possible with two kids in the house? So Nilla wafers became the next best thing. Boy am I glad they did! They added that something different to the crust and kicked them up a notch for no-bake cheesecake.

With only 6 ingredients these little cheesecakes can be made before the big event or weekly nights dinner and stashed back for when you need them. Don’t let dessert be what is keeping you from enjoying your party.

The recipe below will fill 24 of the 125 ml canning jars (the short squatty ones). I used 1 heaping tablespoon of crust per a jar and then mashed it down into a flat crust with my espresso dampening tool.  I snagged mine from Amazon for less the $10.   The small side fits in the jar perfectly. I have heard of others using a wine cork as well. Anything to apply a little bit of pressure and get your crumbs packed in there good.

Build Your Individual Cheesecakes In  Jar

Cast Of Nilla Wafer Crust

1 11 oz box of Nilla Wafer Cookies
1/2 Cup Sugar
6 Tablespoons Butter (melted)

Directions To Make Nilla Wafer Crust

1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Crush Nilla wafer cookies in a food processor or by hand just like graham crackers.
3. Mix crushed cookies, sugar and melted butter together.
4. Bake your jars crust filled jars for 7 minutes.

Cast Of Cream Cheese Mix

2 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup lemon juice
114 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk (or make your own)

Directions For Cream Cheese Mix

1. Mix softened cream cheese, lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk together.
2. Fill your jars with 2 1/2 tablespoons of cream cheese filling and refrigerate before topping your cheesecakes.

Finish Your Individual Cheesecakes In A Jar

To finish individual cheesecakes top them with your desired toppings. Cherry cheesecake, mini chocolate chips, hershey kisses, strawberries and even apple pie filling. Any flavor of cheesecake you desire is a possibility. Heck you even have 24 of them at your disposal now, go for 24 different flavors

This recipe is easy to cut in half for a family, double or even triple for a crowd.  I promise you won’t be disappointed with these adorable individual desserts as your next dessert.

What is your favorite flavor of cheesecake?




  • Miz Helen

    I just love the fruit jar desserts, this recipe looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Brandy

      Miz Helen-
      Thank you for stopping by. I am in love with the new trend of desserts in jars. I have tons of them and it just really dresses up the dessert with little effort.

  • Diane @ Vintage Zest

    Hi again! Your recipes were right around my link at Tatertots and Jello I guess!

    This is so right up my alley! I have a bunch of tiny jars that this would work perfect for! I’m actually in the midst of writing up a post about the jars and how I made cute labels for them. Your espresso tool looks perfect, but since I don’t have one I’ll have to find something similar.

    Anyways, thanks for the recipe, I’m pinning it right now!

    • Brandy

      I would love to hear what you find to use in place of the espresso tool. I am asked by others and not positive what to tell them. I have heard of others using a wine cork. I did pick up my espresso tool off of Amazon for those that are looking.

  • I bought a bunch of mason jars for the express purpose of using them for things like this. Thanks for the recipe. : ) I think I will like the nilla wafer better too.

    • Brandy

      I love the nilla wafers as a crust. City Market has some lemon wafers as well that are delicious and really mix up the crust flavor.

  • What a fun and cute idea! 🙂 I could eat like five of those. haha

    • Brandy

      I wish I could say they have their own portion control built in, but they don’t have will power built in. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by Kelly!

  • manda

    oooooooooo i love this. everyone likes their cheesecakes differently. we could have a little ‘make your own cheesecake’ party!

  • Tazim

    Oh yum – so much more fun than typical cake-style cheesecake. This seems like an easy enough recipe for me.

  • Bet P

    What a fun idea! I think I will try this for my next House Party I won that is coming up.

    • Brandy

      Congrats on the house party, those are always fun to host. I would love to hear what flavors you make. They are so much fun and easy to make a ton of different flavors at once. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Laura

    Love!!! Individual desserts are so cute, and in head less calories 🙂 That is not proven, but I’m going with it!

    • Brandy

      I agree with less calories because it makes me only eat one. If I dish it out of the pan my cutting size is usually a lot bigger, at least that is what I am telling myself.