February 2, 2010

Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Strawberries

Cheesecake, Chocolate & Strawberries - oh my! I had seen something similar to these on FoodTV, goodness I think almost 2 years ago... and they have been haunting my dreams ever since. Well, in preparation for this years Valentine's Day I finally buckled down and developed a recipe.


Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Strawberries

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, the biggest you can find!
  • 1- 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tb vanilla
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1 cup crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers
  • 3 Tb butter
  • Chocolate coating, i.e. Almond Bark. - White & Chocolate


  1. The process is, honestly, fairly simple. Just a little time consuming.


  2. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese, vanilla and powder sugar until smooth; set aside. In a separate, microwave safe dish melt butter. Stir in vanilla wafers (or graham crackers - whatever you fancy) until all are moist. Carefully add buttery crumbs to the cream cheese filling. P.S. Mine is such a dark color because I use Mexican vanilla. Place filling in the fridge while you prep the strawberries.


  3. Be sure to thoroughly rinse all strawberries. You want the biggest you can find with pretty tops. My green tops were a little sad :( but workable. Keep the tops attached, you can always remove them later, but for now they will serve as a nice little 'handle.' Pat dry.


  4. Carefully cut an X in the bottom of the strawberry, about an inch down. See? One line... Two line...



  5. Gently pry the bottom apart. Strawberries have a slight hollow area in the middle and you want to make sure to find it - I kinda stuck my finger or a chopstick down to open the area more. As you work, place them on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet.


  6. Now, you can start the stuffing. I slowly adding the filling bit by bit with a spoon. If you have an icing tip with a large opening, piping would be easier. Once thoroughly 'stuffed' clean up the outside; it needs to be as smooth as possible. You don't want awkward chunks of wafer sticking out... just wouldn't look pretty with the chocolate. {Sorta look like Venus fly traps, don't they?!?} Place stuffed strawberries in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. This allows the filling to harden slightly, so it doesn't melt all in your chocolate.


  7. Be very very careful with your chocolate. It is easy to scorch, burn or even worse... make it separate. {shudder!} I melted 1/2 block white chocolate Almond Bark - broken into smallish bits - in a glass measuring cup. Microwave in 45 second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth.


  8. Holding on to the green top, dunk your strawberry being careful to leave some pretty red at the top! Don't be too trusting with the green top though; it may break on you. So have a fork or toothpicks handy. I used the back of a spoon to smooth out the chocolate and remove any excess. Then place on waxed paper. The chocolate will begin to set immediately.


  9. Next is the really fun part! Decor! Melt one, single square of chocolate (I used milk chocolate Almond Bark) and pour into a plastic baggie. Remove the absolute smallest amount of the tip of the bag as possible... if you want small lines of chocolate. Then have fun! I made little tuxedos, tried a girly dress with pearls, added bows- use your imagination! Use the strawberries to spell out "I" "HEART" "U" or your sweethearts name.


  10. Once thoroughly decked out, stick the sweet bites back in the fridge to set up completely. Then devour. As many as fast as you can.


I like to think of these two as 'Mr & Mrs Sweetheart!'





This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, Our Krazy Kitchen & Tuesdays at the Table!




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18 comments:

Nanna said...

I've seen where you split the strawbrerry & fill with the cream cheese mixture but this is a different twist, looks good enough to give a try
Helen

the country cook said...

Oh YUM

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

These are an awesome and novel twist for a Valentine's Day treat!

Martha@Menagerie said...

Absolutely delicious and so adorable besides! Love this idea :-)

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

This would be perfect for a Valentine treat!

Thanks for sharing.

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

These look like the perfect Valentine treat.

Thanks for sharing.

shopannies said...

these look spectacular
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Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! Are you serious? I cannot think of anything more tasty! Thanks for linking your post to TMTT.

Michele said...

Oh My Goodness. These look amazing! I was just going to do regular old chocolate covered strawberries, but these take it to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL!! Thanks!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This strawberries are KILLERS! Oh, so good!!!!! I have never seen them stuffed with something so decadent. These are real romantic winner! They will certainly make an appearance on my Valentine's Day table next Sunday!
Thanks!
Yvonne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! And these look delicious... both the filling and chocolate coating. Thanks for this tutorial and recipe! :-)

Happy Foodie Friday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

My Slice of Heaven said...

What a great idea for Valentine's Day. I might have to give this a try!

ButterYum said...

What a neat twist on the usual chocolate dipped strawberry!

:)
ButterYum

Michael Lee West said...

I could live on these berries. I love the little bowtie and heart. This is what I call a Keeper Recipe.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Kristen, I just love the recipe for these decadant strawberries! I am posting a link to this recipe on my Menu plan for this week. I'm making this for my Valentine Dinner for my husband. Thanks!
Yvonne

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh, I'll be making htese this wek! Thanks so much'
xoxo Pattie

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

Amazing!

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

I just love these! What gorgeous gifts they would make! I'm following this blog now.....