Monday, June 6, 2011

No Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake in a Jar

 I have been so incredibly busy the past few weeks, blogging, cooking and baking had to take a back seat to family and volunteer obligations. When my schedule finally let up a bit we got struck with a heat wave that lasted 3 days and had temperatures near 40 degrees with the humidity.... cooking was not something that interested me. Sipping a cold bevvie on the patio yes, but slaving over a hot stove, no thanks.

Of course the weather rarely has an affect on my sweet tooth. After barbequing one night I was desperate for dessert (probably cause my 8 month old ate half my dinner!) and ice cream just wasn't going to cut it. I knew I needed a no bake dessert, so I hit pinterest (my new obsession!) looking for inspiration. I came across a picture that linked to My Baking Addiction's Cheesecake in a Jar recipe (I seem to be drawn to her photography). Jamie never fails to impress the hell out of me.

What I loved about this idea was that they're individual little cheesecakes, you can just throw one in your lunch, or grab one to enjoy while your kids play in the sprinkler. But Jamie's recipe was a bake cheesecake (I will be trying it for sure once fall comes!) and I was looking for a no bake option. I've done no bake cheesecake before with a lot of success so I thought I'd invent my own recipe and see what happened.

 I combined cream cheese, fat free Greek yogurt and whipped cream to make a light and fluffy dessert that my friend Laurie described as "a cross between cheesecake and an amped up yogurt parfait". It's light, creamy, cheescakey and totally delish. You can make it in small mason jars, mugs, plastic cups or if you wanted to make one large one that would work too.

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No Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake in a Jar

For the crust:
1 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c sugar
1/3 c butter, melted

For the Cheesecake:
8 oz light cream cheese, softened
1/3 c sugar
1 c fat free Greek yogurt (I used PC Greek Yogurt with Honey)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c white chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly
1 pkg Dream Whip
1/2 c milk (1%, 2% or skim work best)

For the Raspberry Topping:
2 c fresh or frozen raspberries
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 c raspberry preserves


1. Put the raspberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar for the topping and allow to macerate.
2. Combine the graham crumbs, sugar and butter and divide equally between 8 small jars (approx. 3 tbsp/jar). Pack down firmly.
3. In a stand mixer or deep bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until combined. Add the yogurt and mix until combined.
4. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave and allow to cool for a few minutes. Add to the cream cheese mixture and mix to combine.
5. In another bowl, whip the Dream Whip, vanilla and milk until stiff peaks form (approx. 8 minutes)
6. Gently fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
7. Spoon the cheesecake equally into the jars.
8. Allow the cheesecakes to set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
9. Drain the raspberries (reserve the liquid for a yummy pitcher of raspberry lemonade to go with the cheesecakes!) and add the raspberry preserves mixing to combine.
10. Top the cheesecakes with the raspberry topping and serve.

Tip: Keep the cheesecakes refrigerated or on ice until ready to eat.

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  1. Oh my goodness those look wonderful!  Please tell me about your jars, I'd love to get some.

  2. Sounds Great!  Your photography is great also!

  3. Delicious, that's the firs thing that comes to mind :) I love that you used fat free greek yogurt.  That should be considered a super food, it goes with almost anything!

  4. The jars are from a wonderful company called Weck. In Canada they can be ordered from What I really love about Weck Jars is that they have many different styles including wide mouthed and beverage. I also love how they seal with the rubber gaskets and clips. (I was not paid to promote this company, I just really love the jars!)

  5. I just started eating Greek yogurt, it's amazing!

  6. These look so good! I love raspberries and cheesecake! But what's dream whip? Is that like cool whip? And instead of using that could I just make my own whipped cream?

  7. Dream whip is a powdered product you add to low fat milk to make whipped cream (I believe it acts like cream of tartar helping the whipped milk hold it's volume). A better substitute would be Cool Whip, a real whipped cream would deflate and make the cream cheese runny.

  8. I meant to include this link in case you were a visual person and might recognize the box

  9. My hubby would LOVE this! Thanks for sharing :)


  10. This looks so light and refreshing!  Sounds like the perfect after BBQ treat. 

  11. Mine doesn't eat dessert, frustrating sometimes but really it just means more for me!

  12. That's my thought exactly!

  13. I love your idea of making these in a jar.  They must be so fun to eat.   I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cheesecake up.

  14. I need a little boost of summer and I think this just might be it!
    Adding it to the menu!