Monday, September 9, 2013

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

This summer we spent two weeks at my In-Law's home.  My boys played with their cousins, we cruised around my old stomping grounds, went to the rodeo, to the fair, got raspberry shakes from Bear Lake, ate at In-and-Out, and even made a trip to the amusement park.  But I also was there for a family reunion and my Sister-in-Law's baby shower.

I told my Mother-in-Law I would help her with the food and these were a hit!  When I asked around some ladies loved the filling, some loved the combination of all of it, but my favorite part was the chocolate and graham crackers! They hit the spot and were a perfect addition to baby "W"'s shower.


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

1 pkg semi-sweet (or milk) chocolate chips (or baking melts)
2 Tbsp butter or shortening
1 sleeve of graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
1 large container of strawberries or 2 small ones (1 quart)
6 oz cream cheese, softenend
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tsp)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Wash and hull the berries, leaving a hole in the top of each berry.  Dry completely.

In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth and creamy.  Transfer into a piping bag or a gallon sized zip lock bag.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Crush the graham crackers in a ziplock back with a rolling pin or spin in a food processor.  Place in a small bowl and set aside.


 Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.  Set aside.

In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate with the shortening or butter.  If melting in the microwave cook on high for about 20 seconds.  Remove from the microwave and stir the chocolate.  Return and cook on 10 second increments until the chocolate is smooth.  Do not over cook the chocolate will get thick and lumpy and will not coat the strawberries nicely.  If you are having a hard time with the chocolate you can add more butter/shortening and reheat until smooth again.


Remove the filling from the fridge and pipe into a hollow strawberry.  Dip the filled strawberry in melted chocolate then immediately into the graham cracker crumbs.  Place on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with each strawberry until both pans are full then refrigerate the baking sheets until the chocolate is set.


Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  The filling can be made a day ahead and the strawberries a few hours in advance.  There were a few left over the next morning, but they didn't last long. so I can't say 100% for sure how long they will last refrigerated.  I would guess about 3 days.


Makes about 70 chocolate covered strawberries


Recognize the cookies? They are my Disappearing Double Strawberry Cookies.

I hope you give these beauties a try!  They were delicious and worth the extra dip in the graham cracker! Yummo :)

80 comments:

  1. These look amazing! There is no much better than chocolate and strawberries! Going to pin this for future reference!

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    1. Thank you Miss Kelly! These are for sure on my keeper list!

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    2. I love your recipes; we are going to do this one on Sunday for our dieting group. We are going to add dark chocolate bits (cacao raw chocolate). One woman in our group lost 30 pounds by using dark chocolate.

      Here http://diettolose30.blogspot.com/2014/04/eat-chocolate-lose-weight-truth.html

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    3. Thank you so much! I hope ya'll love it :) Dark chocolate would be fantastic with these. Yummo!

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  2. Yum! Those sound delicious! I wish I had the ingredients on hand right now...I'm craving a good dessert.

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    1. Thanks Krissa! These were a hit! Sometimes you just need a good treat :) Chocolate always calls my name.

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  3. How long did this take to make? It looks very very tasty, but I don't think I have the patience.
    Jae Mac @ I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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    1. If you made the whole batch all 70 strawberries probably an hour and twenty minutes or so to make the filling and dip all the berries. If you made a smaller batch it wouldn't take as long...

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  4. OMG, these look amazing! I should never look at recipe posts before breakfast, because now I want to make these right now! ;) I pinned this!

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    1. Jennifer you crack me up! I'm totally with you, but I guess on the bright side they are fruit...

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  5. How easy and delicious! I love cheesecake and I can't wait to try these!!

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    1. Thanks Miss Megan! I'm so glad you stopped by, I hope you love them :)

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  6. Hi Krista! It's Krista ;) Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite things. We may just have to kick it up a notch with these cheesecake strawberries! I love your blog, by the way. So glad I found you! We Kristas have to stick together ;)

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    1. Nice to see you here darlin'! Thanks so much for your kind words :) I'm always up for new ones, especially the ones with a great name!

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  7. Oh my! These are beautiful! So many favorites all wrapped up in 1 bite...Pinning now...

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    1. Thank you so much! They are deadly! Be warned :)

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  8. People always think I'm weird when I say this, but I do not like cheesecake. At all. It makes me gag. My kids and husband would love this though!

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    1. You know for the longest time I would have 100% agreed with you, it's only been in the last five years or so I have developed a liking for it, and it has to be cold, I don't do warm cheesecake. So if you want to do a cheesecake free version, just do the chocolate and graham cracker! Delish :)

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  9. Oooh, simple and delicious! And striking presentation :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Sometimes my favorite things to eat are the simplest ones :)

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  10. I realllly ought to know better than to look at food blogs while I am hungry. Those look SO good! Now my salad looks pretty lame! lol My kids would pester me to no end to make these if I showed them..so of course I will, then I have to make them, right? ;)

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    1. Thank you Miss Dee! You are so sweet. Kids are great for coercion! I hope you love them :)

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  11. These look sooo delicious! I loooove chocolate covered strawberries. When I get some time I will certainly try this recipe out!

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    1. Thank you darlin'! Let me know what you think!

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  12. Wow, these look and sound so yummy! I have been wanting to make strawberries like this! I am pinning so I can make these sooner than later!

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    1. Thank you so much! They were sure a hit at the shower. I sure hope that you love them ;)

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  13. Oh my, these look awesome! I am doing a series called Eating My Way Through Cheesecake Factory. I'm trying all their cheesecakes! Who doesn't love cheesecake right?

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    1. Miss Laurie! Oh my, that would be bad news for me. I have no self control sometimes! What a fun series, though. That's a great idea. Thanks so much for stopping by A Handful of Everything :)

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  14. These bites look amazing. If I where to make these I am sure they would be gone before I could put them out for other people to enjoy.

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    1. Too funny! Well, that is the best part of making things, you are also the quality control! :)

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  15. Those look delicious and fun to make! Pinning it!
    --Gena

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    1. Thank you so much Miss Gena! I'm so glad that you stopped by to see it :)

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  16. Thank you for such a detailed recipe. These look absolutely yummy and I can't wait to try my hand and baking them too.

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Miss Leyla! You can do it :) Thank you for stopping by A Handful of Everything!

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  17. Oh, this isn't even fair. My stomach just growled. These look amazing!!! Pinning it to see if I can convince my girlfriends to do this on girls' week...

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    1. It shouldn't be too hard right? The hardest part will be to save enough for everyone :)

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  18. Ooo, good stuff. Thanks for sharing. For our daughter's wedding 9 years ago, a friend made a strawberry appetizer much like this. It was the first thing gone that night.

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    1. I can only imagine what a fabulous treat this would be for a wedding! I'm glad I could bring back memories :)

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  19. OMG, I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries and this just takes them to the next level!!! What a great idea and not really a whole lot more work. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Carrie :) Too much Masterchef is my problem! lol

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  20. These look yummy. Thanks for taking the time to photograph each step. it's helpful for non-cooks like myself!

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    1. Thank you! I love getting feedback like this. You never know if it's helpful or just a waste of space until someone lets you know! When I try new things I like to make sure what I am doing looks right so I'm glad to know I'm not the only one :)

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  21. I bookmarked this page. I will be making these. They look delicious and easy to make. I know my family will love these.

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    1. Yeah Miss Pam! Let me know what you think! They weren't hard, but I do think quite a few disappeared during the preparation process...

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  22. OMG...YUM! This looks like something I could make too. I'm not baker/cooker but I enjoy food. I host parties a lot and this would be so cool to serve these. The graham crackers crumbs just makes it worth it! Thanks- pinning right now!

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    1. Thanks darlin'! This is an easy recipe and will perfect for parties. I have to say, the graham crackers on these were just about my favorite part!

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  23. I am not a huge cheesecake fan but my husband is and he will go wild for this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Miss Sara, I get ya. Cheesecake hasn't always been one of my favorite things. Maybe make some with the filling, and make some for you with just the chocolate and the graham crackers :)

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  24. What a great idea! They look amazing :) I never thought of adding the graham cracker crumbs...going to have to pin this...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Miss Amber! I appreciate that :) I hadn't really thought about it either until I was trying to come up with some way to jazz them up for the baby shower. Sometimes all it takes is a little pressure to spark some creativity :)

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  25. Those look so good. What a great idea.

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  26. Oh me, oh my! These look delicious! Might have to add them to my snack list for our cookie exchange. So easy too :)

    Hugs & Blessings ...
    Lani

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    1. What a fun idea to add them to a cookie exchange. I want to be in a cookie exchange. Thanks for your fabulous idea!

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  27. These look great. The best thing is that they are not that hard to make. And they aren't totally unhealthy. This is a wonderful addition to my recipe file.

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    1. Thank you Miss Peg! I hope it becomes a favorite :)

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  28. Oh how AMAZING! I wish it was still strawberry season here....I SOOO would try this!

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    1. Thank you Miss Amy! Maybe next spring when the berries look fabulous you can try it out :)

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  29. Oooo, these look so delicious! Chocolate, strawberries, and cheesecake - all my favorites in one scrumptious bite... or two!

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    1. Wow, I'm impressed, only 2? :) You're better than me!

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  30. Yay! You are so kind. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can't wait to make some treats for my friends. I'm going to use this recipe soon :)

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    1. Fabulous! I hope that it will be a hit, you may just be more popular than you thought :)

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  31. Oh my - these look so tasty!! I'm going to have to save this for next spring when the berries are in full season here!

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    1. Sounds like a plan! It's amazing how quickly the season can change. It wasn't that long ago I made these but even this week at the store the berries just don't look great. Oh well, what do ya do right?

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  32. O MY LANTA these look absolutely amazing! Please tell me the calories jump out as soon as you bite into them?! :) Pinned this and will definitely be trying it!

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    1. Of course! Didn't you know that everything you make homemade is magically good for you? :)

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  33. These look so yummy and simple. And I'm gonna have to try your strawberry cookies too. pinning this!

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  34. OK, I need a reason to make these other than I just want to. They are beautiful and look absolutely delicious. The next time I need to take something for a party or potluck and want to show off just a little, I am definitely going to make these. Wish I could reach through my computer and grab one (or two or a dozen) to eat right now.

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean. I could go for another one right now too :)

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  35. I know a young lady or two who would love these as a part of her birthday treats! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's a good idea! I would love them on my birthday... Good thinking!

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  36. These look delicious! And quite simple to make. Why shell out big bucks for these kinds of treats when you can make them at home? You could even cheat and used those tubs of premade cheesecake filling.

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    1. Thanks so much! They were a hit and you could totally cheat, I just didn't have the pre-made stuff :)

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  37. Yum! I love cheesecake, let alone mini ones. I can't wait to try these. I pinned it to my yummy creations board!

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    1. What a fabulous idea for a Pinterest Board, I will have to go find it :) Yummy Creations, fabulous :)

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  38. Can't wait to try these! They look great!

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  39. Oh my word these look wonderful Three of my favorite things all put together! Thanks for sharing and I'm definitely going to make these. Great for parties too.

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    1. Thank you so much Miss Abigail! I'm so Happy to have you @ A Handful of Everything and I hope you love the strawberries :)

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