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Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel cheese), softened
  •  cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 16 (about 1 pound) whole, stemmed California Giant Strawberries
  • 8 graham cracker squares, finely crushed (about  cup)
 

Directions:

  1. In mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel until smooth and creamy; set aside.
  2. Using paring knife or small melon baller, partially hollow out top of strawberries to a depth of ¾".
  3. Gently fill each with 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture.
  4. Roll tops into graham cracker crumbs. Arrange on serving platter.

For chocolate cheesecake:

  1. For a chocolate cheesecake variation, melt ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels as package directs; stir into one 8 ounce package cream cheese (softened).
  2. Add  cup confectioners' sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract.
  3. Proceed as recipe directs, rolling filled strawberries into finely crushed graham crackers or chocolate wafer cookies.

Tip:

To prepare recipe ahead of time, fill strawberries with cream cheese mixture; cover and refrigerate up to 6 hours. Roll in graham cracker crumbs just before serving.
 
 
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