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Mini Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecakes

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Mini sweetened condensed milk cheesecakes have all of the rich creamy goodness of our favorite baked cheesecake made quick and easy in individual sized jars.

jars of cheesecake with graham cracker crust and strawberry topping.

 Cheesecake lovers, this recipe is for you! If you hate how long it takes to bake, cool and chill a cheesecake this is really for you.  The miniature size of these desserts makes the cooking and chilling time so much shorter.

You still get the creamy goodness you are craving. Even better yet they travel well and are both easy to serve and super cute.

Reader Janet Commented: I put some raspberry jam on top. They were a big hit🤗 ★★★★★

If you are a regular here, you know how much I love my aunt’s sweetened condensed milk cheesecake. It is so easy to make, super creamy and it never cracks. 

So when my brother requested strawberry cheesecake for his birthday dessert, my mind immediately went to that recipe.  But I was in a hurry, so I didn’t have the time to bake it for an hour, cool it for another hour or longer and chill it for several hours. 

graham cracker crumbs in food processor and some spooned into jars for cheesecake crust.

Luckily my collection of little 4 oz jars comes in handy in situations like this. The small size means they don’t only bake more quickly, but they cool more quickly as well.

Plus they are perfect for serving. There is no trying to cut clean slices, no trying to serve perfect pieces, no muss no fuss.

Luckily they are easy to make too. I started by processing a sleeve of graham crackers into crumbs. 

But don’t feel like you absolutely have to use Graham crackers. Gingersnaps, Oreos, Nutter Butters or other cookies also make delicious crusts.

pouring sweetened condensed milk into mixer full of whipped cream cheese.

Stir in a little melted butter and spoon about a Tablespoon of the mixture into each jar. Gently press with your fingers to form a crust.

The cheesecake mixture itself is super simple. There are only and handful ingredients and the only real key is getting it super smooth and I will share all of my tips for that below.

The baking and chilling of your treats is just a fraction of the time of a large cheesecake. While they are cooling, you can make a topping if you would like.

Baking tray filled with mini cheesecake jars ready to bake.

 This time I made a quick strawberry sauce. It set well, tasted great and was a big hit with the brother who requested it.

Again, feel free to adjust the flavors to match your preferences. You could make a blueberry sauce like we did on the no bake lemon blueberry cheesecake jars

freshly baked mini cheesecake jars cooling on tray.

Blackberry sauce, lemon curd, blood orange curd or vanilla peach sauce would be amazing options as well. Don’t limit your thoughts to fruit though, chocolate sauce or dulce de leche would be great too.

You can make your cheesecake jars a couple of days before you plan to serve them, so that is a bonus as well. It helps spread out the work if you are hosting an event.

saucepan full of strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to make topping for cheesecakes.

Tips for getting that perfect creamy texture

Beat the cream cheese really well before adding anything else. This is your only real chance to get all of the lumps out.

Once you start adding more liquid, it gets harder to beat out chunks of cream cheese.  So make sure it’s softened, beat it well and scrape the sides of the bowl a few times before you move on.

spoonful of cheesecake and strawberry topping ready to eat.

Add the remaining ingredients a bit at a time to make sure they incorporate well. It’s worth taking a couple of minutes to do it right.

Once you start adding the eggs,  keep the mixer on low. You don’t want to incorporate air at this point.

little jars of strawberry topped sweetened condensed milk cheesecake ready to chill.

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Cute little key lime cheesecakes only take 7 ingredients and just a few minutes to make. They are a perfect individual dessert that travel well. Make a batch for your next party!

Peanut butter cheesecake is layer after layer of pure decadence and deliciousness. The toffee adds a rich buttery depth of flavor that makes it even better.

What are your favorite cheesecake flavor combinations? Feel free to tell me all about them in the comments below!

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jars of cheesecake with graham cracker crust and strawberry topping.

Mini Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecake Jars

Servings: 24 Cheesecakes
Author: Carlee
Whip up tasty little cheesecakes baked right in little jars. They are simple to make, easy to transport and fun to serve.
4.79 from 23 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes



  • cups graham cracker crumbs about 1 sleeve crushed
  • cup melted butter

Cheesecake mixture

  • 24 oz cream cheese softened
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract

Strawberry Sauce

  • 16 oz strawberries
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into each jar. Lightly press with your fingers to form a crust.
    1½ cups graham cracker crumbs, ⅓ cup melted butter
  • In a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Scrape sides and beater to ensure it is all light and creamy.
    24 oz cream cheese
  • Add sweetened condensed milk and beat to combine.
    14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • Add eggs and extracts, and mix on low until incorporated. Be careful not to whip in too much air. 
    4 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon lemon extract
  • Use and ice cream scoop or large cookie scoop to transfer mixture into jars. It should come up to about where the bottom of the lid should be.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool at room temperature.
  • To make strawberry sauce, combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a light boil. Mash berries with a potato masher or use an immersion blender until you get your desired consistency. Spoon over cheesecakes.
    16 oz strawberries, ½ cup granulated sugar, 3 Tablespoons cornstarch, ½ cup water, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chill for at least an hour or until ready to serve. 



Serving: 1cheesecake jarCalories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Sunday 5th of February 2023

Never mind I just read where I can get them. Can’t wait to try.


Monday 6th of February 2023

I hope you enjoy the cheesecakes and the jars. I have found a million ways to use the jars, so you won't regret getting some.


Sunday 5th of February 2023

Where can I get these jars and I assume their be fine to bake in.


Monday 6th of February 2023

Yes, they are just small Ball jars. So they are good for a variety of things. I freeze in them and bake in them.


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Would this recipe hold up if we were to add a package of instant pistachio pudding mix making it a pistachio mini cheese cake???


Tuesday 17th of January 2023

@Carlee, I did make it with the instant pudding. It was absolutely delicious, just needed a few extra mins in my oven. Can't wait to make more, my 4 year old is in love with it lol


Thursday 5th of January 2023

I don't see why not, people bake pudding mix into cakes and cookies all of the time. However, I have not tried it so I can't say 100% but I am really confident it would be good. If you do give it a go, please let me know how it goes.


Friday 16th of September 2022

Can I use disposable foil cupcake liners for this recipe? They come with plastic lids and I hoped to freeze ahead of time for a bridal shower.


Friday 16th of September 2022

If they are sturdy enough to have a lid, I would think that should work. Especially if you freeze them inside a cupcake tin and then remove them. I wouldn't count on a flimsy liner to hold them very long though.


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

How long do these last in the fridge?


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

They are good for about 4 days in the refrigerator.