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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

By Krista Low @kristascookin
This summer we spent two weeks at my In-Law's home.  My boys played with their cousins, we cruised around my old stomping grounds, went to the rodeo, to the fair, got raspberry shakes from Bear Lake, ate at In-and-Out, and even made a trip to the amusement park.  But I also was there for a family reunion and my Sister-in-Law's baby shower.
I told my Mother-in-Law I would help her with the food and these were a hit!  When I asked around some ladies loved the filling, some loved the combination of all of it, but my favorite part was the chocolate and graham crackers! They hit the spot and were a perfect addition to baby "W"'s shower.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

1 pkg semi-sweet (or milk) chocolate chips (or baking melts)
2 Tbsp butter or shortening
1 sleeve of graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
1 large container of strawberries or 2 small ones (1 quart)
6 oz cream cheese, softenend
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tsp)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Wash and hull the berries, leaving a hole in the top of each berry.  Dry completely.
In a mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth and creamy.  Transfer into a piping bag or a gallon sized zip lock bag.  Refrigerate until ready to use.
Crush the graham crackers in a ziplock back with a rolling pin or spin in a food processor.  Place in a small bowl and set aside.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
 Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.  Set aside.
In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate with the shortening or butter.  If melting in the microwave cook on high for about 20 seconds.  Remove from the microwave and stir the chocolate.  Return and cook on 10 second increments until the chocolate is smooth.  Do not over cook the chocolate will get thick and lumpy and will not coat the strawberries nicely.  If you are having a hard time with the chocolate you can add more butter/shortening and reheat until smooth again.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Remove the filling from the fridge and pipe into a hollow strawberry.  Dip the filled strawberry in melted chocolate then immediately into the graham cracker crumbs.  Place on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with each strawberry until both pans are full then refrigerate the baking sheets until the chocolate is set.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  The filling can be made a day ahead and the strawberries a few hours in advance.  There were a few left over the next morning, but they didn't last long. so I can't say 100% for sure how long they will last refrigerated.  I would guess about 3 days.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Makes about 70 chocolate covered strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Recognize the cookies? They are my Disappearing Double Strawberry Cookies.
I hope you give these beauties a try!  They were delicious and worth the extra dip in the graham cracker! Yummo :)

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