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No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Jars

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These 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!

group of small jars filled with key lime cheesecake and topped with whipped cream and lime zest

      These fun little key lime pies are a perfect single serve dessert.  They come together easily and are a great make ahead.  Then when it’s time to serve, you just pass out jars. No cutting and primping required! Plus the jars make them easily transportable.  You can even toss them in a picnic basket or cooler and have a fun treat for the beach or picnic.

I originally shared these yummy jarred cheesecakes in 2017.  Little Dude requested them for one of his birthday treats this year, so we thought we would make a video of us putting them together so you could see how easy they are. 

LD with blowing candle out of his mini birthday key lime pie

Check out the video on YouTube and subscribe if you can.  He loves seeing that number go up!

While we were at it we updated some pictures and made the recipe card a little better.  Here is what we had to say about these fun treats in 2017:

Mini little desserts are always so much fun to make and eat.  It is exciting to get your own single serve dessert. Plus it is good portion control. 

If you are served a little chocolate bundt cake or a cute little jar of dessert you don’t accidentally cut yourself a ginormous piece. Not that would ever happen. Never ever. Not here. Uh-uh. No way.

Ok.

 Fine.

It happens here.

All. The. Time.

So I am doing us both a favor and keeping these fun treats a reasonable size. So you can eat the whole darn thing. Just try not to go back for a second and you’ll be fine!

These were actually born after a conversation at work.  One of my friends’ son was getting married and she was working on the rehearsal dinner.  They were having all of his local restaurant favorites catered in, but they didn’t have a dessert figured out yet.

small jars filled with graham cracker crust, key lime cheese cake, and piped cream cheese whipped cream on top

The wedding was going to be at one of those really cool barns.  So there was going to be a lot of jars, gingham, galvanized steel and twinkly lights.

 They even had a trail mix bar! Isn’t that fun?! They stamped out cute brown paper sacks and had all of the trail mix favorites in glass bowls, jars and galvanized buckets.

I need to steal that idea for one of my parties sometime. The next shower needs to have a trail mix bar, don’t you think?

Anyway, we were brainstorming ideas for the rehearsal dinner and I suggested little jar desserts.  We did dirt pudding in jars for my sister’s wedding, why not for a rehearsal dinner? 

We were discussing a few different types of no bake cheesecake filling when she thought of key lime.  They bride and groom both love key lime and it would be a perfect refreshing end to a fun dinner.

pint jars with cheesecake filling about half way up, ribbon bows and slices of lime

Of course I volunteered to do them for her!  A proper wedding dessert needs to be tested and tasted ahead of time.

So I made a batch and sent her some pictures.  She though I had found them on Pinterest.  She didn’t realize that I made her a taster batch until I delivered one to her desk the next morning.

When making the testers, I used 8 oz jars.  I decided they would be too much after a big dinner, and leaving them half full wasn’t the look I wanted.  So we decided to do 4 oz jars for the real deal.  I am glad we did, they were cute as can be.

small jars of key lime pie cheesecake with slices of lime on top

Of course you don’t have to be throwing a rehearsal dinner to enjoy these.  They are a perfect dessert for transporting anywhere.

They’d be fun at a BBQ, in a picnic basket, at a potluck or just because. They would also be a fun baby or bridal shower dessert. 

The filling has a great creamy texture with that citrus zing. They take very little garnishing and still have a wow factor.

key lime pie jars with whipped cream piped on top

 So go ahead, buy some cute little 4 oz jars.  I already have about 100 more ideas on how to fill them!  What are your favorite mason jar desserts?

If you prefer your key lime in slice and serve pie form, check out our recipe for no bake key lime pie. It is on of my husband’s all time favorite treats! 

Yield: 20 Servings

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Jars

small jars filled with graham cracker crust, key lime cheese cake, and piped cream cheese whipped cream on top

These 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!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed or 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

Filling

  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup key lime juice

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla bean curd or extract

Instructions

  1. Stir together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Melt the butter and pour it over the graham cracker mixture, stirring to coat.
  2. Divide the graham cracker mixture among the 20 jars, pushing it down slightly.  You should have a generous Tablespoon of crust for each jar. 
  3. Beat softened cream cheese until it is smooth.
  4. Add the sweetened condensed milk, a little at a time, beating between until smooth and incorporated.
  5. Whip in the key lime juice. Be sure the scrape the sides of the bowl multiple times and beat until smooth.
  6. Spoon cream cheese mixture into jars.  We like to use a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop for this.
  7. If you would like to use the cream cheese whipped cream, beat the sugar and cream cheese until completely smooth.  Stir in the vanilla if desired.
  8. With the mixer running, slowly drizzle in the cream.  Beat until it forms stiff peaks.  Spoon or pipe on top of key lime filling.
  9. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  10. Garnish with lime if desired.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These fun little key lime pies are a perfect single serve dessert. They come together easily and are a great make ahead. Then when it's time to serve, you just pass out jars. No cutting and primping required! Plus the jars make them easily transportable. You can even toss them in a picnic basket or cooler and have a fun treat for the beach or picnic.

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LindaP

Wednesday 28th of October 2020

Love this dessert. To stabilize the whip cream I used Dr. Oetker Whip it. It’s added to whip cream to keep it fluffy. It was still beautiful whip cream 4 days later. You can usually find it above or near the jello. Comes in little envelopes.

Carlee

Sunday 8th of November 2020

That is a great tip, thanks for sharing!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

These have me wanting to close down my cookie baking day and make these instead! Yummmmmy!

Carlee

Monday 4th of December 2017

Go ahead and make both! ;-)

Unknown

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

I love this and the single serving portions! Plus serving everyone dessert in their own jar is super cute :)

Carlee

Saturday 18th of November 2017

I think so too! No mess for serving and perfectly easy to do ahead! Thanks!

Speed Testera

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Just simple to make, a lot of pleasure. Thank you!

Carlee

Saturday 18th of November 2017

Thank you!

Susan

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Love these as a mini-dessert idea. PERFECT!

Carlee

Saturday 18th of November 2017

Thank you! They don't get much easier either!

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