Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

And I’m back! Welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas. It’s hard to believe that this fun holiday event is almost over.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Today I’m back to share another delicious and totally adorable recipe with you. Around the holidays there is nothing better than being home and whipping up deliciousness in the kitchen.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Years ago, before buying a B&B and becoming a blogger, I lived in Philadelphia and worked for a hotel chain. The holidays were always so busy at work that I was never able to go home for Christmas. I can’t tell you how much I hated that.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Nowadays I’m so grateful and happy to be home. Plus, I can make as many sweet treats as I want because I have lots of friends and family around to share them with.

It actually reminds me of this this adorable home-inspired video from the folks at Campbell’s Homestyle Soup. It’s a good reminder that there certainly is no place like home! Campbell’s is actually helping a few folks win a trip home this holiday season! I love that. But before we get to that, let’s talk cheesecake.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

So, without further ado, on to the cheesecakes!

I love making single serving food. While it takes a little longer in the kitchen, there is just something extra special about it.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Last year for our Christmas Eve celebration at my mom’s house I made these adorable mini cheesecakes in 4 ounce mason jars. They were such a big hit (and I failed to blog about them) so I’m recreating them this year as an idea for your holiday gatherings.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Obviously, you can make these any time of the year and adjust the toppings to your liking or the season. For these, I decided to make a few little chocolate trees and stars for garnish. They really amp up the cuteness.

I’m going to show you how to create the garnishes as well. But first, let’s make the cheesecakes.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes

Here’s what you will need:

1½ cups crushed graham crackers
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup butter, melted
3 packs (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs
1 whole vanilla bean, seeded (or 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring)
24 mason jars (4 ounce size)

Let’s get baking.

In a medium bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, sugar, and butter. Press two large spoonfuls into each jar. Use a cork, or something similar, to press the mixture tightly into the jar. Set aside.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly pour in the condensed milk. Beat until smooth. (It's important that there are no lumps.)

Next, add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. (I really like using the vanilla bean seeds versus vanilla extract. I love seeing the black specs in cheesecake.)

Now scoop the batter into the jars until each three-quarters full. That's about 3 large spoonfuls per jar.

Place the jars into two 13x9" baking pans. Twelve jars per pan. Then fill the pans with hot water. (The water level will be about halfway up the jars.)

Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. You’ll want to remove the cheesecakes from the oven before any browning occurs.

Carefully remove the pans from the oven. (The pans and the water will be very hot.) Using a towel or oven mitt, remove the jars from the water and allow them to cool completely.

Once cooled, add any topping you like. I used cherry pie filling and caramel.

Now that the cheesecakes are ready, let’s make some chocolate garnishes!

You’ll need about 1 cup chocolate melting wafers.

Line your counter or a baking tray with waxed paper. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for 20 - 30 seconds. Continue microwaving and stirring until the chocolate is melted. (If you prefer, you can use the double boiler method to melt the chocolate.)

Place chocolate in a heavy resealable plastic bag. Snip off a very small piece from one corner. Then pipe your trees or stars onto the wax paper. Be sure to make your lines thick so they won’t easily break after hardening. If you’d like, sprinkle with jimmies before they set. Chill, and then remove from the wax paper.

That’s it. Place your chocolate garnishes on your mini cheesecakes and they are ready to serve.

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Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Aren’t they cute? It’s the perfect size for a delicious sampling of cheesecake. These will certainly be a hit at your house over the holidays.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Also, if you are looking for a way to make it home this holiday, Campbell’s Homestyle Soup can help! With their Pin-It-To-Win-It Sweepstakes!

Today through December 16, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, any U.S. resident age 18 and above can visit CampbellsHomestyle.com to enter for a chance to win one of fifteen $500 airline gift cards.

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Good luck everyone and happy baking!

More awesome holiday-inspired ideas:

donna

Donna from Funky Junk Interiors

marianne

Marianne from Songbird

shanty

Whitney and Ashley from Shanty2Chic

thistle

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms

cass

Cassity – Remodelaholic

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Merry Christmas!

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Campbell’s Homestyle Soup. As always, the thoughts and ideas are my own.

Comments

  • Becky @ A Calculated Whisk at

    I love these! So cute, and the chocolate garnishes make them look fancy but sound really easy. I’ll definitely be trying this!

    • Vanessa O'Rourke at

      I just re-discovered this going through some of my older Pins – they look so good. I may have to make them… just thinking… it’s not Christmas anymore… but I need another excuse to make them… okay, Easter! Yes, Easter is coming up! I’ll make them in April and will call them Easter Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes (minus the Christmas tree garnish). x

  • Tanya at

    I love the chocolate garnish, these look amazingly good and easy too! xo

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

    Cheesecake is my ultimate favorite! And putting anything in a mini jar = love at first sight.

  • Van at

    I have wanted to print out some of the recipes seen on your wonderful site but cannot find anywhere to do that?? I have even tried doing a print screen but that doesn’t even show the recitpe at all.

    I wanted to print out the mini mason jar cheesecake recipe but to no avail. :+(((

    Am I missing something or are these available somewhere else to be printed??

    Thanx for any help on this.

    Van

    • Lin at

      Van, I am not seeing how to print this either. Maybe we are just overlooking something, but hopefully Michael will point us in the right direction.

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Um, I was a bad blogger and failed to upload the recipe format. I will do this ASAP. I’m SO sorry for any inconvenience.

        Thanks!

        xo Michael

  • Donna / Funky Junk Interiors at

    Just WOW. You truly do take the hard out of everything, M. LOVE these desserts but that garnish on top is the kicker for me. I can’t wait to try those chocolate decorations on cupcakes! Outstanding photography as usual.

  • debi at

    Pinned! These are so cute, and sound just yummy!

  • Northern cottage at

    Ok so you had me at MASON JAR but then add CHEESECAKE and you just push me over the edge. Yummo!!

  • Elle at

    Yummy and cute! The best combination. I’m making these.

  • Lin at

    Thank you so much for the cute little cheesecakes. I plan on putting some of these in with my cookies for my neighbors.

  • Natalie at

    Can these be made ahead of time and frozen or refrigerated? How long?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Natalie,

      I’m honestly not sure. I served mine the same day. I’d assume they’d do well in the fridge (minus the toppings) for a day. Not sure about freezing them.

      xo Michael

  • Judy at

    I have the same question about making them ahead. Do they freeze well or should they just be refrigerated?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hey there Judy!

      See the response above. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • gail hadley at

    I love love these cheesecakes!!!! So simple but look so yummy!!! Going to a party on Halloween, I’m thinking I might make these and make ghosts and pumpkins for garnish!!!! Thanks so much love ur site!!!!!

  • Tammy at

    Thanks Michael! Made these for thanksgiving. Altered by adding pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. They were the hit of the party”

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