January 21, 2016

Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites

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Topped with an easy cheesecake mixture made with strawberry jam, Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites make a fabulous little-bite dessert or treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!

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I'm going to date myself here, but in high school one of my absolute favorite movies was "Pretty In Pink."  I mean, what teenage girl of the '80s could resist those iconic girl-meets-boy brat-pack love stories?  Especially when a prom and puffy pink prom dresses were involved!

To this day ... some 30 years later ... I'm hard-pressed to see something all dressed up in pink without thinking of the movie's theme song of the same name.


And such is the case with these pretty-in-pink Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ... all decked out beautifully with strawberry cheesecake, complete with an embellishment of pink and white sprinkles.  I can't be the only who hears The Psychedelic Furs "Pretty in Pink" song running through my head at the sight of them, can I?

These pretty little pink beauties are the perfect treat for so many occasions ... Valentine's Day, Easter, spring, Mother's Day, a tea party, brunch, dessert, snack ... you name it!  I love that versatility.  Not to mention, they're quick and easy to prepare, too.

Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ~ a fabulous little-bite treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Simply start with some large fresh strawberries cut in half.  Leave the leaf cap on as a little 'handle' to hold onto ... and because it looks extra pretty that way.

Place the strawberry halves, cut-side-up on a platter.  If the berry halves don't sit level, cut a very tiny slice from the rounded side of the strawberry to give it a flat spot to sit on.

Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ~ a fabulous little-bite treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Make an easy strawberry cheesecake mixture with cream cheese, strawberry jam, confectioner's sugar, and a bit of almond extract ...

Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ~ a fabulous little-bite treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

... and pipe the cheesecake mixture onto each strawberry half.  Then top off with a sprinkling of white non-pareil sprinkles and pink sanding sugar.

Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ~ a fabulous little-bite treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Then you're ready to serve up a platter full of pretty-in-pink little-bite treats perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!  

And hey, if you want to enjoy them while wearing a puffy pink prom dress and watching '80s movies?  ... I certainly won't judge.

Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ~ a fabulous little-bite treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites
Source:  A Tracey creation
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 10 large strawberries
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature  {do not substitute 1/3-less fat cream cheese*}
  • 2 T. strawberry jam {do not use strawberry preserves ... the strawberry chunks get stuck in the tip when piping the topping onto the strawberries}
  • 1  1/2 T. confectioner's sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 drop pink food coloring gel or paste {optional}
  • White non-pareil sprinkles and/or pink sugar sprinkles
Directions
  1. Place softened cream cheese, strawberry jam, confectioner's sugar, and almond extract, and pink food coloring {if using} in a small bowl; stir until well combined and smooth. Chill for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. While cream cheese mixture chills, rinse strawberries and pat dry with paper towels. Leaving leaves on, slice each strawberry in half lengthwise and set aside on a plate or serving platter with the cut side up. {If strawberry halves do not sit level on the platter, cut a very tiny slice from the rounded side of the berry half to create a flat spot for it to sit upon.}
  3. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. {If you don't have a piping bag, you can use a zip-top baggie. Cut off one of the bottom corners of the bag and use it to pipe through.} Pipe cream cheese mixture onto each of the strawberry halves.
  4. Top each strawberry half with white non-pareil sprinkles and pink sugar. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to about 3 hours.
*Do not substitute 1/3-less fat cream cheese.  The strawberry cheesecake mixture is not firm enough to hold on the strawberries when made with 1/3-less fat cream cheese.

Enjoy!





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13 comments:

  1. Those strawberry cream cheese bites look really good. I have to say, however, that I love fruit cobblers and the strawberry cobbler is making my mouth water!

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  2. What a pretty and simple dessert- anything with fruit is always a win for me!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessy! Yes, these strawberry bites are very simple to put together ... and soooo yummy.

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  3. Winner Winner chicken dinner to go with that dessert I love the bite size desserts I love all of them but keeping portion control with bite size desserts are really good. Thanks for sharing on Rattlebridge Farm.

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  4. Oh my goodness, these look delicious and sound like the perfect light dessert anytime. Pinned to share and make!

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  5. Tracey,
    Thank you for this beautifully feminine treat!!!
    I've copied your recipe!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  6. Yep, Pretty in Pink is in my wheelhouse also! And your darling little dessert is also Pretty in Pink and I can hardly wait to try it!

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  7. Loving all those strawberry desserts on this page!

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  8. I loved Pretty in Pink too. Those look delicious!

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  9. My favorite fruit - with yummy filling! These look great!

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  10. These look so simple yet OH SO TASTY! Perfect little nibble for Valentine's Day. Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFriDIY.

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  11. I would just love your Strawberry Bites! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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