I’m willing to bet this holiday season most of us will be invited to some sort of potluck family gathering or maybe even throwing a holiday party. This recipe to bake cheesecakes in mason jars is so easy. Since each jar has its own lid, it also makes them incredibly portable. As an added bonus, they serve as a type of “portion control.” No extra big pieces, just one small satisfying dessert.
I’ve got two easy to make cheesecake recipes that can be baked in 8 oz mason jars.
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes serves 12
2 C crushed whole wheat cookies (like Mi-Del Honey Grahams)
2 T melted butter
1 C pumpkin puree
1 T whole wheat flour
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t cloves
1/8 t nutmeg
2 8 oz packages organic cream cheese
1/2 C organic sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
1/8 t salt
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 300.
Place 12 8 oz wide mouth jars on a large, rimmed baking sheet.
Mix together crushed cookies and butter. Evenly distribute among the 12 jars and tamp down to pack. (I used a meat cleaver to tamp them down.)
Use a standard mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin, flour, sugar, vanilla, spices, and salt. Beat until mixed. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Bake for 15 minutes. The centers will be slightly jiggly. They should continue to bake once removed from the oven.
Allow to cool. Needs to be refrigerated.
Apple Pie Cheesecake Variation
2 Apples, chopped
2 T butter
2 T dark brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
In a large fry pan, melt butter. Add chopped apples and cook over medium heat until soft. Add sugar and cinnamon and cook until juices are slightly thickened.
Make the crust as you would in the first recipe. Add chopped, cooked apples to each jar.
Make the cheesecake recipe just as you would in the first recipe eliminating the pumpkin and the cloves.
Continue with the above recipe.
Either of these would make a great addition to a Thanksgiving celebration. Of course, these would make a perfect Homemade Holiday DIY Christmas Gift too!Who wouldn’t want cheesecake and coffee as a gift?
I used a plastic strawberry container to wrap my gift. The tops of these are perfect for threading ribbon through. I added a small bag of organic coffee and two individual cheesecakes – the perfect dessert and coffee gift for any couple you know!