Donna Hay’s Blackberry Cheesecake Pots

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Mardi of Eat. Live. Travel. Write. won the last Hay Hay it’s Donna Day cooking event and is hosting this month’s Hay Hay it’s Donna Day, a food blogging event in which a blogger chooses a recipe by Australian cookbook author Donna Hay. The host/hostess of the HHDD event invites all their blog reading and cooking/ baking friends to recreate the recipe and send in a link to their blog post by the end of the month.

Mardi chose a super easy dessert recipe, Blackberry Cheesecake Pots. We love cheesecake at our house, so when Mardi asked me to participate in the challenge, I was happy to join in. Mardi will post a roundup on June 5th and ask people to vote on which interpretation they like best. She’ll announce a winner (and the next host/hostess) on June 15th.

Blackberry Cheesecake Pots

I love blackberries and they were on sale at the market, so that was an easy choice. I almost always use reduce fat cream cheese, so that was the first change that I made. We, like many Americans, tend to like our desserts a bit sweeter, so I increased the amount of sugar I added to the cheesecake mixture.

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Finally, as far as I’m concerned, cheesecake needs a graham cracker crust. So I decided to add a layer of graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of the dish, followed by a layer of blackberries and then topped with the cheesecake mixture, a little whipped cream, more graham cracker crumbs and a perfect blackberry on top. A quick, elegant and delicious dessert.

Donna Hay’s Blackberry Cheesecake Pots

Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 graham crackers
  • 1 T. butter, melted
  • 8 oz. light cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz. fresh blackberries


Preheat oven to 350º. Process the graham crackers in a food processor to create crumbs. Add melted butter, stir well to combined. Spread on baking sheet. Toast in the oven 3 – 5 minutes until crumbs start to brown. Cool.

Process the cream cheese, sugar, cream and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Add half the blackberries and process until just crushed.

Spoon a tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into four 1/2 cup-capacity dishes, layer on a few blackberries. Divide cheesecake mixture evenly between the dishes and garnish with whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs and blackberries. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.  Serves 4.

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  1. Chez Us says

    Barbara, I am so glad you participated in this round of HHDD. I love what you did with your cheesecake cups. I thought about adding graham cracker crumbs as well or biscotti crumbs but then changed my mind last minute – really was a bit lazy to ground the crumbs!

  2. dining room tables says

    I like the combination of the flavors and also the colors are so pretty! I want to scoop it now!

  3. elra says

    This is such a gorgeous looking dessert Barbara. You know I tried once to make cheesecake with a regular sweet pastry, it didn't really work as well. So definitely use graham crackers, either homemade (which is better), or store bought if I am in a hurry.
    Have a nice weekend Barbara.

  4. Jamie says

    These are just beautiful! I love the color and they look thick and creamy. I also love the crumbs you've added for the added flavor and crunch. Great dessert, Barbara!

  5. Marisa says

    I love it! I totally agree on wanting things sweet and that cheesecake always needs graham cracker crust :D. It looks really good!

  6. lisaiscooking says

    The layered effect with the graham cracker crumbs sounds great! I love the color from the blackberries too.

  7. Barbara says

    Marvelous recipe, Barbara! I love desserts like this…you can use lovely summer fruits and make it ahead of time. The blackberries give it such a lovely color!

  8. Joanne says

    Cheesecake without a graham cracker crust is like a night without stars. Tragic.

    These cheesecake pots look delicious. Perfect with the fruity twist the blackberries give them!

  9. MaryMoh says

    This looks very refreshing with it beautiful colour and creamy look. Must be very delicious. I love it.

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says

    Hehe you and I are definitely on the same wavelegth mum! I'm going to do something with blackberries today! 😀 xxx

  11. Mags says

    What a beautiful dessert! I love ANY cheesecake and I agree that the graham cracker crumbs are a must.

  12. Cinnamon-Girl says

    What a scrumptious dessert Barbara! So vibrant – and pretty to look at too. I like the graham crumbs – nice touch.

  13. Cathy says

    Wow, is that a beautiful dessert. Adding graham cracker crumbs was a nice touch. I always associate them with the cheesecakes I like best.

  14. Memória says

    I love your added touch of graham crackers and use of blackberries. Este postre tiene un aspecto perfecto.

  15. Faith says

    These are so pretty, Barbara! The color from the blackberries is beautiful, but I also love how you presented it!

  16. Bridgett says

    I love the gorgeous color and now I cannot wait until my blackberries start growing so I can make this. It looks so decadent!

  17. Patty says

    Hello! What a very beautiful interpretation/creation! We love blackberry here at our house and my kids, especially, can't get enough of cheesecake. Oddly, it never dawned on me to try out the reduced fat cream cheese, but I should probably start trying to reduce the fat around here! Particularly if the end result is just as creamy and delicious! Thanks a lot!

  18. Bonnie says

    Oh, these look so good. There are so many great berries in the market this time of year. I love that you toasted the graham crackers.

  19. jo oliver says

    That looks so yummy and tempting that I almost took a bite out of the computer screen-lol. Very pretty and colorful. I am a firm believer that "looks" contribute to the enjoyment of a dish:)

  20. Antonella-Vera55 says

    It sounds delicious!!!Very nice colours,flavour and pictures too! you are very very good.have a nice day!

  21. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite says

    Fabulous Barbara and I love the addition of the graham cracker crumbs – I think it really completes this as a dessert. Of course, you could add granola and eat this for breakfast too! 😉 Thanks for playing! Beautiful pictures too!