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.

Cheesecake

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.

Sprinkles

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 www.confectioneryhouse.com

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

Closer.

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
Sprinkles
Lollipop sticks
Wax paper
Dark chocolate, chopped
Graham cracker crumbs
Dipping bowl
Styrofoam block

and…

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.

Enjoy!

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Cheri Morgan said...

HI

How long can these stay in the fridge for after they are all completed? Thanks

August 8, 2011 02:01 PM
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Jen said...

Can I make these and then decorate like the Hello Kitty ones posted on the site? Not sure if they will be too lumpy looking…

August 17, 2011 07:56 PM
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Kim said...

I LOVE your site, as well as this recipe, this is the first one I tried after “stumbling” upon your page. Your pics are astounding!!!!Thanks for sharing, your recipes are amazing!!!

September 23, 2011 06:54 PM
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Sanna said...

I can’t wait to give this a try! I’ve already bought the sticks and some pink candy melt. So i only have to get my hand on cheesecake ingredients and i’m ready to go!

October 20, 2011 07:04 AM
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L Williams said...

please email me the recipe for cake pops and cheesecake pops.
Thank You

November 2, 2011 04:18 PM
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Gina said...

YUUUMMMMMYYY

November 15, 2011 02:25 PM
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Deborah said...

i was just wondering how you get the pops to come out completely round. I haven’t tried yet but the part of the pop that’s resting on the try doesn’t become flat? (the thin melted chocolate layer, as it’s hardening)

Thanks!

November 30, 2011 12:59 AM
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Natalie said...

Can you freeze these after you make them? Or just put them in the fridge

December 21, 2011 12:08 AM
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natalie Walsh said...

another question…….is there technique/tips for making the ball shape I found that part difficult

December 21, 2011 02:33 PM
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Anonymous said...

im soooooooooooooooooooooo FATT!!!!!!!

PHAATTTT

December 21, 2011 08:36 PM
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kim kardashian ; D said...

if i were there i would eat everything in a twinkling of an eye cuz do u know why cuz im……… FFFAAAAATTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

numnumnum!!!!!

December 21, 2011 08:38 PM
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rebeka.y said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 21, 2011 08:39 PM
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RAQUEL.Y said...

I WOULD SHOVE ALL OF THOSE CAKE POPS IN MY MOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

i lovee cake pops. plus i weigh 567 POUNDS!!! im so proud of myself i dont need jillian michaels . forget working out im sticking with the PHAT PEOPLE!!!! YO YO YO

December 21, 2011 08:43 PM
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Cheesecake: A Creative Mistake « whatabbiebaked said...

[...] Earlier in the week I was browsing through http://www.bakerella.com and found an AMAZING recipe for cheesecake pops. Don’t know what they are? I didn’t either. They seem to be a combination of “lollipop” and “cheesecake”, resulting in “cheesecake pops“. [...]

January 8, 2012 11:00 AM
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jenny said...

cant wait to try this….hmmmmm

January 10, 2012 07:36 PM
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Sheena said...

I really want to try these for valentines day but what can I use instead of Graham Cracker crumbles? They dont’ have graham crackers in Australia!

January 18, 2012 01:03 AM
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Corina said...

These look so yummy! For the Graham cracker crumbs do I buy Graham crackers and just crumble them up? Thank you:)

January 28, 2012 09:10 PM
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stefanie said...

going to try these out tommarrow with the rest of my plain jane cheese cake!

February 1, 2012 01:17 PM
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Andrea lipez said...

Thiz iz soo kool

February 15, 2012 11:11 PM
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Crystal T said...

im just curious how it will turn out as soon as you rolled them into a ball and graham cracker if you used a fine tip turkey flavor injector and shot some rasp. cherry, caramel or choc filling in the center then freezing them then doing the choc coating. yummm that sounds even better. :)

February 20, 2012 06:42 PM
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Tanya Milbrodt said...

That sounds SUPER yummy and they turned out so cute. I have a great White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake recipe… I will have to play around & try this!!

February 26, 2012 08:34 PM
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Pudding Cups « Prismatic Pastimes said...

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March 13, 2012 04:30 AM
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Teresa said...

If making the cheesecake from scratch, do you think you could use the cake pop pans, you know like the ones you see on TV? I got a couple of those pans for Christmas. But I have never made cheesecake from scratch. This would eliminate the ball making process!

March 22, 2012 11:51 AM
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Georgia said...

I’ve made the cake pops before which were a huge success. I made them a few days before & kept them in an air tight container and they were just as moist as the 1st day I made them. Now I would like to attempt the cheesecake pops…my question is how far in advance can I make them & how do I store them so they taste just as good as the 1st day & not get a “fridge” smell/taste. Would I leave them standing uncovered in the styrafoam board? I have room in my fridge to do that but didnt know if there was a better/different/smarter way. Thank you!!

March 27, 2012 10:10 AM
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Stephanie said...

OMG I can’t wait to try these. Thank you so much for the ideas.

March 29, 2012 08:30 PM
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May 23, 2012 12:06 AM
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PATTY said...

Where is the Plain Jane Cheesecake recipe?? the link takes me somewhere else. Help! thank you!!

June 4, 2012 04:39 PM
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June 16, 2012 04:48 PM
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maa said...

I LIKE THIS IDEA

July 9, 2012 01:13 PM
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Cheesecake Lollipops, Yummie! « Lifestyle Amour said...

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July 24, 2012 03:17 PM
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tina b said...

i wonder if you could cheat and use that cheesecake in the tub…instead of baking a whole cheese cake……Im all for easier..

September 17, 2012 10:43 AM
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Foggy Morning Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls | Bakerlady said...

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September 26, 2012 01:38 PM
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cheesecake (and a few pops!) | andmorefood said...

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October 4, 2012 10:38 PM
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Tacora said...

How about cheescake pops that looks like cheese :-)

November 13, 2012 12:32 AM
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December 17, 2012 12:39 PM
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Cheesecake Balls | Real Housemoms said...

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January 17, 2013 09:01 AM
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January 31, 2013 07:01 PM
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February 1, 2013 08:43 AM
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susan said...

Wheres the recipe

February 4, 2013 11:38 PM
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June 16, 2013 10:13 PM
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Leigh said...

Love your idea, bakerella, especially this one! Please go to my blog, it’s about my business on a virtual online fashion game but it’s open to anyone, not just those who work for me or use the website. I put that as my website.

July 30, 2013 05:03 PM
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Linda said...

Just discovered your site, love what you do. These cheesecake pops are a must try. Any ideas on any strawberry like coating (similar to eating cheesecake w/ strawberry topping)?

October 24, 2013 03:42 AM
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Skylar said...

Incredible ouo I’m making my mum make these for Christmas and the football game xD Looks so yummy *o* Can’t wait to eat them!

December 14, 2013 02:07 PM
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Hannah said...

Mmmmm! I’m totally trying those next!

February 24, 2014 12:46 AM
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bec said...

those look so good my keyboard is wet.

March 26, 2014 03:44 PM
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MIMI GRAM GRAM said...

I did some similar with leftover cheesecake from Costco and since the crust ads a lot of flavor and texture I stirred it all in together and YUM-O. A totally fabulous dessert. Thanks for the recipes.

March 29, 2014 08:30 PM
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Hannah said...

Wow, those look amazing! I am totally trying those :)! Thanks for sharing!

April 8, 2014 06:15 PM
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