Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a Jar.

Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a Jar


Final Cheesecake

This Halloween candy corn cheesecake in a jar is a terrific easy to make dessert.  Not only is it delicious to eat, its fun Halloween colors and theme are candy to the eye.

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Filling:
  • 2 pounds of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 3/4 cup cream, half & half, or whole milk
  • Lemon zest
  • Red and yellow food coloring
Whipped cream
Candy corn for garnish
Seven 1/2 pint mason jars
Large slow cooker
Cheesecake ingredients

Step 1: Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a jar

Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the tablespoon of sugar.  You can use either prepackaged crumbs or you can make your own using graham crackers.  Place 2 tablespoons of the graham cracker mixture at the bottom of each jar and press down lightly.  Set the jars aside.

Crust photos

Step 2: Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a jar

Using a stand mixer, hand mixer or by hand, mix the room temperature, softened cream cheese for approximately 2 minutes at medium speed in order to whip some air into the mixture and to take out the lumps.  I used my stand mixer with a paddle bit.  The mixer should be stopped and the sides of the bowl scraped half way through the mixing process. 

Mixing

After two minutes, stop the mixer and add the sugar and corn starch.  Mix for an additional 2 minutes.  Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl then add the eggs, vanilla, and cream.  Mix for another 2 minutes at low-speed to combine the ingredients.

 

Final mixing

Step 3: Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a jar

Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, separate 1/3 of the mixture and place it into another bowl.  Use some of the yellow food coloring to tint the mixture yellow to coordinate with the bottom yellow on the candy corn.  Take red and yellow food coloring and tint the remaining 2/3 using a mixture of the two colors to create orange that will coordinate with the middle part of the candy corn.

Step 4: Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a jar

Spoon the yellow colored filling onto the graham cracker crust.  Then spoon the orange-colored filling on top of the yellow filling so that there is a striped effect. Do not fill all the way to the top because it will spill over.  I learned this the hard way.

Layered filling

Step 5: Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a jar

Place the jars into the slow cooker without the lids.  Pour warm water into the slow cooker so that it reaches about 3/4 of the way up the sides of the jars making sure that water does not enter the jars.

Crockpot

Put the lid onto the slow cooker and turn the slow cooker on high.  Cook for approximately 2 hours.  Slow cookers vary so the cooking time may be less.  You will know that the cheesecakes are done when the centers are no longer jiggly and a knife inserted about 1/2″ from the edge comes out clean.

Step 6: Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a jar

Turn off the slow cooker and let the jars rest for about 20 minutes.  Then remove them from the cooker and place them on the counter for about an hour to cool.  Place the lids on the jars and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Refrigerate

Step 7: 

After refrigeration, remove the jars and open the lids.  Place whipped cream on top and garnish with a few candy corn pieces and voila, you have Slow Cooker Halloween Candy Corn Cheesecake in a Jar.

Final Cheesecake

*I adapted this recipe from one that I found on kingarthurflour.com

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