Apple Pie Cheesecake in a Mason Jar

Is it just me, or did the holidays really creep up on you this year?! Shizzzz man, I'm not ready for all this celebrating. I am, however, almost done with my Holiday Shopping, Yup, you heard me right, I took advantage of that thing called Cyber Monday and got ALLLLLLLL of it done. BOOM, nailed it.

What I didn't finish is all the holiday baking! Last year, I was on my GAME. I'm not going to even try to lie about it, I NAILED IT last year. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies. Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing.  Gingerbread Cupcakes with a Gingerbread Cookie Topper.  Triple Oreo Chunk Cookies. AND as much as I hate to play favorites, these Coconut Christmas Cupcakes dressed up as Santa and his Elves kicked some booty. 


I am exhausted just thinking about how much baking I did last year. Wellllll, ain't nobody got time for ALL that this year, so we have to really impress with what we ARE going to do. Enter Bourbon Spiced Apple Pie Cheesecakes IN INDIVIDUAL JARS. Go ahead, take a minute to take that all in.

I of course have jars still from all the mason jar cupcakes I have made in the past, if you need some, I LOVE the .15 L I got from Sur La Tab- but you can use various sizes and shapes that you find!

Don't be scared, it's WAY easier than it looks and sounds! I have faith in you, YOU CAN DO IT. 


Individual Bourbon Spiced Apple Pie Cheesecakes

Yield Depends on Jar Size / a dozen .15 L Mason Jars


Layer 1 / Crust

8 Graham Crackers

10 tbsp butter, melted

¼ cup sugar

Layer 2 / Cheesecake

½ cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

2- 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

Layer 3 / Apples

5 Granny Smith Apples (or whichever type of apple you prefer!)

2 tbsp sugar

½ tbsp nutmeg

¼ tbsp cloves

½ cup bourbon

Layer 4 / Crumb Topping

½ cup flour

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup butter



To make the crust / 

Break up your graham crackers, very finely, either by using a food processor or smashing by hand. 

In a bowl, mix together melted butter, graham crackers and sugar. Set aside.


To make the apples / 

Preheat your oven to 350˚F. 

Clean and cut your apples into small pieces. 

Toss apples in a large bowl with sugar, nutmeg, cloves and bourbon.

(You can use cinnamon instead of those spices if you want, I was out! haha)

Spread out evenly on a baking pan and bake for 10 minutes or until they just start to break down.


To make the cheesecake / 

Having your ingredients at room temperature if very important when making cheesecake. Make sure they are and then begin!

In a large bowl, place your cream cheese and beat on low-medium until light and fluffy. 

On low speed, mix in the sugar, eggs (one at a time) and vanilla and beat until all ingredients are incorporated, scraping down the sides as necessary. Set aside.


To make the crumb topping / 

In a bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, and butter (cut into cubes). Break down the butter to mix with the other ingredients (you can use a pastry blender or your hands- I use my hands!) - you're looking to get it to a wet sand texture. Set aside.


ASSEMBLY TIME! Get your jars out!

GUYS, don't get intimidated. I know, it sounds like a lot, but its all so simple and quick, you can really do this!

In each jar, spoon in 2 tbsp of the graham cracker crust mixture you prepared. Press into the bottom of each jar. Bake in the oven on a baking sheet, with raised edges so that they don't slide off when you pull them out.

Bake for only about 5-7 minutes, until they just start to set, they will cook more when we fully assemble and cook these lovies!

Remove from the oven and allow to cool just for 5 minutes, so you don't scorch yourself when you are finishing the assembly, you don't need them to cool completely!


Bring the temperature of the oven to 325˚F.

Using a ⅓ cup measure, scoop the cheesecake layer in next.

You have a ton of apples cooked, scoop about ⅓ cup into each jar, but you will likely have a bit more, so finish it off.

Top the apples off with 1 tbsp of the brown sugar crumb topping.

Voilà, all in, lets get them in the oven.

We are going to use a water bath here. I know, people talk some serious garbage about water baths, but Martha said to do it on her cheesecakes in a jar, and I trust the master, so i went ahead and did it. I am not going to claim to be a cheesecake master, so try it out without a water bath if you're confident, but these were REAL good, so just be careful with the water, ok?

Get out a deep baking dish, the same one you used with walls to bake the crust layer is probably good.

If you don't have a pan that will allow you to bake all 12 at the same time, split it into two pans, side by side in the oven on a rack in the center of the oven.

Place the jars in the pan and fill around them with hot water. Now, Martha says BOILING water, so if you want to give some water a quick boil, go for it. I'm lazy, and my faucet gets pretty hot and it was ace.

Cover the pans with foil and bake for 15 minutes.

At 15 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let them come to room temperature THEN cover and refrigerate. 


AND YOU'RE DONE. Give yourself a pat on the back, it was a of of steps, and you got through them all. I promise, you will IMPRESS the people that have the pleasure of eating them. I brought them to a holiday pot luck at work, and they were a hit. I work with some SERIOUS critics, and if we can impress them, we can impress anyone.


These are a perfect treat for any occasion, but I think the holidays are the best days for bourbon spiced apples. It would be super sweet to give these with a nice note to your doorman or coworkers. Serve them on the dessert table at home on Christmas and everyone has their own treat to eat, or take home!

I'll admit it, I'm a bit lazy on the baking front this holiday season, especially compared to last year, but making these will give the appearance that I baked for AS LONG as I did last year, but I most certainly did not. Shhhhh don't tell anyone. 

As you can tell, I love baking in jars, have you given it a go? Give me some more ideas to try out! I promise, I'll report back with how it turns out! 

Brooklyn Charm / Gifts for any Occasion

To say I am obsessed with Brooklyn Charm would be an understatement. Since I discovered them a few years ago, I have purchased many gifts for both my loved ones and for myself (obvs). 

The amount of charms they have and combinations is absolutely endless. Not only can you stop in and get a custom piece, you can take home supplies and craft up something on your own or shop online at their Etsy Shop!

If you're in the NY area, you can find them on Williamsburg and spend an entire day choosing charms and having them custom engraved. They pop up at many markets, especially during the holiday season, including the Union Square Market and Columbus Circle Shops. 


Want to make a necklace for your bestie who just moved out of town, you've got it. A bracelet for a friend that happens to love cats, guns AND The New Kids on the Block - you're in luck!

Although they are fun for gifts of all kinds, my favorite project I worked on with them was this pin for my mom.

As I mentioned, my Mom got married in October of this year. What do you get for your mom, who is a bride, who has been with my step dad for over 13 years, and has EVERYTHING you could possibly think of? Its a tough one, I know! 

So I got to thinking, something custom was what was needed. Then I remembered the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue tradition for weddings. Perfect.


So here is what I came up with, with some clever thinking and help from the great staff at Brooklyn Charm.

Something Old - Vintage Pin, New York (They moved a while back)

Something New - Georgia, the green crystal and their wedding date

Something Borrowed - The diamond heart is a charm from a piece I inherited from my Aunt and she HAS to give it back eventually

Something Blue - The blue charm

She was so happy when I gave this to her. She wore it pinned to her shoulder the entire wedding. I can't believe I came up with something this perfect, but you can too! Stop by Brooklyn Charm and get someone you love (or you, I won't tell anyone) something special for the holidays.