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Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Strawberries are a simple sweet treat that is sure to impress. Everybody loves chocolate dipped strawberries, but when they are stuffed with lightly sweetened cream cheese, they become a treat that nobody can resist. And this easy no-bake dessert recipe has only five ingredients, plus they are gluten free. Add some sprinkles, chopped nuts, graham cracker crumbs, or a light dusting of powdered sugar to make them as pretty as they are decadently delicious.
Originally posted on June 21, 2012. Updated with additional information and new photos on February 3, 2020.
Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Strawberries
I’m sure you’ve enjoyed chocolate-covered strawberries at some point. And there are tons of recipes for cheesecake-stuffed strawberries. But this combines these two irresistible treats into one mouthwatering little bite. It’s like two of the best desserts all in one.
Simple chocolate dipped strawberries become extra special when you turn them into cheesecake stuffed strawberries before dunking them in a pool of luscious melted chocolate. Treat someone special to this delightfully simple but decadently delicious dessert. Or get the kids in the kitchen because these are easy to make and fun to eat.
And it might seem seriously indulgent, but you can indulge almost guilt-free! You see, the simple cheesecake filling is just a lightly sweetened cream cheese. Between the juicy strawberries and dark chocolate, there is no need to make that filling so sweet it hurts your teeth. And we all know dark chocolate is good for us, right?! It’s sort of decadent but kind of healthy all at the same time.
You even have the option to use a low carb sweetener and sugar free chocolate, so they can actually be keto-friendly. I know that’ll win some hearts!
Speaking of hearts, wouldn’t it be nice to treat your sweetheart to some cheesecake stuffed strawberries for Valentine’s Day after grilling Filet Mignon or enjoying Penne with Vodka Sauce? I think so!
- Strawberries – about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. Slightly larger strawberries are easier to fill and hold more filling, but you can use any size. Be sure they are washed and dried thoroughly so the chocolate sticks.
- Cream cheese – I typically use light cream cheese for a little less calories and fat, but you can use full-fat cream cheese. I do not usually recommend fat free cream cheese as it does not have the best flavor and texture, but technically it can be used in this recipe.
- Powdered sugar – if you want to make these low carb, you can use a powdered erythritol sweetener, like Swerve Confectioners Sweetener.
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate – you can use chocolate chips. However, a coating chocolate, like melting wafers, melt more easily and more smoothly, harden better, and usually have a better appearance without streaks or an ashy finish. Just be sure the brand you are using is gluten free, if that is a concern for you. Again, you can use sugar free chocolate to make these low carb.
PRO TIP: Change things up and make White Chocolate Strawberries with Sprinkles!
- Chopped nuts – walnuts, pecans, or almonds are all good choices
- Graham cracker crumbs – use gluten free, if needed
- Mini chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar
- Paring knife and/or strawberry huller
- Small bowls
- Mini spatulas
- Piping bag or heavy duty plastic storage bag
- Wax paper or parchment paper
How to make chocolate covered strawberries stuffed with cream cheese:
- Wash and dry the strawberries, then remove the stems and hull. Hollow out more if needed. Set aside. BRIANNE’S PRO TIP: Be sure the strawberries are thoroughly dried to ensure the chocolate sticks better.
- In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla, and stir until smooth.
- Transfer to a piping bag or plastic bag, cut off the tip, and pipe into the cavity in the strawberries.
- Melt chocolate.
- Dip cheesecake end of the strawberries into the chocolate, then into the optional decorations, if desired.
- Place dipped side down on wax paper or parchment paper to allow the chocolate to harden.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
How do you hollow out a strawberry?
- Wash and dry the strawberries thoroughly.
- If the leaves are large and getting in the way, pull them off.
- Using a paring knife, carefully cut around the stem to hollow out the middle of the strawberry. Alternatively, a strawberry huller is a great tool for quickly and easily removing the hulls of a lot of strawberries at once. However, for this recipe, depending on how much filling you want in your strawberries, you may still have to make the cavity a little larger with a paring knife.
Do you have to put chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge?
Yes, these must be stored in the refrigerator. Strawberries get soft and can spoil easily, and since the cheesecake filling is made with cream cheese, it can’t be kept at room temperature for an extended period of time. For the best quality, I recommend eating these the day they are made or by the next day. But if you keep them in a sealed container, they will stay good for two or three days, depending on how fresh your strawberries are.
More recipes to make with strawberries…
- Strawberries and Whipped Cream Cake or Gluten Free Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
- Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Strawberry Nutella Crepes
- Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
- Low Carb Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
- Strawberry Fluff Dip from Wine & Glue
Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- 1-1 1/2 lb strawberries, washed and dried
- 4 oz. regular or light cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar or powdered sugar free sweetener, like Swerve
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped chocolate, or candy melts
- Optional sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed graham crackers, etc.
- Remove the hull from the strawberries, and, using a paring knife, cut a slightly larger cavity into the strawberry. You can also use a strawberry huller, but you might still want to cut a larger opening.
- In a small bowl, combine the light cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla, and stir until smooth.
- Using a piping bag or plastic storage bag with the tip cut off, pipe the cheesecake filling into the strawberries.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave, or over a pot of simmering water. Follow package directions, if given. Otherwise, microwave in 15-30 second increments, stirring after each interval until melted.
- Dip the cheesecake end into the chocolate, then into the graham crackers, nuts, or sprinkles, if desired.
- Stand up on the chocolate-dipped end.
- Store in the refrigerator until serving.
More no-bake gluten free desserts…
- Homemade Ice Cream Cake
- S’Mores Chocolate Pudding Pie
- Maple Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits
- Peach No-Bake Cheesecake Bars
- Gluten Free No-Bake Cookies from Flippin’ Delicious
Chocolate + strawberries + cheesecake. What’s not to love?!
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YUMM, these are perfect for V-Day!! 🙂
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Thanks so much – such a great linky party!
So fun! Love the cheesecake inside and the fun sprinkles. So great!
Everything is better with fun sprinkles, right?! 🙂
Now this is one great idea to serve strawberries! I saw your link over on Katherine’s Friday blog hop and decided to stop by and check out your blog and recipe! Very very nice! Like it so much that I’m now following you. I invite you to sometime stop by and hopefully follow back if you choose.
Happy Valentine’s Day,
Thanks for stopping by and for following!
This would make such a fun party food! Great idea!
A fun party food, or a nice treat for your sweetie!
Strawberries, chocolate and cheesecake. What more could you want? Yum!
I know!! And fairly healthy, too!
ooohhhhh myyyyyyyyy! Just made these and it was like an orgasm in my mouth. BEST dessert/treat ever! thanks!
Haha! I am blushing! Never thought they would have THAT effect 😉
Darling! Love these…great idea. So cute for the 4th, too!
Yes, they would be great, maybe dipped in some red, white & blue sprinkles.
Cheesecake inside a strawberry….!!!! wow, what an amazing idea! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, I am SO excited to try this. And, your photography is great… makes the dessert look even more appealing (as if the idea of a cheesecake stuffed strawberry wasn’t enough!)
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Thank you! I am really working on the photography aspect of this, so that means a lot. And I hope you try it. It is so easy, yet still kinda special.
Such a fun idea for the Recipe ReDux celebration! I definitely want to make these, and, I’m pretty sure, my kids will want to make them with me too 🙂 Delicious!
Thanks! Hope you have fun making it with your kids.
You are teasing me with these gorgeous berries!!! Delicious. 🙂 Thank you for bringing them to Fit and Fabulous Fridays!
So easy! You could throw them together in minutes!
YUM! I’m ready to eat those right now!
I could go for one right now, as a matter of fact!
Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m interning with the Meal Makeover Moms this week. I love this idea for a simple, healthy alternative to cheesecake! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by. I am not a big cheesecake person. I like the taste, but it is too heavy for me, so I liked this lighter version.
How clever and adorable are these?? I’m going to try them using mascarpone cheese – yum!
Thank you! I love the mascarpone idea. Like Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tiramisu!
Cute! What a great recipe to bring to a summer party.
Thanks! Yes, I thought they were pretty adorable!
What a fun riff on chocolate-covered strawberries! I look forward to trying this
Yes, I thought it was a fun idea! Thanks!
Very cute! I love the picture with the strawberry inside the glass 🙂
Thanks. I was playing around with my different accesories 🙂
These look amazing! What a cool idea to stuff the berries. This is truly a healthy redux. Love it!
Thanks. That way you get a bite of something a bit more decadent, with a whole lot of berry goodness.
What a cute idea — to hide a cheesecake filling inside. Your photos look fantastic. I just want to reach out and grab one of your strawberries.
omg I’ve never seen STUFFED strawberries. Genius!!!
Thanks! They were so good, and simple.