Usually, I'm a cheesecake purist. None of these chocolate, caramel swirl, pumpkin things for me. Just straight up cheesecake. But fresh berries on top--now that I love. I'd seen strawberries dipped in white chocolate and covered in sprinkles on Pinterest, but it's just too hot here in Phoenix in may to do anything with chocolate. That's when I came up with the idea for these incredibly simple, but stunningly delicious strawberry cheesecake bites.
Easy to make, seriously delicious, and utterly adorable. That's my kind of treat!
1) Make the cream cheese icing.
Simply blend one package of cream cheese and one stick of butter (both softened, at room temperature). Add one teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of salt, and one package (2lb bag) of powdered sugar. Mix it all up, and if it's too thick, thin it with a few teaspoons of milk or cream at a time.
2) Put the icing in a piping bag. I used a star tip in my bag, but it would look equally adorable with a round tip, or just the end cut off the bag. Squirt some icing inside the hulled strawberry, and insert the skewer.
3) Pipe the cream cheese icing on the top half of the strawberry, making sure not to cover the entire berry, and add sprinkles, if desired.
And that's it! Simple, no? And so delicious! A hit with both kids and adults alike at the party.
These strawberry treats are pretty top heavy, so I used Styrofoam in the container to keep them steady, and just covered the Styrofoam with sprinkles. This had the added bonus of using fewer sprinkles to fill the container.
I didn't try this myself, but I thought that perhaps a no-bake Jello cheesecake mix would work well, too, if the weather wasn't too warm. I'd love to try them with a sprinkle of crushed graham crackers, too, or maybe a sliver of homemade graham cracker hidden inside. I love a good graham cracker crust.