This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Cheesecake Pops- A Daring Baker’s Challenge.
Yield: 30 to 40 pops
Prep Time: 60 min + freezing time
Cook Time: 35 min
I made these in a baker's challenge, and I was extremely happy with the results. They were delicious, and they would be so cute for so many different occasions.
5 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
boiling water, as needed
30 to 40 (8-inch) lollipop sticks
1 pound semisweet flavored, milk chocolate flavored, or brightly colored confectionery coating (also known as summer coating or wafer chocolate)
1. Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325°F. Lightly grease a 10-inch cake pan or a 9 or 10-inch square pan (don't use a springform pan.)
2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer set at low speed, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour and salt until smooth. 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.
3. Pour the cheesecake batter into the cake pan and place in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with 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 40 minutes.
4. Remove cheesecake from 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.
5. When 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 pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 to 2 hours (overnight is best.)
6. When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate coating. Place half of the chocolate wafers in a microwave- safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir. If the chocolate is not completely melted, microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
7. Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Hold the pop over the melted chocolate and shake off any excess. Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate wafers as needed.
8. Refrigerate (or freeze) pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.
*We've actually kept these in the freezer for a few days with success. They still taste delicious.
*Wafer chocolate can be found in baking supply or cake decorating stores and they're available in dark, milk, and white chocolate varieties, as well as a rainbow of colors. It doesn't need to be tempered and makes for easier dipping.
*To dress up the pops, you can roll them in crushed nuts, coarse sanding sugar, colorful jimmies, toffee bits, or mini chocolate chips, or drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate.
Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey)