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.

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62 Responses to “Cheesecake Pops: A Daring Baker’s Challenge”

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    Nicole — April 28, 2008 @ 5:55 AM

    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!

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    Nicole — April 28, 2008 @ 5:57 AM

    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???

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    dobetter — April 28, 2008 @ 6:11 AM

    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!

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    Manggy — April 28, 2008 @ 7:16 AM

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

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — April 28, 2008 @ 7:35 AM

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

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    Lina — April 28, 2008 @ 7:49 AM

    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!!

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    Baking Soda — April 28, 2008 @ 8:46 AM

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

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    bonnie — April 28, 2008 @ 11:46 AM

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

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    Elle — April 28, 2008 @ 12:40 PM

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

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    Rosie — April 28, 2008 @ 12:43 PM

    Great pops they look stunning :)

    Rosie x

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    HoneyB — April 28, 2008 @ 12:58 PM

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

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    Leah — April 28, 2008 @ 2:40 PM

    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!

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    Brilynn — April 28, 2008 @ 3:09 PM

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

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    zorra — April 28, 2008 @ 3:22 PM

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

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    CookiePie — April 28, 2008 @ 3:48 PM

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

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    Katie B. — April 28, 2008 @ 4:05 PM

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

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    soopling — April 28, 2008 @ 4:18 PM

    these are beautiful, and so fun!

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    Laura — April 28, 2008 @ 4:41 PM

    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.

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    kimberleyblue — April 28, 2008 @ 4:59 PM

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

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

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    KayKat — April 28, 2008 @ 5:21 PM

    Orange pops?! That totally rocks! :)

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    Cookie baker Lynn — April 28, 2008 @ 5:51 PM

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

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    Chuck — April 28, 2008 @ 5:52 PM

    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!!!

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    Amy J. — April 28, 2008 @ 7:02 PM

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

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    Lunch Buckets — April 28, 2008 @ 7:19 PM

    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 :)

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    Jenny — April 28, 2008 @ 8:04 PM

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

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    Melanie — April 28, 2008 @ 8:29 PM

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

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    Noble pig — April 28, 2008 @ 9:10 PM

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

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    Kevin and Katrina — April 28, 2008 @ 9:24 PM

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

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    Sharon — April 28, 2008 @ 9:25 PM

    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.

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    BigBear — April 28, 2008 @ 9:25 PM

    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.

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    Grace — April 28, 2008 @ 10:30 PM

    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!

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    Joi — April 28, 2008 @ 11:35 PM

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

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    creampuff — April 29, 2008 @ 12:11 AM

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

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    Christine — April 29, 2008 @ 12:23 AM

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

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    Tarah — April 29, 2008 @ 1:35 AM

    Those colors look so pretty!

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    Kevin — April 29, 2008 @ 2:53 AM

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

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    Harmony — April 29, 2008 @ 2:56 AM

    Excellent job. How creative.

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    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide — April 29, 2008 @ 2:59 AM

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

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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — April 29, 2008 @ 3:38 AM

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

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    ali — April 29, 2008 @ 4:57 AM

    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?

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    Jaime — April 29, 2008 @ 5:45 AM

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

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — April 29, 2008 @ 9:37 AM

    They look very pretty! Great job!



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    Gretchen Noelle — April 29, 2008 @ 12:59 PM

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

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    Donna — April 29, 2008 @ 1:36 PM

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

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    VeggieGirl — April 29, 2008 @ 3:00 PM

    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)

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    lydia — April 29, 2008 @ 7:38 PM

    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.

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    Texana — April 29, 2008 @ 10:45 PM

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

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    Egghead — April 29, 2008 @ 11:16 PM

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

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    MyKitchenInHalfCups — April 30, 2008 @ 12:39 AM

    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!!

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    LyB — April 30, 2008 @ 1:37 AM

    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! :)

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    Anonymous — April 30, 2008 @ 9:41 AM

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

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    chriesi — April 30, 2008 @ 3:00 PM

    Oh so cute!

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    Merav — April 30, 2008 @ 7:24 PM

    They’re all adorable, congrats!

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    Lisa — April 30, 2008 @ 8:33 PM

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

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    Mandy — April 30, 2008 @ 11:05 PM

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

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    Proud Italian Cook — April 30, 2008 @ 11:18 PM

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

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    Elle — May 1, 2008 @ 4:30 AM

    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.

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    adventuresinshaw — May 1, 2008 @ 5:05 AM

    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!

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    Patsyk — May 2, 2008 @ 4:29 PM

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

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    Amy — May 2, 2008 @ 7:28 PM

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

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    marion - il en faut peu pour ... — May 3, 2008 @ 8:36 PM

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

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    Becky — June 26, 2008 @ 2:41 AM

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