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No Bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake

Nicoletta August 19, 2016

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No bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake in a jar. A lovely, delicious, no fuss summer dessert with a silky mascarpone, cream cheese filling and a delightful cherry topping.

No bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake

I must be weird but I really don’t mind turning on the oven in the summer. Maybe I like to bake too much, maybe I don’t feel hot unless it’s 35° C and up, maybe I really have a sweet “addiction”. Don’t know. I only know, that in order to utilize some ingredients we had in the fridge and some sitting in the pantry (read: mascarpone, whipping cream, cherries, digestive cookies), I decided to make a No-bake Cherry Cheese Cake. And I wasn’t jumping at the thought.



First of all, because they were a no bake dessert, and for some obscure reason, I get the utmost satisfaction making desserts that are made of some kind of dough, and have to be baked. Secondly, I think I told you before, that cheese cakes are not in my top ten favorite desserts, either baked or no bake. That is hard to explain, because cheese is among one of  the favorite things I like to eat. Maybe not so much the cream cheese. That is why, in my cheese cakes, and by the way I only made 3 including this one, I usually add mascarpone, or ricotta, or whipping cream or all of them. It results in a smoother, creamier, version of a cheese cake, that I flavor with lemon juice and vanilla. More appealing to my taste buds.

So I’m set, let’s make these No bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cakes.

To change things up a bit I am set to use mini jars, cute, perfect size for an individual dessert, the best part, so easy to eat. In one hand the jar, in the other the spoon, no fuss, no mess, just pure tasting enjoyment. I start in the morning, there is no baking time, but there is quite a bit of waiting time involved and I want them to be ready for after dinner. I crumble the digestive cookies, melt the butter and combine them with the brown sugar. Then I press the crumb in the jars ad place them in the fridge to set while I prepare the filling. Mascarpone, cream cheese, a touch of whipped cream, lemon juice and vanilla all smoothly blended in a mixing bowl and our creamy, delicious filling is ready to sit onto the nice crumbs.

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Now the topping. The cherries are sweet, beautiful deep red fruits from British Columbia, always a treat in the summer. Loreto helped me with this: we pitted and cut the cherries in half, then in a pot on the stove they go, with some fruit juice, any kind will work, and the thickening agent, corn starch dissolved in some water. Love the chunks mingled with the crimson juice, so delightful! Last step in the composition of this dessert is to spoon that lovely cherry compote over the filling. And our no bake mini cherry cheese cake jars are ready for the fridge.

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I have to confess I enjoyed these No bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake in a jar, and not only me. Everybody loved the crumbly texture of the crust, the smooth, rich and creamy filling and the sweet, juicy topping. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

P.s. Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday. I will not be there in person to celebrate it, she told me they will probably go for a gelato after dinner, so let me virtually dedicate this summery cherry cheese cake to her. Happy birthday mom!

Song of the day: “Postcards”, by James Blunt.

No bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake

No Bake Mini Cherry Cheese Cake

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 small mason jars 1x


Adapted on our recipe for No bake Blueberry Cheesecake.



  • 2 cups Digestive cookies
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted


  • 1 container/227 g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz. mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream


  • 2 cups cherries, washed, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup fruit juice, any kind
  • 2 tsp corn starch dissolved in 2 Tbsp water


  1. Combine digestive (or graham cracker) crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl and mix until the crumbs have been thoroughly coated with the butter.
  2. Press into the bottom and sides of 10 mini mason jars. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine mascarpone, cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla and whisk until smooth and creamy. Whisk cream in another bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Pour the filling into the prepared crust, using a spoon to flatten the top. Cover and chill a couple of hours.
  5. For the cherry compote: combine cherries and fruit juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently until it reaches a boil. Reduce heat, add the corn starch & water mixture and stir gently, for about 3 minutes, or until thickened.
  6. Spoon sauce over the cheesecake and let sit in the fridge for a couple hours before serving.
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    Reply Carrie August 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Oh my gosh, you totally had me at no bake with this heat wave! And mason jars are my favourite way to serve cute desserts like this!! Looks fantastic.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Aren’t they super cute this little mason jars? And the mini cheese cakes were so good! Thanks for stopping by Carrie!

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    Reply Julia August 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Okay, so cheesecake is one of my most FAVOURITE desserts ever! I can’t even quite explain how much I love cheesecake. I usually have the baked kind but love the non baked ones as well. I love these little pot cheesecakes. Just beautiful!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Wow Julia, if I knew I would have mailed a few jars just for you, or maybe delivered them to you in person in Spain 🙂 . Thanks so much for the lovely comment.

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    Reply Bernice August 19, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Cherry perfection! Non baked…even better. Great post Nicoletta and Loreto!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Oh thanks so much Bernice! Even if I don’t mind turning on the oven in the summer, they were a wonderful treat 🙂 .

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    Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land August 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Oooh that cherry compote looks beautiful. I hear ya, I’m a bit of a nut and have been baking pies like crazy but it certainly is HOT on a summer day .. but so worth it!! 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Baking is so worth it! I love it, but once in a while a no bake dessert is good 🙂 . Thanks for stopping by!

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    Reply Teresa August 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    It’s a fight between my need to bake and my need to keep the house cool, for me. But I was raised in Metro Vancouver, so I’m a temperature wimp. These would have me running to turn on the oven pronto! They look delicious.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Teresa! Glad I’m not completely alone in my baking addiction 😉 .

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    Reply Dana August 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Oh gosh. These are PERFECT. I love little jar cakes and even though I’m not much for cheesecake, I can’t deny cherry cheesecakes that are slathered in cherry sauce and have lots of crumbs. Like these. Exactly like these.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      You and me might be among the very few who are not much for cheesecakes 😉 . They were indeed cute, and very good, especially the cherry compote on top. Thanks so much Dana!

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop August 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    These are so cute! I love the small individual size…plus they look delicious. Happy Birthday to your mom!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 21, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Thank you Kathy! They were appreciated by everybody, for their cuteness and the flavor.

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    Reply Justine @ August 20, 2016 at 11:24 am

    These are such cute little treats — the perfect late summer desert! Beautiful presentation as well. So cheerful! 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Aren’t they cute Justine? We loved them, even me that I’m not a cheesecake lover 🙂 . Thanks so much for your comment!

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    Reply Matt August 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I love cheesecake, but with the heat I just can make it. These look lovely, can’t wait to try!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 21, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Hope you try them Matt, they’re easy to make and delicious, plus they don’t warm up the whole house 😉 . Thank for stopping by!

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    Reply Colleen August 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    These are adorable and perfect for summer entertaining. I agree with you about adding marscapone or ricotta to cheesecake, too. Beautiful photos.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 21, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thank you Colleen, yes, they’re the perfect summer dessert, and the mascarpone or ricotta makes the cheesecake lighter.

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    Reply Sean August 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I definitely get where you’re coming from about cheesecake… I have kind of a love/hate thing going on with them myself. Once in a while, I have a piece that blows me away. But most of the time, it’s very blah, middle-of-the-road stuff. But I’m SO glad you used mascarpone here. I genuinely think that makes a big difference. I made a cheesecake ages ago out of quark, and I was really pleased with the texture and the flavour (plus, waaaaay less fat than cream cheese). And hey, who doesn’t love cherries? Anyway, while you may not mind a hot house, I’m very happy to have these cool-house delights at my disposal now! Cheers!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Wow, Sean, cheesecake out of quark, I might like it! But still, if there are other dessert choices, I usually don’t pick cheesecake 😉 . The cherries, fresh and reduced in a compote, made all the difference. Thanks so much for your comment!

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    Reply Demeter | Beaming Baker August 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    How did I miss this beauty? 🙂 It’s pretty amazing how your love for baking supercedes all weather and summer no-bake vibes. That’s a sweet dedication right there! 🙂 I’m so pleased that you had these ingredients in the fridge and pantry, just waiting to be no-baked. 😉 The second I saw these mini jars, I was charmed. 🙂 There’s just something about how big and impressive that cherry looks in the center of all that beautiful glaze that screams dessert perfection. Happy belated birthday to your mother! I virtually raise a no bake mini cherry cheesecake to her as well! 🙂 I hope that you and Loreto have a wonderful weekend! Pinned! xo

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 26, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Demeter, also from my mom! Anyway, I baked all through summer 😊. These jars were so lovely and delicious, there will be definitely more next summer. Have a great weekend!

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