Mini Cheesecakes in Mason Jars

These Mini Cheesecakes in Mason Jars are such a quick and easy dessert everyone will love. Dressed up with chocolate garnishes, they make the perfect holiday treat.

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

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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.

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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.

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So, without further ado, on to the cheesecakes!

How to Make Mini Cheesecakes in Mason Jars:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Good luck everyone and happy baking!

Mini Mason Jar Cheesecakes

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, dessert, mason jar cake
Servings: 24
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
These mini cheesecakes, made in mason jars, are a unique and delicious single serving dessert recipe.


  • cups crushed graham crackers
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 3 packages (24 ounces total) cream cheese - softened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 whole vanilla bean - seeded (or 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring)
  • 24 mason jars - 4 ounce size
  • 1 cup chocolate melting wafers


  • 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 F.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly pour in the condensed milk. Beat until smooth.
  • Next, add the eggs and vanilla bean seeds. Mix well.
  • Scoop the batter into the jars until each three-quarters full.
  • Place the jars into two 13×9" 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. Remove the cheesecakes from the oven before any browning occurs.
  • Using a towel or oven mitt, remove the jars from the water and allow them to cool completely. The pans and the water will be very hot.
  • Next, make the chocolate garnishes. 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.
  • Place chocolate in a heavy resealable plastic bag. Snip off a very small piece from one corner.
  • 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.
  • Add any topping you'd like to your cheesecakes. (Caramel, cherry. pie filling, chocolate, etc.) Place your chocolate garnishes on your mini cheesecakes and they are ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 514IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 0.4mg
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  • Tammy at

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

  • 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!!!!!

  • 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

  • Natalie at

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

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


      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

  • 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.

  • Elle at

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

  • Northern cottage at

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

  • debi at

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


    • 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.


        xo Michael

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

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

  • Tanya at

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

  • 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

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