Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

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Canada Day is quickly approaching this Friday and I’ve been busy planning a few recipes for our BBQ get together. I love holidays because they challenge me to put on my culinary thinking cap and create festive recipes that highlight what we love about the holiday.

For Canada Day, it’s all about the red and white, of course!

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Any excuse to buy more local strawberries is a-ok in my books. I may need an intervention.

My goal was to create a quick and easy dessert recipe that could be thrown together in no time, but still taste delicious! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen when I have guests to entertain. These Strawberry Cheesecake Bites are the perfect dessert to whip up, allowing you to keep your cool even on a hot day.

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To make the Strawberry Cheesecake Bites, you start with a Graham Cracker Base. This is the ‘crust’ of the cheesecake!

I used this graham cracker recipe and I bought a Maple Leaf cookie cutter from Golda’s Kitchen.

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The recipe made about 13-15 maple leafs, so you might want to double the recipe if making for a large group.

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There are a couple reasons why I used graham crackers for the base:

1) They can be made ahead of time

2) They are very firm and crunchy and won’t get soggy from the toppings

Time saving tip: If you are really tight on time, just whip out a box of graham crackers! They will have the same effect in a pinch.

After that, I whipped up the vanilla bean cheesecake frosting layer!

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I grabbed a tub of non-dairy cream cheese and sifted in about 1/2 cup-3/4 cup of organic icing sugar. Beat until light and fluffy and add in a couple scraped vanilla beans or a dash of fresh lemon juice.

I originally tried to make this using maple syrup (so Canadian!), but it made it too runny and didn’t work. I wouldn’t suggest using liquid sweetener in this case. However, you could use some Maple Extract for a fun kick of maple in the frosting.

Once you whip up your cream cheese layer, just dice some strawberries and layer away!

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Add a tablespoon of the cream cheese frosting and then sprinkle with strawberries and a pinch of sugar. That’s all she wrote!

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The great thing about this recipe is that it is easily adapted for the Fourth of July!

And then you can invite me over for your party. ;)

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Just use store-bought or homemade graham crackers (cut into rectangles or stars), and add a few blueberries on top! If you are feeling really creative you could use the berries to create the flag on the cracker.

I’m really happy with how these turned out! They are light enough for summer, but still feel like a fun dessert.

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Anyone want to help me eat these things? :)

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over June 28, 2011

I’ll help :) These look great, so festive! I must remember these for St. Patrick’s Day – I could do shamrock shapes and top with something green. Gooseberries maybe?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

yea that would work too!

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black June 28, 2011

Stunning photos- great recipe!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 28, 2011

I love how easy the cheesecake part is! These would be great for the 4th of July as well. Love the maple syrup extract idea – bet it would be good with almond extract too!

Out of curiosity, how many cookie cutters do you have? I’m a sucker for them – I even have ninja cookie cutters! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

hmm good question! I probably have about 30 cookie cutters? I bought a lot a couple years ago when I was making decorated sugar cookies for events :) They are fun.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 28, 2011

Ooh me please! These are SO cute Ange, and very, very Canadian!! Love the quick adaptation for the 4th of July too. Looks like I need to go and buy some strawberries!

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Lisa Fine June 28, 2011

Oh my gosh – so cute!

I love the idea of having themed treats, but rarely make them myself. Yay for the upcoming holiday weekend for both of us!

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mariah (pictures pups and pies) June 28, 2011

Looks yummy! I totally made a recipe yesterday that looks like your second to last picture- but it is completely different- just looks the same with the blueberries and strawberries. Cute idea with the maple leaves!

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kate June 28, 2011

i’ll help these look amazing I love local strawberries im headed to the farmers market later today to pick some up yum!!

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Cait's Plate June 28, 2011

I’m dying to make homemade graham crackers – I’ve been wanting to do a s’mores cookie forever now! Definitely using your recipe for them :)

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Halley (Blunder Construction) June 28, 2011

Did you use tofutti for the spread? I love your maple leaf grahams, but I won’t be baking any of them because I made 600+ graham crackers last weekend. Never again!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

No it wasn’t tofutti….another brand. I cant remember the name, but Ill see if I can locate the box in the recycling bin! It was trans fat free bought at loblaws.

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Rhona June 28, 2011

Ok, I would be over in like 30 minutes to help demolish those treats. They look so fresh and delicious. Umm, I can almost taste the sun kissed strawberries.

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Anna Crouch June 28, 2011

Great idea! Or instead of a rectangle graham cracker, us Americans could use a star shaped cookie cutter!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

great idea. I added that in!

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove June 28, 2011

I’ll help! They are absolutely adorable (I love that Maple Leaf cookie cutter). It also makes me want to make graham crackers from scratch for s’mores over the summer.

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cathy June 28, 2011

i love how easy AND festively canadian these are, angela!
i’ll be passing by on the 401 from waterloo to toronto later today – meet you at kelso in milton?!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

haha sure thing!

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Emily June 28, 2011

Those look beautiful! I have maple extract sitting in the cupboard and was wondering what in the world to do with it, I may have found an answer! :)

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 28, 2011

I love your maple leaf cut out, how cute!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 28, 2011

BEAUTIFUL recipe. Your pictures always look so amazing!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

thanks Katelyn!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged June 28, 2011

Aww, those are ridiculously adorable! And I mean, hey, if you need volunteers to help you eat ‘em…I’m your girl!

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Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh June 28, 2011

Oh Angela! These are so beautiful! That frosting looks absolutely creamy, I want to just stick a spoon in it and go to town! Great job! Happy Canada Day!

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' June 28, 2011

Oh, these are SO CUTE! I love the leaf-shaped cookie cutter!

My husband and I bought a million crazy cookie-cutter shapes for our Oscar Party last year (yes, we went a bit overboard with the theme party…) so now I want to use them to make these! Maybe I’ll find a cookie cutter shape appropriate for the July 4th weekend? Strawberries and blueberries would make it extra patriotic-looking over here! :D

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty June 28, 2011

MMMMMmmm these sound soo good!
I always forget about dairy free cream cheese! This is awesome!

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston June 28, 2011

These are so so pretty Angela!

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Hannah June 28, 2011

These look great. I just wish there was a vegan cream cheese without soya. I know there are recipes for cashew cream cheese out there, but they just don’t taste very cream-cheesey to me.

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Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 28, 2011

These look great!! Super easy too. Strawberry Cheesecake treats are really popular this summer! I’m working on a recipe with strawberry cheesecake too. So great for using up those local strawberries!

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Jill June 28, 2011

Ooo these look delicious! Perfect for the 4th of July!

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Karine June 28, 2011

They could even fit for the First of August (Switzerland’s day)! :D I think we even have a cross-shaped cookie cutter… :P

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

haha that would be amazing.

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Julie @ Shining From Within June 28, 2011

I’ll help a sista out ;) …more like me eating and you wondering where they all went though

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Kelley June 28, 2011

AWESOME. These will be in our house for our 4th of July celebration!! Can’t wait.

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Paige is Running Around Normal June 28, 2011

I would LOVE to help eat them! I love anything with cream cheese icing :D These look great – and I love how festive they are:)

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 28, 2011

HOW CUTE that you made the base into the leaves!! I do not know much about Canada day.. but I hope you enjoy all of the BBQs and good eats! I am sure your cheesecakes will be a hit!!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 28, 2011

These make me want to be Canadian! I can’t make your recipes fast enough! :)

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andrea @ a cake for a wife. June 28, 2011

Angela, these are SO CUTE! I might just have to make these. I bet you could also macerate the strawberries in the maple syrup, for extra gooey Canadian goodness.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

yes you certainly could! good thinkin

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Carly June 28, 2011

Definitely know what I am bringing to our Canada Day weekend get away! This is great!

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char @ char on a mission June 28, 2011

I will help you! I work the evening of Canada Day though, so can you save me one? haha :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2011

ummm not promising anything! Maybe if I hide one in the very back of the freezer… ;)

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Shay June 28, 2011

Mmmmmm! Scrumptious looking!

These will be great for the 4th of July! I’m thinking….stars!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 28, 2011

I’m sorry, after the words homemade graham cracker base, my brain just kind of went Charlie Brown teacher on me…”wah wah..wah waaaaah.” Must make these pronto!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 28, 2011

Oh my goodness– the maple leaves are TOO cute!!! Love these!

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Kat June 28, 2011

Those look gorgeous, and even more delicious!

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Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 28, 2011

these look so simple but yet so yummy! i can’t wait to try these out. must get my hands on some fresh strawberries now.

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katie June 28, 2011

These are really pretty cookies! Summery desserts are just my favorite. The addition of ripe berries makes any dessert ten fold better. I’m on a serious hunt for the perfect 4th of july cookie to make, I think I’m getting closer with these hah.

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Heather (heathers dish) June 28, 2011

Oh girl I am so inspired now! These look beautiful and SO yummy!

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