Since baking is an exacting science, how about we skip all that and make something yummy without all that oven time?
In college my friend Mike and I would slave over trying to get the perfect cheesecake recipe. We became somewhat competitive over it. Maybe our competition was founded because those were the days of infinite time and spirit. We’d have Commandos III all-nighters (Eric stop doing kamikaze attacks. We need to be stealthy!) and weekends perfecting our cooking techniques. Flash forward a wee couple of years, my lazy adult self isn’t going to spend hours grinding and patting a mixture of nuts and gram crackers to form the perfect crust.
So when I see a recipe for No Bake Raspberry Mason Jar Cheesecake on my Twitter feed, my heart skips a beat. It feels like a sweet Katamari ball of nostalgia, deliciousness and laziness rolled into one.
This recipe is off this article from the Huffington post. I keep forgetting to bookmark this recipe or put it into to my Pepperplate app, so each time I make it I have to Google “Huffington Post no bake mason jar cheesecake” to come up with the instructions, but it’s worth it. So this post is mostly for me to remember how to make this delicious snack and reminisce to those college days when everyday was video games and cooking, OH and studying! Yes, studying in the library. Hi Mom and Dad!
- 1/4 c. whole milk
- 2 c. fresh raspberries or any berries really, I have done this with chopped strawberries as well
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 c. graham crackers – also don’t use organic crackers, they don’t have that crunchy texture that makes this dessert extra delicious
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 3 Tbsp. honey
- 6 8-oz. mason jars
- Get gram crackers and crush them in a bag. I like to leave pieces about a centimeter big.
- Drizzle the honey onto the cream cheese. Add lemon zest and milk, and mix until smooth. I used a Kitchenmaid Mixer because otherwise it takes a long time to get this mixture smooth.
- Layer the ingredients into a mason jar: 2 Tbsp. cream cheese mixture, 6-7 raspberries, 2 Tbsp. graham crackers. Repeat!
- Serve immediately or store in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.
There you have it, a delicious and easy to make and fun to share as a gift of sweet sweet video game nostalgia.