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Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe

Are these Stars & Stripes Cheesecake Shots DARLING or what?! The super-talented Carrie of Half Baked was kind enough to share the full recipe and instructions with us today…just in time for 4th of July!

You could easily tailor these pretty little treats to other occasions though too… from bridal showers to birthday parties to Christmas parties. I can definitely see the red & white version making an appearance at our house during the winter holidays this year… maybe with white chocolate peppermint cheesecake and a mini candy cane garnish! Am I really talking about Christmas already on July 1st? Yikes! =) Getting back to the upcoming holiday, read on for the festive Independence Day tutorial

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe


Stars & Stripes Cheesecake Shots

by Carrie of Half Baked

– 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
– 1/3 cup + 1T  sugar
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla
– 1 tub  (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
– 8 – 10 graham crackers
– Fresh Berries
– Finely crush graham crackers

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until smooth. Gently stir in cool whip until well blended.

Fill individual glasses half way with cream cheese mixture, either using a spoon or a piping bag fitted with a large round tip for a more polished presentation.  Top with 1 tsp graham cracker crumbs.  Shake glass to level crumbs.  Fill to the top with more of the cream cheese mixture.  Lightly sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs and top with berries.  Add a star pastry for an extra fun little touch.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Serve chilled.  Makes roughly 16 mini servings, depending on the size of your shot glass.

– Use a Ziploc bag to fill glasses if you don’t have a piping bag.  Just fill it partially, seal and snip off one corner.  Squeeze out!
– Set out cream cheese ahead of time so that it is room temperature.  This will help everything blend together and create a smooth consistency.
– Serve with a bowl of berries and additional Star Pastries for a patriotic display.


Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe


Vendor Credits:
Recipe and Photography by Carrie Sellman of Half Baked

By |2016-12-25T10:27:16-07:00July 1st, 2011|July 4th / Patriotic, Sweets|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Niki July 1, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Love it! Does anyone know how to make those precious stars?

    • jenn s. July 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

      Hi Niki –
      I’m working on getting a link to the recipe – I think Carrie is going to post it on her blog. Stay tuned! :)

  2. Jennifer @ Licious Food July 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Love this! Of course if you want to be totally lazy you could purchase the already made Cheesecake filling that Kraft Philly sells, LOL.

  3. Carrie @ Half Baked July 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Yay! Thanks for the feature Jenn! Such a fun way to start off my Friday!

    The recipe for the coordinating Patriotic Puff Pastry Stars is now up on Half Baked.

    Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled 4th of July! Enjoy!

  4. Lexi July 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

    These look so good Carrie! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Ashley July 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Love her ideas!! Festive and fun!!

  6. Jennifer J July 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Oehh this looks realy nice!

  7. Melissa M. July 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    you could always use a star shaped cookie cutter and cut shapes out of sugar dough… or any other kind of dough.

  8. Chris July 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    These are wonderfully inviting little treats. Love them!

  9. Marsha Rose Davis July 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    new to site !!

  10. melinda July 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    can’t wait to make these! there are some many occasions where these could be adorable. ;)

  11. Monica May 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    These look great!!

  12. Betty May 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Looks delicious! I must try this one. Thanks!

  13. Patricia Buell June 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    how about champagne glasses?

  14. Kim Delahunty August 28, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I could totally do this

  15. Elysia @ California Charm January 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    OMGoodness these look sooooo yummy & I’m excited to try this super simple recipe. Thanks for shairing.

  16. Audrey June 29, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Oh my!! I Love these !!!! Thanks for sharing !

  17. Kodee June 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I have a party tomorrow night, could I make these tonight and let them refrigerate overnight until my party?

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