Ricotta Cheesecake and Fruit Lollipops

Dessert, Fruit Desserts | 27 comments

I was craving cheesecake last week, but knew I didn’t have time to make a full cheesecake recipe. I had some leftover ricotta in the refrigerator from making Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato Calzones for dinner recently. Rather than a traditional cheesecake, I opted for these Ricotta Cheesecake and Fruit Lollipops.

This is a really easy, no-fuss recipe. I know we all need recipes like that in our life once in a while so I thought that I’d share it with you today. The kids thought the Ricotta Cheesecake and Fruit Lollipops were too cute and it was a fun way to get them to try something new! I loved that it was a fun way to serve dessert and encourage them to eat some extra fruit with just a little bit of cake. Yum!

strawberry cheeesecake pops

The ricotta cheesecake recipe was super simple to make and baked up quickly in a 9×13 inch pan. If I had more time, next time I’d probably bake the cake in a 9×9 inch for thicker cubes of cheesecake, but stacking two thinning cake squares also worked just fine.

You can use whatever seasonal fruit you like to pair with the cheesecake or if you’d like them to be more kebab-like, you can repeat layer the fruit and cheesecake on the lollipop sticks.

Other fun fruits to use for these simple pops would be kiwi, mango, blueberries, black berries, and raspberries.

Do you have a favorite easy dessert that is a hit with your family?

Ricotta Cheesecake and Fruit Lollipops

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For the ricotta cheesecake:
1 1/2 cups Sargento® Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs

To prepare the lollipops:
Fresh Pineapple Chunks
Hot Fudge or Chocolate Ganache for dipping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To prepare the ricotta cheesecake squares:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar, whipping cream, flour, salt. Beat until well combined. Add the milk and vanilla. Beat until incorporated.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between each addition until smooth. Scrape the sides of the pan with a spatula as needed.

Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined 9x13 inch baking pan. (Related: Kitchen Tip: Lining Pans with Parchment)Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 - 35 minutes, or until set. Cool in oven with door propped open 30 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled before preparing the cheesecake pops.

To prepare the cheesecake pops:
Cut the cheesecake into 1 - 1 1/2 inch squares. Set aside. Wash and dry the strawberries. Cut the pineapple into cubes. Remove the tops from each. Thread strawberry top, pineapple cube, strawberry, and two squares of cheesecake onto sticks (such as Wilton 4 Inch Lollipop Sticks). Serve with hot fudge sauce or chocolate ganache for dipping, if desired.

Don’t forget to check out the GoodLife Eats 2011 Mother’s Day Kitchen Gift Guide for some awesome giveaways – there’s still a few open for entries. Hope all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day!

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - May 13, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    What a lovely party treat, Katie! I’d totally make this for a girl’s night in. Love it!


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    Bonnie Tanner - May 13, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Hi Katie,
    Just wondering if I missed the announcement of the winners of the other giveaways. Did you post them or just email the winners?

    Thanks :0)


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — May 13th, 2011 @ 9:20 AM

      I email all the winners and once I’ve confirmed eligibility and address I post with each of the giveaway posts. It takes a few days sometimes.

  • 3
    Lisa - May 13, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    Great idea!


  • 4
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - May 13, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    What a cute idea, Katie. Man, where were you 6 years ago when I had a chocolate fountain at my wedding? These would have been a perfect addition to that day.

    Right now, our go-to desserts are anything we can throw into the Zoku pop maker. Love that thing.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — May 13th, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

      I really want to get one of those pop makers for the kids. They would have so much fun this summer with it!

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    Jessi @ Quirky Cookery - May 13, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Oh those look delicious. I’ve seen various fruit pop type pops before, but the cheesecake takes it to a completely different level. Yum.


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - May 13, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    These are seriously adorable, Katie! What a perfect idea for a casual summer barbecue!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - May 13, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    I love the lollipop idea and actually prefer the light texture of cheesecakes made with ricotta.


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    Pam - May 13, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    While the lollipop idea may be for kinds, my hubby is a cheesecake fan, and these look like a simple approach to having cheesecake a bit more often. I never would have thought of cheesecake in this form. Interesting.


  • 9
    Nicole Presley - May 14, 2011 @ 2:33 am

    Wow these pops look amazing…. I would love to get my hands on those! Strawberry anything is always a hit with my family.


  • 10
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet - May 14, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    I love these! So creative and such a great presentation. Plus, they sound delicious!


  • 11
    Lisa {smart food and fit} - May 14, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    These are so adorable! I’ll have to bookmark this recipe for my next barbecue dinner party! I bet brownies and strawberry lollipops work too! Yum!!


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    sue falge - May 14, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    I am so impressed by the Kitchen Aid outdoor grill! 48 inches …great size, and multiple burners for any need. PLUS the smoker box, and rotisseries…what a way to entertain!


  • 13
    Barbara | VinoLuciStyle - May 14, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    Our favorite go to dessert has always been lemon bars…easy and everyone loves them.

    I’ve not used ricotta for cheesecake and wondering why not. Great idea and these sure look fun; perfect for a summer BBQ.


  • 14
    Bonnie Gaylord - May 14, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    Other than a Kitchen Aid Mixer I would most enjoy a Kitchen Aid Coffee Maker.


  • 15
    Roxana GreenGirl - May 14, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    I love Ricotta cakes and your thin cheesecake sounds great. Love the fruit-cheesecake kebab idea. Since the berry season started I make my daughter berry kebabs and sprinkle some confectioner sugar on top. She loves them.
    I’m going to try your version these days. Thanks Katie!


  • 16
    aesh came - May 15, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    WoW! looks wonderland. Cute. kids would be loving this. You make the best snacks ever, i tell you..This is envy coming out from me. Hehe. (^^) Keep up the great job Katie.


  • 17
    Sues - May 15, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    These are absolutely stunning! Such a fabulous idea and I’m sure a real party pleaser :) My family and friends always want me to make cupcakes! :)


  • 18
    Alecia - May 16, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    what a great idea! Satisfies my love of cheesecake, fruit and chocolate…all in one little bite (or two!).


  • 19
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - May 16, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    These look great! Love the presentation… So beautiful :)


  • 20
    Tickled Red - May 16, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    These are just brilliant!! I can’t wait to make some for our next get together wit friends.


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    Dress and Dish - June 23, 2011 @ 1:33 pm



  • 22
    Mandi @ Life Your Way - May 21, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    Hey Katie!

    Any idea how many pops one 9×13 pan of this cheesecake will make? We’re going to do this for my sister’s graduation party!


    • Elise Bean replied: — May 22nd, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

      I would love to know the answer to Mandi@ Life Your Way’s question!

    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 11:50 AM

      About 2 dozen depending on how large you cut the squares (mine were about 1.5 inch x 1.5 inch) and how many you put on each stick. I placed 2 squares of cheesecake on each stick. A 9×13 inch pan is 117 square inches. If each piece cut is 1.5 x 1.5 that is 2.25 square inches. Divide 117 by 2.25 and you get 52 pieces. 52 pieces divide by 2 pieces per stick is 26 pops…in theory. Hope that helps!

    • Mandi @ Life Your Way replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

      Thanks so much — can’t wait to make them! (And I guess I should have been able to do that math myself, LOL!)

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