One of my favorite feelings in the world is slaving over a dish that is a hit. There’s no better validation then someone loving what you made and telling you so. This recently happened when I made these cheesecake stuffed strawberries for our housewarming party. All the washing, trimming, coring, and stuffing gave me a hand cramp! So when everyone raved about them, I was elated. These are a must-make if you want to feel like a rockstar and have everyone tell you so.
Kim’s Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
3 lbs. strawberries, washed, trimmed, cored
8 oz. cream cheese (I used a mix of full fat and reduced fat)
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 graham crackers, smashed to crumbs
Once all of the strawberries are washed and trimmed, hollow out the core. I slid a small paring knife into the white membrane in the top and followed the center line of the core in a circle and on an angle. Super easy, the core popped right out.
All of my trimmings!
Place your prepped strawberries in a dish to await stuffing.
For the filling: beat your cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar together with a hand mixer until everything comes together smoothly. Fill a piping bag or ziploc bag (what I did) with the filling. Make sure the hole at the bottom is big enough or you’ll explode the bag when you squeeze.
Carefully squeeze a small amount into each strawberry. Don’t overfill them though! Go a little over the top but not too much.
Next, you’re ready for the graham cracker topping! Place your crackers in a ziploc bag and smash away until you have crumbs. My trusty rolling pin helped make short work of this.
Dunk the business end of each strawberry into the graham crumbs to adhere on a little crust. Don’t be afraid to press firmly into the crumbs so they stick!
Crumb up your whole batch, place them in a pretty dish, and watch them disappear!
Seriously though, these tasted like a perfect bite of cheesecake – fruity, sweet, savory, and with a little crunch. The fruit to filling ratio is greater than a regular cheesecake bite so I’d like to think this is a healthier option too.