Cherry Cheesecake Jars

By: Megan @olivesnthyme

Individually portioned desserts that require no baking time. Such a low maintence treat, that will keep your sweet cravings satisfied.

Prep Time: 
2 hours 15 minutes (includes chill time)
Cook Time: 
5 minutes
Servings: 
4
Ingredients: 

Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/3 c graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/3 c granulated sugar

Cheesecake Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 c powdered sugar
1 c heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

Cherry Filling:
2 jars Reese Maraschino Cherries
3 tbsp water
2 tsp lemon juice
¼ c sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch, arrowroot or other thickener

Directions: 
1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, hot melted butter and sugar in a bowl. Mix well to combine to the consistency of wet sand. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and salt. Beat until smooth and well combined.
3. To assemble, fill serving containers with a bottom layer of the graham cracker crust. Spoon the cheesecake filling into each of the serving containers on top of the crust. Chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Top with cherry filling and enjoy immediately.
4. Cherry Filling: Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a brief boil over medium heat. Lower heat and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and transfer to a heat safe container. Bring to room temperature before using in the recipe.
5. Notes: Prepare cherry filling at minimum 30-45 minutes before serving the cheesecake jars to allow time for the cherries to cool.