STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE IN A JAR

Strawberry Cheesecake in a Jar is a deconstructed strawberry cheesecake served layered in a jar. It’s a light refreshing, easy to serve dessert perfect for a party or any night of the week.

INGREDIENTS:

CRUMBLE DOUGH

  • 12 graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest and juice from two large lemons
  • 20 fresh strawberries

 

DIRECTIONS:

CRUMBLE DOUGH

Preheat the oven to 350°. Pulse the graham crackers in a food processor until they become fine crumbs Pour the crumbs into a bowl and add the sugar, butter, flour, baking power and vanilla. Use your fingers to pinch into a crumbly dough.

Spread the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

CHEESECAKE FILLING

Beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in the cream. Add the vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice and beat until the filling is light and creamy.

ASSEMBLE

Cut the strawberries in to bite size pieces. Layer the crumble, cheesecake filling, and strawberries in jars, glasses, or bowls. (I used 20 5-ounce plastic dessert cups.)

*I used light/Neufchatel cream cheese

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