Cheesecake Pops!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cheesecake Pops
Cheesecake Pops!

This is the April 2008 Daring Bakers challenge - Cheesecake Pops from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor. A favorite website Rosa's Yummy Yums has posted the recipe.

It was a lot of fun to create, and were a total hit at work. You should totally make these for a party!!

Cheesecake Pops

The basic idea - bake a cheesecake without the crust in a water bath, chill out, roll into balls, freeze and coat in melted chocolate. I read that a lot of Daring Bakers were having difficulties baking the full recipe...the recipe says 35-45 minutes, and some people had to bake it for over an hour. I ended up making 1/2 the recipe and using a 9-inch cake pan.

This was my first time making a cheesecake with a water bath. Because I made 1/2 the recipe and I used a tall 9x3 pan, the batter only came up 1/3 of the pan. The recipe says to put the pan in a turkey roaster (or similar pan) and fill with boiling water 1/2 way up the side of the pan.

Um. I created a new island. The Cheesecake Island. I added too much water and my poor pan started to float in the vastness of boiling water.

What did I do? Did I mention it was BOILING water? I wasn't about to risk a burn (which I would soooo do to myself), so I just popped my new Hawaiian island into the stove.

In 35 minutes, I had a firm but not brown cheesecake! I can't imagine how long it would have baked if I used all 40 ounces of cream cheese to make the full recipe.

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Cheesecake without the crust is chilled and rolled into little ball

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After freezing, balls are covered in chocolate and dipped in toppings

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Topping choices include: colored sprinkles, UCLA blue and gold sprinkles, and food processed gingersnap cookies

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Cheesecake sitting in a bowl of rice! (I needed something to hold them up)

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Deborah said... [Reply to comment]

Your pops look wonderful! I love all of the different sprinkles you used. Great job!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I'm so sad we never worked together! What a great idea for a party - these are so cute!

Katie B. said... [Reply to comment]

I'm with Deborah! I adore all the different colored sprinkles - you should be Employee of the Month for April!

Christine said... [Reply to comment]

Oh yummy! Your pops look delicious and I love the colorful sprinkles!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Great pictures! I love the look of all those different sprinkles. Nice job. Looks like yours rolled pretty nicely too.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... [Reply to comment]

Your pops look extremely pretty! You did a great job here! Wonderful...



Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Your pops turned out so cute. The colors were festive and cheery. Wonderful!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I know a librarian at UCLA and I would laugh if you were her (probably not, but still!). I love your pops. If I were getting first picks, I'd have to try the gingersnap ones, I think they would be a great flavor and texture combination.

~Amber~ said... [Reply to comment]

Your pops are beautiful! Excellent job.

Barbara said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful pops! Looks like I'm not the only librarian who knows her way around the kitchen.

maybelles mom said... [Reply to comment]

it is so fun to see sprinkles and happy cheesecake pops all over the internet.

creampuff said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I just love the way you decorated them! So fun!

Sheltie Girl said... [Reply to comment]

Scrumptious looking pops! You did a fabulous job.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

omg - these look so good woman!

aisha said... [Reply to comment]

adorable! they look too pretty to eat!

Jacque said... [Reply to comment]

I love all of the variety! Great photos, I like the last one.

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