Individual Mason Jar Cheesecakes Recipe Made In An Instant Pot

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Did you know you can make single-serve cheesecakes in small glass canning jars? It’s true.

This Instant Pot mason jar cheesecake recipe makes five servings with cute mason jar presentation and needs only a 8 minute pressure-cooking time. Easy, fast, delicious!

Instant Pot Mason Jar Cheesecake with fresh peaches and pie filling. #TexasHomesteader

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Instant Pot Cheesecake Simplicity

Don’t get me wrong, I love the simplicity of making Whole Cheesecakes in my *6-quart Instant Pot using a *7-Inch Springform Pan.

But what about those times when a whole cheesecake is just too much? You know, like when you know you won’t have enough willpower to just leave the leftovers alone. #askmehowiknow.

Here’s a fantastic solution – single-serve cheesecakes made in cute little mason jars.

Mason jar jar wide mouth canning cheesecake with cherry pie filling. #TexasHomesteader

Benefits of Small Mason-Jar Cheesecakes:

      • Single-Serve Portion Control.

      • Cute Presentation For Guests.

      • Transports Easily.

      • Faster Cook Time – just 8 minutes pressure cooking time!

      • No Springform Pan Needed.

This recipe makes five individual servings of cheesecake. My pressure cooker will hold 4 of the jars on top of the trivet with one jar set atop the others. 

Stack jars in Instant Pot mason jar cheesecake. #TexasHomesteader

Stacking the jars always works great for me. My 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker lid still closes easily.

And using wide mouth ½ pint mason jars means there’s room on top for you to add berries, chopped fruit, a fruit pie filling or whipped cream if you want.

Mason jar canning jar wide mouth Instant Pot cheesecake recipe with peaches and pie filling. #TexasHomesteader

Plus I can invite my dad to join us for supper and we can all three enjoy our own individual cheesecake for dessert.

And afterwards there’s STILL a serving each for RancherMan & myself the next night. #winning!

How To Make A Graham Cracker Crust

Typically when I make a full-sized springform pan cheesecake I use a homemade Full-Sized Graham Cracker Crust for the springform-pan.

Homemade graham cracker crust is easy & uses only 3 ingredients:

Graham crackers

Melted butter

Granulated sugar 

Making a graham cracker crust uses only 3 ingredients: graham crackers, butter and sugar. #TexasHomesteader

I use the same ingredients, but scaled down for my 5 Mason-Jar Cheesecakes. (complete recipe at the bottom of this post)

      • 1/2 Cup Crushed Graham Crackers

      • 2 teaspoons Granulated Sugar

      • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter

I just mix the 3 ingredients together in a small food chopper until it’s all blended. Then I divide it evenly into the 5 jars.

5-Serving Mason Jar Cheesecake Recipe

Now that the graham cracker crust is ready I make the cheesecake filling using the paddle attachment of my KitchenAid mixer using just 5 simple ingredients:

      • 8-oz Cream Cheese

      • 1/4 Cup Sugar

      • 1/4 Cup Sour cream

      • 1 Large Egg

      • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

After it’s carefully mixed I divide the filling into each of the 5 jars (about 6.5 – 7 grams per jar). Now let’s cook ’em up

Pressure-Cooking Mason Jar Cheesecakes

These little single-serve cheesecakes only need to be pressure cooked for 8 minutes.

When the cook time is up I allow the pressure cooker to depressurize naturally before moving them to the counter to cool.

Mason jar wide mouth canning jar Instant Pot single-serve cheesecake. #TexasHomesteader

After chilling them, I can serve these cute little cheesecakes just as they are if I like, or add some fun toppings.

The Best Cheesecake Flavor Options

There are many flavor options for I use for Instant Pot Mason-Jar Cheesecake:

      • Plain New York Style – it’s hard to go wrong with this one!

      • Add fresh fruit such as chopped strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sliced peaches, etc.

      • Make a quick Cherry Pie Filling and spoon some on top.

      • Whip up a fast Peach Pie Filling using plain canned peaches and add a dollop to your cheesecakes.

      • Add a decorative Chocolate Drizzle.

      • For turtle flavor add a drizzle of chocolate and caramel and add chopped pecans or walnuts.

      • A dollop of whipped cream on top is a nice touch, maybe with a little grated chocolate.

Here’s my mason-jar cheesecake recipe:

Did you make this Mason-Jar Cheesecake? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Mason jar canning jar wide mouth cheesecake with peaches and pie filling. #TexasHomesteader
5 from 1 vote

Single Serve Instant Pot Mason Jar Cheesecake

This Instant Pot cheesecake recipe makes 5 individual servings of cheesecake in wide-mouth mason jars. A delicious desert that requires only 8 minutes of pressure cooking and offers cute presentation. #TexasHomesteader

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, cream cheese, dessert, graham cracker crust, instant pot, mason jar, single serve
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Natural Release 15 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author ~ Texas Homesteader ~



For the crust

  • ½ cup Graham cracker crumbs about 4 full sheets of Graham crackers
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted butter, unsalted (1 oz)
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated sugar

For the cheesecake filling

  • 1 8-oz block Room temperature cream cheese,
  • ¼ cup Granulated sugar NOTE: for sweeter cheesecake you may increase to 1/3 cup
  • ¼ cup Room temperature sour cream
  • 1 large Room temperature egg
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract



Graham Cracker Crust

  1. Crush 4 sheets graham crackers. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and 2 Tablespoons melted butter in a small bowl & mix well.

  2. Divide the graham crumb mixture evenly between five wide-mouth ½-pint mason jars. (about 1.5 tablespoons each) Press gently against the bottom of the jars to make the crust.

Cheesecake Filling

  1. Using a stand mixer use the paddle attachment on low speed, slowly mix 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar until smooth. IMPORTANT: mix only on low speed & just until lumps are out of cream cheese. Over-mixing incorporates too much air into your cheesecake batter.

  2. Add ¼ cup room temperature sour cream and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and mix slowly just until incorporated.
  3. Add one large room-temperature egg and mix on medium-low speed just until incorporated. (Don’t over-beat the eggs.)
  4. Divide cheesecake filling on top of the prepared graham cracker crust for each of the 5 jars. (about 6.5 - 7 grams each) Tap jar gently on a soft hot pad to remove any bubbles. Cover the jars with a 2-part wide-mouth canning lid & band - do not tighten band.

Pressure Cook Cheesecakes

  1. To pressure cook add 1 ½ cups of water into the inner pot of the electric pressure cooker and add trivet. Place lidded jars filled with cheesecake on the trivet.

    NOTE: 5th jar will need to be stacked on top of 4 jars on trivet.

  2. Close the lid of the Instant Pot, and set the valve to 'SEALING'. Pressure cook on 'HIGH' for 8 minutes.

  3. When cooking time is up let the pot depressurize naturally which takes about 15 minutes. When pressure has been naturally released, open the lid.

  4. Using an oven mitt, transfer the jars to a wire rack. Cool the cheesecake then refrigerate the covered jars of cheesecake for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

  5. If desired, top your cooled cheesecake with fruit-flavored pie filling, drizzled chocolate or caramel, sprinkle chopped pecans, etc. Enjoy cheesecake cold.

Recipe Notes


All cheesecake filling ingredients should be at room temperature before preparing batter.

Only use low to medium speed to mix ingredients and only until ingredients are fully incorporated. Over-mixing or mixing at higher speeds can incorporate too much air into your batter and change the texture of your finished cheesecake.

If you’re concerned about not being able to take out 100% of the lumps from cream cheese you can pour your prepared cheesecake batter through a sieve before filling jars.

Keep in mind additional time will be required for pressure cooker’s pressure to build up and for the natural release.


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One thought on “Individual Mason Jar Cheesecakes Recipe Made In An Instant Pot

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    I absolutely love the simplicity and presentation of this Instant Pot Cheesecake made in glass canning jars. An elegant dessert already sectioned up into servings. No springform pan to buy either. This is always a hit at our house and with our guests.


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