Mini Canning Jar Cheesecakes with Brown Sugar

Praline Cheesecakes in Jars

Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
404 Calories
28g Fat
31g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 404
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 204mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 7g
Calcium 87mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These mini cheesecakes are quite versatile and easily customizable. There are several garnishes for these easy cheesecakes, including possibilities for chocolate chips or a chocolate sauce, butterscotch or caramel sauce, and pecans.

The filling can also be layered with the topping ingredients, which looks nice in the jars. Try using 4-ounce jars for these cheesecakes. You could also use the squat half-pint jars for the sweet treat. Just cover the bottoms with the crumbs and partially fill. Or, use the deeper half-pint jars and double the portions to make 6 larger cheesecakes.

The cheesecakes will last about 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator or freeze them for up to 6 months. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 hours before serving.


  • For the Crust:
  • 8 or 9 whole graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons pecans (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese (softened)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla extract)
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a food processor, process the graham crackers and chopped pecans with the sugar until you have fine crumbs. Mix with the melted butter until well blended. 

  3. Reserve a few tablespoons of the graham cracker crust crumbs for the topping, if desired.

  4. Put about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of graham cracker mixture in each canning jar (no need to grease the jars). Tamp down with a pestle or any tool that will fit in the canning jar to tamp the crumbs. The food pusher from the food processor should fit nicely. 

  5. Heat the oven to 350 F. 

  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and brown sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla or vanilla bean paste.

  7. Add about 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture to each graham cracker lined canning jar. Or, add about 1 tablespoon and top with a few chocolate chips or pecans or a dab of chocolate or caramel sauce, then finish with about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. 

  8. Top each cheesecake with chopped pecans and chocolate chips, along with a sprinkling of the reserved graham cracker crumbs.

  9. Put the jars in one or two baking dishes and add about 1 1/2 inches of hot water to the bottom of the baking dishes. 

  10. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until the filling is set. A small knife inserted in the center should come out clean.

  11. If you are checking the temperature, insert an instant-read thermometer in a cheesecake. The filling should register about 165 F ( about 72 C) when it's done.

  12. Cover the cheesecakes with jar lids and store in the refrigerator or freezer. If you freeze them, transfer to the refrigerator to thaw at least 2 hours before you plan to serve them.

  13. Enjoy!