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Inside Out Strawberry Cheesecake

Posted by Denise on March 20, 2012

 inside out strawberry cheesecake in bowl

Inside Out Strawberry Cheesecakes are complete desserts in every berry.

 

When Andy’s girlfriend, Lynn, showed me this recipe that one of her friends had given to her, I knew we would have to make them. I mean, what’s not to love? Creamy cheesecake filling inside of a freshly picked Florida strawberry, then topped with chocolate…who can resist?  

Of course, I couldn’t resist. And they were every bit as good as we thought they would be. The recipe calls for a no-cook cheesecake mix for the filling, so it is very simple to prepare. Ordinary chocolate bars melted and drizzled over the strawberries elevates these treats from simple fruit to a fancy dessert. 

Every person who tried these Inside Out Strawberry Cheesecakes absolutely LOVED them! They are a fabulous way to celebrate a special occasion, too. They look beautiful, especially if you are better at drizzling chocolate than I am! (Smiles). 

It took me about 30 minutes to make an entire batch of strawberries, about 36 berries. I used a decorator’s tool that I bought from Pampered Chef, but you could also use a pastry bag with a star tip to fill the strawberries and make the tops pretty. The hardest thing was to come up with a method of keeping the strawberries upright to fill them without mushing the top on one side if they were resting on their sides. I found that if I pushed toothpicks through a piece of cardboard (I used a cake round) and broke the toothpick off leaving the end attached, it provided an upright little support to push the strawberries onto. It held them up beautifully, allowing me to fill the berries easily. 

            helpful holder

I have several different types of cool tools for de-stemming strawberries, but I normally reach for a small child’s spoon. It is just the right size and has a thin edge for getting under the stem without losing much of the actual strawberry flesh. I also poured the melted chocolate into a small zip lock bag, closed the bag, and cut the very tip of one corner off to get a very fine flow. Squeeze a little and you get a nice flow of chocolate for drizzling over the filled berries. 

The recipe calls for using the graham cracker crust mix included in the cheesecake mix package on the top of the strawberries, and I am sure it would be very tasty, but frankly I forgot to use it. The finished strawberries were wonderful without it, so I decided not to worry about it. 

The Inside Out Strawberry Cheesecakes were so pretty and delicious that we will make these again many times. 

 

 

Inside Out Strawberry Cheesecake

 

 

 

 inside out strawberry cheesecake ingredients

 

 

Makes 2 to 3 dozen strawberries, depending on size of berries  

 

Ingredients 

 

1  

package Jello brand Easy No-bake Cheesecake mix 

 

Cold milk to make the cheesecake mix with 

1-2 

pounds large strawberries (approximately 30 strawberries) 

2-3 

1.55 ounce Hershey chocolate candy bars 

 

 

 

Instructions 

 

1.     Make cheesecake filling according to package instructions. Chill in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.  

 

making filling

 

 

 

2.     Rinse the strawberries under cool running water. Blot dry on paper towels afterwards. Remove leaves and stems and carefully scoop out part of the top.

 

 

cleaning and destemming strawberries

 

 

3.     Put cheesecake batter in a pastry bag or even in a zip lock bag with one corner snipped to allow a nice flow of filling. Fill center of each strawberry with cheesecake batter.   

 hollowed out strawberries  cheesecake filling berries

 

4.     If you want to do so, dip the top of each filled strawberry into the crumbs for the crust that came with the cheesecake mix.  

5.     Break chocolate bars into smaller pieces and place the chunks into a small microwave-proof bowl. Heat in microwave for approximately 1 minute, stopping halfway through and stirring chocolate to make sure it will all melt. Using a spoon or squeezing the chocolate out of a pastry bag or zip lock plastic bag, drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries in attractive patterns. Refrigerate the finished strawberries for a few minutes to set the chocolate, then eat. They can keep, covered in the refrigerator, for a day or so. 

 

 

 inside out strawberry cheesecake in blue bowl

 


 

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