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Personalized Pops

Cheesecake PopsCheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. I recall my grandmother baking up a delicious cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, topped with cherry pie filling or blueberry filling. I never really liked the topping, so I always ate that first. What stood out in my mind was the creamy cheesecake and graham crust.

I have enjoyed making my own cheesecakes with chocolate, caramel, and even a triple citrus flavor. Cheesecakes are one of my favorite breakfast desserts.

This month, the Daring Bakers baked their own personalized version of cheesecake. Not only did they have our own variations on flavors and decorations but they were personal portions – on a stick! I still haven’t decided if the personal portion makes them easier to have self control or easier to eat “just one more!”

I am incredibly impressed by the colors, flavors, decorations and even packaging of all the cheesecake pops I have seen already! I made one-fifth of the original recipe for cost and freezer space limitations. Mine are covered with a simple bittersweet chocolate coating and rolled in colored candy sprinkles. How would you personalized yours?

Cheesecake Pops

Yield: Makes 10

Source: Adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • heaping 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 scant tablespoon of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 scant tablespoon of heavy cream
  • 100 grams of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon of shortening
  • straws & sprinkles

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Set some water to boil.
  2. 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 egg and the egg yolk, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream.
  3. Pour the batter into 2 1-cup capacity ramekins, coated with cooking spray. Place the ramekins in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes. (With one fifth of the recipe, mine did take right about 35-40 minutes to bake.)
  4. 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. (I refrigerated them for a couple of days.)
  5. When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls (these were soft and sticky and very hard to shape!) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a straw into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours. (Because of my freezer, this took about 24 hours.)
  6. When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate and 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.
  7. 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. Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set.
  8. Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.
http://www.provechoperu.com/2008/04/cheesecake-pops/

Cheesecake Pops are being served up as the April Daring Bakers Challenge. The Cheesecake pops were chosen by this months hostesses, Deborah from Taste and Tell and Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms. Please visit the Daring Bakers Blogroll to see what other perfect cakes are being served up today!

Discussion

88 Responses to “Personalized Pops”

  1. Your cheesecake pops look great!

    Posted by HoneyB | April 27, 2008, 7:19 am
  2. Well done – yours look fantastic!

    Posted by kim at allconsuming | April 27, 2008, 7:44 am
  3. Your pops look great! Wonderful job on this month’s challenge!

    Posted by Deborah | April 27, 2008, 7:55 am
  4. Gretchen, your pops look so pretty…wasn’t it a fun challenge :-)

    Posted by sunita | April 27, 2008, 8:15 am
  5. Too cute, just too cute! How do you get the writing on the photos? I love the personalization of it.

    Posted by Kim | April 27, 2008, 8:18 am
  6. Good job! I decorated mine almost exactly like yours…they could be twins! :)

    Posted by Sarah | April 27, 2008, 8:22 am
  7. so adorable!

    Posted by Mary Ann | April 27, 2008, 8:47 am
  8. Pretty pops!

    Posted by Amy J. | April 27, 2008, 8:48 am
  9. The cheesecake pops looks so cute and colorful :)

    Posted by Anne | April 27, 2008, 8:51 am
  10. beautiful pops! Clever idea to scale the recipe to 1/5. I scaled mine down to 3/5 too, to save cost and freezer space. :)

    Posted by Mandy | April 27, 2008, 9:27 am
  11. Super cute! I love the thick coating of sprinkles.

    Posted by Bumblebutton | April 27, 2008, 9:28 am
  12. Your cheesecake pops look great! love the straws

    Posted by Christine | April 27, 2008, 9:37 am
  13. I think its easier to eat just one more! Their so whimsical! Love them!

    Posted by Megan | April 27, 2008, 9:54 am
  14. This was pretty expensive challenge in the cheesecake alone. But you did a wonderful job.

    Posted by glamah16 | April 27, 2008, 10:06 am
  15. I never thought of cheesecake for breakfast before, but why not? Your pops are very cute! Next time I will definitely scale the recipe down too, because I think I’m in the “just one more” camp.

    Posted by Susan | April 27, 2008, 10:10 am
  16. What a beautiful job you did in personalizing Your pops Gretchen:D

    Posted by Bellini Valli | April 27, 2008, 10:12 am
  17. Gretchen yours are wonderful, pretty pretty.Um “personal portion makes them easier to have self control or easier to eat “just one more!” sorry you brought that last part up ;))These are just fun and great to eat.

    Posted by MyKitchenInHalfCups | April 27, 2008, 10:12 am
  18. Yours are so festive looking!j

    Posted by jasmine | April 27, 2008, 10:19 am
  19. So pretty, Gretchen! I love the top picture, and the exclamation point: “Pops!” That’s exactly how I thought of these…not “cheesecake pops”, but “cheesecake pops!!!” Adorable.

    Posted by Amy | April 27, 2008, 10:27 am
  20. Beautiful! They are making me crave them again. I made the full batch, but luckily had family visiting so I pushed all the pops on them :)

    Posted by Nemmie | April 27, 2008, 10:52 am
  21. I love the colors of your Pops!

    Posted by Scuttle | April 27, 2008, 10:54 am
  22. So pretty! My God haven’t the gorgeously decorated pops all over the world been fun to see!And I couldn’t agree more.. cheesecake makes the ultimate breakfast of champions. :Dxoxo

    Posted by Lis | April 27, 2008, 10:56 am
  23. Cute little pops! You did a great job, Gretchen! Mine were kind of sloppy:))

    Posted by farida | April 27, 2008, 11:18 am
  24. These look so cute! They are so pretty and colorful!

    Posted by Erin | April 27, 2008, 11:52 am
  25. Pretty Pops! Love the colors. Nice job on this challenge!

    Posted by Half Baked | April 27, 2008, 12:05 pm
  26. i love the color on yours! so bright and beautiful! i think at 2 ounces, they were just the perfect serving size…but i can see how if you made them a little smaller, you’d want to go back for “just one more” :)

    Posted by Jaime | April 27, 2008, 12:39 pm
  27. I cut the recipe too! Glad they came out!

    Posted by Jerry | April 27, 2008, 1:27 pm
  28. Good work on scaling the recipe so successfully – that is a difficult ratio to use when estimating baking time.

    Posted by Dana McCauley | April 27, 2008, 1:51 pm
  29. Your cheesecake pops are so cute! I love the color. This cheesecake recipe was so creamy and good that my family had a hard time keeping out of the cheesecake before I could get them into little balls =D

    Posted by Shandy | April 27, 2008, 2:04 pm
  30. Cute, cute, cute!

    Posted by Aran | April 27, 2008, 2:23 pm
  31. Your pops look so cute! Nicely done!

    Posted by Andrea | April 27, 2008, 2:32 pm
  32. Your pops are so pretty! Only making 1/5 of the recipe sounds like a great idea (I just halfed it).

    Posted by Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen | April 27, 2008, 3:09 pm
  33. Ah, these look terrific. I totally did the same thing (made 1/5). I can’t imagine the mess in my house had I done a full recipe ;)

    Posted by Jen Yu | April 27, 2008, 3:22 pm
  34. Wow, your pops look as though the came directly from the pages of the book. They are so pretty! Thank you for taking the time to post the truncated version of the recipe. That will save me a lot of time in the future as I doubt I’ll ever need a recipe that large again.

    Posted by Julia | April 27, 2008, 3:25 pm
  35. your pops look so pretty! bravo!

    Posted by shellyfish | April 27, 2008, 3:33 pm
  36. your pops look great. the green background really makes them “pop”

    Posted by Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop | April 27, 2008, 3:41 pm
  37. Very pretty, well done! :)

    Posted by Namratha | April 27, 2008, 3:42 pm
  38. LOVE the drinking straws for stick. What a great idea! Well done, Gretchen!!!

    Posted by Maypoppie | April 27, 2008, 3:49 pm
  39. great looking pops!!! I wish I had been patient enough to make mine lovely uniform shapes like yours!

    Posted by Tammy | April 27, 2008, 4:25 pm
  40. Love the idea of the one-bite cheesecake — most of the time, that’s just enough!

    Posted by Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) | April 27, 2008, 5:00 pm
  41. Cheesecake for breakfast…awesome! Tey turned out perfect!

    Posted by Tartelette | April 27, 2008, 5:20 pm
  42. Cute sprinkles! Love you wondering if the size helps with portion control or if it’s easier to have a second, so true! I found one was perfect for me and my kids as these were pretty rich. Nice photos!

    Posted by dobetter | April 27, 2008, 5:21 pm
  43. They look simply delicious! I love the colorful sprinkles.

    Posted by L Vanel | April 27, 2008, 5:24 pm
  44. your pops came out looking great! and i’m so impressed you scaled down to 1/5 (i sometimes have problems with just 1/2! haha)

    Posted by mimi | April 27, 2008, 5:30 pm
  45. I am impressed by your candy rolling skills as your pops look extra delicious.

    Posted by Jenny | April 27, 2008, 6:48 pm
  46. Hi Gretchen…your pops are fabulous. They’re looking ever so pretty & love the idea of bittersweet in the topping!! Way to go or rather, WAY TO POP!! Cheers

    Posted by Passionate baker...& beyond | April 27, 2008, 7:07 pm
  47. Hi Gretchen…your pops are fabulous. They’re looking ever so pretty & love the idea of bittersweet in the topping!! Way to go or rather, WAY TO POP!! Cheers

    Posted by Passionate baker...& beyond | April 27, 2008, 7:07 pm
  48. These look great! My favorite part of cheesecake when I was little was the crust, yum.

    Posted by Jenny | April 27, 2008, 7:11 pm
  49. love the colors on your cheesecake pops…so lively!You did a gorgeous job on them!

    Posted by Veron | April 27, 2008, 7:14 pm
  50. Beautiful! Love the candy sprinkles!

    Posted by culinography | April 27, 2008, 8:12 pm
  51. Such sweet pops – the sprinkles are terrific!

    Posted by Katie B. | April 27, 2008, 8:40 pm
  52. The sprinkles look great, well done!

    Posted by Brilynn | April 27, 2008, 9:40 pm
  53. Beautiful job, Gretchen! Your pops look so pretty!

    Posted by StickyGooeyCreamyChewy | April 27, 2008, 9:49 pm
  54. Lovely pops Gretchen!

    Posted by Cakelaw | April 27, 2008, 10:00 pm
  55. adorable! love those sprinkles!

    Posted by steph- whisk/spoon | April 27, 2008, 10:48 pm
  56. your cheesecake pops are so yummy looking! I just joined daring bakers and ill be starting next month! yeay!

    Posted by Lina | April 28, 2008, 2:27 am
  57. I *love* those sprinkles! So fabulously colourful.

    Posted by KayKat | April 28, 2008, 3:58 am
  58. Gretchen, your pops look wonderful! I love the fun decorations.

    Posted by Suzana | April 28, 2008, 4:13 am
  59. They look delicious!

    Posted by L Vanel | April 28, 2008, 5:30 am
  60. Your pops look great! You’ve done a great job on this month’s challenge!!Rosie x

    Posted by Rosie | April 28, 2008, 7:11 am
  61. Very pretty! you did a great job!Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | April 28, 2008, 8:34 am
  62. Very pretty! you did a great job!Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | April 28, 2008, 8:34 am
  63. Very pretty! you did a great job!Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | April 28, 2008, 8:34 am
  64. Very pretty! you did a great job!Cheers,Rosa

    Posted by Rosa's Yummy Yums | April 28, 2008, 8:34 am
  65. They look so cute! I love the round sprinkles you used. Good job!

    Posted by Cookie baker Lynn | April 28, 2008, 8:35 am
  66. These look OOH so yummy…I`ve had you on my bloglines for awhile and I LOVE your recipes.AmyTrujillo, Peruhomeschoolblogger.com/amada

    Posted by amada | April 28, 2008, 9:27 am
  67. So adorable! I love your decorations! Brilliant!

    Posted by Tarah | April 28, 2008, 9:32 am
  68. How pretty. Don’t you think this would be perfect for Mother’s Day brunch? :)

    Posted by marias23 | April 28, 2008, 9:42 am
  69. They turned out so pretty – can’t wait to try them out!

    Posted by Chez US | April 28, 2008, 10:23 am
  70. These look great! Yum!

    Posted by Dayna | April 28, 2008, 10:49 am
  71. These look totally festive :)I can’t believe it took you a day of freezing to get these done, I don’t think I have that kind of patience! Mine got done really fast!

    Posted by KayKat | April 28, 2008, 12:17 pm
  72. Great job! I never thought of using straws for the holders!I think I prefer the individual portions. Even 2-3 don’t make up a slice. And one skewer made for the perfect after-breakfast treat!Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

    Posted by Christina | April 28, 2008, 1:00 pm
  73. I love the jewel tone candy colors..so regal! :)

    Posted by Laurie | April 28, 2008, 1:31 pm
  74. What fun, now I wish I had thought of using sprinkles! Your photography is just stunning, by the way. :)

    Posted by Hannah | April 28, 2008, 4:21 pm
  75. I am having such a lovely time looking at all you Daring Bakers cheesecake pops! I especially love yours with all the colors!

    Posted by rebekka | April 28, 2008, 4:27 pm
  76. I loved this challenge! Mine were dipped in chocolate, and I rolled half in roasted almonds and half in crushed Oreo cookies. Yours are lovely!

    Posted by Jasmine | April 28, 2008, 4:54 pm
  77. That was so clever to divide the recipe by 5! Although, that was not an option for me since I have a HUGE sweet tooth. Your Pops are beautiful – I love all the sprinkles.xoxox Amy

    Posted by familiabencomo | April 28, 2008, 6:11 pm
  78. Cheesecake for breakfast is a great idea! Nice looking pops!

    Posted by Kevin | April 28, 2008, 6:56 pm
  79. I love all the pretty colors in yours!

    Posted by Tracy | April 28, 2008, 9:07 pm
  80. Pie filling and cheesecake – ugh! My family did that too. :)

    Posted by Sara | April 28, 2008, 11:25 pm
  81. Yours came out really well, the sprinkles are lovely – make me smile :)

    Posted by Kelly-Jane | April 29, 2008, 1:11 pm
  82. Cheesecake for breakfast… I LOVE it. Great job with April’s challenge!

    Posted by Dolores | April 29, 2008, 1:57 pm
  83. Beautiful pops! I definitely think that the individual size makes puts these in the “just one more” category.

    Posted by Sandicita | April 29, 2008, 3:19 pm
  84. Cute Cute Cute! I love polka dots and these just look like a party waiting to happen!

    Posted by Texana | April 29, 2008, 5:26 pm
  85. O.M.G.!!!I LOVE that you used straws for the sticks – they’re ADORABLE… what a clever clever girl you are. I’m so envious – i wish MY head worked so well!They’re beautiful… I loved them!

    Posted by Fin | April 30, 2008, 12:33 pm
  86. Your pops are smashing! Well done!

    Posted by Merav | April 30, 2008, 2:33 pm
  87. The sticks made cheesecake even more edible. :) Your pops are so adorable! Great job!

    Posted by Amy | May 2, 2008, 2:29 pm
  88. So fun and pretty!

    Posted by creampuff | May 4, 2008, 4:14 pm

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