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Anyone who loves the distinctive and classic flavour of gingerbread, with its warm spices and wonderful sweetness, will love these gingerbread cheesecake jars. They are unusual desserts which blend a ginger cookie crust with a creamy, spiced filling, along with your choice of whole spices, cookies, whipped cream, and so on for the garnish.

A no bake gingerbread cheesecake jars for a holiday dessert.

No bake Christmas cheesecake is a wonderful option not only for the festive period, but anytime you want to savour the delicious and unmistakable flavour of gingerbread cheesecake.

Love the warm spices of gingerbread? You might also enjoy this recipe for gingerbread apple cake, these gingerbread linzer cookies or this show stopping gingerbread trifle. Another delicious treat is these pumpkin s’mores cookies!

A Christmas dessert cup with gingerbread cheesecake.

Why You’ll Love It

Simple to prepare: Making this gingerbread cheesecake recipe is straightforward. You just need to combine the crust mixture and the filling mixture, put them in serving glasses and decorate with your chosen garnishes. You can even make them ahead of time (apart from the whipped cream topping and decorations) and keep them refrigerated.
Gorgeous to look at: There is no denying these cappuccino cheesecake jars are super-cute, which makes them ideal for a special occasion. And if you like to get creative in the kitchen, you can have fun picking out your decorations.
Easy to eat: Any gingerbread cheesecake fan is going to love this gingerbread cheesecake recipe. The subtle spices, sweet molasses, cream cheese, whipped cream, and other ingredients combine harmoniously to make one of the most delicious desserts you ever tried.

Overhead view of no bake Christmas dessert cups.

Ingredients for Gingerbread Cheesecakes

The crust of this no bake Christmas cheesecake is a blend of gingersnap cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter. And the filling is rich cream cheese with heavy whipping cream, sour cream, sugar, spices, molasses, and vanilla extract.

Ingredients to make no bake gingerbread cheesecake jars.

You can use anything you want to garnish this creamy cheesecake dish, although whipped cream, homemade caramel sauce, spices like cinnamon sticks or star anise, sprinkles (here) and gingerbread cookies work especially well.

Custard cups with a no bake Christmas cheesecake dessert.

How to Make Gingerbread Cheesecakes

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the crust: Combine the cookie crumbs with the melted unsalted butter and sugar, and add some to each jar (or glass serving dish).
Beat the cream: Make whipped cream by beating the heavy cream until you get stiff peaks.
Make the filling: Beat the cream cheese and sour cream, and then add the spices and sugar, and beat some more, before adding the vanilla extract and molasses, and adding 2/3 of the whipped cream.
Assemble the gingerbread cheesecake recipe: Divide the cream cheese mixture between the jars or custard cups and chill for 2 hours.
The finishing touches: Top with the remaining whipped cream when you’re ready to serve, and add any decorations on top.

Preparing the gingerbread cheesecake cups.
An individual gingerbread cheesecake no bake Christmas dessert.

Substitutions and Variations

Use any kind of gingersnap cookie crumbs or crumbled gingerbread for the crust. Even graham crackers would work. It’s quick and easy to pulse some cookies (ginger-flavoured or otherwise) in a food processor for the crumbs.

Overhead look at the ginger snap cheesecake cups.

You can also use any type of cream cheese, although full fat cream cheese definitely yields the best and richest results from this no bake cheesecake dessert.

Close view of single serving gingerbread cheesecake cups.

The garnishes are completely up to you. Whipped cream is always good on the best no bake cheesecake, and then you can decorate with mini cookies, mini gingerbread men, candies, light brown sugar, powdered sugar, white chocolate crumbles, or anything else that takes your fancy.

A scoop of gingerbread cheesecake.

How to Serve Mini Gingerbread Cheesecakes

These gorgeous little desserts are perfect for the holiday season or pretty much any occasion, but remember not to add the whipped cream and garnishes until just before serving.

Individual servings of a Christmas cheesecake dessert.

You might like to save this recipe for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner menu. It’s absolutely delicious and works for any season or occasion, and once you try it you’ll fall in love with its fluffy texture and maybe even prefer it over regular cheesecake!

Holiday gingerbread cheesecake dessert cups.

Paired with a coffee or even an after-dinner drink like a butterscotch white Russian, these make an incredible dessert that everyone at the table will love. These 3D Gingerbread Tree Cookies would be perfect, too!

A scoop of gingerbread flavored cheesecake.

Serve them in individual jars or dessert glasses, or make one large one (that can be cut into portions) in a prepared springform pan.

Anise, whipping cream and gingerbread cookies on top of cheesecake cups.

How to Store this No Bake Dessert

Store: Leftovers should be fine for up to 3 days if refrigerated. Don’t leave them sitting at room temperature because they’re dairy-heavy and will spoil.
Freeze: If you want to freeze these, do so before you add the whipped cream and garnishes. Cover them with plastic wrap and thaw in the refrigerator overnight before use. They should be fine for up to 2 months in the freezer.

A spoon scooping cheesecake from a cup.

Gingerbread Cheesecake FAQs

What kind of jars or dishes are best for gingerbread cheesecake?

Any kind of glass container works for these, and glass is best because then you can see the beautiful dessert layers – the gingersnap crust, creamy texture of the gingerbread filling, and your chosen toppings. You might like to invest in a set of cute mini mason jars (these are so versatile!), custard cups or these unusual curvy dessert glasses.

What is fancy molasses?

The recipe ingredients list calls for fancy molasses, but what exactly is that? Use regular or fancy molasses here, and not the blackstrap kind which is very rich and will overwhelm the other flavours in the cheesecake filling. “Fancy molasses” is the sweetest, lightest molasses type, since it’s made from pure sugar cane juice, and it’s unsulfured so it’s milder. If you can find it, use it, otherwise use regular but not blackstrap molasses!

Top view of Christmas cheesecake cups.

Gingerbread Cheesecake Jars Recipe

5 from 35 votes

Gingerbread Cheesecake Jars

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Anyone who loves gingerbread, with its warm spices and wonderful sweetness, will love these no bake gingerbread cheesecake jars.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

Crust

  • 1 1/2 Cups gingerbread, or gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup salted butter, melted

Filling

  • 1.5 Cups heavy cream, cold
  • 3 Cups cream cheese, brick
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup molasses, fancy
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Toppings and Decoration

  • whipped cream
  • gingerbread cookies
  • star anise
  • cinnamon sticks

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, mix thoroughly the cookie crumbs, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and melted butter until it resembles course, damp sand.
  • Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cookie crumb mixture into each jar or cup and lightly press with the back of a spoon. The amount will depend on the size of dish you are using.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form, about 5-6 minutes. Remove a third of the whipped cream to a separate bowl to use for topping. Set aside the remaining two thirds for now.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese with the sour cream until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and ground nutmeg and continue beating on high until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the molasses and vanilla extract and continue beating until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the whipped cream to the bowl and fold in using a rubber spatula.
  • Divide the cheesecake mixture evenly between the jars and spoon the mixture over the cookie crumb base.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Top with the set aside whipped cream, gingerbread cookies, star anise and cinnamon sticks and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1425IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 7mg
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Looking for a delicious holiday dessert? This recipe makes individual gingerbread cheesecake treats which are layered and so tasty. If you already love gingersnap cookies and cheesecake bars, these are going to seriously impress you. The gingerbread cheesecakes boast a crisp ginger crust along with an indulgent, decadent cream cheese based filling, and then you can have fun adding whatever toppings and garnishes you like.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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