Friday, December 28, 2018

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

This Christmas I was able to get my hands on a tin of freeze dried strawberries from Have you tried freeze dried fruit yet? The texture is weird but the flavor is amazing. 
Best of all? If you powder it, it makes for amazing desserts!
There is only 4 ingredients in these little bad boys and they only take about 15 minutes to whip up BUT they rival the most complicated of cookies or truffles. The color is perfect for the Christmas holidays but works for Valentine's Day or Canada Day as well. 
If you like strawberry cheesecake then you will love these little bites. 

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

2 cups freeze dried strawberries
1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup graham cracker crumbs

Take the 2 cups of freeze dried strawberries and pulse them in a blender or food processor until finely ground. You should have just shy of 1 cup of powder. 
In a mixing bowl, combine strawberry powder, cream cheese, and icing sugar.

Stir until well combined.
Using a small cookie scoop (about 1 tbsp) scoop out the bites and place them on a platter lined with plastic wrap. Dip the bottoms of the bites into the graham crumbs. (You can roll the bites in the crumbs but then you will lose most of the lovely pink color!) Chill until ready to serve.

Add them to a tray of cookies/balls for a pop of color - or serve them on their own!

You could also roll them in more powdered strawberries and skip the graham crumbs, if you prefer. 

These bites have all the creaminess of cheesecake in a teeny little bit sized treat. 
Try to eat just one! It can't be done. 

I am excited to try some more strawberry recipes with the freeze dried berries. They pack a huge flavor punch! These will last several days, covered, in the fridge but the graham crumbs will get a bit soggy. No one seemed to mind around here though! If you want to make them up early you could wait until just before serving to dip them in the crumbs. Up to you! 

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