Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries...yes, they are as wonderful as they sound! I have seen this idea on Pinterest several times, and finally decided to give it a shot. Several of the pins I clicked on had all kinds of different recipes, but I decided to try it my own way. I took the easy route, and used pre-made cheesecake filling. Have you ever had this? If not, you should try it out. It is nothing short of amazing. It is Philadelphia Cream Cheese brand, and I found it at Wal-Mart in the same section as pie crusts, cookie dough, etc.

I found that this desert was a little more tedious than I normally have patience for, so I only made about 15 strawberries, but the 15 strawberries made only a small dent in the cheesecake filling, and I had plenty of strawberries left over.  If you want to make these, see my recipe below:

Shopping List
Cheesecake filling ( I used pre-made, but I'm sure homemade would be really yummy as well)
Strawberries (I used about 15)
Grahm cracker crumbs (I crushed 1/2 graham cracker in a baggie and that was plenty enough crumbs to cover 15 strawberries.)

To make them, start by washing the strawberries and cut off the top leaves. I think its easiest if you make a nice flat edge on the top of the strawberries.

Once you have the tops cut off, use a melon ball maker and scoop out the middle of the strawberry. The melon ball maker that I used came from Wal-Mart, and it has both a small and a large option. I used the small side of the melon ball maker.

Once the strawberries all have a hollow middle, put a metal icing tip at the bottom of an icing bag, and fill the bag about 1/2 way full with cheesecake filling. This is the same method that I use to ice cupcakes.

I used the zig-zag tip for the cheesecake filling.

Once your icing bag is full of cheesecake filling, cut the tip of the bag off and squeeze your cheesecake filling to the bottom of the bag. Now you can start filling the strawberries! I filled each strawberry as full as possible with cheesecake.

Once the strawberries are filled, sprinkle a few graham cracker crumbs on top, and waa-la! Cheesecake stuffed strawberries! My faithful taste tester, Lee, gave them a try and he loved them!

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