Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar

I had some cream cheese in the fridge that needed to be used up and was in the mood for something sweet (major guilty of a sweet tooth here!) and had cheesecake on my mind. But I didn’t want to do a full cheesecake (besides fellow crock-pot lady Katie already did that) instead I wanted to try something just a wee bit different.

I had made cheesecake in a jar before, but the convetional way, in the oven but moving it over the crock-pot was a easy idea.

Individual cheesecakes in a jar are great for various reasons

  • Portion control – less likely to eat more than one serving when they are in individual jars
  • Portability – you can tote these fancy desserts with you. We totally packed ours up for a little picnic at the park.
  • Gifts – what neighbor, friend, new mommy, or someone recovering from illness or surgery wouldn’t like a sweet and tart lemon cheesecake?

We don’t normally do a step-by-step tutorial for most of our crock-pot recipes because quite frankly, most of them are quite boring (toss ingredients in the crock-pot, turn it on, cover and cook) but I thought I would go ahead and do one for this recipe since there are several (but not too many!) steps involved. Scroll down to the end to get the printable version and add it to your recipe box!

Step 1:

In a small bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter and stir to combine.

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar - Step 1

Step 2:

Evenly distribute the graham cracker crumb crust into the bottom of six 8 oz. jelly canning jars. And press down lightly to create a crust. I used my fingers, but I have long fingers, if your fingers won’t fit down inside the jelly jars find a clean something (spatula, spoon, small bottle, etc) to help you push down the crust mixture.

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar - Step 2

Step 3:

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the softened cream cheese, egg, & sugar until light and fluffy.

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar - Step 3

Step 4:

Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and beat some more.

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar - Step 4

Step 5:

Spoon or ladle the cream cheese mixture into the jars (sorry I forgot a picture), wipe off any drips with a clean damp washcloth or paper towel. Place jars in a oval crock-pot and pour water around jars, being careful not to get water into your cheesecakes, till the water comes up halfway up the sides of your jars.

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar - Step 5

Step 6:

Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours until set. Let cool at room temperature for 1y-2 hours then put the lid on the jars and refrigerate till cold. Serve as is or add a berry topping if you wish. I had a small handful of raspberries in the fridge so I tossed them with a tablespoon of sugar, mashed them up a bit and let them macerate in the fridge while the cheesecakes were cooking.

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar - Step 6

And now for the full recipe….

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Serving Size: 8 Oz.

Crock-Pot Lemon Cheesecake In A Jar


1 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 (8 Oz.) Packages Cream Cheese, Softened (16 Oz. Total)
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
Zest And Juice From One Lemon


  1. In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1 tablespoon sugar and mix well.
  2. Spoon graham cracker crumb mixture evenly into six (6) 8 oz. glass jelly canning jars.
  3. Press crust mixture lightly into the bottom of each jar so that you have an even crust layer.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer mix the cream cheese, eggs, remaining sugar and the zest and juice of one lemon and mix till everything is well combined and the mixture is light and fluffy.
  5. Pour or ladle the cheesecake mixture over the crust mixture in each jar.
  6. Wipe off any drips with a clean damp washcloth or paper towel.
  7. Evenly space the filled jars inside an oval crock-pot and fill between the jars with water until the water comes up halfway up the sides of the jars, being careful not to get water inside your jars.
  8. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until cheesecake is set and only moves a little bit when you lightly touch the top of the cheesecake with your finger.
  9. Carefully (they are going to be hot!) remove jars from crock-pot and set on a towel on countertop to cool for 1-2 hours.
  10. Lightly screw lids on jars once cooled off a bit and transfer jars to the refrigerator to chill.
  11. Once cheesecakes are chilled you can serve and eat as is, or add a berry topping such as raspberries, strawberries or blueberries.

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  1. I love this! says

    Thank you soo much!!! Very cute idea! Great for thanksgiving, to be honest! Loved the pictures, they are a great way for those of us who hate to cook (I’m a horrible cook) to understand what we’re doing. I love the pictures!!! And the idea, so thank you soo very much!


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