No bake lime strawberry cheesecake jars

September 28 2014
by emma

lime strawberry baby cheesecakes

I love eating little things; tiny packs of cheese, fun-size choccie bars, small packs of chips, that type of thing.  Naturally I end up eating way more than I should (instead of you know, eating one big packet) but there’s something about smaller portioned food.  So I had some cream cheese in the fridge to use the other day and thought how cute teensy tiny cheesecakes would be in some of my old jars.  Probably seems a bit hipster, what with the jars and all, but never fear, no hipsters in this house.

So if you feel like some easy cheesecake action with the charm of a childhood dessert, these creamy, sweet, lime flavoured puddings on a spicy biscuit base with luscious strawberry topping will do the trick.  They are kind of fabulous if I do say so myself.

strawberry cheesecake jars

strawberry cheesecake jars

strawberry lime cheesecake

strawberry cheesecake jars

Recipe for lime strawberry cheesecake jars:

250g Philadelphia cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup white caster sugar
Heaped 1/2 cup whipped cream
1/2 tspn vanilla bean paste
1-2 tspns lime zest (to taste)

250g fresh strawberries
2 tspns caster sugar
2 tspns strawberry jam

Half a pack (120g) Arnott’s gingernut biscuits, ground finely in food processor
50g unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Whipped cream, to serve

Set aside 2 large or 4 small jars or glasses (wider ones are easiest).  Stir biscuits and melted butter in a bowl until combined.  Divide between jars and use the back of your fingers to press down.  If you want to make a parfait and layer the crumb and cheesecakes layers, use larger jars/glasses.  Chill in the fridge.

Use electric mixer on medium speed to beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl for around 1 minute, or until creamy and combined.  Use a spatula or large wooden spoon to fold through whipped cream, vanilla bean paste and lime zest until combined.  Spoon cheesecake over crumb base into jars, smooth over with spoon and chill in fridge for an hour or so.

In a small saucepan, simmer strawberries on medium heat with sugar and jam for 2-3 minutes, stirring every now and again, or until you can see a glaze on the base of the pan.  Allow to cool at room temperature.  Top cheesecakes with whipped cream, the strawberries and sauce (and a lime slice if you like) before serving.

Serves: 2 large, 4 small

Note: I used ready-made whipped cream from the supermarket.

13 Responses leave one →
  1. These are simply charming Emma! Your photos are adorable, and I love the idea of tiny little desserts served in cute jars or petite glasses.
    I keep trying to get a little hipsterish (I mean, there is so much quinoa consumed in our house) but Chris keeps hauling me back into reality, sigh.
    These are a great entertaining idea for summer desserts too!

  2. I love these! So so cute, perfect for a dinner party and no stresses about them setting firmly or not coming out of the pan. On my must do list

    1. That’s it, stress free cheesecake :D, I love me a baked cheesecake but the stress of turning it out does my head in.

  3. I love love LOVE this! My favourite way of serving up cheesecake is in jars so I jumped straight onto this when I saw it! And even more excited when I saw that your in Australia so I can get the biscuits at Coles! So many times I have checked out cheesecake recipes only to find they require American brand biscuits I can’t get here! PS I’m in Sydney 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Pinning away so I don’t lose this!

  4. Ohhhhhhhh yum – this looks amazing. I love love cheesecake but if I could eat it in a portion controlled scenario (jars) I could have it in the house more often. It just vanishes when a whole cake comes in my front door… Not sure where, I swear! Bec x

  5. These are adorable! I’m curious — what were the jars originally filled with? (And can’t you imagine a super teeny-tiny cheesecake in one of those single-serving hotel jam jars…?)

    1. Hi Ann 🙂

      The small jars were from some single serve puddings from the cold section of our supermarket. The larger vessel is a smallish glass I have.

      And a tiny cheesecake would be so cute!

  6. Gah! Killing me with your desserts lately! These are SO cute. I love the individual little jars, I’m so with you on the cheese/portioned little packets of things! I might make some of these for our thanksgiving coming up.

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