Strawberry Cream Cheesecake Tians

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Small tians luscious strawberry cheesecake bites lightened with ricotta cheese for a perfectly easy dessert for spring and summer.

Strawberry CreamCheesecake Tians- Improv Challenge-The Wimpy Vegetarian

One of my favorite desserts is strawberry cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. It’s so simple, and so satisfyingly good. When the weather turns warm, and I want to increase my time spent outdoors, I look for easy dishes that don’t compromise on flavor or presentation.  This dessert fits the bill. I can make it in about 20 minutes, layer it up, and glide into a garden with it and a book to relax over. And I can pretend, if only for a moment, that I don’t have a million things waiting for me to do in the house.

This is my first time to participate in the Improv Cooking Challenge hosted by Kristen at The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. It’s a monthly party where everyone takes the same two assigned ingredients and lets their imaginations run wild.  It doesn’t matter what other ingredients we use, whether we make something savory or sweet.  Unlike some challenges like this, like blog hops I regularly play with, it’s a one-day challenge, instead of all month long.


Strawberry Cream Cheesecake Tians

     by Susan Pridmore


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 cup honey graham cracker crumbs (I crumbled honey graham crackers with a rolling pin.)
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • lemon zest from ½ lemon
  • pinch salt

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 medium fresh strawberries

Whipped Cream Topping

  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Mix together all of the ingredients for the Graham Cracker Crust in a small bowl, and set aside.

Mix together all of the ingredients for the Cream Cheese Filling in a small bowl, except for the strawberries, spoon the filling into a small baggie or piping bag and set aside. Scrape the filling to the bottom of the baggie or pipe bag. Any hard straight edge will work, even a ruler.

Hull the strawberries, slice in half lengthwise, and slice each half lengthwise into thin slices. Set aside.

Whip the whipping cream in a small bowl using a hand mixer until the cream starts to considerably thicken. Add the sugar and continue whipping until firm enough to pipe. Place in a piping bag fitted with a piping nozzle.

Now you’re ready to assemble. I used small parfait glasses 3″ in diameter and 4″ tall including the stems. Place 1 very packed tablespoon of graham cracker mix in the base of the glass and pack it down with something flat. I used the bottom of a rose vase. Snip one of the corners of the baggie containing the cream cheese filling, and pipe 2 tablespoons of filling on top of the graham cracker mixture by pushing the filling through the cut opening at the corner. By careful not to make a large cut when you snip off the corner. A small cut works very well. Arrange the strawberry slices on top by fanning them in a circle, and pipe a dab of whipping cream on top.


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  1. says

    Absolutely, Liz! Just go to Kristen’s site using the link in my post. At the very top of her site home page is a link for Improv. Click there and somewhere there is a link where you can send her a message and ask to be added for next month. It’s just for one day of the month, so too late for this one. On the energy, I just think I’m crazy. In the middle of getting our house ready to sell, I just accepted a small catering job. Aaahhh! It will be fun, it always is, but yikes I think I’m just nuts sometimes….:-)

  2. says

    Just love this! Your photos are great too :) I have so many gorgeous papers in my “stock” that I use to top my jars–you have inspired me! I want to try your recipe, I have such a soft spot for cheesecake.

  3. says

    mmmmmmmmm — yummy! I love portable desserts, as we have been eating on the back patio for a month now. Just can’t go wrong with a good cheesecake – no matter how it’s served!

    • says

      Definitely perfect for entertaining! Each one makes about 4 little bites, which is all I need sometimes. And yes it was a fun challenge. Next month is cherries and almonds. I’ll have to sit it out with my nut allergies, but I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone does anyway!

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