Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cheesecake Pops

The Daring Bakers are at it again, this time they are in the pop business. Cheesecake Pops that is. The recipe was chosen by Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms and Deborah from Taste and Tell. This was a fun recipe, a little tedious, but worth it if you’re into cute desserts.

The recipe was easy to put together and easily halved. This is what I did. I used two 6-inch pans, one was a cake pan and the second pan was a spring form. The cheesecake in the spring form pan did not stick at all, not on the bottom or sides. Once I realized this, I shouted a loud woo-hoo!

The reason is, I am all for cheesecakes that are graham cracker free. Remember the cheesecake that I raved about? Well, this is it. See, I told you it was worth the wait. Most of you probably had the recipe in your hands the whole time (insert evil laugh)!

The cheesecake was excellent. I am definitely going to make this again as a large cheesecake. The cheesecake pops I made were dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with colorful non-perils. I found cute labels and used them as “flags” for the popsicles sticks. Since, I give away almost everything that I bake; I placed the pops on treat cups and took them to work to be enjoyed by all.

Cheesecake Pops

From Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor


Five 8-ounce packages of cream cheese at room temperature.
2 cups of sugar
¼ cup of AP flour
¼ teaspoon of salt
5 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
¼ cup of heavy cream
Boiling water
Thirty to forty lollipop sticks
1 pound of assorted chocolate for dipping and decorating


Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat (on low speed) together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. Add the whole eggs and then the yolks making sure to beat well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and heavy cream.

Lightly grease a 10-inch pan. Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan and place in a larger pan. Fill the roasting pan with boiling water until the water reaches half way up the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and lightly browned on top, about 35-45 minutes.

Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours.

When cold and firm scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Insert a lollipop into each of the balls and freeze uncovered 1-2 hours.

Prepare the dipping chocolate. Dip the cheesecake pops in your choice of chocolate and decorate with sprinkles. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

69 comments:

chriesi said...

These look lovely!

glamah16 said...

Beautiful job Gigi. Your in your element.

Pixie said...

They turned out great, like the little flags ;)

Grace said...

i take a lot of my creations to work, too. needless to say, i'm a highly valued employee. :)

picture perfect pops, gigi. nicely done!

zorra said...

White beauties! I love the cheesecake and will make a big one too.

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

they look delicious and perfect as ever Gigi! You are fantastic baking!
Wonderful job dear!
Silvia

KJ said...

So cute!!!

Deborah said...

I should have guessed that cheesecake was for these! They look so beautiful in white - great job!

Katie said...

Wow they look gorgeous Gigi.
Arh so that’s the recipe for the cheesecake in the previous post! You are sneaky.

Jerry said...

They look like little truffles! Wonderful!

Mandy said...

love the flags idea. It looks right out of Martha Stewart's magazine. In my book, this is a good thing. ;)

VeggieGirl said...

Gigi, your cheesecake pops for this month's Daring Bakers Challenge are undeniably tantalizing - excellent work!! Enjoy them :0)

jasmine said...

Yours look so pretty and perfect for spring with your coloured flags...

j

Megan said...

I like them in thier own little treat cups! very cute!

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your cheesecake pops. I love the white chocolate too.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Terrific Gigi! Yours is the first white chocolate I've seen. I think these are just such a perfect serving size! Well maybe two please.
Just thought this one was FUN! and will use it again!

Tartelette said...

Love the pastel flags! You did a wonderful job again!

Half Baked said...

Soo cute. love the litte flags! ibet your friends were happy to take these off your hands!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Gigi, your cheesecake pops look classy, they're gorgeous!

Casey said...

these look adorable...i too like the flag idea. and might i just say that I want to take a chomp out of your blog banner? :)

Melanie said...

So cute! I love the flags and the white chocolate coating makes them look very elegant.

Julia said...

These are so undeniably pretty! Almost too pretty to eat but not quite. Wow, I'm just blown away! Bravo!

Katie B. said...

Stunning pops! I love the unfussy elegance! Great job!

Jen Yu said...

Oh girl, that photo of those beautiful cheesecake pops makes me almost forget how dang sticky they were to roll. You've got a great touch. Gorgeous.

Mary Ann said...

so cute~!

Christine said...

Your cheesecake pops are beautiful!

Laurie said...

These are beautiful Gig, very eleganti!
I'm so glad I found your blog..it's good to see California neighbors here!
Ciao!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Absolutely stunning &'calm' looking pops!... Beautiful!!

Kristen said...

Those are gorgeous looking pops! Well done :)

dobetter said...

I love them! They look like the perfect pops. The white chocolate with the sprinkles and flags are wonderful together. You really have an "eye" for being able to pull things together. Well Done!

Augustina said...

Wow, your pops look so adorable! Great job!!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

two great desserts out of one cheesecake recipe--good goin'! i love your little white pops. they look like spring!

aisha said...

they look so heavenly and ethereal! Great job!

Antonio Tahhan said...

yea, I also halved the recipe. although, that didn't stop me from eating most of the pops myself, haha!
I love the little flags on yours, very original!

my food affair said...

how beautiful!! i love the little flags!! -kk

Bakerette said...

I love the flags. I just saw your blog for the first time and it's really great!

Maria said...

WOW now I love your Cheesecake Pops. I think the white chocolate makes them look more elegant than the dark chocolate.

Maria
x

LyB said...

The colors are so soft, very beautiful! I'm thinking I need to make some cheesecake pops or at least some cheesecake, there's so much temptation on the blogosphere these days! :)

Big Boys Oven said...

ooh so creative and so well captured through your lense!

Hannah said...

How cute, I love the flags! It's the perfect finishing touch.

Mara said...

those look SO DARN CUTE!!!! love em. but i agree with some of the others who said crust is the best part!!! :D

Barbara said...

Beautiful pops! Love the white chocolate.

HoneyB said...

I like the white chocolate coating best...they look so lovely!

BigBear said...

Those cheesecake pops are the GREATEST! I used to get treats like that because my live-in girlfriend, chiff0nade, is (well, "was") a trained pastry chef.

But she hasn't been well lately, and now I have to enjoy reading about great pastries on the blogs.

As soon as I can convince Chiffy to go back to rehab, we should be fine.

Lori said...

great pops. I love the white chocolate. They look so cute with their little flags.

culinography said...

These are just lovely! I'm pretty popular with my co-workers right now, too. :)

Tarah said...

Ah, yes! Finally some white chocolate Cheesecake Pops! Love them! They look adorable!

Tracy said...

sooooo cute!
Love the flags!

Jenny said...

They look so cute and springy with the white chocolate. Nice job, and I like what you did with the naked cheesecake the post before.

Kevin said...

Your pops look great! I really like the white chocolate!

Jaime said...

wow, those look perfect! so pretty in white! :)

ovenhaven said...

Oh my, the third cheese-y post in a row! Your cheesecake pops look so fun and cute, Gigi! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look beautiful! Very well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

marias23 said...

Oh. My. Lord. White chocolate on an already decadent cheesecake? Gigi, you're making me hungry!!!

~Amber~ said...

Beautiful looking cheesecake pops!

Janna said...

Beautiful!
I love the little flags. Where did you get them?

Tempered Woman said...

they look so freaking cute! What did your coworkers think? That they hit the jackpot or what!?!? ;-)
And yes...you are evil. very very evil. I bet you were cackling the entire time to posted your last post, weren't you?!?!

Brilynn said...

Love the flags on your pops, they look great!

Janna said...

Gigi, thanks for the scoop on the flags. I love them! I really want to host someone's baby shower just to make these cute pops with coordinated flags.

That little box I used to gift the cuppies was a Wilton cupcake box. It has little round holes to keep the cupcakes from toppling over. Michael's only had that pattern. I really wanted a raw paper look, but I just worked the pink instead.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Such cute pops! I love your presentation.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Awww the flags are an adorable touch!

Merav said...

Your pops are adorable! Love the pastel colors with the white chocolate...well done!

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Looks great!

Mallow said...

These are gorgeous. Everybody's versions look so different!

Mara said...

i went to a nearby Michaels yesterday and they didn't have the flags in the Martha section! i will try another one this wkd..!!

Jeanne said...

Oh my! Your goodies are amazing!

Dolores said...

I'm with Jerry... they look like truffles on a stick. Great job Gigi!

Rosie said...

Oh these are So cute and I adore the flags :)

Rosie x

Dori said...

Your cheesecake pops look so cute! I bet you are very popular with your co-workers when you're bringing in those! :)

Where did you buy your popsicle sticks for the cheesecake pops? I've been looking for those for a "baby rattle cupcakes" project I saw in a magazine.