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Dump Crushed Graham Crackers Into A Mason Jar For A Delicious No-Bake Cheesecake

ileana by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

When summer comes around, there’s always one dessert I crave after a dinner date: cheesecake.

As much as I love ice cream when the weather is hot, there’s something about cheesecake that just feels perfect for summer, especially if it’s topped with fresh berries or a berry sauce.

The sweet, creamy dessert is delicious, but I’ve always shied away from making it because it seems so difficult!

Normally, making a cheesecake requires a lot of time and effort — it always seems way too hard to make. But with this simple no-bake recipe, you could be eating cheesecake in no time.

This blueberry cheesecake is not only yummy, it’s also the perfect picnic dessert.

Packed beautifully into Mason jars, the no-bake cheesecake will have your friends and family begging for the recipe.

The simple recipe for this tasty dessert requires no water bath, no gelatin, and no oven, which makes it the perfect quick-treat.

Read the instructions below to find out exactly how to make this stunning no-bake cheesecake.

Cook: 0 min
Prep: 30 min
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 14 graham crackers
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 12 cups fresh blueberries
  • juice from 12 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 12 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 8-oz packs of cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 34 cup powdered sugar
  • 34 cup heavy cream
  • lemon zest
Instructions
  • Make crust by combining crushed graham crackers, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt.
  • Make blueberry sauce by combining combine blueberries, lemon juice, and granulated sugar over low heat. Then add cornstarch slurry.
  • Whisk cream cheese together with powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Whip cream, then combine it with cream cheese mixture.
  • Layer crust, cream cheese mixture, and blueberry sauce in Mason jar.
  • Top cheesecake with lemon zest, then close Mason jar and label it.
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Blueberry No-Bake Cheesecake 30 minutes 0 minutes 30 minutes Serves 4 //www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2017/06/homePage_thumb_1280x627_NoBakeCheesecakeJar_-850x416.jpg graham crackers unsalted butter brown sugar pinch of salt fresh blueberries juice from 1/2 lemon cold water granulated sugar cornstarch packs of cream cheese vanilla extract powdered sugar heavy cream lemon zest Make crust by combining crushed graham crackers, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt. Make blueberry sauce by combining combine blueberries, lemon juice, and granulated sugar over low heat. Then add cornstarch slurry. Whisk cream cheese together with powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Whip cream, then combine it with cream cheese mixture. Layer crust, cream cheese mixture, and blueberry sauce in Mason jar. Top cheesecake with lemon zest, then close Mason jar and label it.

Ingredients

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  • 14 graham crackers
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2.5 cups fresh blueberries
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp. cold water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 8-oz. packs of cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • lemon zest

Step 1: Make The Crust

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The first step to making this delicious cheesecake is creating the crust.

Begin by crushing the graham crackers in a bowl.

Once the graham crackers are sufficiently crushed, mix in the melted butter, brown sugar, and salt.

Set this bowl aside for now — you won’t need it until you start putting layers in the jar.

Step 2: Make The Blueberry Sauce

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Next, make the blueberry topping.

In a small pot, combine blueberries, lemon juice, and granulated sugar. Put the pot over low heat, and stir until the blueberries start to break down.

While the blueberries are heating, stir together cornstarch and water to make a slurry.

When the blueberries begin breaking down, pour in the slurry and continue to stir until the topping becomes thickened.

Step 3: Make A Cream Cheese Mixture

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In a separate bowl, whisk the cream cheese until it is smooth.

Once the cream cheese is smooth, add in vanilla extract and powdered sugar, then whisk until combined.

Step 4: Make Some Whipped Cream

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In another bowl, whisk the heavy cream until it is thick.

To whip the cream, you can use a hand whisk or an electric mixer.

Step 5: Combine Whipped Cream And Cream Cheese Mixture

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When the whipped cream is thick enough, dump it into the cream cheese mixture.

Using a whisk or spatula, stir until combined.

Step 6: Spoon Crust Into Mason Jar

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Once your separate ingredients are all made, pick out a Mason jar to store your cheesecake in.

Begin by spooning 3 tbsps. of the crust into the bottom of the Mason jar. Push the crust down with a spoon.

Step 7: Add Cheesecake Mixture To Jar

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Next, scoop two heaping spoonfuls of the cream cheese and whipped cream mixture into the Mason jar.

Step 8: Add Blueberry Sauce

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Next, layer 2 tbsps. of the blueberry topping over the cheesecake filling.

If you’d like more layers, repeat steps 6 through 8 for a delicious cheesecake trifle!

Step 9: Repeat With Other Jars

no-bake cheesecake jars
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Because they’re no-bake, it’s easy to make quite a few at one time!

Grab some empty jars and create a whole batch of delicious cheesecakes.

These would be great for baby showers, bridal showers, holiday events, summer barbecues — whenever you need yummy, easy desserts in big quantities!

Step 10: Top With Lemon Zest And Close Lid

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Once all the jars are full, sprinkle some lemon zest over the top.

Next, add the lids to the Mason jars and add gift tags or labels to the jars.

Step 11: Refrigerate, And Enjoy!

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Allow the Mason jar cheesecakes to chill until it’s time to serve — then grab a spoon, and enjoy!

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