Lazy Lemon Cheesecake in Jars

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

So, if you didn't know already, I'm from Minnesota.  Yes, Minn-eee-soooo-taaaah.  Born, raised and I'm pretty sure I'm staying here.  If you know anything about Minnesota you may be aware that it is A. people are nice B. we like to call casseroles "hot dish" and C. anything in a bowl with a variety of different ingredients + Cool Whip is "salad." I know right?  Besides the cold, Minnesota is pretty freaking awesome!  

This is a staple "salad" in my husband's family.  Lazy Cheesecake Salad is really the name.  I just modified it a bit, put it in cute jars and viola, Lazy Lemon Cheesecake in Jars was born.  This recipe was handed down to me when my mom and mother-in-law were in cahoots with each other for a birthday present for me.  Umm, one of the best presents of all time.  But that is a different story.  For now let's make salad, Minnesota style. 
Start out with a block of cream cheese.  Plan ahead, take this baby out in advance to bring it to room temp.
Break out adorable spoon I had to have during my trip to the lake.
Add a tub of Cool Whip to the cream cheese.  Plunge happy spoon into the bowl.
Add some sour cream.
Mr. Schwartz mistakenly grabbed this instead of vanilla non sugar-free Jell-o (don't ask how that happened) at the grocery store.  I figured it was the perfect time to use it--it was, it worked out perfectly.
Pour it in.
Add some milk. 
Stir it up.  Honestly, when I make it next time I'm cutting my losses and breaking out the mixer.  I think it's worth it for the perfectly whipped texture.
Smash a whole roll of Ritz crackers.  I like to do that in the package, it makes life easier.
Dump them into a bow.
Finish smashing the big pieces with your hands.  Ahh, shellack manicure, you were so good while you lasted.
Add a bit of sugar to the crackers--this is an addition from the recipe.
Add in some melted butter
Stir to combine.  That's it!
Just layer in the crackers on the bottom
Some of the cheesecakey mixture
Lemon curd.  I bet you were wondering when that came into play huh?  Well, I used Lemon Curd that I bought at Trader Joe's.  I didn't feel like making my own and TJ's makes some dominant curd.  But, the other Mrs. Schwartz puts cherry pie filling in her salad.  Mr. Schwartz loves that…or strawberry filling.  Really you could do blueberry, raspberry, chocolate sauce, whatever you have or feel like.
Using this adorable little spoon I smoothed it out just a bit.
And repeat…crackers
Cheesecake, curd...
Dash of crackers again.
That's it!  Just eat it up.
Heavenly.  This really is probably my favorite salad…er dessert.

Lazy Lemon Cheesecake in Jars
(makes 6 cheesecake jars if using small 8 oz jars)

1 8 oz block cream cheese
1 12 oz tub Cool Whip
1 8 oz container sour cream
1 3 oz package Jell-0 Pudding, vanilla or cheesecake flavor
1/2 cup milk
1 roll Ritz crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup lemon curd

Start by combining the cream cheese, Cool Whip, sour cream, pudding and milk in a large bowl.  To help with this let the cream cheese sit out and come to room temp.  You can also use a mixer to incorporate things.  Set aside.

In another medium bowl, combine the crackers, sugar and butter.  Mix to combine.

To assemble, add a layer of crackers then cheesecake mixture, then lemon curd.  Repeat so there are two layers of each.  Top with a sprinkle of crackers and serve.  You can make these ahead of time, refrigerate and enjoy the next day if you wish.

A few notes:  1. I used fat free sour cream, skim milk and light cool whip.  It still tasted ah-mazing.  Not kidding.  2. Switch things up by subbing cherry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry or chocolate instead of the lemon curd.


Recipe by:  The other Mrs. Schwartz aka. my motha-in-law


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Terry!

      Yes you do, I promise it will not disappoint!

  2. YUM!! I love this.Am going to try pumpkin pie Jell-o .

    1. What a fantastic idea! I might try the same--yum!

  3. Oh deary! This is simply heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you don't mind if I borrow this heirloom recipe...

  4. OMG, Thank you! A million Thankyou's. That is amazing!


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