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Strawberry Cheesecake Bites recipe

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites.

There’s a creamy, delicious (and low-fat)surprise in every red, ripe juicy strawberry!

Recipe: Strawberry CheesecakeBites

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat creamcheese (Neufchatel cheese), softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
16 (about 1 pound) whole stemmed California strawberries
8 graham cracker squares, finely crushed (about 2/3 cup)

  • In mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese,sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel until smooth and creamy; setaside.
  • Using paring knife or small melon baller,partially hollow out top of strawberries to a depth of 3/4 inch.Gently fill each with 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture. Rolltops into graham cracker crumbs. Arrange on serving platter.

    Makes 16 servings.

    Chocolate Cheesecake Variation: Melt 1/2cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels as package directs; stir into1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (softened). Add 1/3 cup powderedsugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Proceed as recipe directs,rolling filled strawberries into finely crushed graham crackersor chocolate wafer cookies.

    Tip: To prepare recipe ahead of time, fillstrawberries with cream cheese mixture; cover and refrigerateup to 6 hours. Roll in graham cracker crumbs just before serving.

    Nutritional Information Per Serving: 65calories; 3 g fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 85 mg sodium; 7 g carbohydrate;1 g fiber; 2 g protein.

    Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof California Strawberry Commission. ©2009 California StrawberryCommission. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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