Pop Goes The World…

Well, this was a Daring Baker first for me. No, it’s not that I haven’t made this before, it’s that I have never waited until the day it was due to do the challenge! AHHHHH. I thought I had more time, guess not.

This month’s challenge comes from Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms and Deborah of Taste and Tell. They selected Cheesecake Pops from one of my newer cookbooks, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey. These fell into the messy category as the dipping in the chocolate and the flying sprinkles everywhere got a little messy. Then again, I was in a bit of a hurry. :)

These fun little pops would be a great thing to make with your kids or to serve at one of their parties. They can be formed into many shapes. If I had a little more time to be creative, I would have gone that route. Even if you are not a kid, these are certainly tasty…I mean it’s cheesecake on a stick…covered in chocolate!

Cheesecake Pops

Makes 30 ¢â¬â€œ 40 Pops

5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature

2 cups sugar

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

5 large eggs

2 egg yolks

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ cup heavy cream

Boiling water as needed

Thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks

1 pound chocolate, finely chopped ¢â¬â€œ you can use all one kind or half and half of dark, milk, or white (Alternately, you can use 1 pound of flavored coatings, also known as summer coating, confectionary coating or wafer chocolate ¢â¬â€œ candy supply stores carry colors, as well as the three kinds of chocolate.)

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

(Note: White chocolate is harder to use this way, but not impossible)
Assorted decorations such as chopped nuts, colored jimmies, crushed peppermints, mini chocolate chips, sanding sugars, dragees) – Optional

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil.

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream.

Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes.

Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 ¢â¬â€œ 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it¢â¬â„¢s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety.

Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.) Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.

Source: Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O¢â¬â„¢Connor

Comments

  1. heheheeee! Time flies doesn’t it? Well I am SO RELIEVED you’ve posted.. I’ve been clickin’ all day. :P

    They are very cute! Well done on the fly, Gracie my love!

    xoxooxo

  2. c’est magnifique Peabody :)

  3. I love the triangles – it made me realize that these would be great as little Christmas trees for the holidays! I’m glad you were able to do the challenge – they look wonderful!

  4. Your cheesecake pops are urging me to bite into them! That’s how tempting they are. :D

  5. This looks so gooey delicious and cute. And yes, who can resist a cheesecake on a stick covered in chocolate!

  6. yay! So colorful!!!

  7. Yeah, me too I’ve been clicking all day!
    Love the white and the triangle.
    Actually I think this is just the perfect cheese cake. One bite, well and then maybe two!

  8. Your pops are so colorful and fun!

  9. I’ve looked at many of the cheescake pops and your’s are the prettiest.

  10. Lovely as usual Peabody! The sprinkles are a very nice touch.

  11. Glad you were able to make them. I thought the dipping and sprinkles was really messy as well!

  12. Looks like you work well under pressure, Peabody!! I LOVE your sprinkle-covered cheesecake lollipops – hooray for making them just in time! :0)

  13. Love! the colour schemes you used. Green and blue with white is so chic!

  14. Errr, I mean blue and yellow – not green. That’s the border at the side. Must move away from the screen. Too much time on the computer is making my eyes cross.

  15. Looks deeeelish! Looks like you and I will be sitting in Geometry class together! :)

  16. For being done in a jiffy, they sure look fabulous!

  17. Ah, I must be extra special, because mine were both messy AND sticky. ;)

  18. Nice to see your post and glad I wasn’t the only one who waited until the last minute! Your pops are totally cute and fun :) I can just imagine the flinging of chocolate and sprinkles!

  19. So cute! I love the coloured sprinkles. You know inspite of myself I just loved making these!

  20. Whew! You’re great under pressure – your pops look so dainty and pretty! Terrific!

  21. How pretty and Springy! You did a great job.

  22. I love the pink sprinkles on the white chocolate! Grace under pressure! Great job!

    Carrie

  23. they look like sparkly icebergs. how cute.

  24. These are so pretty and colorful! I love seeing how creative everyone has gotten with these. The pink sprinkles are especially lovely.

  25. I ran myself down to the last minute as well. Your pops look lovely, Peabody!

  26. Love your pops! I like the triangle shape!

  27. Perfect party food — I think one perfect bite of cheesecake, with chocolate on the outside, is just what I’d want!

  28. Now you know how I feel. Every single month, I’m right up to the end. Maybe I like living life on the edge? Uh, nope. Cute pops, peabody.

  29. Really beautiful and springlike. I can see these at a shower or some type of party.

  30. Your pops look great! I almost always forget to do the challenge till the day of; know exactly how you feel!

  31. Great pops! I love the pink sprinkles. :)

  32. I made mine early in the month but for some reason thought I had a lot more time to write the post, I was scrambling to get it done tonight, (of course, I had all day to do it, but morel hunting got in the way).

  33. awesome as usual, peabody!
    keep up the great work!

  34. You’re still on time and those are cute and creative pops. Like you say, cheesecake on a stick and chocolate…what’s not to like?

  35. Very cute pops Peabody. You definitely can’t go wrong with delicious cheesecake on a stick.

  36. i waited till day-of, too (but i have done that on a few challenges before)! this time it was an accident, as i had it in my head that it was due on the 30th. love your pastel decorations!

  37. This reminds me of the frozen cheesecake on a stick they serve on Balboa Island.

  38. Procrastination or not, yours look very fun and festive – I love the pastel colors!

  39. a hurry or not, these pops look terrific!! oops, i see someone else just wrote that, haha. well basic shapes or not, i love the spring colors!

  40. Such pretty pops, Peabody! Great job!!

  41. I had Lisa earlier on the phone and we were wondering where the heck you were!!
    They look stunning in white and colored sprinkles!

  42. Very pretty! I agree… fun for kiddos to help. My son was going nuts choosing things for me to dip the pops in!

  43. They look ever so cute and pretty! I love the decorations! Wonderful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  44. So we were baking this one together then? I too thought I had a few days to spare..
    They look gorgeous! Serious partyfood!

  45. Pea, you’re too good…in a hurry ,and still you managed to make them so perfectly :-)

  46. So, so cute! Brilliant ideas for the coatings – I love what you’ve done with the decorations.

  47. I LOVE the colors on that first one. The sprinkles make it so much fun!!

  48. So pretty!!! I love them.

  49. They look beautiful, you can’t even tell you were in a hurry! ; )

  50. They’re adorable! I wouldn’t have guessed they were a rush job.

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