Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
This Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries recipe is perfect for parties. It’s simple to make, and has the perfect balance of fresh strawberry and creamy cheesecake filling.
If you get a cheesecake craving but don’t want to go through all the work of actually making a cheesecake, this is the recipe for you.
You can think of this dessert as like cheesecake filling stuffed into a fresh strawberry.
They actually remind me of that really popular party dip that’s made with cream cheese and marshmallow fluff and served with fruit for dipping, but more thick like a traditional cheesecake.
The flavors work so well together, it almost feels unfair how delicious they are when they take such little work to make. They’re kind of like classic Chocolate Covered Strawberries, in that sense.
There are also quite a few ways to dress them up.
You can serve them with blueberries to make a Red, White, and Blue theme for July 4th or other patriotic holidays, or you can sprinkle on graham cracker crumbs for an even more cheesecake-like experience.
Chocolate is also fantastic if you want to drizzle it over, or dip the strawberries entirely.
The point is, there are so many ways to change up this easy dessert, and it’s fantastic any time of year, and for many occasions. It’s especially glorious during strawberry season when extra juicy strawberries are well stocked at the grocery store.
Step by Step Overview:
First you need to hollow out the inside of the strawberry to make room for the creamy filling. I like to use a melon baller for this task, but you may use a strawberry huller if you have one:
You’ll also notice that I like to cut the bottom tip off with a small paring knife to create a flat surface for the strawberries to stand up, but you can also just lay the fresh berries on their side if you prefer.
The filling is thick enough that it won’t fall out.
Next, whip together cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar (aka powdered sugar), and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl using a hand mixer. Then put it into a piping bag.
Then pipe the cheesecake filling into each strawberry:
To get the twist shape to happen, fit a star tip (this is the piping set I have) into the pastry bag 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.
I love a cleaner look, and seeing the twist of the cream cheese mixture. But if you wish to add a final topping, you have many options!
Graham crackers – To further the cheesecake theme, you can crush graham crackers finely, then sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the tops.
Blueberries– Adding a blueberry on top is a great way to make it red, white, and blue for patriotic holidays like July 4th.
Cookie crumbs – Crush vanilla wafers or even oreos, then sprinkle on top.
Chocolate – Dot the filling with mini chocolate chips, either white or dark.
This no bake treat is great for occasions like a baby shower, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s day, or even for bridal showers. Because it’s a light and fresh recipe, it’s one of my favorite desserts for events like that. They have no problem sitting out on a plater on the table, allowing people to graze as they wish.
Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats, this Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait, and Strawberry Fool are some of my other favorite strawberry recipes for parties.
Recipe Tips and FAQ
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Here’s the full recipe, and I also have a video below if you want to see how I make the whole recipe, and how I pipe and swirl the filling.
I recommend trying this recipe once as written, then you can experiment further and go from there.
Citrus – Adding some citrus zest to the filling gives a wonderful aroma and flavor to the no bake cheesecake filling. Try adding 1 teaspoon of lemon zest or orange zest before whipping.
Extracts – Feel free to swap out the vanilla for other types of extract, like lemon, orange, or almond.
Sour cream – To make the filling a little more tangy, add 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt to the filling.
Did you enjoy the recipe? Please leave a 5-star rating in the recipe card below and/or a review in the comments section further down the page.
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- 1 lb package fresh strawberries
- 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- blueberries or graham cracker crumbs optional
- Remove the stems from the strawberries, then use a melon baller to scoop out a hole in the top of each strawberry.
- Cut a small part of the bottom of each strawberry with a sharp knife to create a flat surface for them to stand on.
- Using a hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla 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 or with graham cracker crumbs, if desired. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
Post updated with photos, writing, and more tips in August 2018. Originally published June 2013. This post contains an affiliate link.
47 Comments on “Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries”
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.
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.
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? 🙂
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!
These are so cute! What a great excuse to dig out my piping bag. 🙂
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!
Hi Cindy, thank you so much for sharing your diabetic adjustments to the recipe. I’m sure it will be so helpful for others!!
So delicious! I keep meaning to make them. I love your bright and cheery photos.
Such the perfect little dessert, they are so cute too. Who wouldn’t love a few of these!
Swoon!! These strawberries are so adorable! My kiddos would have so much fun making these little treats!
You have major patience to core and fill all those little berries and boy, do they ever look GOOD!
I’ve always wanted to make these- perfect for 4th of July!
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.
LOL! I know that situation all too well!
I imagine these would be the best tasting dessert!!! I love this and need to try it ASAP!
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!
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.
LOL! Woman cravings are a funny thing. You know a man is a keeper when he accommodates those cravings!
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!