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This recipe for Easy No Bake Cherry Cheesecake in a Mason Jar is the perfect summer dessert. Make the no bake cheesecakes ahead of time for a party or a backyard BBQ; or make them for any reason at all. They’re a delicious sweet treat sure to become a favorite.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecakes in mason jars sitting on a red printed cloth

I don’t know about you, but any time I don’t turn on the oven to cook or bake in the middle of summer is a reason to celebrate. So, when I saw that July 30th is National Cheesecake Day I was excited to make this very Easy No Bake Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar! Bonus for you is that my fellow Festive Foodie bloggers are also sharing their favorite CHEESECAKE recipes. So, let’s celebrate this delicious day with our favorite cheesecake recipes– from fruity to chocolatey and mini to Instant Pot, we’ve got you covered for your next cheesecake need! Find them below the recipe card on this post.

Not only are these no bake cheesecakes jars individual servings, but they are perfect to make ahead of time for parties, BBQs, because it’s a hot day, or whatever reason you want to celebrate! Double or triple the recipe, depending on how many guests you’ll have.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake in a Jars on counte

We love using these mason jars for these desserts, making salad dressings, and for edible gift giving.

I have made one – just one baked cheesecake in my lifetime. Time to up my game. For now, these cute cherry cheesecakes in a mason jar will have to do.

These individual desserts would also be wonderful to serve for other holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day brunches, and even on a Christmas dessert table.

How easy are these mason jar desserts to make?

Easy! However, they do require some preparation and chill time. So plan ahead when you want to make them. They can be made a day in advance, too. I promise you the hardest part will be pulling out your food processor (this one is my favorite) and assembling it.

To make the sweet desserts, you’ll begin by layering a graham cracker crust in the bottom of the jars, then add the creamy cheesecake mixture, and finally topping it off with a homemade cherry pie filling. Don’t let the homemade part of the cherry filling scare you off. It’s easy, I promise.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Ingredients

Ingredients for cheesecake in a jar on counter

For the crust:

  • graham crackers
  • butter
  • sugar
  • Pinch salt

For the cream cheese layer:

For the cherry pie filling:

  • pitted tart cherries
  • sugar
  • cornstarch

Instructions for Making No-Bake Cherry Cheesecakes

When making desserts that require the fresh fruit filling to be cooled before using in a recipe, I like to make that first. This way it will cool at room temperature while I am preparing the cheesecake filling and graham cracker crust.

Another tip is to chill the bowl you will be making the whipped cream before you begin the recipe. Leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the whipped cream.

Cherry pie filling cooking directions:

Step 1

Start by placing the cherries into a saucepan and cover. If you can’t find pitted fresh cherries, it’s okay to use frozen whole cherries. Cook over medium heat until the cherries begin to break down and release their juice.

Step 2

Add the sugar and cornstarch, stirring to combine. Return the cherries to a simmer and reduce the heat too low. Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes. Cool completely before spooning over the cheesecake.

Cheesecake mixture directions:

Step 1

In a cold mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Step 2

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla, sugar, lemon juice, and salt into the cream cheese. Continue mixing until completely combined. Into the cream cheese mixture, fold half of the whipped cream.

folding in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture

Once that is incorporated, fold in the remaining cream.

cheesecake filling in mixing bowl

Making the Graham Cracker crust:

Step 1

In a food processor, place the graham crackers, sugar, and salt until the crackers are finely ground.

processing the graham crackers into crumbs in food processor

Step 2

Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture comes together. Set aside until ready to assemble desserts.

To assemble the Individual cheesecake desserts:

Step 1

Divide and press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the jars, creating an even layer.

filling the bottoms of jars with graham cracker crust

Step 2

Divide the cream cheese between the jars. (Using a piping bag to fill the jars makes it easier.)

filling the jars with the cheesecake mixture

Step 3

Spoon on cooled cherry filling over the cheesecake mixture.

close up of the cherry pie fillin

Cover and refrigerate the jars until ready to serve or overnight. Chill for at least four hours to give the cheesecake layer a chance to set. Cherry Cheesecake in a jar for the easy dessert win!

adding the cherry pie filling on top of the cheesecake filling
easy no bake cherry cheesecake in a glass jars

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Chill a large bowl when you start this recipe so it’s good and cold for whipping that heavy cream.
  • Prepare the cherry pie filling first as it needs to cool completely before using.
  • This dessert can be enjoyed right away, but it is best to let it chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. This helps set the cheesecake layer.
  • Double or triple the recipe if you have a lot of guests.
  • Use a piping bag to layer the cheesecake filling into jars – less mess.
  • You can use any size jar that you would like. We used pints, but you can use smaller or bigger ones for the same great results.
  • Be sure to use wide-mouth jars. These will be easier to fill and easier to enjoy.
6 jars filled with no bake cherry cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake Variations

  • To save time you can use canned pie filling instead of making the homemade cherry filling.
  • Swap the cherries with a different flavor of the fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, etc.
  • Instead of graham crackers, you can use Oreos, vanilla wafers, gingersnaps, or your favorite cookie.

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Easy No Bake Cherry Cheesecake in a Mason Jar

This recipe for Easy No Bake Cherry Cheesecake in a Mason Jar is the perfect summer dessert. Made the no bake cheesecakes ahead of time for a party or a backyard BBQ; or make them for any reason at all. They're a delicious sweet treat sure to become a favorite.
5 from 4 votes
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Keyword: cheesecake, cheesecake in a jar, cherry, cherry cheesecake, dessert, mason jar desserts
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 575kcal

Equipment

  • 6 wide mouth mason jars
  • food processor
  • mixing bowls

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • pinch salt

For the Cheesecake filling

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (my favorite brand)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

For the cherry pie filling

  • 4 cups tart cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Instructions

  • Make the cherry pie filling first as it needs to cool completely before you layer the desserts into each mason jar.
  • Also. before beginning the recipe chill a large bowl in the refrigerator for using in making the whipped cream. Keep it in there until ready to make the whipped cream.

Cherry Pie Filling

  • Start by placing the cherries into a saucepan and cover. If you can’t find pitted fresh cherries, it’s okay to use frozen whole cherries. Cook over medium heat until the cherries begin to break down and release their juice.
  • Add the sugar and cornstarch, stirring to combine. Return the cherries to a simmer and reduce the heat too low. Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes. Cool completely before spooning over the cheesecake.

Cheesecake mixture

  • In a cold mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Making the graham cracker crust

  • In a food processor, place the graham crackers, sugar, and salt until the crackers are finely ground.
  • Add the butter and pulse until the mixture comes together. Set aside until ready to assemble desserts.

To assemble the Individual cheesecake desserts

  • Divide and press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the jars, creating an even layer.
  • Divide the cream cheese between the jars. (Using a piping bag to fill the jars makes it easier.)
  • Spoon on cooled cherry filling over the cheesecake mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate the jars until ready to serve or overnight. Chill for at least four hours to give the cheesecake layer a chance to set.

Notes

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Chill a large bowl when you start this recipe so it’s good and cold for whipping that heavy cream.
  • Prepare the cherry pie filling first as it needs to cool completely before using.
  • This dessert can be enjoyed right away, but it is best to let it chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. This helps set the cheesecake layer.
  • Double or triple the recipe if you have a lot of guests.
  • Use a piping bag to layer the cheesecake filling into jars – less mess.
  • You can use any size jar that you would like. We used pints, but you can use smaller or bigger ones for the same great results.
  • Be sure to use wide-mouth jars. These will be easier to fill and easier to enjoy.

No Bake Cheesecake Variations

  • To save time you can use canned pie filling instead of making the homemade cherry filling.
  • Swap the cherries with a different flavor of the fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, etc.
  • Instead of graham crackers, you can use Oreos, vanilla wafers, gingersnaps, or your favorite cookie.

Nutrition

Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 1383IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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“Blogghetti” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These were so cute and so easy to make! I love the idea of making them in mason jars! They were a fun summer treat for me and my family!

  2. 5 stars
    These are seriously too cute! I’m going to have to do some with blueberry filling as well and make a patriotic looking arrangement for the 4th of July next year!