Monday, March 16, 2015

Lemon Coconut Cheesecake Bites

Lemon pudding mix, cream cheese, and coconut flake filling on the inside and white chocolate on the outside. These lemony bites are a pop of spring in your mouth. 

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I am so glad spring is almost here (four more days if you have not been keeping track)! I hope the mountains of snow in my yard disappear before my annual Easter party and egg hunt that I host for the daycare children and their families. It is actually more of an egg gathering than a hunt since we cover the front lawn with stuffed plastic eggs and let the kids go at it. It is a fun time for all. Keeping my fingers crossed  for lots of sunshine and warmth in the upcoming few weeks!

These happy little morsels are bringing a little bit of springtime into my kitchen. The yellow reminds me of springtime and daffodils. I am so looking forward to seeing them and to smell lilacs in the air. These bites are sweet and (white) chocolaty on the outside; soft, lemony, and coconuty on the inside. They contain an ingredient that you might not expect to see in a truffle-like dessert—instant pudding mix—lemon to be exact. The pudding mix provides the lemon flavor, sweetness, and color for the cream cheese filling.



To make, I combine cream cheese, pudding mix, some powdered sugar, lemon extract, and coconut flakes. I drop them by the spoonful onto a parchment paper-line tray then freeze for about 30 minutes. They are then rolled into little balls, dipped in melted white chocolate, then drizzled with yellow chocolate. 

This recipe can be switched up by using different flavor pudding mixes...chocolate, vanilla, banana, and so on. And the white chocolate can be swapped out for regular chocolate or almond bark. I want to try strawberry pudding, but I have to special order it as it is not conveniently available locally in stores. If you try them before I do, let me know—in fact, send me some photos. I would love to see them!

Have a great week!!


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Lemon Pudding Cheesecake Bites:

2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, room temperature
1 pkg. (3 oz.) instant lemon pudding & pie filling
1/4 rounded cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp. lemon extract
1 pkg. (7 oz.) sweetened coconut flakes
2 pkgs. (12 oz. each) white chocolate chip morsels
yellow food coloring

Whip cream cheese until smooth. Add pudding mix, powdered sugar, and lemon extract. Starting mixer on low and increasing to high, beat mixture until creamy. Stir in coconut until well combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a .5 ounce ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, scoop and  drop mixture onto wax paper. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.

About 10 minutes before removing truffle from the freezer, melt white in a small heat-proof bowl over a small pan of simmering water. Do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Stir occasionally as chocolate melts. Keep warm on low heat. Do heat overheat as chocolate will seize up.

Remove cream cheese mixture from freezer. Roll each in the palms of your hands to form smooth round balls. If they are too sticky, coat your hands with a little cooking spray. Add one cream cheese ball at a time into chocolate. Use two forks to coat with chocolate. Lift out cream cheese balls with a fork and allow chocolate to drip back into pan. Slide onto clean parchment paper. Repeat coating all of the cream cheese balls with chocolate. 

Add enough food coloring to the remaining chocolate until the desired shade of yellow is achieved. Snip about 2 mm off the tip of a small zip lock bag. Spoon chocolate into bag and twist close tightly. Pipe out spiral rings or squiggles onto cheesecake bites. Chill before serving. Makes about 30.  


20 comments:

  1. Oooooh these look so yummy!! Lemon cheesecake is so good, and when you add coconut to that mix... whew, I'm drooling :D

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    1. Thank you Amanda! I'm a huge coconut fan and find that it adds so much to the lemon cheesecake filling.

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  2. These cheesecake bites look so bright and pretty, Thao! Lemon and coconut are my two favorite flavors and combining them together sounds perfect! These are the perfect treats to get us all in the spring mode :)

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! They are a great little pick-me and a happy prelude to spring. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. These sweet treats sound delicious and beyond perfect for spring! Love the lemon and coconut combo.

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    1. Thanks Nicola. They are delightful, and there lies the problem as I always help myself to one too many. :)

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  4. Wow! These look and sound delicious! I love the use of citrus to brighten up the decadent cheesecake bites.

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. I just realized that I have been using more citrus lately—they do brighten up the flavors and add a new dimension to a dish.

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    1. They do put me in a good mood! Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

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  6. Oh how perfect for spring, I cannot wait for the warmer air to work it's way in. At the minute it's been chilly winds and dull days. These look so yummy! This has been featured as one of my favourites over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great day!

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much for featuring the cheesecake balls, Laura. I'm glad you like them. Have a great week!

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  7. I love these little balls of sunshine. I'm in Morocco right now where the weather is nice and springy; however, I hear that my home city of Boston is seeing more snow. These little balls of springtime happiness are just what we need to help us get through this last push towards spring.

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    1. Hi Lynn! Thanks for taking the time out of another jet-setting adventure for a visit. I hope you are having a blast! This crazy New England weather: it was snowy and wintery yesterday morning and felt like spring in the afternoon. Have a safe trip back!

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  8. These little bites look totally irresistible! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  9. I am on a lemon kick right now! I love these little cheesecake truffle bites! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Lindsey! I too have been putting lemon into everything lately. It's good and good for you

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  10. I love lemon desserts this time of year! These look perfect!

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