Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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  • No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are the perfect party dessert. Beautiful, festive and you don’t even have to turn on your oven. Winning!

    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are an easy party dessert made with no bake cheesecake and fresh strawberries. #cheesecakestuffedstrawberries #nobakedesserts www.savoryexperiments.com

    Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

    You know how food trends come and go in cycles? I feel like cheesecake stuffed strawberries were totally one of those trends. You couldn’t scroll your Pinterest feed without seeing at least 2 variations.

    Some of them had a graham cracker sprinkling and others were cheesecake stuffed chocolate covered strawberries. I liked both of these ideas, but also a little lemon tang.

    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are an easy party dessert made with no bake cheesecake and fresh strawberries. #cheesecakestuffedstrawberries #nobakedesserts www.savoryexperiments.com

    No-Bake Cheesecake Filling

    My no-bake cheesecake recipe is a little different from others. I used sour cream, whipping cream and lemon for a zesty and fluffy cheesecake. Just cream cheese can get a little dense, so this makes it a little lighter and easier to pipe out.

    The filling also isn’t overly sweet and using powdered sugar versus granulated cuts down on the potential for a grainy filling.

    This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    What You’ll Need

    • Fresh Strawberries – I know this is hard, but look for a package of traditionally shaped strawberries in uniform size.
    • Cream Cheese – Full fat or reduced fat works just fine! Make sure it is room temperature to blend well and pipe perfectly.
    • Lemon Juice -Acid brightens the whole mix and keeps the flavor profile more sophisticated than just “sweet”.
    • Vanilla -Sweetened cream cheese is good, sweetened cream cheese with vanilla is phenomenal.
    • Sour Cream – Taking up even one more notch, we added just a touch of sour cream. Tangy and thick, it will help thin out the cream cheese mixture, but add another layer of taste.
    • Powdered Sugar- Our original version used granulated sugar, but we found that it sometimes ended up a bit grainy, so we swapped it out for powdered sugar and never looked back.
    • Heavy whipping cream– This is optional and only to be used sparingly if the blend is too thick to pipe. We are aiming for a rich and luxurious base.
    • Graham Cracker Crumbs- First first batch didn’t include graham crackers, but I decided a little crunch wasn’t a bad idea.
    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are an easy party dessert made with no bake cheesecake and fresh strawberries. #cheesecakestuffedstrawberries #nobakedesserts www.savoryexperiments.com

    Variations

    This strawberry recipe is pretty good on its own, but if you want to take it up a notch or create a beautiful serving tray with lots of options, here are a few others.

    • Chopped nuts– finely chopped pecans, walnuts or even pistachios
    • Lemon Zest- I love the pop of yellow and clean lemon flavor that comes from zest. This is best freshly grated before serving. If it sits in the fridge for too long it dries out and while it tastes the same, looks unsightly.
    • Chocolate– Dip the bottoms in chocolate or just drizzle with melted chocolate.
    • Sweetened Shredded Coconut– Toasted or plain, a few shreds goes a long way, but adds tropical flair.
    • Cookie Crumbs- Swap out the graham crackers for Oreo cookies, Nilla wafers or any other cookie flavor.
    • Extracts– I used vanilla with lemon, but you can do all lemon, almond or another flavor that strikes your fancy.
    • Spices– Use 1/4 teaspoon of warm spices in the cheesecake batter, but omit the lemon because it will be overwhelming. Nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice all come to mind.
    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are an easy party dessert made with no bake cheesecake and fresh strawberries. #cheesecakestuffedstrawberries #nobakedesserts www.savoryexperiments.com

    Special Tools

    Strawberry Huller– I never thought I needed one of these but now that I have one, I can’t live without it. My last one accidentally got stuck in the garbage disposal and I bought one immediately. The thought of going back to free hand hulling with a paring knife.

    Stand Mixer- While this is an investment, I can guarantee you will use it more than you realize and will never regret the decision. Making something like this that needs to be whipped, this is the way to go!

    Pastry Bags– Use pastry bags for desserts, but also sauces and artistic touches on plating!

    Frosting Tips – It is great to have a variety of frosting tips, not just the usual. Buying one can cost $3, so spring for a few extra and get the whole set.

    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are an easy party dessert made with no bake cheesecake and fresh strawberries. #cheesecakestuffedstrawberries #nobakedesserts www.savoryexperiments.com

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    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are an easy party dessert made with no bake cheesecake and fresh strawberries. #cheesecakestuffedstrawberries #nobakedesserts www.savoryexperiments.com

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    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

    No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are an easy party dessert made with no bake cheesecake and fresh strawberries. 
    Prep Time25 mins
    Cook Time2 hrs
    Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cheesecake stuffed strawberries, stuffed strawberries
    Servings: 20
    Calories: 116kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Wash and hull strawberries. The more space you remove from the strawberry, the more cheesecake you can stuff in there, so be generous.*
    • Sit strawberries upside down on a plate covered with paper towels to drain any excess liquid. Place in refrigerator to keep cool and continue drying. 
    • In a medium bowl or stand mixer beat cream cheese until smooth. Add lemon juice, vanilla and sour cream and sugar mix until fully incorporated.
    • In a separate bowl, beat whipped cream until frothy and stiff. 
    • Add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture and beat until it incorporates and starts to become stiff. At first it will slop around, but after 3-4 minutes it will start to resemble a meringue.
    • Transfer cheesecake to a pastry bag fitted with the star attachment. Pipe into each strawberry. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or until ready to serve.
    • Garnish with additional lemon zest, if desired. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 40.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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