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“Cheesecake Twist” Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

The other night I was catching up on one of my favorite TV shows, Masterchef, and I watched as contestant after contestant walked up to the judge’s podium, proudly presenting what were supposed to be the best cheesecakes of their lives.

Watching close up shots of these big ass cheesecakes coated with graham cracker crumbs, doused in salted caramel, and berry compotes…I couldn’t even handle it. It was torture to watch. TORTURE!! By the end of the show I was wishing I could launch my face at the TV screen and have it land in one of those cheesecakes. If only…


It was about 11 o’clock at night and I sure wasn’t going to make a cheesecake right then and there. I resolved to going to bed and hoping the craving would be gone by morning.

And of course, it wasn’t. Cravings like that don’t go away. Do you get crazy cravings too? I don’t know why I get them so badly. My husband is actually terrified at the thought of me one day being pregnant, because if my cravings are this bad now…I’m going to be batty when pregnancy cravings happen.


I decided that instead of making a gigantic cheesecake, I would try to quell my craving with something similar. So I made these “cheesecake” stuffed strawberries.

Basically it’s just a cheesecake filling (cream cheese mixed with flavorings and sugar) piped into hollowed out strawberries. These stuffed strawberries remind me of that party dip made from cream cheese and marshmallow cream that people would serve with fruit.


Right now with the in-season strawberries flooding the grocery stores, these are a great summer dessert to make. To get the twist shape to happen, just take a star tip (this is the piping set I have) and keep rotating the strawberry around and around as you pipe the filling out. But really, if you’ve got a piping bag and tip, it’s hard to make these look bad.


You can also get creative with the topping here. I’ve seen people top the cream cheese filling with graham cracker crumbs, and I’ve also seen people dip the strawberries in chocolate. I was fine with just a little blueberry popped on top. Enjoy!!

And sorry if I gave you a craving for this recipe 😉

Here’s a video where I show you how to get that twisting motion just right:

Cheesecake Twist Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Yield: Serves 4


1 package fresh strawberries
8 oz block cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
blueberries, optional


Remove the stems from the strawberries, and using a melon baller, scoop out a hole from the top of each strawberry. Cut a small part of the bottom of the strawberry with a sharp knife to create a flat surface for the strawberries to stand on. Strawberry prep is done!

Using a hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract, until fluffy and light.

Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a piping bag lined with a star tip, and pipe the filling into each of the prepped strawberries. Top each cream cheese pile with a blueberry. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Jen @ Savory Simple posted on June 21, 2013 at 9:53 am (#)

    I really love desserts like these. I love the flavor of cheesecake but I don’t like eating a whole piece… too heavy for me. This is right up my alley!

  2. Vodika posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:03 am (#)

    Well you did it again LOL, I’m off to the store, I have every thing except the fresh strawberries, and thank goodness my wife can not get pregnant I already have a nightmare trying to keep up with her cravings now LOL. But really I enjoy the recipies you give us keep up the good work.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 28th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      LOL! Woman cravings are a funny thing. You know a man is a keeper when he accommodates those cravings!

  3. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:04 am (#)

    These are absolutely one of my favorite one-bite treats EVER. Yours look flawless and fabulously delicious, Joanne! Pretty & patriotic with a little blueberry on top, too. PS – I totally get those wacky cheesecake cravings, too!

  4. Tanya posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:14 am (#)

    I imagine these would be the best tasting dessert!!! I love this and need to try it ASAP!

  5. Barb posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:20 am (#)

    I would make these for my grandson’s graduation party but between my daughter and I, I don’t think they would make it to the party.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 28th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      LOL! I know that situation all too well!

  6. lori @ RecipeGirl posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:26 am (#)

    I’ve always wanted to make these- perfect for 4th of July!

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:29 am (#)

    You have major patience to core and fill all those little berries and boy, do they ever look GOOD!

  8. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:36 am (#)

    Swoon!! These strawberries are so adorable! My kiddos would have so much fun making these little treats!

  9. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:50 am (#)

    Such the perfect little dessert, they are so cute too. Who wouldn’t love a few of these!

  10. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:54 am (#)

    So delicious! I keep meaning to make them. I love your bright and cheery photos.

  11. Cindy posted on June 21, 2013 at 11:10 am (#)

    You stimulated my craving for this beautiful dessert idea And I have been running through a revised recipe this am since reading it. I’m diabetic so the following substitutions have been made: Splenda to taste, (I used 5 packets), fat free cream cheese, additional flavor added with a splash of Grand Marnier. I was already planning to create a sugar free vanilla pudding mixed with sugar free lemon jello mix in a ready made pie crust so once it sets I will top it with these decadent filled strawberries! I will sprinkle crushed cinnamon Graham CRACKERS and some lemon zest on top to finish. This is my first cheesecake filling and it is so good! Hope there will be some left to fill the strawberries! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 28th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Cindy, thank you so much for sharing your diabetic adjustments to the recipe. I’m sure it will be so helpful for others!!

  12. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare posted on June 21, 2013 at 11:11 am (#)

    These are so cute! What a great excuse to dig out my piping bag. :)

  13. Myrtle posted on June 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm (#)

    Wow, these look soooo good. I absolutely LOVE cheesecake, but I never seem to be able to get that perfect texture once I bake it. This is no-bake, though, so I’ll have to try it out and get my cheesecake fix. 😉

    By the way, I’d just like to mention that I quite enjoy this sudden influx of recipes. Is the summer inspiring you? :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 28th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      lol! I don’t think it’s more than usual is it? Maybe a little more. I try my hardest to post twice a week. I’ve been traveling the past 5 out of 6 weeks so it might be a little less than usual. Fortunately I don’t have any more travel plans until next month, thank goodness!

  14. Vicki Bensinger posted on June 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm (#)

    I love strawberries stuffed with cheesecake filling and yours look perfect. I love how you twirled the swirl to make it look so pretty. I also love the cream cheese marshmallow dip for fruit. I could eat the whole bowl of that and in fact that dip would also be nice in the strawberries.

  15. Vicki Bensinger posted on June 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm (#)

    Since I switched over to WordPress I can’t figure out why my photo isn’t showing up, so I hope you don’t mind but wanted to test this to see if just signing in made the difference. Either way I still love your strawberries and may have to make some with the berries I have in my refrigerator this evening.

  16. Nessa posted on June 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm (#)

    Oh cheesecake, how I love you so… :)
    This recipe does look perfect for instant cravings! Hope to make soon!

  17. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on June 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm (#)

    Strawberries have to be the perfect vehicle for cheesecake! Yummy!

  18. Monica posted on June 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm (#)

    These strawberries are so beautiful and look delicious! (:

  19. Gloria posted on June 22, 2013 at 12:06 am (#)

    Master Chef … That’s mama / daughter time in our home. You just gave us another together moment. She loves strawberries, I love cheesecake. Our next market excursion will include the ingredients for this easy to make recipe. Thanks :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 28th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Gloria, it’s such a great show, isn’t it? I love watching!! It’s one of my favorites. I hope you and your daughter enjoy the recipe!

  20. Deborah posted on June 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm (#)

    Now I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be craving cheesecake! Off to see if I have all of these ingredients on hand!

  21. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on June 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm (#)

    I just love how perfect these little bites are Joanne! So pretty!

  22. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on June 23, 2013 at 10:19 am (#)

    So. Gorgeous!

  23. Angela Miller posted on June 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm (#)

    These little deserts look awesome. I have a question, will these be best the day of or can I make these a day in advance. I am planning my parents 50th wedding anniversary and plan to try my hand at these jewels.


    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 25th, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Hi Angela, I find that after you make cuts in the strawberries, they get kind of dried out/rubbery after several hours, so I would suggest making these day of. If you didn’t want to cut the bottom of the strawberry off (just make a hole in the top), you could alternatively put sticks in the strawberries and stand them up in a piece of styrofoam like you would with cake pops. Hope the anniversary planning goes well! How sweet of you!

  24. carrian posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:50 am (#)

    we were just dipping strawberries in cheesecake frosting yesterday, duh I should have done this!

  25. Kim Beaulieu posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:00 am (#)

    I just love these Joanne. They just scream summer to me. And I have to say I freaking love that dip with the marshmallow fluff. Ha, it’s just so good. I might whip these bad boys up this weekend. I love cheesecake and I love strawberries so it’s win-win.

  26. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted on June 30, 2013 at 7:44 am (#)

    I love these! I dip mine in white and dark chocolate so they’ll stand up on their own but otherwise the same. It’s just the beginning of strawberry season here and this is a great idea!

  27. Shrad posted on July 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm (#)

    These look amazing! I’m always looking for good hand-held one-bite recipes, since I love to entertain but hate doing dishes, and these are definitely going to neon the menu for my next party!

    My husband had just the same worry about how much running around he would have to do to satisfy my food cravings when I was pregnant, based on how particular and specific my regular non-hormonal cravings were, but weirdly enough when I was expecting our little one, I became completely apathetic towards food. Luckily, as soon as she was born, my interest food was renewed!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 5th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Shrad, I hope everyone enjoys the stuffed strawberries! That is funny about your cravings. It sounds to me like everyone’s body is different, and though most may get cravings, I guess I will just have to see what happens when that time actually comes!

  28. Greg Franklin posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:49 pm (#)

    Flip the strawberries over, hollow out from the former ‘bottom’ end, fill to overflowing with cheesecake, put the small piece you cut off to make yours stand up on top, and put a tiny bit of cheesecake on top of the tiny bit of strawberry – looks just like Santa Claus with his hat.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 9th, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Neat idea Greg, thanks for sharing!

  29. AgnessHackett posted on March 15, 2014 at 7:32 am (#)

    Sounds like a delicious simple recipe,definitely one to try.