Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

These Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups are super fun and a great treat for an occasion – like Valentine’s Day! Plus, they’re smaller and easy to hold which makes for great individual treats for sharing. 🙂

Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups - easy to make, delicious and a great treat for Valentine's Day!
Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups - easy to make, delicious and a great treat for Valentine's Day!

So are you an American Idol watcher? I was for the longest time and then a few years ago life got busy and watching two 2-hour shows a week just got long. Plus, the auditions in the beginning had started to get annoying since they’d kind of show one disaster after another.

My parents have remained fans through the years though. They’d told me to give it another shot because they do the auditions differently now. Well, with it being the least year for the show – the “farewell” season – I decided to watch. Time to say goodbye.

Well as it turns out, the folks are right. The auditions are much more focused now on the talented people and their stories now.

And you guys. Not only are there a lot of people who are quite talented, but the stories. They are getting me. Like, every time. I mean seriously, I’m about to burst into tears every time someone tells their story. I can’t even.

I might have to stop watching. All the tears!

Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups - easy to make, delicious and a great treat for Valentine's Day!
Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups - easy to make, delicious and a great treat for Valentine's Day!

Fortunately, these cookie cups are not tear inducing. Unless you cry when a dessert is just that good. It’s totally possible.

These cookie cups are a moist and chewy chocolate cookie cup that’s filled with a no bake strawberry cheesecake. It’s a yummy flavor combo that makes me think of chocolate covered strawberries and is perfect for Valentine’s day.

Cookie cups really are quite easy to make. Just make the cookie dough and bake it in a cupcake pan. I make balls of about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough each and press them into the greased pan. I spread them up the sides of the cups a bit too. They’ll puff up a little when they bake, but I use the underside of a measuring tablespoon to press down a nice lithe dome into the cookie to form a nice cup when they come out of the oven.

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The cheesecake is of course no bake. It’s just a matter of mixing a few basic ingredients together and piping them into the cooled cookie up. Easy peasy.

Top these babies with a strawberry and you’ve got quite the presentation. And hey, it’s fresh fruit on top which totally makes these a healthy treat, right? 😉

Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups - easy to make, delicious and a great treat for Valentine's Day!

Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

Yield: 16-18 cookie cups

Ingredients:

Cookie Cup

3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornstarch

Cheesecake filling

12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
5 tbsp strawberry puree

Directions:

1. Coat cupcake pan with non stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together for 5-7 minutes, until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
5. Makes balls of about 2 tbsp of dough. Press cookie dough in bottom and about 1/3-1/2 way up the sides of each cupcake cup, forming a cup shape.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. The centers should fall a bit while cooling, but if the centers aren’t cupped enough to add filling, use the underside of a measuring tablespoon to press the center down a bit.
8. Once cookie have cooled, make the cheesecake filling. Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar. Add the strawberry puree a tablespoon at a time until you have the right consistency and flavor, mixing until smooth between each addition.
9. Pipe the cheesecake filling into the cookie cups and top with a fresh strawberry. Cookie cups should be refrigerated until served.

Enjoy!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups - easy to make, delicious and a great treat for Valentine's Day!

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