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 this homemade mini strawberry cheesecake 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

This strawberry cheesecake is 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!

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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

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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 removable bottoms.  Spoon melted chocolate over each individual cheesecake.  Dip strawberries in melted chocolate and place on top of chocolate covered cheesecake.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

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

I used this mini cheesecake pan.

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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Jen+@+baked+by+an+Introvert

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

Kathleen+@+yummy+crumble

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

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

Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen

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

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

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

    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!)

Manali+@+CookWithManali

These are absolutely gorgeous!

Collette

What if you don’t have tiny cheesecake pans?

    Maryanne Cabrera

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

Thalia @ butter and brioche

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!

Briana Thomas

I’m in love with those chocolate cascades…

Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

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!

shereen

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!

Jennifer

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

    Maryanne Cabrera

    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.

Kelly

Can you use a cupcake tin for these?

    Maryanne Cabrera

    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.

Anne

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

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

Roseann mohamed

What kind of pan is used

Wylette Green

Ordered my pan yesterday ❤

Vicky

Do you have to use a mini cheesecake mold or do you think you could use a cupcake or mini cupcake tin?

    Maryanne Cabrera

    The mini cheesecake mold makes it easier to remove from the tin. If you use a cupcake tin you’ll have to use paper liners to be able to unmold the cheesecakes.

Yvonne

Hi do u have video of this beautiful desert? Sometimes is easier to follow the video 😄