Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

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These bite sized chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake bites are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! We start with a rich, creamy cheesecake with a thick, buttery graham cracker crust and a strawberry topping. After cutting the cheesecake into squares, it is dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites: Bite sized cheesecake squares topped with a strawberry layer and covered in chocolate.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so today I have the most adorable treat for you. These bite size cheesecakes are perfect for bringing to a party, into work, or box them up and give them to some special people. I can guarantee you these will go quickly no matter where you serve them. I mean really though, who doesn’t love cheesecake? Especially when it’s topped with strawberries and dipped in chocolate!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites: Bite sized cheesecake squares topped with a strawberry layer and covered in chocolate.

I’m not going to lie to you, I am a sucker for a graham cracker crust. I mean I eat graham crackers by the box full anyways so add in some butter and sugar and bake them until they’re golden and caramelized and I’m all in! This is my go-to graham cracker crust recipe. It’s thick and buttery and bakes perfectly creating a nice caramel flavor and the perfect crunchy texture. It is a great base to pair with cheesecake. For the cheesecake, I used full fat Greek yogurt to make it extra creamy. And it adds some extra protein! I used Fage Total Greek yogurt, but you could substitute any brand, just make sure it’s Greek not regular! I use Greek yogurt because it truly does make the cheesecake richer, but also because I always have it on hand. If you don’t have it in your fridge and really don’t know what you would do with the leftovers, you can substitute sour cream. I don’t recommend using low-fat yogurt/sour cream or reduced fat cream cheese. It’s cheesecake, it’s supposed to be indulgent. But if you really really want to use the lighter stuff you can, just promise me you won’t use non-fat. Trust me it will not turn out the same at all!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites: Bite sized cheesecake squares topped with a strawberry layer and covered in chocolate.

Because everything that’s sweet and creamy needs an acid to balance it out, I added a strawberry layer overtop of the cheesecake. The strawberry layer is so easy to make! It’s just strawberries, sugar and a little cornstarch! The flavors from the strawberry topping compliment the cheesecake extremely well. And because you’re eventually going to dip the cheesecake in chocolate, this layer provides a nice break from the indulgent sweetness of the chocolate and the cheesecake. This coupled with the crunchy texture and subtle caramel flavor of the graham cracker crust are the secrets to what make these squares so good you’ll be coming back for seconds! Obviously the cheesecake is the star, but without some balancing flavors and textures we would be left feeling like woah that was too much.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites: Bite sized cheesecake squares topped with a strawberry layer and covered in chocolate.

Dipping the strawberry cheesecake bites in chocolate makes them look adorable, but it is kind of time consuming and difficult. You’re going to want to use one to one-and-a-half pounds of candy quick depending on how good your dipping skills are. I found that what worked best was to place the cheesecake bites on a fork and dip the very bottom in, then spoon chocolate over the top. You have to take extra care to get the chocolate to stick to the sides and edges though because it’s a square and not a ball. Before removing it from the bowl I tapped the fork against the edge and then slid the fork over the edge to remove any excess chocolate Then I slid the square off of the fork onto wax paper and topped it with sprinkles. Dunking the squares all the way into the chocolate using the fork didn’t work for me because I found that too often the cheesecake would fall off. This resulted in crumbs and strawberry in the chocolate which is no good. Using a toothpick to dunk them in worked really well until the cheesecake wouldn’t let go of the toothpick. I think next time I will try using tongs in a tall cup. If any of you have any dipping tips let me know!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites: Bite sized cheesecake squares topped with a strawberry layer and covered in chocolate.

These cheesecake bites are so delicious you are going to want to make them again and again! If 64 bites is too many for whatever event you’re making them for simply keep the leftovers in the freezer in either a freezer bag or a ziplock container lined with wax paper. Then you will have some already prepared for the next party! Or you can do what I do and reach in the freezer whenever you’re craving something sweet and eat one of these…or two or three!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites: Bite sized cheesecake squares topped with a strawberry layer and covered in chocolate.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hr 20 mins
 
These bite sized chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake bites are the perfect Valentine's Day treat! We start with a rich, creamy cheesecake with a thick, buttery graham cracker crust and a strawberry topping. After cutting the cheesecake into squares, it is dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 64 1-inch squares
Author: Carolyn
Ingredients
Crust
  • 2 cups (260 grams) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
Cheesecake
  • 2-8 ounce blocks of cream cheese, soft
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (125 grams) sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup full fat plain greek yogurt (I used Fage Total Greek Yogurt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
Strawberry Topping
  • 2 cups (280 grams) frozen strawberries, approximately 20 strawberries
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon (80 grams) sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon water
Toppings
  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds chocolate Candiquick
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Put the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Set aside to soften while you prepare the crust.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil. Spread butter over the foil.
Crust
  1. In a small mixing bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  3. Pour over the crumbs and stir to combine.
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared pan using a metal spoon. Try to make it as even as possible.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove and place in the fridge to cool.
Cheesecake
  1. Meanwhile, prepare the cheesecake.
  2. Add the sugar and flour to the bowl with the cream cheese. Using an electric beater, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until combined. I start with the beater on low and work your way up to high as the ingredients begin to combine.
  3. Add in the yogurt and vanilla and beat on medium.
  4. Add the eggs and mix in on medium.
  5. Turn the beater to high and whip for a few seconds to make it extra fluffy.
  6. Spread the cheesecake over the crust in an even layer.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. You will know it is done when you gently shake it and the center jiggles, but the sides don't. The sides will be puffy and set. If you see any brown turn the oven off!
  8. Once the cheesecake is done, turn the oven off. Do not remove the cheesecake. Crack the oven door and leave the cheesecake inside. Leave it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  9. Then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cool, place in the fridge uncovered. This process helps to eliminate the risk of cracking.
Strawberry Topping
  1. Meanwhile, make the strawberry topping.
  2. Place the strawberries and sugar in a blender. Blend until pureed. It will not be smooth.
  3. Pour into a medium saucepan.
  4. Heat over medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the cornstarch and water. It will be a very thick paste. Stirring with a spoon will bring it together. You want all of the cornstarch to be absorbed, no clumps!
  6. When the strawberries are boiling, whisk in the cornstarch.
  7. Turn the heat to medium and simmer 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  8. Place the strawberry topping in the fridge for 15 minutes or until cooled.
  9. Spread the strawberries over the cheesecake. Then place the cheesecake in the freezer uncovered.
  10. Leave it in the freezer until frozen or overnight.
Assembly
  1. Remove the cheesecake from the pan by the foil.
  2. Cut into 1-inch squares.
  3. Place the squares on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place back in the freezer.
  4. Melt the Candyquik according to the package directions.
  5. Remove the squares from the freezer in small batches and dip into the chocolate. Place the dipped squares onto another baking sheet lined with wax paper. Top with sprinkles.
  6. After dipping, place the squares in the freezer.
  7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, store the squares in the freezer in either a freezer bag or a Ziploc container lined with wax paper. Transfer to the fridge to thaw prior to serving.

 


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