Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! I look forward to Independence Day every year because 1) it's a great day to celebrate America's freedom 2) it falls in the summer and 3) that means it's time to make some delicious summer foods with family. I also love the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue! So I decided this year to make these darling cheesecake stuffed strawberries with a dash of blue crystal sugar to give it that festive feel. It's SO easy, yummy, and perfect for any Fourth of July festivities. Plus, you can control how sweet you want the cheesecake filling, so your stomach isn't dying from a sugar overload... win, win!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and pat dried
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Dash of blue sugar crystal sprinkles
With a small knife, cut off the strawberry stems. Then, cut around the edge, and carefully hollow out the inside of the strawberry to make a little well. Cut off the pointy tip of the strawberry on the other end so it can stand.
Beat together your softened cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and vanilla extract. You can use a mixer for this or you can just mix it with a fork or whisk. TIP: If you don't have time to soften the cream cheese beforehand, just pop it in the microwave for a couple of seconds!
Put the cheesecake filling in a piping bag or a ziplock bag to cleanly pipe it into your strawberries. TIP: Place one corner of your ziplock bag into the mason jar for an easier time, putting in your cheesecake filling.
Start to pipe the cheesecake stuffing into the little well you made!
Now, you may be tempted to just eat these right after the cheesecake filling has been stuffed... but don't! Don't forget the dash of blue crystal sprinkles to give it that last festive touch! :)
And viola! Look at these beauties! I popped one right into my mouth after taking photos... they were so good, I couldn't help myself. You can make this for roughly $10-$15 (depending on what brands you get for each product) and it takes 10 minutes to make. You won't regret making these for your Fourth of July celebrations! Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend and Happy Independence Day!
Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim