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Raspberry Cheesecake Jars

Raspberry Cheesecake Jars

I love glass. It doesn't matter what kind -- cups, bowls, containers, old ones, new ones, colored, clear, you name it -- I'm not picky. Even when hubby and I went on our honeymoon to Italy, one of the first stops we made was to buy a set of Murano drinking glasses. I'm still too scared to let the kids drink out of them as I fear one might get broken, but give me a few years (say 25) and maybe I'll loosen up a bit.

Honeymoon glasses notwithstanding, we've been letting our kids eat off and drink out of glass since they were little babies. We never liked the idea of using plastic and figured there was no time like the present to let Kenya and Chloe practice using and being careful with glass. Cute glasses like these which are durable and don't cost an arm and a leg, made our decision a little easier.

This all leads to my love of glass jars. Yes, jars. In line with my theory that kids will happily eat almost anything off of a stick or in the shape of a muffin, pancake or cookie, I find that the same is generally true when it comes to eating out of jars (like these, which I love, for instance).

For a friend's homecoming last week we made these Raspberry Cheesecake Jars in lieu of baking a cake and they were an overwhelming success. Fresh raspberries layered with honey tinged cream cheese and crushed graham crackers make every last bite absolutely spectacular.

Maybe next year I'll pull out the fancy glasses, but until then serving these cheesecakes in jars works just fine!

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Chloe snagging a bite!

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Raspberry Cheesecake Jars (6 servings)

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons honey (you could also use raspberry preserves or white sugar)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 cups Fresh Raspberries
  • 6 graham crackers, crushed (about 1 cup)
  • 6- 8 ounce mason jars

Preparation

1. Using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, honey, milk and lemon zest until smooth.

2. Layer in each jar: 6-7 raspberries, 2 tablespoons of cheesecake filling, and 2 tablespoons of crushed graham crackers. Repeat to fill the jar, then repeat with the remaining five jars.

3. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to three days.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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29 comments

  • Angie Big Bear's Wife

    So easy and I love the look of the fresh raspberries layered in there!

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  • Melissa

    it doesn't state how much lemon zest is to be used in the ingredients

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  • Mary-Claire Douglas

    Sounds spectacular! How much lemon zest do we use? It wasn't on the list...

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  • Michelle

    Did you ever use sippy cups? And how much zest?

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    • Catherine

      We did use sippy cups. Whenever the only option is plastic I make sure to use BPA free plastic, like Born Free! http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B003E1PMPA

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  • Jamie

    What a cute idea!!! I love glass too! We will be making these this week for sure;) yum!

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  • Madiha Kamal

    These look and sound DELICIOUS!

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  • Robin

    Yes please! Those look super tasty! Defiantly going to be making these and soon!

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  • Vivace

    Zest from one (1) lemon. I assume that means zest one lemon really well and use what ever amount it yields. That's what I would did. Recipe sounds delish. Think I'll substitutever Biscotti for the grahams.

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    • Vivace

      Corrections to my post: whatever, do (not did) and Biscoff (not biscotti).

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    • Catherine

      Yes, zest 1 lemon and use that amount!

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  • Monika

    Do you make your graham crackers from your graham cracker recipe? Or is there a brand you trust?

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    • Catherine

      You absolutely can use this graham cracker recipe! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2010/09/01/graham-crackers/ I also like the brand Attune Foods!

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  • Robin

    I whipped this up for dinner last night and they are delicious and so easy to make! I used frozen berries and it worked just fine. I also crushed some butter waffle cookies I had gotten from trader joes in with the graham crackers. YUM. Definitely with be making this again and again.

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  • Kristin

    Yum! Can't wait to try these with my kiddos. I love that there is only a small amount of honey for sweetener. I'm thinking homemade whole wheat vanilla wafers instead of homemade grahams crackers though.

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  • Laura Anna

    My son just gave me the go-ahead to make this! I am going to try this with strawberries. So looking forward to this!!!

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  • Laura Anna

    I made it tonight. It is amazing! So, so yummy! I did some with blueberries and some with strawberries. I am saving this recipe.

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  • Laura Anna

    Okay, so I am a bit of a piggie. Guess what I made again today. I am loving this recipe - so good and simple.

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  • Raeanne

    Amazing!! I added some vanilla extract and soaked some raspberries and strawberries in sugar before adding them. I served in wine glasses. I'm not sure I want to share with anyone though!

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  • Tannika Rodrigues

    Sounds delicious!

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    I'm going to put strawberries and blueberries.....red, white and blue for the 4th. Taste so good and looks awesome.

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