Take advantage of fresh strawberries by making Cannoli Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries. They are a delicious no bake dessert!
Strawberry Recipe Obsession
Lately, I’ve become just a little obsessed with strawberries. Have you seen the strawberries in the supermarket? Every time I see the clear containers piled high with the huge, juicy, red berries, I’m reminded that this cold, bitter weather will come to an end soon. Luckily, Florida strawberry season is December through April and strawberries are the bright spot in winter.
Shortly after Florida strawberry season ends, I start to see local strawberries in my markets. Hooray! Let strawberry season continue!
Here are more of the strawberry recipes I have been making:
- Strawberry Mango Smoothie
- Balsamic Brown Sugar Strawberries
- Strawberry Feta Skewers with Basil
- Double Strawberry Muffins Made Healthier
- Strawberry French Toast Sliders with Cannoli Cream
Ingredients needed for Cannoli Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Ricotta cheese - You can use part skim or whole milk.
Cream cheese - Both full fat and light cream cheese work here too.
Powdered sugar - This makes the filling sweet.
Vanilla extract - This adds extra flavor to the filling. Substitute almond extra if you'd like.
Fresh Strawberries - Make sure to get nice red berries.
Mini Chocolate Chips and Crushed Graham Crackers - They are both used as garnishes. You can easily leave them out or substitute crushed nuts or just sprinkle with powdered sugar.
How to Make Cheesecake Filled Strawberries
The filling is mixed together and stuffed inside a big juicy berry. You can use a pastry bag to pipe the filling and make it look really fancy or you can stuff them with a small spoon. They really taste great both ways.
I sprinkle them with mini chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs but you can also use chopped nuts, powdered sugar or another garnish that you may like.. These stuffed berries are so easy to make but you will get plenty of compliments when you serve these to friends or family.
If I am making these for a party or company, I prefer to make the filling in advance and refrigerate it. Then I can fill the strawberries right before I am about to serve them. The bigger the strawberries, the more filling I can get in these babies!
While this is a decadent dessert, it is lighter and less calories than a cannoli or a rich piece of baked cheesecake. It includes sweet strawberries which is nature’s candy. So that’s also healthy, right? Just think, you are getting a dose of fiber and vitamin C in your dessert.
Tips for making stuffed strawberries
- After removing the stems, I like to slice the berries across the bottom to make them lay flat on a plate.
- The berries can be hollowed out with a small knife or a cross can be cut through the top of the berry and then opened up to stuff the filling inside. I prefer the cross because I want to keep as much of the berry intact as possible.
- I use a pound of berries for this recipe which is usually about 16 to 20 strawberries. But they are all different sizes so you will have to adjust how many you can fill depending on their size.
- The strawberries can be filled an hour in advance but I would not do them too far in advance because when they sit, the juices start to escape which will make things messy.
- If your grocery store, does not carry good fresh strawberries, why not ask your produce manager for them? Because if you are not getting great strawberries, you are really missing out.
More No Bake Dessert Recipes
Since I do not bake very often, I love using fresh strawberries for no- bake desserts. Some may call me lazy but I consider a no- bake dessert smart. While baking requires a hot oven and precision in measuring ingredients, this stuffed strawberry recipe requires just a hand mixer and some simple ingredients.
Here are more favorite recipes:
- Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
- Cannoli Dip with Cinnamon Chips
- Grilled Apricots with Cinnamon, Ricotta and Honey
- Nutella Cheesecake Dip
- Lemon Cheesecake Mousse via Krazy Kitchen Mom
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Cannoli Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 16 ounce container of strawberries
- Mini chocolate chips for garnish
- Graham cracker crumbs for garnish
- In a medium size bowl, beat together cream cheese, ricotta cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix for about two minutes or until smooth.
- Refrigerate mixture until ready to stuff strawberries.
- Remove stems from strawberries and slice across so that strawberries will lay flat on a plate. Hollow out the top of a strawberry or make a cross in the top so there is room for filling.
- Pipe some filling into each strawberry. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs before serving.
First Published February 2018 ; Last Updated February 2021