Cheesecake stuffed strawberries are tasty and pretty. They are the perfect dinner party dessert, because you can make them in advance.
I saw the idea for cheesecake stuffed strawberries on Pinterest (of course!) and immediately felt compelled to make them. They are just so pretty!
So I broke the rule of “never try new recipes on guests,” made these for a dinner party, and beamed at the positive feedback. Success!
Cheesecake stuffed strawberries are a fun, tasty dessert. They are fun to make, and even more fun to eat. The strawberries aren’t stuffed with real cheesecake, but – in my version – with a cheesecake-inspired mixture of cream cheese, honey and vanilla.
For the prettiest presentation, pick large, firm strawberries, and sprinkle the tops with chopped nuts.
You should make this dessert on the day you plan on serving it, and you can make it a few hours ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve. Do remove the strawberries from the fridge 30 minutes before serving them. You can keep leftovers in the fridge, but not for longer than a day or two, and after the first day, they won’t be as good.
I usually make cheesecake stuffed strawberries with honey, but you can replace the honey with any low carb sweetener. Sometimes I use stevia instead of the honey. Nutrition info if using stevia: Calories 56; fat 4g; saturated fat 2g; carbs 2g; sugars 1g; sodium 34mg; fiber 0g; protein 1g.
If you like the idea of no-bake cheesecake type desserts, try these rich, decadent no bake chocolate cheesecake bars. They are delicious!
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons honey (or a low carb sweetener)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 oz unsalted nuts (I used pistachios)
- Wash and dry the strawberries.
- Using a sharp paring knife, core them: first cut the tops, then angle the knife and cut in a circular motion, around the pale flesh in the center of each strawberry. Remove the hull and discard.
- If you'd like the strawberries to stand upright, cut a very thin slice off the bottom.
- Soften the cream cheese in the microwave: cut into chunks, place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 10 seconds. Stir, and if needed, microwave 10 more seconds.
- Add the honey and the vanilla. Use a hand whisk to whisk together until combined and creamy.
- Place the nuts in a ziploc bag. Run a rolling pin on the bag, back and forth, to crush the nuts into tiny pieces.
- Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the strawberries. Or transfer it to a pastry bag and pipe a small amount into each strawberry. Sprinkle the crushed nuts on top.