Cheesecake in a Jar

filed under: Cheesecakes · Dessert · Food + Drink on May 7, 2011

Cheesecake in a Jar is a no-bake cheesecake that is layered in a mason jar with a graham cracker crust and topped with cherry pie filling. Try my Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake in a Jar for another fun way to enjoy cheesecake.

Cheesecake in a Jar

This dessert is easy to make, easy to assemble, and so fun to share! It starts with a graham cracker crust and then is topped with cheesecake filling and cherry pie filling. If you aren’t craving cherry, modify the recipe using your favorite fruit topping. There is no baking involved, and you can use the size of mason jars you have on hand.


Cheesecake in a Jar Ingredients

Crust: It’s easy to put together the crust. You can buy graham cracker crumbs or simply crush up graham crackers. You will need 3-4 full sheets of graham crackers to get about 1/2 cup crushed.

Cream Cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing it with the other ingredients.

Sweetened Condensed Milk: The sweetened condensed milk adds sweetness and creaminess. Do not substitute evaporated milk in this recipe.

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is added to cheesecake to help it keep its structure. It is used in many cheesecake recipes, even though you probably didn’t realize it was in there! Leaving it out will affect the texture and taste.

Vanilla Extract: Use clear or regular vanilla extract in this recipe.

Pie Filling: I added cherry pie filling to my cheesecakes in a jar. Use your favorite fruit topping.


The Crust

An easy cheesecake crust recipe can be made from graham crackers, any cookies, animal crackers, etc. There are cheesecakes with brownie crusts and cookie crusts too, but we’re going to stick to the basic cheesecake crust recipe using graham crackers.

To make the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. Use a fork to mix the three ingredients, making sure that every single graham cracker crumb is coated in butter. The butter binds everything together so bits of crust don’t pop up in the cheesecake. Add a little more butter if needed.


How to Make Cheesecake in a Jar

It’s simple to get the cheesecake filling made. Simply use a handheld mixer to combine the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Cream together until light and fluffy. Once the filling is mixed, it’s time to assemble the cheesecakes in a jar.

In this recipe, I used two pint-sized mason jars. You could definitely make more in smaller jars (individual-sized portions) if you have them on hand. (And, to be fair, a pint jar is like three pieces of cheesecake…a lot!) To assemble the cheesecakes, first, press the graham cracker crust down in the bottom of a jar. Using the back of a spoon will help.

Next, add the cheesecake filling to the jar, filling about 3/4 of the way to the top. Finally, add the cherry pie filling (or the kind of pie filling you are using) to the top. Repeat to make the second cheesecake. Store the cheesecakes in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight.


Looking for More No-Bake Desserts?

Apple Butter Cheesecake

No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Blueberry Pie

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Pie

Cheesecake in a Jar
Prep Time
10 mins
Chilling Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins

Cheesecake in a Jar is a no-bake cheesecake that is layered in a mason jar with a graham cracker crust and topped with cherry pie filling.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake in a Jar, no bake cheesecake
Servings: 2 pint-sized jars
Calories: 1303 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling, divided
  1. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter, mixing well with a fork. (You want every crumb coated in the butter as this will be the glue that holds it together.) If needed, add more butter.

  1. In a medium bowl, add cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Use a hand mixer to combine.

  1. Press half of the graham cracker crust to the bottom of a pint mason jar.

  2. Add half the cheesecake filling to the jar, filling about ¾ of the way up.

  3. Top with half the cherry pie filling. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

  4. Place the jars of cheesecake in the refrigerator to chill for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight.



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  • Tracy says:

    I heart these. So. Much. Thanks for sharing them!!

  • Christina says:

    Like everyone else wants to know… Where can I find jars like these ones???
    Love reading and looking at your blog by the way. 🙂

  • The BabbyMama says:

    Yow know how excited I am to try this? The answer is very. We’re having neighbors over for dinner tomorrow and I’m thinking this will be an awesome, silly, impressive dessert!

  • The BabbyMama says:

    I tried them! It’s awesome and comes out looking very cute 🙂 I’d post a pic, but the comment field won’t let me.

  • Meghan says:

    I really love reading your blog but when 20 people ask the same question and you can’t be bothered to answer I think it is very rude. I happened to come across these jars at Walmart in the canning area. Now you all can make these adorable cheesecakes as well!

  • Anna Stepanian says:

    Hi there!
    I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and you have amazing recipes! Can you please email me all the recipes for all the kinds of mini cheesecakes you made?? Thanks!

  • Martha says:

    Where O Where can I find these cute jars??

  • Rhonda says:

    I found jars at Wal-Mart (with the canning jars)…they are by Ball and they are part of the Collection Elite series. Found a 4-pack for about $3.50…too cute!!! I’m whipping up the chocolate cheesecake to take on a picnic to a night under the stars with the Fort Worth symphony!

  • darcy porter says:

    SO cute!! but i too need to know where you found these cute jars!

  • Holly says:

    What perfect idea!! I love it! AND soo cute! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Would love if you’d stop by my blog sometime 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Kristin says:

    Wow these look amazing, how long do you thin they will last in the fridge before giving them out at a party?

  • Eve says:

    Yummy! I love cheesecake. What a fun idea.

  • Marci says:

    I LOVE this idea and want to share it on my blog with a link….thanks for being so clever!

  • Tammy says:

    These look so yummy. I cant wait to give them a try!!

  • Jeni Lowrance says:

    FYI: You can find the same jars on Ball’s website (, for a third of the cost.

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Oh thanks Jeni! I actually looked around their site for quite a bit today, and could not find these jars. I wish I had asked you first… could have saved myself a couple hours work!

  • Patty M says:

    Those are so cute. I have seen the jars at Menards of all places.

  • Julie says:

    Hi! I love idea that you have found and had a few questions! If I wanted to do the bake version, would I be able to bake them in the little jars? Also, how do you make the fillings?

  • Brittany says:

    These seem like great gift ideas! Especially for someone with a super large family and very small budget 🙂 So, my question is….What’s the rule for refrigeration with these? And shelf life? Thanks a bunches for sharing!

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  • Sarah says:

    What an amazing idea! 🙂

  • Annette@Bake Chocolate Cake says:

    Cheesecake is always a favorite recipe. It is fun to put in individual jars and serve with fresh strawberries and cream

  • Tara Ruthe says:

    Can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  • Kate Henry says:

    I found these jars at Target for $4.99. Much cheaper than buying on Amazon.

    • Amanda says:

      Yup, I think we already covered that. Thanks Kate! 🙂

  • Angela says:

    About how long would these keep for if seeled tight?

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.