Sunday, May 31, 2009

Cheesecake Pops!

Cheesecake Pops

Okay, be honest. How many of you saw this coming? After last week’s cheesecake success, It was finally the perfect opportunity to give these little treats a try. The first time I remember seeing them was April, a year ago. I remember because I had not been home long after showing Martha how to make Cupcake Pops. I was looking at some of my favorite blogs and everywhere I looked, I started seeing chocolate covered balls on sticks. I mean everywhere. I was like, holy cow, Martha really has some heavy mojo. Then, I laughed at myself when I realized, Martha and I had nothing to do with it. The pops I was seeing were part of a Daring Bakers Challenge where tons of bloggers tackle a new dessert each month and that month they had coincidentally picked cheesecake pops inspired by the book Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey. Well, I finally saw this book a couple of weeks ago in the bookstore, and I had to immediately have it. Let me just tell you, it is a feast for your sugar-loving eyes. When I flipped through it again last weekend, I was reminded of all those beautiful cheesecake pops and it seemed only natural for me to finally give them a go.

And, it didn’t hurt any that I had half a plain jane cheesecake sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be experimented on.


I used a small ice cream scoop and scooped up as many balls as I could, trying not to scrape the graham cracker crust into it. I didn’t want it to look ugly, you know. I guess, if I was going to make these on purpose, I would bake my cheesecake in a regular 2-3″ high cake pan and not use a crust at all.

Scooped Cheesecake

I got 12 easy, from half of the cheesecake. I could have probably squeaked out a couple more, but I might have eaten a few sections of cheesecake along the way. Maybe.

I didn’t really roll these, but I did kind of shape them a little to make them more round.

Cheesecake Balls

And, then because they were lumpier than I am used to with the cake pops, I dropped each one in a small bowl filled with graham cracker crumbs and rolled it around to coat. This helped to shape them better as well.

Then, I popped them in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up. (Maybe about 20-30 min. for these.)

While they were chilling. I heated up some chocolate candy melts in the microwave (30 sec intervals, stirring in between) and got my sticks and decorations ready.


I went with teeny tiny hearts in red, white and pink. A hearts and jimmies mix in red, white pink and brown … and also just some dark chocolate that I chopped up in a mini food processor.

Note: I’m pretty sure a few of you are going to want to know where those baking cups came from. Check out

So, after the balls became firm, I dipped one end of my lollipop stick in some of the melted candy coating and then inserted it into the cheesecake ball. I immediately dunked the pop in a deep bowl of melted candy coating and then sprinkled to decorate. Each one was then placed in a styrofoam block to completely dry. Then, they went in the refrigerator to await their fate.

Note: It will really help if you use a bowl that is deep enough to completely submerge the pop in chocolate and remove in one motion. It also helps if your chocolate is on the thinner side. (You can melt a little shortening in it to thin it out some.) Once, you remove it, carefully tap the excess off while balancing the pop on the stick. You may need to rotate your hand so that gravity keeps the pop in place long enough for the chocolate to start to set around the base. Add the decorations before it sets too much also or they won’t stick to the surface. These were slightly harder to manage than the cake pops. One… they were larger and heavier because of using the scooper. Two… the cheesecake texture wasn’t as sticky as the cake pop mixture.

But… I think they turned out beautifully.

Let’s take a closer look…

Cheesecake Pops

A little closer.

Cheesecake Pops


Cheesecake Close-Up

Whoops, just couldn’t resist. YUM-O-RAMA!

So, you say you don’t want to do a balancing act to make all these on sticks. Here’s another way you can do it. And it’s easier.

Cheesecake Pops

Take your graham cracker-coated cheesecake ball and drop it in the bowl of melted candy coating.

Cheesecake Balls

Don’t stir it. Just spoon some chocolate over the top until it is covered. Then, scoop it out with a spoon and tap off some of the excess by tapping the spoon on the side of the bowl. Then, just let it slide right off onto some wax paper. Insert your stick and add any decorations. Told you this was easier. I didn’t tap these as much as I do regular cake balls because I was going for the Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey look that Jill O’Connor shows in her book.

Cheesecake Pops

Messy looks good, too, don’t you think?

If you want to make some Cheesecake Pops … you will need:

Cheesecake (Buy one if you want to get straight to the fun stuff. Shhh… I won’t tell. You can also use this recipe.)
Mini ice cream scoop
Chocolate candy melts
Lollipop sticks
Wax paper
Dark chocolate, chopped
Graham cracker crumbs
Dipping bowl
Styrofoam block


Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey if you want to feast your eyes on more messy yumminess.

You can also check the Google results for the Daring Baker’s Cheesecake Pop Challenge and see tons more versions to drool over.


The Coupon Goddess said...

Absolutely adorable as usual!

May 31, 2009 03:34 AM
Pieceful Bits said...

This has to be the perfect combination! I can honestly say that I have never had leftover cheesecake. Would definitely have to make one JUST for this purpose (~~)Julie

May 31, 2009 03:46 AM
sabriena said...

Those look delicious!

May 31, 2009 03:46 AM
Caitlin said...

CUTE! DELICIOUS! I’m still fighting the urge to eat every single mini cheesecake I made from your recipe yesterday..Sooo good!

May 31, 2009 03:47 AM
Mystere Garrett said...

i love you…and so does my husband!! lol

May 31, 2009 03:50 AM
Bakerella said...

Thanks guys!

Pieceful bits… I just couldn’t eat the whole cheesecake myself (I wanted to. I could have.) So a few of these went to friends and family.

Caitlin – those are good, too. So easy to pop in you mouth.

May 31, 2009 03:50 AM
7 D's said...


May 31, 2009 03:51 AM
Sunny Tuesday said...

You are ruining me! :)

May 31, 2009 03:55 AM
Kate said...

ohhh my. My husband wasn’t a huge fan of the cake balls (I know, right? How can that be!?) but… he loves cheese cake. We will be trying this!

May 31, 2009 03:57 AM
erin@vittles said...

oooh man! i could resist the cake pops but i’m pretty sure these look irresistibly tempting. and i was just lamenting yesterday having all the ingredients for cheesecake except those for the crust. problem solved. must.make.asap.

May 31, 2009 04:02 AM
Kristy said...

you didn’t…

May 31, 2009 04:03 AM
KrustyTheCat said...

I think I might just have to make these. They’re so cute!

May 31, 2009 04:08 AM
Chantelle said...

One word: Dangerous!

May 31, 2009 04:11 AM
Donna said...

I made cake pops (Santa hats) for a National Guard unit here in Austin last Christmas…for their party. I’m thinking I need to whip some of these out for them – I’m sure they’d love them!

May 31, 2009 04:11 AM
Krystal said...

Oh man, those look so good! I have to try this ASAP!

May 31, 2009 04:14 AM
Sarah said...

It’s on a stick… ergo, it MUST be good. And it’s cheesecake. YUMMY!!!

May 31, 2009 04:45 AM
Ladybug said...

These look great, as do the originals. Quick question, though. I had a request to make the cupcake pops for a little one who (gasp!) doesn’t like chocolate (dark, milk, OR white!). Any suggestions on what I could use for the coating?

May 31, 2009 04:46 AM
Jaime said...

yum! I can’t wait to try these out for 4th of july. I have to find red/white/blue sprinkles. Thanks!

May 31, 2009 04:51 AM
Tarra said...

Yum! I just tried out your cake pops this week and they were an absolute hit at my parents anniversary party tonight.

May 31, 2009 04:56 AM
Mags said...

I can’t believe how much I look forward to your blog postings. It’s like getting a Williams Sonoma catalog, and Taste of Home magazine, and a Crate and Barrel catalog all in the same day. Can you tell I look forward to your posts?….lol

May 31, 2009 05:01 AM
Elyse said...

I saw these coming, and I’m so glad they did. These look so awesome. I’m definitely going to have to make these soon. Delish!

May 31, 2009 05:16 AM
Elizabeth said...

Ladybug- Try the Wilton candy melts, they’re not chocolate but they work the same. It’s thick and very rich.

Bakerella- Yay! Thank you so much! I’ve been wanting to make something for my mom’s birthday but she *gasp* doesn’t like cake… this is perfect! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

May 31, 2009 05:23 AM
Jessica said...

I noticed some of these in the latest issue of Taste of Home as well! I thought about emailing you about them, but I figured you would come up with it before long! :)

I can’t wait to try these! Thanks so much for sharing.

May 31, 2009 06:53 AM
Jessica said...

I take that back…it wasn't Taste of Home. I think it was Kraft's Food & Family.

May 31, 2009 06:54 AM
Zarpandit :) said...

funny yummy :))) look delicious!

May 31, 2009 07:20 AM
connie said...

I’ve seen similar cheese cake on a stick but they were shaped like tiny pieces of cheesecake (sorta triangular – hard to explain).

Cheesecake any way you deliver it is awesome :)

As always, your pictures are amazing!

May 31, 2009 07:26 AM
morgana said...

wow! these look definitely yummy…

May 31, 2009 07:58 AM
Prohomemaker.Com said...

Simply a delightful post — visually and content wise. I wanna try this (and now gotta look up the cupcakes on a stick)

May 31, 2009 07:59 AM
chicamom85 said...

OMG I am dying here, that looks so good and I actually think I could do it. Thanks for the great instructions.

May 31, 2009 08:11 AM
Peggy said...

I know I can make thses

May 31, 2009 08:54 AM
juri said...

OMG , Dangerous

May 31, 2009 09:20 AM
Kristen@nosmallthing said... Those are delightful.

May 31, 2009 12:08 PM
My Love is..... said...

OMG…. *love*…. what a great idea.

May 31, 2009 12:19 PM
cakes_are_fun said...

I hate it when I have a typo!

ANYWAY…I said…

I have made TONS of these. My fave is key lime cheesecake with white chocolate coating and toasted coconut, YUM-YUM.

OH MY think I am gonna have to bake this week!

May 31, 2009 12:20 PM
Katrina said...

Delicious! I still don’t know how you make them look so perfectly round. Definitely a talent!
A few weeks ago I did brownies with a Smores theme in chocolate covered balls. I mentioned props to you.
link to

May 31, 2009 12:22 PM
bttrflybabydoll said...

These are so cute! I love the red, pink, and white sprinkles against the chocolate! Too cute!

May 31, 2009 12:22 PM
* said...

Yum Yum Yum! I love reading your blog for great ideas:)

May 31, 2009 12:23 PM
Lizzy Borden said...

That is one of the best idea’s for baking I have seen in a long time. I make my husband every year for his birthday a cheesecake(his favorite). This year I will still make him his cheesecake, but I might make some pops to go along side with it.
Thanks for the wonderful idea

May 31, 2009 12:33 PM
FlipFlop Mom said...

Dear Sweet cupcake queen….

I have a quick question.. I would LOVE LOVE to make the hello Kitty pops for my daughters graduation class.. roughly 150 how far ahead can I make them without them tasting dry or yucky??
Thanks so much!!

May 31, 2009 12:48 PM
pinkflower1212 said...

These look absolutly Yummy! Going to have to try these. Can’t wait ~already on the list for next yummy project :)

May 31, 2009 12:50 PM
Tonya said...

I will definitely have to try these!

May 31, 2009 01:02 PM
Deb said...

Perhaps I should take a vacation from your blog for a while…I am on Atkins!!!
But I’ll just drool on my keyboard!

May 31, 2009 01:07 PM
Cake Believe said...

Hey, save some in the frig! I’m heading that way on Wednesday! Gonna try and stop at the Cake Art shop…thanks for sharing that!

May 31, 2009 01:14 PM
Shannon said...

i think im going to have buy a cheesecake to do this, im making yours tonight but I dont want to destroy it just yet

anyways these look delicious, i didnt like cake pops because they were too sweet and mushy but these look amazing

May 31, 2009 01:16 PM
Mistry said...

Yum! My parents are visiting and I needed a dessert idea. You’ve just given it to me! Gorgeous pics as always.
Ladybug, how about a thin frosting or glaze that will dry hard instead of chocolate?

May 31, 2009 01:18 PM
Chrisy said...

You could try poured fondant.

May 31, 2009 01:25 PM
Krista Joy said...

Actually, when I saw your cheesecake last week I WAS thinking about this! I make a lot of cakes – but I don’t even really like cake. I LOVE cheesecake though – this is perfect!

Ladybug, I see someone suggested Wilton candy melts. Another idea is to use frosting thin enough it can poured over. For example, check out this idea from Wilton: link to

May 31, 2009 01:27 PM
CoveredInCrafts said...

YUMMIE!!! I love cheesecake, it’s my weakness. Wow! Okay I’m going to have to try those.

May 31, 2009 01:37 PM
Anita said...

oh yum! I can’t wait to try this one. We made the cupcake pops and my girls had so much fun. They turned out pictured perfect and were yummy too. And yes, we’re another one with no leftover cheesecake but I’ll make one for this..or buy one?!

okay, before I found your blog I had lost 50 pounds. Now I’m stuck. I’m not gaining but the weight loss is not happening anymore! Just reading makes me hungry :) But that’s okay, I’ve got you as one of my homepages anyway!

May 31, 2009 01:50 PM
Bethie said...

Oh yummy, love for my tummy.

May 31, 2009 02:09 PM
whitney said...

These got me to thinking…what about peanut butter balls on a stick? I love to make pb balls during the holidays and you coat them in chocolate. Have you tried it yet?

May 31, 2009 02:18 PM
Jackie said...

Those look almost too good to eat! Is it ok to have cheesecake for breakfast??

May 31, 2009 02:24 PM
I Should Be Cleaning Up said...


May 31, 2009 02:24 PM
Sally said...

Its like you read my mind, lol, I made a cheesecake the other day and everyone was telling me that i should try cheesecake pops.. Of course the cheesecake is gone now so these will have to wait for the next time.. They look delicious! =]

May 31, 2009 02:32 PM
Jeniffer said...

I’m new to your blog (2 mths) and love everything you show! I did cake pops for my twins 2nd b-day and doing the cupcake pops for my 4 yr old DD b-day….but these….these yummy treats are going to be for Mommy! I can’t wait to make these! (I might share with my husband…but I might not!)

Thank you!

May 31, 2009 02:42 PM
Ladybug said...

Thanks to those of you who gave me non-chocolate suggestions. I always thought the candy melts were just tinted white chocolate. Who knew?

May 31, 2009 03:06 PM
Melinda said...

These look delicious! And the key lime version someone suggested? OMG… Must have cheesecake now.

May 31, 2009 03:07 PM
Abby said...

Looks so YUMMY! I love the messy look…I’m all about messy!

May 31, 2009 03:25 PM
Mish said...

How cute, I did a similar thing with ur cake ball concept.. I used regular yellowcake, premade cheesecake filling, and strawberry jam and mixed it all up and made cake balls, it was delish! Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Balls!

May 31, 2009 03:53 PM
EhMoLee said...

Mmm, what a perfect little bite-sized dessert. Your blog never fails to get my mouth watering!

May 31, 2009 04:00 PM
Flashnflaky said...

Bakerella, you rock my world! This is the most perfect idea for portioning that I have ever seen….I need to go make these, now!

link to

May 31, 2009 04:22 PM
Sugar Diva said...

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!! How can you do this to meeee!!!! I have got to have them!!!! They look so utterly amazingly awesome!!! I love cheesecake, and this is HEAVEN on a stick!!!

May 31, 2009 04:32 PM
bakmammorna said...

they look absolutley delicious. i made key lime pie pops yesterday which also was delicious.

May 31, 2009 04:41 PM
Ashley's Cakes and More! said...

Awesome! I wonder if you can use that “ready made” cheesecake stuff that comes in the tub?

May 31, 2009 04:57 PM
Heather said...

Oooh…I so want to do this. Very cute!!

May 31, 2009 05:12 PM
Yummy in my tummy said...

You have just the cutest ideas! I am definitely going to have to try this sometime. I have tried a few things you have made and they have turned out great- but not as pretty as yours. Have a look when you have time:

link to

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Can’t wait to see what you will come up with next!

May 31, 2009 05:37 PM
Cata said...

You never stop surprising us, every time I check your posts a whole new world opens!! Thanks.
and yes I notice pops everywhere since you were at Martha´s.

May 31, 2009 05:56 PM
khounnala72 said...

Love it Love it Love it….Will be makin these for my girlfriend’s Bday and mother in law’s bday next month. Love this website!

May 31, 2009 06:18 PM
Isadora Herzog said...

I’ve always wanted to try this recipe, but never did thinking it would be too difficult. Now that you showed us how to do it right I can try it! Thanks!

May 31, 2009 06:21 PM
Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hahahaha I love how you find a way to convert everything into pops. :)
Super cute

May 31, 2009 06:21 PM
Bakerella said...

erin@vittles – you should at least try the cake balls. They are yummy and easy.

Kristy – I did!

Donna – That’s awesome. Send pics if you have any.

Ladybug – the colored melts are tinted vanilla flavored candy coating. They also make peanut butter flavored. Also, what about a royal icing coating?

Mags – That is such a huge compliment. Thank you so much.

FlipFlopMom – A few days for sure.

Shannon – Too sweet? that doesn’t register. Seriously, though, try adding less frosting next time or even a different flavor.

Anita – I totally understand.

Whitney – I’ve done peanut butter balls, but not on sticks yet.

Mish – Yuuuummmmy

Ashley’s Cakes and More! – I’ve never tried that stuff. Go for it.

Yummy in my tummy – I don’t even know what you are talking about. Your stuff looks fabulous!

May 31, 2009 06:35 PM
Samara Link said...

Hi, there! What lovely creations. They look amazing. It’s so nice of you to share your ideas and how to’s with us. I haven’t been following your blog for too long. So, last night I went back and looked at some posts. I can’t believe you’ve met Paula, Martha and Emril. Seriously awesome! You have incredible talents and it seems also like you carry with you a fabulous energy. I enjoy your blog so much! Thanks for sharing with us.

May 31, 2009 06:46 PM
Baking Monster said...

I think paula deen made these on ellen once they look so good!

May 31, 2009 06:50 PM
Just for Knits n Giggles said...

I can’t say I saw it coming, cause I thought the last cheesecake post was for cheesecake balls before I got the page loaded!! But I am SO glad you did this, cause I didn’t want to experiment by myself!! NOW I know I can do it! Love it!

May 31, 2009 06:50 PM
sarah said...

Yummy! I think these will be a hit with the teachers this week. Last year I made your mothers day cupcakes with those adorable flowers – they still talk about them…. thanks for the never ending goodness of everything you share! YUM!

May 31, 2009 07:04 PM
Cocinando cosas ricas said...

Delicious, chocolate and cheesecake, my favorites.

May 31, 2009 07:15 PM
Tara said...

i LOVE that book! My best friend got it for me last year and we go through it all the time – such good stuff and SO cute :) My favorite thing I’ve made was the suger crusted brownies – the sugar crust made them easy and unique.

May 31, 2009 07:43 PM
superk said...

I am excited to try and make these, I have to tell you i made the cheesecake yesterday!!!!! I am not or was not a baker ;) It came out delicios, major crack circle in the middle, but i am very proud anyway, cause it taste PERFECT!! I will give it another try, i think i over mixed, with hand mixer, thats all i have ;)…Thanks for your blog…

May 31, 2009 07:44 PM
charonfamily said...

I love reading your blog, and my husband doesn’t mind either! I LOVE YOUR posts. They put a smile on my face that lasts atleast a full day! THANK YOU!


May 31, 2009 07:54 PM
BeachMama said...

oh my sounds like Heaven on a stick! I could just imagine the deliciousness of popping one of those in my mouth. Will definitely try this.

May 31, 2009 08:00 PM
Glama Ray said...

These are just pure heaven on a stick! I can hear the harp music playing in the distance.

May 31, 2009 08:27 PM
Tiercy said...

i can’t wait to make these for my husband!! I love the original cake pops and can’t wait to make them again.

May 31, 2009 08:45 PM
Dori said...

Looks like i just found my next goody project… Yummm

May 31, 2009 09:18 PM
cedens said...

ah bakerella you are a genius! on the same thought as your cheesecake pops, have you seen these mini cheesecake pans? link to
too cute.

May 31, 2009 10:01 PM
Katis Kupcakes said...

Bakerella, Adorable as always!! Thanks for posting the website for the liners–so cute, I’m obsessed with finding new liners, starting to think I need to create my own! Anyway, your cheesecake pops are so cute. I just posted about making your cupcake pops for my son’s first grade class–I think I was the hit of the first grade that day–read the story on my blog if you’d like ( Thanks again for sharing your great ideas all the time!!!

May 31, 2009 10:28 PM
Katis Kupcakes said...

oops–forgot to mention that I still think my pops look like shower caps on top–I guess I need to accept that, lol!! You are the queen of the pops!!!

May 31, 2009 10:30 PM
Life of a Firefighter's Wife said...

Oh wow! These look so good, they’re getting made ASAP! My husband doesn’t like cake, so I usually end up eating it all myself (bad) or letting my children help me eat it all (worse). But he does eat cheesecake!

– Katie

May 31, 2009 10:30 PM
Brooke said...

I love these!!! Your photos are beautiful like always :) I’m curious though.. how do you get the pink background behind your picture of the pops? Is is photoshop or something?

Thanks for the help!!
Happy baking!


May 31, 2009 10:39 PM
trish_punch said...

Ooooh…cheesecake and chocolate. I have a chocolate raspberry cheesecake recipe around here somewhere. Maybe I could make that filling and coat it in the white confectioners coating…

Where's that dang recipe?! :))

I also want to say that your photography on your blog is great! Lots of detail and great, yummy color. :))

May 31, 2009 11:24 PM
Brandy said...

YEA!!! I Have been looking for a good recipe/test for these..I plan on making them for a wedding shower..I want to do a key lime type…Do you think white chocolate would be too rich??

May 31, 2009 11:36 PM
Robin said...

Hope you have Amazon Affiliate, I just ordered that book! It looks awesome :)
All Things Heart and Home

June 1, 2009 12:25 AM
Mythreesons said...

I seriously do not know how you keep them so perfectly round! I tried these last Valentine’s Day and they were SUCH a mess, I swore I’d never try them again. But after seeing your beautiful ones and reading the key lime idea from above, it makes me want to try just once more… aughhh! But they were soooo messy! Love yours, as usual.

June 1, 2009 01:35 AM
Nancy Smith said...

I make your cake truffles on a regular basis and they are always a hit. These look like a slam dunk! Thank you for always sharing!

June 1, 2009 01:58 AM
Lucy said...

MMMM perfect combination! I gain about 10 lbs every time I visit your blog!

June 1, 2009 02:42 AM
Sue Sparks said...

They look SO pretty!

I have that cookbook, and I love all the photos,graphics and recipes!

Also, THIS MONTH I did my FIRST Daring Bakers challenge(apple strudel) and it was so much fun!

I am such a fan of your blog!

June 1, 2009 03:01 AM
jenny said...

As if I haven’t been driving myself crazy making 2 different themed cake pops for my children to take to school for their end of the year parties you have to add cheesecake pops!!! EEEEK I will never be able to rest :) I have fallen in love with these since discovering them at Easter when, of course, I just had to make the bunnies, chicks, and eggs. I may have to limit my viewing of your blog to once a month.

June 1, 2009 03:03 AM
Emily said...

I love you for making these. I actually love you for making everything you make.

I hate the fact that I can’t make any of it because I’m on a “diet”. Why oh WHY can’t cheesecake pops fit into my diet?!

June 1, 2009 03:10 AM
MonikaC said...

A new favorite! I think I’m in love!

June 1, 2009 03:43 AM
Bakerella said...

Samara Link – Thank You!

Baking Monster – I think you’re right. She’s done these, too.

Superk – YAY! I think I will try that recipe again with the water bath to see if it helps.

cedens – I have. It is cute. I’m just afraid of losing all those discs.

Brooke – It’s just colored papers.

Brandy – Not for me.

Robin – I think you’ll like it. Even if you only look at it.

Jenny – You’ll be missing out. I have more cute cake pops to show.

June 1, 2009 04:11 AM
Lara Starr said...

Look yummy!

Tip for all – 8oz yogurt containers work very well for melting the candy melts and dipping cake pops.

They are narrow and deep and you can toss ’em when your done – SWEET!

-Lara Starr

June 1, 2009 04:29 AM
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