Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is a family affair around these parts. Long gone are the days of Brian and I gazing into each other’s eyes over a romantic dinner in a secluded booth at a five-star restaurant. Wait a second, did that ever happen? I’m pretty sure that hasn’t happened in the history of ever. Maybe in 20 years, but for now Valentine’s Day is a family holiday and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Along with our annual Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt (not food related), we do a candlelight dinner. My four boys go crazy over this tradition. Just last night, I overheard my 8-year old say to his younger brother in a voice that could barely contain his excitement, “Only a few more days before we get to eat dinner in the dark!” Clearly I need to get candles that produce a bit more flame. Here I thought I was teaching my boys the niceties of fine dining and all along, they’ve just been ecstatic to eat dinner in a situation that approximates cavelike dwelling.

Over the years, I’ve served a fancy meal, everything-heart-shaped meal, and an all pink or red meal (that one was a bit scary). This year, I have a few new ideas up my sleeve. First up are these delightful cheesecake stuffed strawberries. After tasting them, the only coherent thought I could muster was “where have these been all my life?” Not only are they a cinch to prepare, they taste absolutely amazing. It’s like a heavenly bite of strawberry cheesecake with the emphasis on the strawberry, which is just fine with me. They are an absolute cinch to prepare and look much more elegant than the preparation requires. I don’t know if I’ll serve these as a sweet side dish or as a dessert option, but either way, come February 14th, they’ll be on our table and I kinda sorta think they should be on yours, too.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Yield: Makes about 2 dozen strawberries

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 24 medium to large strawberries
  • 8 ounce light cream cheese
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Directions

  1. Remove the tops of all the strawberries and and cut out a cone shape from inside the middle of each strawberry with a paring knife - a little well to be filled with cream cheese mixture.
  2. Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Fill a ziploc bag with the cream cheese mixture (filling it into one of the corners). Twist the top of the bag and snip the corner of the bag with the filling.
  3. Squeeze filling into each strawberry and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/cheesecake-stuffed-strawberries/

Recipe Source: inspired by many recipes online including The Girl Who Ate Everything

30 Responses to Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

  1. StephenC says:

    Not to be punny, but that’s a really sweet idea.

  2. Sally says:

    I’m not a fan of rich desserts, especially chocolate desserts (I know, I know). I think this sounds like a perfect dessert.

  3. Kim in MD says:

    I have pinned this recipe to try, and I’m thrilled that you have already tested the recipe! That’s so cute that your boys are excited to eat Valentine’s Day dinner in the dark! ;-)

  4. I agree with Stephen C and I bet your boys feel like they´re camping and eating in the middle of the wilderness. Nice tradition Mel!

  5. Pam says:

    I have made these before and they truly are fabulous… now try chocolate dipping them. Oh. My. Heavenly. Goodness. YES.

  6. Tasha says:

    I’m hosting book club at my house on the 12th and I’ve been looking for fun valentine-y treats. This definitely makes the cut! Thanks Mel!

  7. Cammee says:

    This might ruin plain, healthy strawberries for me….but who cares!?

  8. These are brilliant! So cute and I bet so delicious. Perfect for a Valentine’s get together!

  9. tiffany says:

    Hi Mel- just wondering how far in advance these can be made?

  10. I love these! They are such a great presentation and taste delicious. I always make them for the Fourth of July. :)

  11. Renee says:

    These look so good. It’s nice too that the price of strawberries are starting to come down too. It’s hard paying $3 a lb for them in the middle of winter. Thanks Mel!

  12. Mel says:

    Tiffany – I’d suggest making them 3-4 hours in advance. Anytime you wash strawberries in advance, they can get a bit soft/soggy upon sitting so I wouldn’t make them too far before serving (just long enough to set up and chill for a bit).

  13. Terry Bridges says:

    Holy Toledo!! This may be the best recipe yet. Love to chat, but I’m off to the grocery store….

  14. Mel, these are beauties, I tell you! I’m set about to find a good gluten-free way to make them (thinking of toasting ground almonds with a pinch of cinnamon and sugar) If it’s a success, I’ll have to post it on my site!

  15. Jen T says:

    So yum! V-day dinner is a big deal at my house too. Thanks for sharing this. We will for sure have them on our table–yum!

  16. Susan L says:

    I might add these to the sweet table at my daughter’s wedding.

  17. Melanie says:

    Someone brought these to us after we had our 4th baby but she flipped them the other direction so they stood on the plate!! They are delicious and so cute too! Thanks for the recipe now!

  18. Katherine says:

    These look devine! I WILL be trying these beauties! I would love to hear about “The Scavenger Hunt” you do for Valentine’s!

  19. Donna A says:

    These look delicious but I am curious about the Valentine Day scavenger hunt. We have grandchildren living with us and that sounds like fun. Could you tell us alittle bit about the scavenger hunt? Thanks.

  20. Mel says:

    Katherine and Donna – well, the scavenger hunt isn’t anything crazy big, but my kids look forward to it every year. Basically, I gather/buy 9-10 little (and I mean little, like a silly bandz or a pencil or a pack of gum or small toy) things for each child. Then, I cut out 9-10 hearts of the same color for each child (so in my family, I end up with a set of green hearts, a set of blue hearts, a set of red hearts, and a set of yellow hearts because I have four boys doing the hunt). I paper clip one heart onto one paper bag and put one little toy/item in each paper bag. So in the end, I have about 40 paper bags. Then, I get my thinking cap on and write little rhyming clues and paper clip the next clue onto the bag with the heart. I use the same clues for each boy, mostly, I just put them in a different order so they aren’t going to the same place at the same time. Anyway, that’s it. My kids love it and talk about it all year. In fact, I’m sitting down tonight to write the clues. Wish me luck!

  21. Danielle says:

    Oh my gosh, what an idea! These look amazing! So cute and I’m sure they are delicious. I might just have to try them for Valentine’s day. My family will go crazy!

    Thanks! ; )

    Danielle

  22. Kristin says:

    Hi Mel! I make a version of these with some lemon juice/zest mixed in with the cream cheese and they are so addicting. I’m totally stealing your scavenger hunt idea. Thanks!

  23. Meg says:

    I made these last night for my husband, but he is a big fan of protein, so I used 4 oz cream cheese and 8 oz cottage cheese. Delicious! Thanks for the great idea:)

  24. Heidy A says:

    Mmmmmm, we just devoured several of these treats!! Wonderful Valentine’s dessert. I even dipped some of them in chocolate….HEAVENLY!!! Thanks again, Mel!

  25. Kim says:

    Made 190 of these for Easter breakfast at our church. I did not bring any home with me. Five cartons of Costco strawberries and I tripled the cream cheese mixture. Huge hit with lots of complements!!

  26. jul says:

    My daughter made these for a lunch potluck at her new job. Way too impress your coworkers! They loved them. I’m making them now. Serving several topping choices. Toasted coconut, toasted Chopped amonds, graham crumbs, chocolate graham crumbs and grated dark chocolate. Adding a bit of lemon juice to the filling also. Thanks!!!;

  27. Sandee says:

    Mel, I always struggle with what dessert to make for Valentine’s Day because my husband’s birthday is the next day. This was the perfect “lighter” option so that we would still feel like eating birthday cake (or pie, in this case) the next day.

  28. Joelle says:

    I made these last night for a BBQ gathering and everyone absolutely loved them. They are so easy to make once you’ve mastered getting the middle out of the strawberries. Definitely recommend them.

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