Stars & Stripes Cheesecake Shots

With the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, we’re gearing up for a big week here on the blog.  Next week will be full of brand new and beautifully patriotic sweets.  With a fabulous Red, White & Blue Cake Series that I’m just dying to share!  (Similar to the 12 Cakes of Christmas back in December, but even better!)  Plus a few surprises along the way.  And since my mind is already in red, white and blue mode, I thought we’d head into the weekend with these little treats.  I shared this recipe over on Hostess With the Mostess last July but never shared the recipe here on my own site.  Hope you enjoy my Stars & Stripes Cheesecake Shots!

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots for July 4th | by Carrie Sellman for

Cold shot glasses filled with creamy cheesecake filling, graham cracker crumbs and topped with berries.  These little treats have become a staple at our family events over the last year.  To give it an extra special touch for the 4th of July, I added small puff pastry stars.

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots for July 4th | by Carrie Sellman for

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots for July 4th | by Carrie Sellman for

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots for July 4th | by Carrie Sellman for

recipe by Carrie Sellman

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 to 10 graham cracker sheets, finely crushed
Fresh Berries


  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until smooth.  Gently stir in cool whip until well blended.
  2. 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.
  3. Lightly sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs and top with berries.  Add a star pastry for an extra fun little touch.
  4. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Serve chilled.  Makes roughly 16 mini servings, depending on the size of your serving glass.

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots for July 4th | by Carrie Sellman for

– 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.


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Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    Catherine says

    Hello! These are so beautiful, and I’m planning to make them for an event I’m hosting this week for some fellow Army spouses. Any tips on making these ahead of time? Would it be ok to make them the night before? If I do, should I wait to pop the berries and stars on until shortly before serving or will the cream cheese mixture be too firm to get the stars and berries to stick? Any thoughts would be helpful! Thanks!

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      The cheesecake and the berries will be fine if you make them one day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. The pastry stars might get a little chewy but they’ll still be good. You will need to assemble everything while the cheesecake mixture is still soft, so that it all sticks together. Alternatively, you could serve the pastry stars on the side.

      Hope that helps!

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