• Sun, Apr 27 2008

Daring Bakers April Challenge: Cheesecake Pops

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This was certainly a fun challenge. Little, 2 oz bites of cheesecake on a stick, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with anything wonderful your heart could possibly desire. Some of the things I thought of (but did not necessarily have the ingredients for) are:

  • edible glitter
  • oreo crumbs
  • chopped pistachios
  • chopped pecans or walnuts
  • chopped macadamias
  • graham crumbs
  • ‘nilla wafer crumbs
  • grated chocolate
  • grated white chocolate…

cheesecake biteswell you get the idea… I thought that these would be especially wonderful for a bridal shower or wedding dessert buffet. The cheesecake was straight forward and easy to make..no problems for me there. I think the hardest thing was waiting for the darn thing to chill enough to make the cheesecake balls!

As I noted below, I do not use crisco, so I used organic coconut oil instead.

Many thanks to the fantastic team of Elle ( Feeding My Enthusiasms) and Deborah ( Taste and Tell) for this fantastic challenge. And check out the Daring Bakers BlogRoll for more  cheesecake pops!

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Cheesecake Pops

Makes 30 – 40 Pops

5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature

2 cups sugar

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

5 large eggs

2 egg yolks

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ cup heavy cream

Boiling water as needed

Thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks

1 pound chocolate, finely chopped – you can use all one kind or half and half of dark, milk, or white (Alternately, you can use 1 pound of flavored coatings, also known as summer coating, confectionery coating or wafer chocolate – candy supply stores carry colors, as well as the three kinds of chocolate.)

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening *Note form Marye, I do not use vegetable shortening so I used organic coconut oil

(Note: White chocolate is harder to use this way, but not impossible)

Assorted decorations such as chopped nuts, colored jimmies, crushed peppermints, mini chocolate chips, sanding sugars, dragees) – Optional

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil.

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream.

Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes.

Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety.

Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.) Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionery chocolate pieces) as needed.

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve

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Images (c)2008 Marye Audet

Content (c) Marye Audet for baking delights 

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  • http://www.treehuggingfamily.com Peggy

    These look so fun and yum!

  • http://yousaytomatoisaytomato.blogspot.com/ Pixie

    Well done Marye, they look great!

  • http://www.allthatblooms.net Tiffany

    Wow, those look really good :) They do seem like they would be great for a wedding buffet dessert or bridal shower. I wonder if I can talk someone into serving them at mine ;)

    By the way, how did they taste? :)

  • http://culinarycuriosity.blogspot.com/ Dolores

    You’re right; these would be great at a shower buffet. Great job!

  • Marye

    Peggy- thanks, they were fun.
    Pixie- thank you. I am abut to be off checking how everyone else did.
    Tiffany- I thought they would work well for htat with the white chocolate, or a white chocolate tinted pastel
    Dolores- thanks!

  • http://austinpie.blogspot.com Jerry

    Great job! They look beautiful!

  • http://www.thefeastwithin.com Gabi

    Cute pops Marye! I particularly like the shot of the little rivulet of chocolate on the one!

  • Marye

    thanks Jerry
    Gabi- I have to admit that is was a pleasant mistake. :D

  • http://workingwomanfood.blogspot.com Deborah

    Wonderful job on this challenge – they look great!! I love your list of suggested decorations. I was actually going to buy some edible glitter, but I couldn’t find any local, and I didn’t have to patience to have it shipped to me!

  • http://meganscookin.blogspot.com megan

    I love the suggested toppings. I’m finishing up my pops today and will try the glitter on white chocolate!

  • Marye

    Me either, Deborah, I get these great ideas at midnight the day before the challenge it due! LOL!
    Megan- I think that would be awesome..imagine it at a wedding?

  • http://www.beansandcaviar.blogspot.com BC

    They would be fantastic for a wedding! What a great idea.

  • http://llcskitchen.blogspot.com Lisa

    Wow.. I just looked at the photo of the one that was coated in chocolate with a second layer of chocolate dripping down the sides.. I wish I would have thought of that! :D

    Beautiful pops, Marye!


  • http://ayankeeinasouthernkitchen.com Kim

    Too cute for words, love the double chocolate!

  • http://www.andreasrecipes.com Andrea

    Oh you did sprinkles too! Your pops look really cute!

  • http://a2eatwrite.blogspot.com jen of a2eatwrite

    A little too rich for my taste, but I am making the cheese onion biscuits with my slow cooker split pea soup tonight!

  • http://castsugar.blogspot.com Nemmie

    They look beautiful! You did such a great job, I love the sprinkles (now wishing I did the same)…

  • http://applespeachespumpkinpie.blogspot.com/ Fran Z

    Pretty pops! Great job!

  • http://www.everydayculinaryadventures.blogspot.com Robyn

    These look so cute. I agree they would be good at a wedding or shower.

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com courtney

    I like that double garnish of choco on the last pic. Lucious. I’m sure the kids loved them.

  • Marye

    BC- they would..I think I am done iwth weddings for awhile though.. :)
    Lisa..seriously the drip was a mistake..but thanks!
    Kim- thanks for stopping by
    ANdrea- I luike sprinkles..after I did them I thought of crushed espresso..
    Jen- I hope you like them..let me know
    Nemmie- thanks!
    Franz-thanks for stopping by
    Robyn- Alot pf people did pastels and white chocolate and those would be perfect.
    Courtney- they haven’t had a chance at them yet. :)

  • http://www.wildyeastblog.com/ Susan

    Very nice — the sprinkles and colored sticks look so festive!

  • http://half-bakedbaker.blogspot.com Paula

    Great looking Pops! Nice job with this challenge. Love the sprinkles!

  • http://montcarte.umbrela.com kimberleyblue

    Looks good! I love the colourful sticks!

  • http://www.acatinthekitchen.com Dagmar

    The pops look lovely!

  • Marye

    SUsan- those were leftover from the chocolate bunny pops I did at Easter
    Paula- thanks
    Kimberley-thanks for stopping by
    Dagmar- thankyou!

  • http://www.iodagrande.blogspot.com enza

    cute..I like NY cheese cake evef if is too sweet.
    next time I’ll try with vanilla ice cream

  • http://danamccauley.wordpress.com Dana McCauley

    I think you and I might be soul sisters separated at birth. Our decorations look remarkably similar.

    Needless to say, I admire your work very much!

  • http://www.eattherightstuff.com/blog/ abby

    i love the extra layers of chocolate dribbled over your pops before they were sprinkled – so pretty!

  • http://lesistenzabellissima.blogspot.com/ Amy J

    Those look quite excellent. Mmm-mmm-mmm! You did a great job!

  • Marye

    Enza- Inge at Vanielje kitchen did some with ice cream a few months ago I think.
    Dana- I did notice that. Coolness. I am an only child.
    abby- I think it is funnyt hat everyone liked that..It was a mistake. :)
    Amy-thank you!

  • http://www.weatherjen.blogspot.com Jen

    Hi Marye! Thanks for the comment! Your pops look delish!

  • http://jenyu.net/blog/ Jen Yu

    What lovely pops you made! I hope your cute little kids and grandkids got to enjoy them :)

  • http://bethanyblogs.blogspot.com/ bethany

    thanks for visiting, is there a list or some feed I can subscribe to in order to see the challenges as the come up!?! I am a very new daring baker and am just a little behind. Thanks!!

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    Your pops are gorgeous! They are perfect for a bridal shower or wedding buffet.

  • Marye

    Jen- thanks for stopping by
    JenYu- They sure did!
    bethany…it should be at the daring bakers website.
    veron- I think they would be!

  • http://www.dobetter.wordpress.com Karen

    Oooo, I love the photo of the chocolate drizzling down the side. The sprinkles are darling on top!

  • Marye

    thanks karen!

  • http://maybahay.blogspot.com desie the maybahay

    they are gorgeous little pops. and don’t they just taste great? well done on this fun challenge.

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    I love how colorful they turned out! Beautiful job once more!

  • http://jennybakes.blogspot.com JennyBakes

    I agree – these would be perfect for a shower, if I were patient enough to make them again!

  • http://www.passthesauce.net Phoebe

    The melted topping (effect) on your second photo’s left me breathless! YUMMM

  • http://passionatepastry.blogspot.com Shandy

    Your cheesecake pops are adorable! I think these would also make great bob bons! The creamy texture and flavor goes so well with all the different choices for coatings =D

  • http://www.kitchenlaw.blogspot.com Cakelaw

    Delicious looking cheesecake pops Marye! They would be great for one of the occasions that you have mentioned.

  • http://sassandveracity.typepad.com kellypea

    You are so right about waiting for them to be ready, and I still didn’t wait long enough! I like how you drizzled even more chocolate on before sprinkling. Sooooo cute!

  • http://www.cookiedoc.blogspot.com Claire

    You’re right…they would be fun for a shower, with white chocolate, I think! I bet the coconut oil was great. Good job! Hopefully, I’ll do the May challenge!

  • Marye

    I did have fun, Desie!
    Tartlette, thank you!
    JennyB-the only problem I could forsee is the refrigeration part…they may get melty before they had a chance to be eaten at a shower.
    Phoebe-thank you
    Shandy- I agree
    Cake-thank you!
    Kelly- the more chocolate the better, right?
    Claire -I liked it.I don;t like shortening if I can help it.

  • http://kitchen-notebook.blogspot.com/ Lucy V

    They look delicious! You did a great job.

  • http://www.bakemyday.blogspot.com baking soda

    Darling looking little pops Marye! These are real nice to bring out to a large gathering!

  • http://mrsergulcooksmrsergulbakes.blogspot.com Mrs Ergül

    You’ve very bubbly ones too! Niceeee

  • Marye

    Lucy-thank you
    baking soda- yes they would. I thought that it would be great party food if you could keep them chilled.
    Mrs E.- thanks

  • http://www.abbysweets.blogspot.com April

    Your pops look really good!

  • Marye

    Thanks April

  • http://lattesandlife.blogspot.com/ Tiffany

    Too cute!!! My colored sugar wouldn’t stick…I think I tried dipping too early and my chocolate was still warm. Oh well. They sure were yummy!!!

  • Marye

    They were! Wait til you see what Imade with the leftover cheesecake! ;)

  • http://www.diannesdishes.com/ Dianne

    They look fabulous! Great work. :)

  • Marye

    Dianne, thanks!

  • http://www.foodnewsandreviews.blogspot.com laurie

    They’re such tasty little treats aren’t they! I love your china you displayed them on..great job!

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  • http://dozenflours.com Julia

    I’m just blown away at how beautiful your pops came out. In spite of the fact that you said that you struggled with making these into a ball, you’d never know it from looking at them. Bravo!

  • Marye

    thank you Julia!

  • Marye

    Laurie- thanks! It is a set of Indiana Glass Co Milkglass.

  • http://www.bittersweetblog.wordpress.com Hannah

    Nicely done! I love the fact that you use coconut oil instead of shortening; I didn’t have any on hand, so I actually just use canola oil and it came out fine.

  • Marye

    Coconut oil is the feminine equivalent of duct tape here… ;)

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Nice looking pops!

  • http://lunchbucketbento.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    I love the drizzled (dripped) ones too! Even if they were an accident!

  • http://iliketocook.blogspot.com Sara

    I like how flat the bottoms of yours are. I wanted to buy some edible glitter, but it was too expensive.

  • Marye

    Lisa-sometimes accidents work well for us, don’t they. :)
    Sara- it is expensive. sometimes I find it on sale so have it on hand..but not this time!

  • http://dad-baker.blogspot.com Dharm

    Ahhh! These look just perfect! Great job as always dear friend!

  • Marye

    thanks Dharm..always a blessing when you stop by!

  • http://littlelisa.wordpress.com Lisa

    Great looking pops!

  • Marye

    Thanks Lisa! umm…Gotta have my pops…LOL

  • http://www.pbjonrye.com Augustina

    Love your cheesecake pops! Great job!!

  • http://wyckedsweetdesigns.blogspot.com/ tina

    Great job, they look awesome!

  • Marye

    Augustina-thanks! And thanks for stpping by
    tina- thank you…another fun challenge!

  • http://www.creampuffsinvenice.ca Ivonne

    Love the coloured sticks … your pops look really neat and elegant … and nice idea for a buffet!

  • Marye

    Thanks Ivonne!

  • http://jessicasfoodspot.blogspot.com Jessica

    Your pops look great! Congrats :)

  • Marye

    Thanks Jessica

  • http://www.almanzosbelly.blogspot.com Joy

    Great looking pops. So pretty!

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