Stars & Stripes Cheesecake Shots

Patriotic No-Bake Cheesecake Shots for the 4th of July | by Carrie Sellman for

5 from 2 reviews

No-bake cheesecake filling layered with graham cracker crumbs, topped with fresh berries and puff pastry stars for a patriotic 4th of July dessert.


  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) block cream cheese, softened
  •  cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
  • 8 to 10 graham cracker sheets, finely crushed
  • Fresh raspberries and blueberries


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


  • 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 comes to 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.