If you are looking for a no-bake red, white and blue dessert, these melting chocolate covered strawberries stuffed in creamy homemade cheesecake are the perfect indulgence. While they look stunning on a display, the truth is layered strawberries are super easy to make and require very little time.
Red, white and blue chocolate dipped strawberries stuffed with creamy homemade cheesecake filling and topped with holiday sprinkles are a perfect July 4th appetizer or dessert that makes a serious impression.
Why this recipe works
Summer Friendly Fruit: Making patriotic strawberries is a must for a 4th of July party. They really are a great no bake holiday dessert and with strawberries in season all summer long, are the perfect fresh fruit to make the most of.
Stuffs with Anything: While we recommend stuffing large strawberries with a homemade cheesecake mixture (as shown), chocolate chip dip or booty dip, strawberries can easily be left whole OR made even more simple by filling with a pre-made cheesecake filling from the store.
Grab and go: Call it a finger food, appetizer or dessert, one chocolate covered cheesecake strawberry is super easy to grab for guests when serving at a potluck or cook out.
Works for Any Holiday: Our strawberries are layered in red, white and blue chocolate (using the strawberry as the “red”) but this trick works for any holiday, birthday or special occasion.
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries – get as large of strawberries as possible for stuffing
- cream cheese – cream cheese can be tough to work with unless its softened. Pull out the box and open foil around cream cheese and sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
- powdered sugar
- half and half
- white candy melts
- royal blue candy melts
- red, white and blue sprinkles
Kitchen Supplies Needed
Before you get started on this recipe, there are a few kitchen supplies you may need. The first is a strawberry huller.
This allows you to hollow out the center of a strawberry to easy add cheese cake, cream cheese, or even a chocolate frosting filling. Its one of those random kitchen items that you will be glad you have around the house because its not a lot of fun hollowing out a strawberry without one.
How to make Dipped Strawberries
Steps 1-2: Cut a small slice off the bottom of a strawberry so it stands up. Cut the top off the strawberry and discard. Scoop out the insides of the strawberry and discard. Pat berries again with paper towel to dry. Let onto a cutting board or baking sheet lined with wax paper.
Steps 3-6: In a microwave safe bowl, work with half a package of candy melts at a time. Heat half the package of white candy melts according to package directions.
- Dip bottom 2/3 of berry into white melted candy.
- Let excess drip into the bowl and place berry on prepared wax paper. Repeat until all berries are dipped.
- Refrigerate to harden before next step.
- Repeat with the royal blue candy melts, but dip the bottom 1/3 of the berry into the candy.
- Refrigerate set to harden before next step.
Steps 7-9: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and half and half until smooth and creamy. Place into a piping bag fitted with a 1M star tip.
Step 10: Pipe filling into each berry. Optionally top with holiday sprinkles, cookie crumbs or graham cracker crumbs as a topping.
Clean out fridge first: There is nothing worse than remembering at the end of a recipe there is no room in the fridge. If you are planning on setting chocolate in the fridge for a quicker set, make sure there is room first!
Use large strawberries: The larger the strawberry, the more cheesecake filling can be stuffed inside.
Parchment paper for no stick: The last thing you want is chocolate covered strawberries to be sticking. Put down a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan and sit strawberries on to properly harden.
Work with one layer at a time: Make sure each chocolate layer is completely set before moving on.
Makes great decoration: These red, white and blue strawberries are SO awesome to eat but don’t discount putting them on cheesecake, cakes or brownies as a topper too!
You could make these the day ahead. I’d store refrigerated and covered. Often what happens is a little of the strawberry juice tends to ooze out and this is what happened on the bottom. It’s no big deal, but just wanted to let you be aware.
Absolutely! Always wash fresh fruit and vegetables to rid them of pesticides and dirt first.
Easy 4th of July Recipes
There is something so fun about making patriotic recipes. The red, white and blue salads, desserts, and appetizer trays are just so festive and beautiful!
I definitely recommend you make up these stuffed strawberries, but if you need more festive food for your party or picnic, also try this easy strawberry poke cake with fresh strawberries, learn how to make red, white and blue layered jello shot, or serve up this Patriotic American Flag Fruit Tray with rows of beautiful fruits in the design of a flag! And if you have never tried Tanghulu Strawberries, which are candied strawberries, they are stunning on an appetizer tray!
Red, white and blue foods are also fun to make for other holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and Labor day!
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