Sep 11, 2013

Mason Jar Caramel Crust No Bake Cheesecakes

I made these little cuties for a baby shower this year and have been craving them ever since. And did I mention the best part...they are ‘no bake’! In these tiny mason jars they are perfect for party favors, dinner parties, or just looking adorable. They are so simple I almost hate to give away my secret:). I’ve been making this cheesecake for years (since college actually), but just recently had the idea to mix a little caramel in with the crust. I think this may have been one of my few brilliant ideas in life. 

Caramel Sauce - The best and easiest caramel sauce you will ever have (no candy thermometer needed) from the Pioneer Woman
Mini Caramel Crust Cheesecakes

Caramel Sauce
5 Graham Crackers
12 4 oz mason jars
1 8 oz bar cream cheese, softened
8 oz sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp Mexican Vanilla
cool whip - approximately 1/3 of a small tub (add to taste and desired consistency)

Make the caramel sauce first. Crush 5 graham crackers into small chunks and spread evenly between the 12 jars (you may not use all the crumbs). Drip the caramel sauce over the graham cracker crumbs until saturated. Set these in the fridge to cool and ‘harden’. Meanwhile, make the cheesecake filling. Cream the softened cream cheese and sugar in a mixer. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the cool whip until incorporated. When the caramel crusts have chilled, add the cheesecake filling to each jar. Put on the lids and chill overnight. Serve chilled. 

These little jars can be dressed up, kept classic, or anything in between. I like simple decorations with just a little ribbon or washi tape. Or my favorite is probably the chalkboard top mason jars in my Etsy shop. Just have fun with it!  


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