Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cheesecake Pops: A Daring Baker's Challenge

Cheesecake Pops have been popping up all over the internet today. They were the choice for this month's Daring Baker's challenge hosted by Elle from Feeding my Enthusiasms and Deborah from Taste and Tell. The recipe is from Jill O'Connor's darling cookbook: Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey. Warning: This recipe has a super-high cute factor!

Although I would do just about anything for a slice of cheesecake, I was a little apprehensive about making these... since the recipe yields between 30 and 40 pops! That would be treading on dangerous ground for me. With no desire to add extra inches to my thighs in the midst of shopping for new swimsuits, I decided to divide these treats between two events- the teacher luncheon at my son's school and a PTA meeting that I was hosting at my house.

The pops were created in several steps- Make the cheesecake in a regular cake pan, firm it up in the fridge, scoop it out and place a lollipop stick inside each ball, freeze until firm, and then dip and decorate.

At our local cake decorating supply store, I picked up 4 flavors of Guittard Chocolate Company's A'Peels, lollipop sticks and sprinkles galor. The A'Peels are the little wafer-shaped pieces that melt easily. They don't need to be tempered and they come in a whole bunch of different flavors and colors. Fun for dipping!!


I couldn't resist Guittard's orange flavor since the color was so pretty. It was actually very flavorful too. O'Connor's cookbook picture featured ribbons in her photo of the pops, so I used a variety of ribbons to help decorate mine.

Chocolate was another obvious choice. I dipped a few in sprinkles and tried toffee bits too.

The butterscotch disks were our favorite flavor. They paired nicely with the pastel sprinkles, and I tied on pink bows for added cute factor. I thought these might be fun for a baby shower.

The white chocolate disks provided the most flexibility for added decor. Wouldn't these be perfect for the 4th of July?


These pops were almost as good as a slice of my favorite cheesecake. I kept mine in the freezer for several days- they were quite good when eaten frozen solid. If they're left at room temperature for too long, you might need a fork to finish it as it tends to soften up some.

They were a hit at the teacher luncheon... I received an immediate request to make them for someone's baby shower. I declined (too time consuming!) My PTA friends liked them too and brought some home for their husbands.

The best part about the pops is that they're as delicious as they are adorable.

This recipe can be found HERE.

62 comments:

Nicole said...

Yes, these pops ARE everywhere today. I am getting hungry even when full. I like the 4th of July ones best. They are so adorable!

Nicole said...

On a totally unrelated side note... Has anyone else noted how much harder the word verification letters are to make out the past few days on the internet. Is is just me???

dobetter said...

Wow, I wish mine were as cute as yours! And I love the A'Peels tip, I've never heard of these but will be one the look out. The ribbon accents just make these so cute. They must have been a huge hit at the teacher luncheon and PTA meeting. Well done!

Manggy said...

Great pops!! I kind of though the butterscotch would be the best one :) I wonder if they have sour cream discs.. ;)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

You've outdone yourself with these! They are too adorable! I love all the colors combinations.

Lina said...

I've been surfing the net all day looking at all of the wonderful cheesecake pops! Yours look AMAZING! I love how you got creative with the ribbons and used different types of chocolate. I just joined daring bakers and will be starting next month with my first challenge. Yeay!!

Baking Soda said...

Aww, so sweet! Love the colours and the themes! (And admire your patience with the ribbons!) Very very cute.

bonnie said...

wonderful~
you did an amazing job.
4th of july ones are my favorite.

Elle said...

They're adorable! I especially like the 4th of July ones! Very creative.

Rosie said...

Great pops they look stunning :)

Rosie x

HoneyB said...

WOW! You went all out! Love all the different decorations and colors! AWESOME!

Leah said...

LOVE the 4th of July pops -- too cute. I'll not attempt these, they would be way to dangerous for me to have around the house....I'd have to feed them to the PTA too!

Brilynn said...

You did so many great variations! They look wonderful, love the ribbons!

zorra said...

Wonderful! I would never have the "nervs" to do such nice pops! Well done.

CookiePie said...

These are so beautiful! I love all the variety -- and the butterscotch idea is inspired.

Katie B. said...

Cute Threat Level to Super-High! Great job!!!

soopling said...

these are beautiful, and so fun!

Laura said...

I had to donate mine too--35 large cheesecake pops were just not safe in my house. :) Yours are gorgeous--I am so impressed by people who took the extra effort with the decorations.

kimberleyblue said...

Absolutely stunning - great job with the pops, they are beautiful!

I have to hunt around for wafers like that - what fun!

KayKat said...

Orange pops?! That totally rocks! :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Those are so adorable! I love all your darling, creative variations. Great job on the challenge!

Chuck said...

Lori, these are so cute. My wife is planning on making them for her staff at work. I know they are going to love them. Very nice Lori!!!

Amy J. said...

Those are awesome! And thanks, Nicole -- I thought I was just losing my mind with the word verification lately!!!! Sheesh!

Lunch Buckets said...

Those are so cute! I love the 4th of July ones with the red stripey ribbon. If I ever do these again it will be for Christmas with candy canes :)

Jenny said...

Love them Lori! So cute and colorful. This was a great challenge!

Melanie said...

Cute, cute, cute pops. The festive 4th of July one is my favorite. Your versatility with the decorating is great!

Noble pig said...

I love those 4th of July ones! They are beautiful! I think I'll make those for Memorial Day since it's closer!

Kevin and Katrina said...

Yours look great! (I actually haven't seen anyones that don't.) YUM.

Sharon said...

Great job on all the variations! My favorite are the 4th of July. I'll have to keep that idea in mind when the holiday comes around.

BigBear said...

Those pops look adorable, and @nicole:

YES, I can BARELY make out the verification letters, which I personally think are a pain in the butt.

My girlfriend, chiffOnade said she is going to do something about it, but she hasn't had time yet . . . she's so busy being the Senior Adviser at SeriousEats.

Anyway, I hope that chiffy will try making me some of the cheesecake pops as soon as she gets off the internet.

Grace said...

mmm...butterscotch. my favorite.
i do believe i need to look into these a'peels, especially given my difficulties in chocolate dipping.
you've done good work here--after all, variety is the spice of life and all that!

Joi said...

The chocolate with toffee bits looks like something I'll have to try. And try... And try.. And try...

creampuff said...

Oh they're so pretty with the ribbon! I love it!

Christine said...

Wow, your pops look fantastic! I really like the 4th of July one! Great job. The word verification letters are driving me crazy!

Tarah said...

Those colors look so pretty!

Kevin said...

Those pops look great! I like the different coloured chocolate!

Harmony said...

Excellent job. How creative.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

Sitting on the couch watching Oprah and popping these suckers in my mouth like edamame would be a dangerous thang.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

My favorite......the polka dots. A childrens party with these will be a lovely sight.

ali said...

wow ... these look seriously dangerous RecipeGirl.

love the patriotic pops. and the pastel ones would be perfect for a baby shower. maybe they'll become the new petit fours?

Jaime said...

i love all the different colors you dipped them in! so cute :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look very pretty! Great job!

Cheers,

Rosa

Gretchen Noelle said...

These all look great. I like the sound of the butterscotch ones. And yes, those others would be perfect for 4th of July!

Donna said...

WOW! Such colorful pops! I love the way you coordinated the ribbons with the sprinkles! Very Nice!

VeggieGirl said...

Wow, your cheesecake lollipops DEFINITELY need a cuteness warning-label, haha - so vibrant and fun! No WONDER that they were a hit at the teacher luncheon :0)

lydia said...

Yes, they are super-cute, but for me one bite of a great cheesecake is just perfect. These would be so great for a party or summer picnic.

Texana said...

Wow! What an imagination. Love the patriotic ones especially.

Egghead said...

These look so good and will be so fun to make with my eight year old granddaughter. Delightful!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

You got really professional round balls and your sprinkles are really grand. I love the many flavored disks, I need to look for those. Really lovely pops. I actually really liked the size of these for one serving!
I know I would have loved the butterscotch!!

LyB said...

You have a local cake decorating supply store? I am so jealous! Those pops are the cutest things ever! If I don't stop seeing them all over the place I might have to cave in and make some! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job! Those pops look great. You're so creative!
Val

chriesi said...

Oh so cute!

Merav said...

They're all adorable, congrats!

Lisa said...

These are just darling! I wish I could make something like this.

Mandy said...

your cheesecake pops are seriously gorgeous! I love all the ribbon details too. And the different chocolate coating you used. Bravo!

Proud Italian Cook said...

For some reason I thought you were in Vegas! Lovely and colorful pops you have here! Your themes are just tooo cute!

Elle said...

Your pops ARE adorable...and so creative and fun. My favorite is the red white and blue combo...very patriotic. Great job! Glad you are a Daring Baker.

adventuresinshaw said...

These are sooo cute! I wish I had this challenge to take on! I think I will make some for a block party next weekend!

Patsyk said...

I love the way you decorated your pops! So cute!

Amy said...

The 4th of July ones are so festive! And the butterscotch one sounds so yummy! I love the variety you made.

marion - il en faut peu pour ... said...

heeeeeeeeeeeeee ! the patriotic ones are totally incredible !!!!! Fantastic :)

Becky said...

lovely! hm...cheesecake on a stick sounds so good right now.