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No-Bake Cheesecake Jars AND a GIVEAWAY: Glorious Layered Desserts cookbook

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So, my friend Glory from Glorious Treats… I’ve long admired her genius sweets and cleverness and kindness and all around awesomeness (such a fitting name, she has). And now, she kind of has a cookbook. A gorgeous, hardcover cookbook– Glorious Layered Desserts — filled with luscious layered desserts. Desserts like caramel brownie trifles and pumpkin mousse parfait. And here is where that genius word gets used again. She divides each dessert into components so you can mix and match and create your own layered desserts. The second half of the book is devoted to the component recipes, such as cookie crumbles, brownies, cakes, nuts, puddings and cheesecakes, mousse and pastry cream, sauces and lemon curd and more. Plus, she gives you lots of ideas for mixing and matching and lots of ideas for substituting with store-bought shortcuts (um, thank you for that).  Learn all about the book HERE and find her blog post on the book HERE. And, I’m GIVING AWAY A SIGNED COPY! Just scroll to the end for the GIVEAWAY.

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Here is a taste of what’s inside the book. Photographs courtesy of the author and appear in the book.

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Chocolate and Nutella Cream Dessert

 

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Lemon Blueberry Trifle

 

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Fried Ice Cream Cheesecake

 

I chose to make the Creamy No-Bake Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce (p. 46), only I took Glory’s suggestion and substituted the homemade blueberry sauce with store-bought strawberry fruit pie filling.

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When I was a kid, my single mother of three would load us all on the shopping cart in the supermarket. My sister had the seat and my brother and I clung to the sides. She must have had the strength of an ox to push us around with all the food to feed us for the week. If we were good (which of course, we always were), we could choose a treat from the refrigerator aisle. I always chose this cup of cheesecake thing with graham cracker crust at the bottom and fruit on the top. And when I spotted the exact same–only homemade and way better–dessert in Glory’s book, my “what to make?” decision was done and done.

These cheesecake cups are super easy to make, as evidenced by the fact that I made them while my 1 year old was grabbing my knees and my 6 year old was whining about not having the right Legos. And they taste divine. I meant to just take a bite and I gobbled one up so fast I needed a Lactaid (too much?). I made a few in small mason jars and the rest in clear plastic cups. I brought them to a happy hour party and they went over like… well, there’s no way to finish that simile that would taste better than cheesecake.

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RECIPE for Cream No-Bake Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce
from Glory Albin’s Glorious Layered Desserts

1. Prepare blueberry sauce (recipe below) and cool in the refrigerator.
2. Prepare graham cracker crumble, bake, and cool (recipe below).
3. Prepare creamy no-bake cheesecake (recipe below).
4. Add a layer of graham cracker crumble to the bottom of each dish (2-3 tablespoons, depending on the size of the dish). Pour or spoon a layer of cheesecake on top of the crumble.
5. Chill cheesecake about 2 hours.
6. Add blueberry sauce just before serving or anytime after the cheesecake has fully chilled.
7. This is a great make-ahead dessert and can be made up to 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. When making ahead, keep topping separate until shortly before serving. (My note: I did this, and added my topping a few hours before the event, and they tasted awesome.)

 

Blueberry Sauce
Makes 2 cups

1/2 cup water
2 Tblsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tblsp. cornstarch
2 cups fresh or frozen fruit of choice

1. In a medium saucepan, add water and lemon juice and warm over medium heat.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch with a whisk. Then add the sugar and starch to the warm pan of liquid and stir (with a whisk) to combine.
3. Add fruit and continue to cook, while stirring gently, until the sauce thickens.
4. Remove pan from heat and allow sauce to cool. Store the sauce (in a jar or sealed container) in the refrigerator, up to 1 week.

 

Graham Cracker Crumble
Makes 2 cups

1 sleeve (9 whole crackers) graham crackers, or about 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 Tblsp. sugar
6 Tblsp. butter

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Crush graham crackers in a large ziplock bag and then pour into a large bowl. Add sugar and stir to combine.
3. In a small bowl, melt butter in the microwave.
4. Pour melted butter over bowl of crumbs and stir until the crumbs are evenly moistened.
5. Spread crumbs onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.
6. Allow to cool before use.
7. Crumble can be stored in a sealed container up to 1 week.

 

Creamy No-Bake Cheesecake
Makes 3 1/2 cups

Graham Cracker Crumble
12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks)
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
topping of choice (optional)

1. Prepare crumble.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until fully smooth. While still mixing, slowly pour in the condensed milk. Blend until well incorporated.
3. Continue mixing and add the lemon juice and vanilla.
4. Beat until all the ingredients are well combined.
5. Pour onto crumble and chill at least 3 hours. The cheesecake can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept (covered) in the refrigerator.
6. Top cheesecake with fresh fruit, fruitsauce, canned pie filling or chocolate ganache, or enjoy plain.

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And now…

THE GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment here before Sunday, March 23, midnight, EST

for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Glorious Layered Desserts, by Glory Albin.

Winner drawn randomly.

Ships to US addresses only.

Winner has 48 hours to respond after being notified before another winner is drawn.

 

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100 Comments

  1. faigy
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Would love to win. That book looks amazing!

  2. Melody James
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    These look delicious! Such a fun giveaway too!

  3. Claudia Rivera
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Oh, I so want to win this book!

  4. trish martin
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    THe chocolate and nutella cream dessert looks delicious!

  5. Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Yum in a cup! Perfect for my portion control issue! Must have!!!!

  6. Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Those look so pretty and easy! What a great way to do party desserts!

  7. Missy Isen
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This book looks awesome! I hope I win it!

  8. Gladys Morales
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I would love to win!!! Thank you for the opportunity and the recipes!!!

  9. Heather
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    These desserts are beautiful!! I would love this!

  10. Ginny Wilcox
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I would love to win this book also

  11. Anne J-Z
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    That would be awesome!

  12. Lindsay Lee
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this cookbook!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  13. Brandi Bryant
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    These look great. I would love to win her new cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  14. Andrea D.
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I love the visual appeal of these desserts and would love to make them. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  15. Lisa
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Yum!

  16. Kelley Warren
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    All my little girls would LOVE for mama to make them special cups o’ dessert! Looks like a fun book!

  17. Mirtha Hernandez
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I love Glory’s recipes… and now I’ve found this blog through her!!!! double YAY!!!

  18. Elaine Plettman
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    That book looks soooo good!

  19. Jennifer B.
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Looks amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book. :)

  20. Michele
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    That book looks fabulous. Hope I win!

  21. MaryEllen
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    These desserts look so interesting and beautifully photographed. I would love to win a copy of the book!

  22. Laci
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Those all look great.

  23. ColleenB. ~ Texas
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Desserts is my hubby’s middle name so would dearly love to win this wonderful cookbook
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  24. Posted March 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Glorious, genius, pretty, and delish! Amazing book… thanks for the chance to win it!

  25. Allison
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Definitely going to try out this recipe soon! Thanks for the great post, and thanks for holding the giveaway! :)

  26. Kira
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    This looks great! My sister loves cheesecake going to try this ASAP Thanks

  27. jan
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    This book looks amazing!

  28. Monika Jakubikova
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    I must have to have this book in my collection, would be amazing to win it x

  29. Eileen McAlister
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    What yummy fun!

  30. Teri Warner
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    I have never heard about this before, BUT love the idea! I’m always looking for easy desserts that the kids can help me make.

  31. Nikki
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    would love to win this! Love both of your blogs!

  32. Barb
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Looks so good!

  33. JennCutt
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    I love layered desserts. This book looks great. Thanks!

  34. Jessica
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Yummy!

  35. K
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    That looks adorable and delicious :-).

  36. Sarah Nelson
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    They all look SO delicious, but the best part is that they seem relatively easy to make but they look fancy. These desserts would be great for holidays or parties–but also for every day!

  37. Pat K
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    This book looks wonderful! I would so love
    to win a signed copy! thanks for the chance!

  38. Cathy McCarthy
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    I love anything in a jar or pretty glass container. Would love this book!

  39. anonymous
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    They look pretty and delicious!

  40. Cheryl
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I would love to win! Everything looks delicious!

  41. Valerie W
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I just came across your blog and can not tear myself away from yours or “Glorious Treats”. I would love to win the book!

  42. Taysha R
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    YUM!!! I can’t wait to make those cheesecakes- perfect portions

  43. Posted March 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    The desserts are very impressive, pretty to serve and delicious to eat. I will be serving several to my family at our
    Easter dinner on LBI.

  44. Posted March 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I want to win:) The desserts look delicious. I can’t wait to try them:)

  45. Jenifer Holland
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    This would be great. I make layered desserts for a friend all the time. I’m always looking for new ideas!

  46. Catherine
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Yummy!!

  47. MelodyJ
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Looks like a fun book.

  48. E. Nadler
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    First and foremost, I must make the no bake cheesecake today. Wonderful idea.

  49. Nancy M
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I Love this type of cherry cheesecake! It is just like the one my grandma always made!Thanks!!!

  50. Uma Arumugam
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try the recipes. Looks absolutely
    delicious!

  51. Laura
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Just got to taste these thanks to you and Kirsten! My morning was made much better by these awesome treats! would love to win this book. thanks again!

  52. Steph
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    The Chocolate and Nutella Cream Dessert looks fantastic. They all do. :)

  53. Mihaela Day
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I so want to win this book

  54. Denise S
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to try the recipes in this book!

  55. Shannon Baas
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I would love this.

  56. Theresa N
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Everything looks delicious I want to try all of them.

  57. MaryBeth
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    This would be an awesome addition to my cookbook collection!

  58. Ellen S
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    great idea. these look relatively easy to make with a visual payoff

  59. Tari Lawson
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    These recipes look so tasty. I would love to win this to give them a try.

  60. Posted March 21, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    These look delicious! Such a fun giveaway!

  61. Monica Moore
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Awesome book and lovely job on yours!!! :-) Hope I win!!!!

  62. sheri gallegos
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    this is my first time checking out your site. Looking forward to exploring. Thanks for the opportunity to win a fabulous and fun cookbook.

  63. Karen
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Recipe looks delicious and I would love the book!

  64. NancyC
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a wonderful book–would love to win it!

  65. Karen
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Delicious. I can’t wait to try some of these.

  66. McKim
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I think my grandson and I will make the no-bake cheesecake desserts with cherry topping this weekend while he is visiting.

  67. Posted March 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I love making desserts in give-away jars. So cute! And cheesecake is always awesome. This version look great. : )

  68. Daniel M
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    they look great and sound mighty tasty!

  69. Deborah Wellenstein
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    What a unique idea. These desserts will be a big hit in my house!

  70. Ceinwyn
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    In the words of Donkey from Shrek “Everyone loves parfaits”! These are my favorite kinds of desserts

  71. Danitza
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi …desserts are my favorite part of eating :-D & just to know you’ve made a no-cook book about this, is absolutely marvelous. Hope I can win it. Gonna be trying the cheesecake one in the weekend, thanks. Have a great weekend!

  72. Eugenia Hall
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    This cookbook looks so great, the layered recipes would be great for family get togethers and parties.

  73. Eclaire71
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I love these layered dessert ideas, looking forward to trying some of the recipes soon!

  74. Sandra Rally
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful book!

  75. Karen
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Amazing!!

  76. Kim
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I love layered desserts although I’ve never made them myself. These look so good!

  77. Tricha
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    looks like fantastic topic

  78. Karen Drake
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this cookbook, thanks for the giveaway.

  79. Julie
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the giveaway :)

  80. Charlene
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to add this book to my collection :)

  81. Samantha
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    All these recipes above look absolutely delicious! This is my kind of book!

  82. Kathryn C
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    looks to be full of tasty gift ideas !

    Kathryn C

  83. Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I love her blog, I want this book! She has so any great treats!

  84. Rebecca Lock
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I would like to add this to my daughter’s cookbook collection.

  85. Jaime Cummings
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    I would love to win this book also!

  86. Barb Stenby
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I LOVE to bake and make tasty desserts so I would love to have this in my kitchen!

  87. Coriander Warren
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    making the layered nobake cheesecakes for next weeks potluck!! such agreat idea excited to possibly win!

  88. Kathy Pease
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Great Giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance :)

  89. James Coyne
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I love a good book

  90. Melanie Montgomery
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this beautiful book.

  91. Patricia Wojnar Crowley
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I could use some new dessert inspirations!

  92. susan smoaks
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance to win. i love to try making new things.

  93. Karen T Gonyea
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I would LOVE this book !!

  94. Allison
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Yummy delicious. This looks like a great book.

  95. Patty
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I would love to serve these beautiful desserts to my family!

  96. laurie
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have this it just me and I like to make different things for different people and this book would help me do this

  97. Veronica Garrett
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    These desserts sound delicious.

  98. heather c
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    This sure will make summer fun! Thanks!

  99. Marla
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    hi, im wanting to make these this weekend, i wanted to know how much jars this recipe
    would fill?

  100. meaghanmountford
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marla,
    I just made these again and used clear plastic drinking cups which are a little smaller. I got about 8 out of them. When using mason jars, I got 6. I had some graham cracker crumbs left over, too, each time. So good. Last time I just used strawberries sprinkled with sugar and left in the fridge the night before.

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