These chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries are made from fresh berries filled with chocolate cream cheese and sprinkled with grated chocolate. This is a simple no-bake treat that is easy to make and delicious!
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In this dessert juicy red strawberries are stuffed with chocolate cheesecake filling for a sweet treat. The bite sized no bake desserts look elegant, but are surprisingly easy to make. Whether it is for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or an anniversary the combination of strawberries and chocolate is sure to be a big hit!
I love cheesecake, as you can tell by the many cheesecake desserts I have posted on this blog. I’ve posted family favorite recipe like Blueberry Cheesecake and Red Velvet Cheesecake and my readers have enjoyed those recipes and shared them. But those recipes are not low calorie desserts – at all. The Red Velvet Cheesecake has over 700 calories a slice! In contrast these chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries have only about 23 calories each. So you can eat one (or five) and not feel guilty at all.
In addition to being guilt free these little cheesecake bites are much easier to make than a full cheesecake. You don’t need to use a spring form pan or have to worry about the top of the cheesecake cracking. These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are simple enough for a family dessert yet fancy enough to please a crowd.
How do you make Cheesecake stuffed strawberries?
One of the most important steps in making these chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries is to pick large red strawberries for stuffing. Big, fat red strawberries work the best in this recipe, because they will be the easiest to fill. It is also best to wait to wash the strawberries until right before you are going to fill them. Washing them sooner will make them go bad more quickly.
How do you hollow out a strawberry?
After I had my strawberries selected and washed I used a strawberry huller to take the tops off the berries, leaving a decent size hole behind. You could use a knife too, or a melon baller, but my Mom bought me a strawberry huller a few years ago, and I finally had something to use if for!
After that I cut a small slice off the pointed end of the berries so that they stood up straight. I was surprised how secure this made the strawberries, and I was able to take them in and out of the refrigerator on a cutting board without them falling over. The filling for the berries is relatively thick, so you could also skip this step and lay them down on their side. Having them stand upright makes a fancy presentation for a party, but the filling will stay inside even if they aren’t upright.
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How do you fill the strawberries with cheesecake?
Then I made a simple chocolate cheesecake filling, which was made by mixing cream cheese with half and half, cocoa powder and sugar. This makes a nice thick cheesecake filling that is chocolatey and sweet. I used a pastry bag and a large star shaped decorating tip to fill the berries.
If you don’t have a pastry bag and decorating tips you can put the filling in a plastic bag and cut one corner off to squeeze the filling into the strawberries. It won’t look as pretty but it will be just as tasty.
The last step for these cheesecake filled strawberries is to add a little bit of topping. I used chocolate shavings from a block of semisweet baking chocolate. I simply used a knife to scrape off some chocolate and sprinkled it on the berries. Some other delicious topping ideas are:
- Mini chocolate chips
- Crushed nuts
- Shredded coconut
Do these chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries keep well?
This dessert will be best if it is served within a few hours of being made. Strawberries can be fragile, and they will taste best soon after they are filled. I made these in the afternoon and served them for dessert the same evening, storing them in the refrigerator.
If you want to make these ahead of time the filling keeps well in the refrigerator. So you can make the filling a few days ahead of time, and then clean and stuff the strawberries the day you wish to serve them.
- 36 strawberries
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 2 Tablespoon half & half
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoon cocoa
- shaved chocolate
- Wash and dry the strawberries. Then hull the berries and cut a small sliver from the bottom so they stand upright.
- Mix the cream cheese, half & half, sugar and cocoa in a mixer on high speed.
- Put the mixture into a pastry bag with a large tip or put into a plastic bag and cut the corner off.
- Pipe the filling into the strawberries.
- Sprinkle with shaved chocolate
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. The strawberries are best served the same day they are filled.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g
Nutrition facts are estimates.
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