4th of July Cheesecake in a Jar

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 424kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
Fresh blueberries and strawberries, with their crisp red and blue colours, paired with the perfect cream cheese whipped cream, makes the most lovely 4th of July Cheesecake in a Jar!
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Ingredients

For the Crumb Layers:

  • 3 1/2 cups graham crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Cream Layers:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar

For the Fruit Layers:

  • 1 cup strawberries, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, pour the melted butter over the graham crumbs along with the cinnamon. Mix until well combined.
  • If making the cheesecakes in individual jars, evenly distribute about 1 inch of the graham crumb mixture among the jars and lightly press the mixture into the jars to form a light crust/base. If using a 9x13 inch pan, transfer all of the graham crumb mixture to the dish and press lightly into the corner and around the pan to create an even light crust/base. Place in refrigerator.
  • In a mixing bowl, use a hand held mixer to cream the cream cheese. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla. Whisk until mixture forms stiff peaks.
  • Transfer the whipped cream to the bowl of cream cheese. Mix until well incorporated. Add the confectioner's sugar and mix into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Top each jar with a layer of the cream cheese mixture - about 11/2 inches of the topping.  If using a 9x13 inch dish, spread ALL of the cream cheese mixture over the top of the graham crust. 
  • Next, top with a layer of blueberries.  Then, repeat with a layer of graham crumbs and cream cheese topping. End with a layer of the strawberries, more cream cheese topping, and a sprinkling of the graham crumb mixture.  I also like to place a few blueberries and a half strawberry right on top as a pretty garnish.
    If you used a 9 x 13 dish, evenly distribute all of the blueberries and strawberries over the cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Place the jars and/or dish into the refrigerator to cool/set for an hour before serving.  Serve one jar per person.  If you used a 9 x 13 pan, cut into 12 squares and serve with fresh berries.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 21.6% | Vitamin C: 10.3% | Calcium: 7% | Iron: 6.5%