Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups

It’s summer … it’s hot outside … it’s hot inside too … we’re having cheesecake and I’m not turning my oven on today!  My family loves cheesecake … no bake cheesecake too!  So … today I made Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups … cute little paper cups … perfect for a 4th of July celebration at home or on the go!  Red strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips add color, texture and decorate the top.

Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups

I used paper baking cups … perfect small portions and no dishes to wash or bring home if you take them to a picnic.  No bake cheesecake cups are cool and creamy with a layer of graham cracker crust … the fruit and white chocolate are like the icing on the cake!

No bake cheesecake with berries

Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake Cups

Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened/room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cup milk (divided)
  • 3.4 ounce pack cheesecake flavored instant pudding
  • 2 cups thawed Cool Whip

Toppings

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  1. Make crust – Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar, stir in melted butter and set aside.
  2. Make filling – Place cream cheese in a medium size bowl and beat with an electric mixer or whisk.  Add 1/2 cup of milk and beat well.  Add remaining 1 cup of milk and pudding mix, beat well.  Fold Cool Whip into pudding mixture.
  3. Assemble Cheesecake cups – Divide cracker crust mixture between 12 cups.  Add filling and smooth to edges of cup.  Top with strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips.

Makes 12 servings   (filling recipe adapted from Kraft)

Red, white & blue cheesecake cup

I found the paper baking cups (for cupcakes) and all of the paper products at the 99¢ Only store.

No-bake Cheesecake for the 4th of July

 

Do you have plans for July 4th … a picnic at the beach, barbecue with friends … maybe fireworks?

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Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops?

Summer officially begins Saturday … the 4th of July will be here before we know it!  How about an easy peasy pop to celebrate the occasion?  I decided to make Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops … some look like hats to me!

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Red, white and blue pops made with chocolate, mint and marshmallows … yummy, easy to make and the York Pieces were the perfect colors!  My original plans were to only draw stripes on the marshmallows to create the Uncle Sam Hat look … got a little artsy and drew stars too!  Now, I want to make more … with polka-dots, fatter stripes, starbursts … ooh, the possibilities are endless ;)

Uncle Sam Hat Pops - SweetSimpleStuff

You can draw whatever you like on the marshmallows … maybe let the kiddos do it!  Speaking of kiddos … our 11-year-old great-niece is visiting from Tennessee … she came with my sister-in-law (her grandma).  My youngest son will turn 30 this year … I’m so out of kid mode and as the mother of three boys … never was in girl kid mode!  I forgot how difficult it is to come up with activities to fill two months of summer fun.  Anyway, my two sister-in-laws, great niece and I went to the beach … her first visit to the Pacific Ocean!  While we were driving, the subject of California’s water shortage came up … the 11 year-old questioned it … after all, California has the whole ocean to drink!  After playing in the water, getting a swimsuit full of sand and mouthful of ocean water, she understands why we don’t drink ocean water!

By the way … when applying sunscreen, don’t forget your feet and ankles … this is the voice of experience speaking ;)  Another tip … don’t ask an 11-year-old to guess your age … I’m not 60 … still in my late 50′s … let’s not push it!

Keep the kiddos busy and make some pops for your July 4th bash …

Patriotic Pops or Uncle Sam Hat Pops

  • Chocolate Wafer Cookies (such as Famous from Nabisco)
  • York Pieces
  • Large Marshmallows
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Blue and Red Edible Markers
  • Blue and Red Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)

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  1. Cut paper straws in half (almost 4″).  You can use full length straws or substitute lollipop sticks.
  2. Use the food safe markers to draw strips, stars or doodle whatever you like.  Hint – you may need to make short strokes with the markers when drawing on marshmallows, if you press too hard they tend to stick to the marshmallow!  Insert straws into flat end of marshmallow.
  3. Melt the candy according to package directions or here.  Smear a small amount of candy on the top of a chocolate cookie.
  4. Place a marshmallow in the center of the cookie and add some York Pieces around it (I used 7 on each pop).  Chill for a few minutes or let stand at room temperature until melted candy has firmed up.  Wasn’t that easy peasy?

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You may remember some marshmallow pop hats from the past …

snowman hat pops

like these Snowman Hat Pops or

0081 marshmallow pilgrim hats

Pilgrim Hat Pops !

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S’mores in Cones

Do you ever have one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments?

S’mores in Cones is one those moments for me!  I saw the idea somewhere (can’t remember where) and thought “I want to do that … a little different” …

Ooey Gooey S'mores in Cones

I love S’mores … I hate assembling them in the dark … I love toasty marshmallows … I hate the sticky melted marshmallows all over my hands … making S’mores in chocolate lined cones has got to be the answer!  Now … if I can only find an answer to fix my sentence structure ;)

When we go camping, S’mores will be made … it’s a rule.  After dinner, in the dark, we are trying to unwrap candy bars, open bags of graham crackers and marshmallows … things end up in the dirt!  Make S’mores in the backyard … same story!  I guess we are just messy people ;)

Toasty Marshmallows

Before we leave for a camping trip, I try to do as much food prep as possible at home … anything to make camping a little easier.  Making the chocolate lined cones at home would ease S’mores assembly in the dark!  We do have lanterns, usually not in the right places ;)

It took me a long time to convince my hubby that camping can be fun … I would ask to go camping … he would answer NO!  His excuse was that he did enough camping while he served in the Army.  I finally convinced him that my idea of camping is nothing like what he experienced … it’s close to glamping and I do believe in restrooms with showers!

remove marshmallows

You will need …

  • Sugar Ice Cream Cones
  • Chocolate or candy coating (milk or dark) (1 pound should coat 12-15 cones)
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers

Let’s get started …

s'mores cone directions

  1. Line a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Fill an ice cream cone with melted chocolate or candy coating … use milk chocolate or dark, which ever you prefer.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate out of the cone … shake or tap cone to help chocolate out.  You can make the chocolate layer as thin or as thick as you like.
  3. Dip the edge of cone in sprinkles.
  4. Lay on wax paper and chill for a few minutes.

Store in an airtight container until ready to use!

S'mores in cones

I use 2 marshmallows per cone … Son #3 says to use 3 marshmallows!

How many marshmallows do you use for your S’mores ?

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Sparkly Star Marshmallow Straws … or Pops

I ♥ paper drinking straws …

I ♥ marshmallows …

I ♥ red, white and blue …

I ♥ the 4th of July …

And I ♥ these little creations …

I bought these star shaped marshmallows the minute I laid eyes on them … they are red, white and blue and are various sizes!  I was not sure what to do with them … but I knew that I “needed” them :)

In my mind I was thinking pops … I would finally have a project to use my red and white striped straws … I would use them in place of lollipop sticks!  So I made them this afternoon … took photos and sat down to write this post.

Then I talked with my friend, Gwen … she suggested to actually use them as straws in drinks … Gwen is so smart ;)  Why didn’t I think of that?

This is what you will need to make these Super Simple Sparkly Star Straws … or Pops …

  • Star Shaped Marshmallows (I found them at the grocery store)
  • Paper Drinking Straws or Lollipop Sticks
  • Red, White & Blue Sanding Sugar
  • Melted White Chocolate
  • A little water and paper towels (not in photo)

I found it easy to set up an assembly line … a bowl of water, paper towel, sugar and a plate …

Dip one side of the marshmallow in water … tap the marshmallow on a paper towel … dip the marshmallow in its matching color of sugar and set aside to dry for about 15 minutes …

After the marshmallows have dried, place them (sugar side down) in a pattern that you like …

Add a dot of melted white chocolate on each star … place a straw (or stick) on the melted chocolate … let sit until chocolate hardens …

Straws or Pops which will you make?

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Red, White & Blueberry Cones

I went to the grocery store yesterday … so many berries are in season right now and on sale … buy one, get one free!  Red, white & blueberry cones were about to be created.

Here they are …

This is a very simple dessert and can be made early in the day and stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.

This is what you will need …

  • 12 Sugar Cones
  • 8 ounces melted white chocolate
  • Cheesecake flavored Instant Pudding (small package)
  • 1 – 3/4 cups Milk
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 6 ounces blueberries
  • Red or Blue Sprinkles
  • Whipped Cream

The cones can be made several days in advance and stored in an air tight container … it’s a real timesaver.  To make the cones … spoon melted chocolate in the cone … rotate it, to coat the entire inside … pour out the chocolate and tap the cone to remove excess chocolate … add sprinkles to the outside edge … set aside to let the chocolate harden up …

Make sure to check the inside for total chocolate coverage … because this seals the cone and won’t let the filling leak out … these cones are great for ice cream too!  Do you like my handy-dandy cone holder?  It is actually a barbecue tool for making jalapeno poppers … I love things that can be used for more than one thing … and the hubby has never used it …

Make the pudding (using 1 – 3/4 cups) following the directions on the package.  Fold in the berries … remember to reserve some for garnishing …

Fill the cones with the pudding mixture … you can store them in the fridge until you are ready to serve.  Garnish with whipped cream and reserved berries when ready to serve …

Perfect for a 4th of July gathering!

My honest opinion … I think these are great without pudding … just berries (a little sugar if needed) in a chocolate coated cone and topped with whipped cream … I added the pudding to make the family happy. 

I am looking forward to your honest opinions!