Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cheesecake Strawberry Shortcake.... In a Mason Jar!


Say what?!

Oh yes, you heard me right.

Hungry yet?

I needed to take dinner and dessert (and some lemonade iced tea, and paper plates, plastic cups, etc...) to friend who is a new mom tonight and I recently came across the idea of desserts in mason jars while I was blog hopping. What a great idea! It's like a cross between a trifle and a dessert shooter. You can literally fill them with anything. And the best part - you can take a few bites (not like you wouldn't want to finish it, but just in case) and put the lid back on and pop it in the fridge for later!

I went back and forth between a chocolate dessert or strawberry shortcake, clearly the strawberry won. And yes, I made some extra for JD and I and it was amazing!! I sadly only had a little bit, trying to stay on that fit train!!

Here is how I did it:



I picked up these jars at A.C. Moore for $0.99 each. Make sure to sterilize them before use. And yes, I totally whipped out Trey's Dr. Brown's bottle sterilizer for it! But you can also just put the pieces in boiling water.



I whipped up some instant jello pudding in a cheesecake flavor. You can also use the ready-to-eat Philadelphia Cheesecake filling, which I actually prefer but my grocery store only had this so trying to avoid torturing the little one with more grocery shopping I figured this would do.

I made an easy strawberry puree with strawberry slices and some sugar.

Layer:

Strawberry Puree
Pound cake (cut up into cubes)
Graham cracker crumbs
Cheesecake filling/pudding
Cool Whip
Fresh Strawberries

Repeat until full


Next time, I will use pastry bags to put the cool whip and pudding/filling in to make it look a little "cleaner" and easier to see the different layers.


What kind should I make next?


I'm also linking up with Cole @ All The Small Stuff for Tuesdays at the Table - you should head over and link up too! I always find tons of great recipes there!

24 comments:

Cheryl E. said...

They look so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial. And you only had one bite! You are amazing!

LG said...

That is a great idea! I bet a smores one would be good!!

KVH said...

that looks delicious and super easy! banana cream pie next?

mrs.mfc said...

Such cute presentation!! I absolutely love it!

The Smiths said...

what a great idea. would be good for baby or wedding showers or even hostess gifts. love it!

the workaholic momma said...

Oh my goodness - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!!! How perfect..esp. when we go pick some fresh strawberries in May!!

Lindsey said...

i wish i would have seen this before making cupcakes last night! i am keeping this recipe for the future!

a lovely mess. said...

omgosh! that looks amazing!!!
love it!

mrs. c said...

Oh my! Forget drolling, i'm foaming at the mouth. Such a great idea.

Ashley Paige said...

you are the absolute sweetest! what a great idea.. i WISH i had new-mommy friends to bake for! right now, I have a set of new neighbors so I may need to whip this up! thanks for sharing!!

KatiePerk said...

How thoughtful and adorable!! I will definitely be doing this!!

Natalie said...

Yummy! Looks so good!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

you know i'm on a huge diet right?!?! you're killing me!!! this looks delicious. how nice of you to do this for her!!

smartthingsshesaid said...

These look so yummy (and super cute in the mason jars)! Thanks for sharing the tutorial/idea!

coolkids said...

love!!!

Happiness Is... said...

Soooo cute. I will so try this sometime!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

WOW! You had me at cheesecake! How yummy is that?! Looks so good. And what a great idea. Those would make great party favors, too!

From Marriage To Motherhood said...

Wow! Those look SOOO GOOD!!!!

Miss E said...

YUM! Oh my gosh I'm drooling at my desk now :)

Shannon Dew said...

These are adorable & look delish!!!! Send me some? K thanks!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Holy crap. That's amazing.

Jules said...

This looks ah-mazing! I'd love to try this over the summer. It looks like the perfect little treat. You are such a good girl for only having a bite. I don't think I would have been able to resist the whole darn jar.

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Anonymous said...

Great idea! How many can you make with that recipe?