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RV Cooking: Celebrate summer with this super-easy dessert

There are endless variations on this easy cheesecake in a jar, including a Red, White and Blue version for the Fourth. (Leslie Kelly)
There are endless variations on this easy cheesecake in a jar, including a Red, White and Blue version for the Fourth. (Leslie Kelly)

In another lifetime, I did a fair amount of recipe development, and the dishes that always got the most attention were the easiest. List fewer than 10 ingredients and you're likely to have a hit. 

Well, this easy dessert isn't really even about following a recipe. It invites creativity and celebrates the season. Let's call this "cheesecake in a jar" the best hack since someone decided to smear mayo on the outside of a grilled sandwich before toasting it. Try it before rolling your eyes! You've never seen a more golden grilled cheese, promise.

The beauty of this after-dinner treat is that it's truly portable. Stick it in a cooler and take it to a picnic. You'll be a hero, though any cook worth their salt would give full credit to the farmers growing the juicy fruit. 

Whipped cream cheese and vanilla yogurt is the glue that holds it all together, a mixture of equal parts, stirred together in a bowl and layered in between sliced strawberries and plump blueberries. If you're feeling ambitious, crumble some graham crackers in the bottom of the jar before filling it up.

Assemble the cheesecake in a jar the night before for the best results, but there's absolutely no judgment if you want to eat this dessert immediately. Happy Summer!  



Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.