Today I am going to share my husbands very favorite “real” cheesecake recipe. After a few years of him asking for real cheesecake I finally gained the courage to bake my first cheesecake. My friend who is an amazing cook gave me her recipe and I was ready. I showed my husband what I was going to make and he said “you don’t bake a real cheesecake” I tried to explain to him that you do. I asked him to find the recipe he grew up eating and I would make it. So he asked his childhood friends mom and she gave it to him. Boy, it sure was a simple but delicious! Way less work and he considers it real cheesecake so I couldn’t disagree. I decided to use this recipe to make cheesecake parfaits for my friends baby boy shower. I felt like a genius when I decided to dye the cheesecake blue to match the party. It turned out awesome! I’m sure it’s not an original idea, but I was proud anyway. So yes, you can dye this cheesecake any color you want and it tastes the same. So exciting! I can hardly wait to do pink cheesecake with strawberries for a girl party!
Here is the original recipe to make just a single 9inch cheesecake (not pictured):
9inch graham cracker crust
8oz cream cheese, softened
14oz sweetened condensed milk
Fresh fruit or pie filling of your choice for topping
Directions: Beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into pie crust. Chill at least 3 hours. Top with fresh fruit or pie filling.
Here are the directions to make 12 (8oz) Mason Jar parfaits:
Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients: (You may have some leftovers)
1 box of graham crackers
2 sticks of margarine, melted
1/4 cup sugar
Directions: Place the graham crackers in a large ziplock bag and smash them until they are fine crumbs (I use a rolling pin). Place crumbs into a bowl and add the butter and sugar. Mix until all the crumbs are wet and beginning to clump. You can taste and decide to add more sugar if desired. Set aside and begin the blueberry mix.
Blueberry Filling Ingredients:
2 packages of fresh blueberries
1-2 tablespoons of sugar
Directions: Rinse the blueberries, add the sugar to the damp berries and lightly mix until the berries are coated with a sugar glaze. Set aside and begin the cheesecake filling.
Cheesecake Filling Ingredients: (tripled the single cheesecake recipe)
3 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
3 14oz cans of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup lemon juice
3 teaspoons vanilla
Directions: Beat cheese until fluffy, gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour 1/2 into separate bowl to dye the color of your choice. I dyed mine blue for for a baby shower. It took about 8-10 drops of dye to get the color I wanted. Just keep adding and mixing until it is the color you desire. The white cheesecake needs to be mixed every so often so it does not set up while you are filling the parfaits. You can keep your mixer on low.
Directions continued: Now that you have all your layers ready to go you can begin layering them into the parfait jars. I begin with graham cracker crust because I like to pack it down like you would a real crust. I put in 2-3 spoonfuls in each jar. Then lightly tap with a baking spatula until it is packed down. Next I layered 2-3 spoonfuls of blue cheesecake, 2 spoonfuls of blueberries, 2-3 spoonfuls of white cheesecake, a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs, and leftover blueberries to top it off. Note: While adding in the cheesecake it can sometimes get messy around the edges, I used a wet paper towel in between each layer to wipe the glass down.
Tip: So the great thing about these adorable desserts was that they were super easy to transport. I put the lids on them, set them back in the cardboard carrying case they came in and had them sitting in the refrigerator until it was time to go to the baby shower. I also made them the day before and they still tasted good the next day.
The baby shower was adorable with our mustache theme! These were the cute toppers that went in the blueberry cheesecake parfaits. I am happy to share them with you…just click the link below to print them out for your own party!
I hope you enjoy making and eating these delicious treats, or throwing your own blueberry cheesecake party! ♥ Christina