STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE BITES
today is our final holiday dessert post from our three part series! try out these strawberry cheesecake bites at your next work potluck, or holiday party at home. the gold wrapping on them feels very festive. you are sure to impress with these!
what you’ll need…
• 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
• ¾ cup sugar
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• ½ tsp. lemon zest
• 2 eggs
• ¾ cup strawberries
• 16 honey graham crackers, finely crushed
• 3 pkg. (7 oz. each) BAKER’S Dark Semi-Sweet Dipping Chocolate
Prep Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 5 hours 30min. (incl. refrigerating) | Makes: 48 servings
how to make them…
HEAT oven to 325ºF.
LINE 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended; pour into prepared pan.
BAKE 1 hour. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan. Crumble cheesecake into a large bowl. Add strawberries; mix well. Shape into 48 balls, using about 1 Tbsp. for each. Roll in graham crumbs until evenly coated. Place on parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
MELT chocolate as directed on package. Dip cheesecake balls, 1 at a time, in chocolate; return to baking sheet. Sprinkle with any remaining graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chocolate is firm.
and how about a quick entertaining tip?
when setting the table, you should try out these wild floral bundles for each guest. we used rosemary, a few flowers picked from our backyard and a couple of nicer stems from our local florist. each person gets a different assortment and it adds a very special touch to the table. maybe keep a bucket in the sink with some water so they can place them in there during the meal and take them home after.
for two more sweet holiday recipes click below.
caramel apple cheesecake parfait
cranberry orange mini cheesecakes
you can visit the philadelphia cheesecake cheer site for dessert recipes & entertaining ideas!