The Little Epicurean

Feb 04 2015

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake

I miss elementary school years when Valentine’s Day meant giving your friends and crushes a simple card and a lollipop.  That was it.  No pressure to get reservations at the hottest restaurant in town.  No need to order flowers and chocolates to be delivered.  No hoopla what so ever.  It was just a holiday like Halloween (minus the costumes) which gave you reason to eat chocolate.

But say you did want to go through the hassle of giving someone special a little Valentine treat.  If you’re in the “like” stage, chocolate covered strawberries would be sweet.  If you “really like” them, a dozen roses with the strawberries would be super thoughtful.  But if you’re head over heels, can’t eat, can’t sleep, totally in love with the person, well- you have to make them these chocolate dipped strawberry cheesecakes.  Why?  Because these homemade mini cheesecakes screams I love you berry, berry much! (Sorry, had to insert another pun for Alex.)

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake

Once upon a time, chocolate dipped strawberries were enough.  Nowadays, you have the option to top your strawberries with just about anything… sprinkles galore, nuts of all sorts, and any crushed candy you want.   Driscoll’s has tons of ideas and inspiration for you to elevate the classic chocolate dipped strawberry. But in my opinion, chocolate dipped strawberries’ perfect match has got to be cheesecake.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake

I used this mini cheesecake pan with removable bottoms to bake the cheesecakes.  You could also bake the cheesecake in a regular 9-inch springform pan or several 4-inch springform pans.

I gently melted dark chocolate in a double boiler (bain-marie).  To prevent the chocolate from burning, bring to a boil a pot filled with about 2-inches of water.  Remove from heat and then place a bowl of chopped chocolate over pot.  The steam from hot water will gently and slowly melt the chocolate.  This method keeps the chocolate in temper and allows the melted chocolate to set up quickly without the use of the fridge.  Be sure to use good quality chocolate.  Chocolate chips are suitable, but you’ll end up with a much thicker melted chocolate because chocolate chips have stabilizers and other added ingredients.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake

These strawberry cheesecakes are best eaten the day they’re made.  As you can tell from the photo above, the chocolate hardens as it sits out.

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!

Print Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake

How do you make chocolate dipped strawberries better? Attach it to a cheesecake, of course! This strawberry cheesecake is sure to win over any Valentine!

Yield: makes 18 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup ground graham crackers
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 18 strawberries, rinsed and pat dry
  • 8 oz dark chocolate (56%), melted

Directions:

  1. Combine ground graham crackers and melted butter.  Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoon of mixture into each mini cheesecake mold cavity.  Use a tamper or cocktail muddler to pack crust into mold.  Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add sugar while the machine runs on slow.  Add eggs and yolk one at a time.  Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing.  Add vanilla and salt.  Mix until smooth.  Evenly divide cheesecake filling among molds.  Smooth tops.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cheesecake will puff up slightly during baking, but will flatten once cooled.  Let baked cheesecake cool to room temperature in pan.  Transfer to fridge and let chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Once cheesecakes are chilled throughout, remove mini cheesecake from mold by pushing up on the removeable bottoms.  Spoon melted chocolate over each individual cheesecake.  Dip strawberries in melted chocolate and place on top of chocolate covered cheesecake.  Serve immediately.

*Over time the chocolate will harden and set.  It is best to consume these desserts immediately.

The Little Epicurean

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheescake

Disclosure:  Driscoll’s provided me with berries and reimbursement for ingredients.  However, I was not compensated for this post.  And as always, all opinions are my own.

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22 Responses to “Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake”

  1. February 4, 2015
    5:56 am

    These little cheesecakes are so dainty and perfect for Valentine’s! I love the chocolate dipped strawberry on top!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Jen! I just loveeee making mini desserts :)

  2. February 4, 2015
    6:51 am

    Yay for chocolate dipped strawberries! I just made some cupcakes that look similar. With the chocolate dripping down the sides. I think our brains are besties when it comes to sugar

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Kathleen! I’m about to hop over to your site to have a look. YAY, sugar besties! :)

  3. February 4, 2015
    6:59 pm

    These are so sweet! I love your creativity, Maryanne!

  4. February 5, 2015
    4:51 am

    Maryanne, these are gorgeous!!! We are putting together those simple valentine’s day card right now. . but instead of lollipops, it’s all pencils, fake tattoos and this year, mini bubble things (like to blow bubbles). I love holidays more with the kids! We adults make things more complicated huh? :P I need to get a mini cheesecake pan stat. . just stunning!! love these! and Alex is a lucky guy!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      How fun! Celebrating holidays with kids is always much more fun! :) The mini cheesecake pan is amazing. (It’s perfect for portioning…otherwise I’d end up eating half a cheesecake in a sitting!)

  5. February 5, 2015
    10:09 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

  6. February 6, 2015
    1:36 pm
    Collette says...

    What if you don’t have tiny cheesecake pans?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Quoted from the post: “You could also bake the cheesecake in a regular 9-inch springform pan or several 4-inch springform pans.”

  7. February 9, 2015
    12:23 am

    What beautiful cheesecakes Mary Anne. These look like the perfect Valentine’s Day sweet treats.. that I know I would LOVE to receive. Just wonderful!

  8. February 9, 2015
    10:00 am

    I’m in love with those chocolate cascades…

  9. February 18, 2015
    1:17 am

    If someone gave me a dozen of these chocolate dipped strawberry topped cheesecakes, I’d assume they love me berry berry much. And I’d probably be their Valentine forever. Basically nothing beats a chocolate covered strawberry in my book. Unless there’s cheesecake involved. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, you two!

  10. August 1, 2015
    3:16 am
    shereen says...

    oh my god that looks scrumptious. cvant wait to try it… and just this morning I was wondering whther to buy a mixer or not…. definitely yes!

  11. December 11, 2015
    7:16 pm
    Jennifer says...

    I noticed this recipe yields 18, but your pan makes 12. How do you store the extra batter??

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I have few pans because I serve these often at parties. If you are working with one pan, you can store the extra batter in the fridge until you are ready for a second batch. You can also use the extra batter to make one small 4-inch cheesecake.

  12. February 11, 2016
    9:11 am
    Kelly says...

    Can you use a cupcake tin for these?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      If you use a cupcake tin, you’ll have use paper liners to remove the mini cheesecake from the tin. I suggest the mini cheesecake pan because it has removable bottoms to allow for easy unmolding of the dessert.

  13. March 22, 2016
    6:16 pm
    Anne says...

    Im excited to make this recipe tomorrow! They look so good!
    Now the ingredients say 2 tsp vanilla and then 1 tsp vanilla extract. Is that a typo?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Anne, thank you so much for catching that! I’ve updated it. It’s supposed to be 2 tsp vanilla. :)

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