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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Jars
Fresh strawberries have met their match with this delicious, light, fresh recipe. Enjoy these no-bake strawberry cheesecake jars with the whole family! This easy treat is simple enough that the kids can help make them.
June is Strawberry Picking Season!
One thing that we look forward to every year? Strawberry season! More specifically, strawberry picking! While we don’t get around to picking our own strawberries every year, we do always make sure to pick up several pints of fresh berries from local farms. I remember a few years ago when Lily was in preschool, we took her, my niece and our friend’s son to a pick-your-own farm in June. The kids had so much fun picking strawberries, though it was a real challenge to keep them from eating the berries as they picked! (Which would not have been a big deal in a strawberry patch of our own, but at the farm you obviously need to pay for the strawberries you pick! That’s difficult when the berries have been gobbled up by hungry preschoolers!)
Fresh Strawberry Desserts
When you bring fresh, in-season strawberries home from the farm, IF you are able to refrain from eating them right away, they are just perfect for using in a variety of delicious recipes! We love make fresh homemade strawberry ice cream in our ice cream machine. I am always looking for no-bake strawberry treat ideas. Strawberries are one fruit that my entire family absolutely LOVES! When the berries are in-season (and many times even when they aren’t), you can find a pint or two in our kitchen.
Whip up a batch of these light and delicious no-bake strawberry cheesecake jars and watch them please a small crowd!
Weight Watchers Point Info
If you are following WW and want to lighten this dessert up, as is they are 13 points a jar. Swap to both light whipped topping AND light cream cheese and drop them to 10 points each. This recipe is for 6 small jars. You can use smaller shooter glasses and divide the recipe even further and create 12 shot glass-sized treats at just 5 points per glass. I have not tried making this recipe with Stevia (instead of confectioner’s sugar), but that might be an option to drop your point count even lower.
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Jar Ingredients
8 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 cups whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Whipped topping (optional garnish)
6 small jars
How to Make No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Jars
This recipe makes approximately 6 servings in pint-sized jars.
1. Rinse and hull 12 of the strawberries. Set aside the remaining 3 strawberries for garnish.
2. Use a blender or hand held mixer to puree strawberries until you have about 1 cup of strawberry puree.
3. In a large bowl add the cream cheese to the strawberry puree and mix them together. Add the powdered sugar to cream cheese mixture a little bit at a time. Blend the ingredients together until you get a fluffy consistency.
4. Fold the whipped topping into the strawberry mixture until thoroughly combined.
5. Fill the bottom of each jar with an equal amount of graham cracker crumbs and layer the cream cheese mixture on top. Note: these jars are approximately pint sized.
6. Chill the filled jars in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. If you want to make these jars a day ahead of time, they will be fine to sit in the fridge overnight.
7. Top with a small dollop of whipped topping and a slice of strawberry right before serving.
That’s it! So simple and the perfect treat to make with fresh-picked strawberries. What summertime treats are popular with your family? I am always looking for easy dessert ideas for the many parties, holidays and other events that we host. I really like this recipe for feeding a small crowd because they are portioned and easy to hold. They can be made up in advance of our party and they look pretty too!
More Small-Jar Dessert Ideas
A few years ago we made up batches of both Dole Whips and “The Grey Stuff” (from Beauty and the Beast) and we served each of them in small portions like these jars. They were a huge hit with the entire crowd, both young and old. By serving them in small single-serve glasses, you can sample a variety of desserts without filling up on just one.
Another popular dessert table that we set up one time was a Mini Pie Bar. We baked up 3 or 4 different pies (all different flavors) and then we portioned the pies into small shot glasses. Everyone LOVED this! We put some additional toppings on the table, including whipped cream, and guests were able to help themselves and pick and choose what pie flavors they wanted to eat. The pies were portable, looked fun and the smaller portions allowed you to sample from a variety of pies.
Definitely think outside of the box when it comes to party desserts! And like I said above, any time that you can prep ahead of the party, go for it!
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