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Cheesecake in a Jar

Cheesecake in a Jar

by Jesse on June 13, 2012

I thought I would share the recipe I used to make our picnic cheesecake. I have to admit that I was nervous about baking inside jars. Afraid they might burst in the oven, but gosh, if you can boil them for canning surely you can bake in them. However, I am going to put up a little disclaimer, per manufacturer direction, the jars are NOT made for oven use. Do at your own risk.


1 1/2 cups crushed salted pretzels
4 tablespoons white sugar
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed
1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 (16 ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the pretzel crumbs, 4 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Stir until the butter is fully incorporated into the pretzel crumbs.

3. Spoon pretzel crust into the bottom of each of your jars evenly. Press crumbs gently into the bottom of the jars. Be sure not to pack them in too tightly.

4. Place the jars onto a baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 6 minutes. Allow the jars and crust to cool completely before layering in the filling.

5. In a medium bowl, beat the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon filling into a ziplock bag then snip the tip of the bag and pipe the filling into jars. Evenly divide the filling between each jar. Place the jars into the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

6. In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Stir in frozen strawberries. Place the bowl into the refrigerator for about five minutes. This will allow the gelatin to firm up a bit. Evenly spoon the gelatin between each the jars. Place jars back into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled.

So yummy, a perfect summer treat!

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Lindsay LeeNo Gravatar June 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

This looks amazing. What a great summer treat!


Katie O"KeefeNo Gravatar June 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I was going to leave a comment on yesterday’s blog asking how you did that, and you answered it for me. 🙂 Thanks for reading my mind and sharing!



LyndaNo Gravatar June 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Yum! I make this recipe but in a big pan. So delicious! Yours look adorable in the jars!!!


NuitNo Gravatar June 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

omg sounds SO YUMMY!!! i wish i had any baking talents 😉 happy weekend my friend!


Anna @ IHODNo Gravatar June 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Loved the picnic you did with your children. Such fun memories for them I am sure!


sharstinNo Gravatar June 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

these look so pretty and tasty! and such fun for summer!


valNo Gravatar June 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

Is there any dessert left? I will be right over.


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