strawberry cheesecake bites

This is the final cheesecake recipe of 3 that I created and photographed for KRAFT’s #cheesecakecheer holiday dessert campaign.  Growing up (and to this day), there is a candy that I indulge in once or twice a year, chocolate covered cherries.  The pairing of tart cherry, sweet icing, and dark chocolate combines all my favorites into one delicious bite.  I took that idea and made a little twist on it, creating these bite size cheesecakes with bits of fresh strawberries.

Happy Holidays!

-Leslie

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites | Leslie Grow

Ingredients:

  • 2 pkg. KRAFT Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ t. lemon zest
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 T. heavy cream
  • 2 T. cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, small dice
  • 16 squares honey graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 16 oz. dark chocolate chips

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites | Leslie Grow

How to make:

  • PREHEAT oven to 500°F.  Generously rub the bottom and sides of a 9-inch glass cake dish with butter.
  • BEAT cream cheese until smooth in a large mixing bowl.  Gradually add sugar, mixing until dissolved.  Add eggs 1 at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each egg.  Stir in lemon zest, vanilla, heavy cream, and sour cream.  Pour batter into prepared cake dish.
  • BAKE for 10 minutes.  REDUCE heat to 200°F, leaving door ajar until temperature is reached.  Bake until edged are almost golden, 20-30 minutes.
  • COOL to room temperature.  Cover and chill in refrigerator at least 4 hours (overnight is best).

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites | Leslie Grow

  • CRUMBLE cheesecake into large bowl.  Gently fold in strawberries.
  • SCOOP into small balls using a small cookie scoop or about 1 Tbsp.
  • ROLL balls in crushed graham cracker.
  • PLACE on parchment lined baking sheet
  • FREEZE for 20 minutes.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites | Leslie Grow

  • MELT chocolate using double broiler on low heat.  Stir until melted.
  • DIP cheesecake bites into chocolate.  Add decorations if using any.  Return to parchment lined baking sheet.
  • COOL in refrigerator until chocolate layer hardens.

 Strawberry Cheesecake Bites | Leslie Grow

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