I just had to share this strawberries and cream cheesecake with you. Valentine's day is right around the corner and strawberries are always a big hit! This cheesecake has a cookie crumb crust, a layer of strawberry cheesecake, and a vanilla cheesecake layer on top. Did I mention, there's a sweet truffle surprise inside too! For the big finish, I added tall swirls of whipped cream and strawberry cream truffles! Check out the rest of my cheesecake recipes too.
Thank you Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake
Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, or just want a tasty strawberry cheesecake recipe, this will rock your world. I'm a huge fan of the two different layers of flavor and color.
The bottom layer has the gorgeous pink color thanks to the Torani strawberry syrup that you can pick up at your local grocery store or online from Amazon. For an extra pop of flavor, I added strawberry extract too!
How to make Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake
The first step is to pop these digestive cookies into a food processor and pulse them until they're all crumbs. You can also use a large storage bag and a rolling pin if you don't have a food processor handy.
Add the melted butter and sugar and stir to coat all the crumbs!
Next step is the cheesecake batter. You can see that I have the strawberry syrup on hand for what happens next!
I divided the cheesecake batter into two bowls. One is going to stay vanilla and the other is going to get a dose of strawberry syrup and extract. Stir until syrup and extract are incorporated and you have a pretty pink batter.
Add the pink into the pan or you could add white on the bottom instead. It's whatever you prefer. Next, add your Lindt strawberry cream white chocolate truffles. Don't overdo it with the truffles.
I was going for one truffle per slice. You can leave them out of the center too if you don't want to bite into crunchy chocolate. Personally, I love the crunchy chocolate. I especially love refrigerated cake pops with a chocolate coating.
Lastly, add the white cheesecake batter on top of pink in a slow and steady stream. Be sure to cover all of the pink with the white batter.
A couple more things before we get to the recipe. If you cannot find the strawberry syrup, leave it out. Just add the strawberry extract and some red or pink food color to make the cheesecake pink.
If you can't find these truffles, substitute with white chocolate truffles. I'm not sure if they're seasonal, so I wanted to get that out just in case.
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Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake
- 1 ¼ cups digestive cookie crumbs or graham cracker crumbs (13 cookies)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 24 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup full-fat sour cream
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons Torani strawberry syrup
- 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
- 7 - 9 Lindt strawberry cream white chocolate truffles
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 11 Lindt strawberry cream white chocolate truffles
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the sides of the 9-inch springform pan with nonstick baking spray. Wrap the sides of the pan with a strip of parchment paper.
- Mix the cookie crumbs, melted butter, and sugar until it resembles wet sand and can be packed down.
- Press the crust evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool while you work on the cheesecake filling.
- In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese. Beat with a hand mixer on medium until the cream cheese is smooth. Scrape down the bowl.
- Add the sugar and beat on medium until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add in the eggs one at a time. Beat each egg in before adding the next. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add in the sour cream, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium until the mixture comes together.
- Pour half of the batter into a separate bowl. Set aside.
- Add the Torani strawberry syrup and strawberry extract into the remaining cheesecake batter. Stir until everything is combined and a light pink color.
- Pour the pink batter on top of the crust. The crust doesn't have to be cooled completely.
- Add a circle of truffles to the cheesecake. I would only add about 7 - 9 and leave plenty of room towards the outside of the pan.
- Pour the remaining cheesecake batter in a slow and steady stream, covering all of the pink batter and truffles.
- Wrap the outside of the springform pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty tin foil. Place the cheesecake into a slightly bigger pan and fill with 1 inch of water.
- Place in the oven. Let the cheesecake bake for 1 hour 16 minutes - 1 hour 25 minutes until done. To make sure the cheesecake is done, gently give it a wiggle. If it slightly jiggles in JUST the middle like jello, then it's done. If it jiggles all over, it needs to bake longer. Turn off the heat and crack the oven door slightly. Let it cool in the oven for 1 to 2 hours until it reaches room temperature and then place in the fridge to chill overnight.
- Just before serving, make and add the whipped cream to the cheesecake.
- Place the heavy cream and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Add the whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip. Pipe swirls on top of the cooled cheesecake.
- Top each swirl with a truffle.
- Cut and serve. Store in the fridge.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
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Brandy Myers says
Guess who will be eating all the edge pieces to get those truffles? I'm a sucker for Lindt truffles and this cheesecake is no different. It reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream which could always be found in my grandparents freezer. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says
Happy Anniversary....a few days ago. For Valentine's Day (we have been married for 40 years), we just make a nice dinner at home (on the closest weekend to the day). This year on Valentine's Day we are actually attending a gourmet cooking class where a professional chef will guide each couple to cook a wonderful dinner. This looks like a delicious cheesecake...and I do like cheesecake.
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says
This cheesecake looks amazing!! I love how you topped it with Lindt chocolates!!
What a yummy and decadent idea to add truffles to the top of cheesecake! It makes for a gorgeous presentation! And I love that layer of pink underneath- YUM!
I love the gorgeous layers of this cheesecake, and how you've decorated it with the whipped cream swirls and truffles! It's so delicate-looking and pretty. What a fantastic dessert this would be for a special occasion, like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. I'm going to have to pick up that Torani Strawberry syrup, it sounds great!
Beautiful cheesecake but instead of using Torani Syrup I mixed 2 tsp of real strawberry syrup with 1 tsp of cold filtered water. I tasted the Torani Syrup prior to adding it to the cheesecake mixture. The syrup tasted horrible! It contains all chemicals. Completely artificial. I poured the liquid down the drain. Complete waste of money. The cheesecake tasted delicious with my substitution.
Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon says
Happy anniversary! We usually have a nice meal in on the day and get a fire going in the fireplace. Pretty lowkey. 🙂
What a yummy looking cheesecake! I love the pink color from the strawberry syrup. I can see making this for Easter too with the pretty colors.
Tracy Koslicki says
Oh this is GORGEOUS. And I LOVE that you're returning the borrowed pan with someone delicious in it! That's perfect - you can borrow anything from me anytime! 😛
Oh my gosh, I had heard of digestives but never knew what they were talking about exactly. I guessed it was some sort of new age cleanse, i had no idea about the history of this. Funny. By the way, this cheesecake looks amazing!
Britt @ A Lil' Sweet, Spice, & Advice says
I am LOVING the crunchy chocolate surprise in this cheesecake. Gonna have to try this out! I go to Cost Plus World Market pretty often so I will be looking for that strawberry syrup the next time I go. Most positive I will end up buying up half the store when I go because that's usually what happens. LOL
Amy Nash says
Mmmm, I love cheesecake and Torani syrups. This looks like such a decadent, wonderful dessert! I might have to try this with the Torani raspberry syrup that I have in my cupbaord right now!
Lisa | Garlic + Zest says
This is positively a stunning dessert! Love the layers -- and oh-ma-gawd-- truffles inside and on top! This is perfect for a special Valentine's Day or Galentine's day because there's no way my sweetie and I could polish off that whole cheesecake! It looks divine!
This cheesecake looks so pretty and elegant! Almost like a neopoletan icecream. I love the idea of adding syrup to the cheesecake layer. I've seen these bottles of syrup at Starbucks but I've never been able to find them anywhere. I wish we had World Market store here in Canada. I saw some really pretty dishes there online.
Mrs Major Hoff says
Looks delicious! I love the pretty colors!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
I love the use of strawberry syrup here! So delicious! This cheesecake is beautiful!
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says
I love those truffles and that strawberry syrup is such a pretty pink colour! Love digestives too - such a useful ingredient. I so need to make this for my lovely tomorrow!
Courtney Lopez says
Such a darling cheesecake. I love the bright and happy colors. Absolutely delicious!
Joy King says
You owe me an oven!!! I cracked the oven door like the instructions say, it was a TERRIFIC job as the glass did not want to crack. I eventually got an industrial hammer and that worked beautifully. The oven door and glass cracked immediately!!! But it seemed to make NO difference at all, in fact the cake took forever to cook and I now sit with a broken oven door!! Couldn't resist that .... sorry!!! Recipe looks great and look forward to making it.
This cheesecake looks so pretty and delicious! Can gluten-free cookie crumbs be substituted for the digestive cookie crumbs? If so, should they be sweet-tasting since I am not familiar with the taste of digestive cookies? Thanks so much.
Yes, gluten-free cookie crumbs can be used. Digestive Cookies taste similar to graham crackers.
I have a question, in your ingredients...its say 1 T. of sugar....whats the T stand for?
Lilya D says
Is it possible to make them into tiny cheesecake tartlets and if so how long would I bake those for. I made the cheesecake itself already once and my husband LOVED it. Now I want to try little mini cheesecakes so that he could pack a few for work. Any suggestions???
Suzanne Makin says
Do you think you could purée actual strawberries to use for that layer instead of syrup?
Yes, that would work!
This Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake looks and sounds fabulous. Your pictures are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing at Waste Not Wednesday.
Oh my goodness, this cheesecake looks over-the-top delicious! Loving all of those gorgeous layers!
Monica Labrador says
I cherish those truffles and that strawberry syrup is such a really pink shading! Love digestives as well – such a helpful fixing. I so need to make this for my flawless tomorrow!
So looking forward to this lovely treat.
My question is, is it okay to halve this recipe and bake it in a 9x5 pan?
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
This is so pretty!
Can some one plz tell me what kind of digestive cookies are? I've never heard of them.
They're like a graham cracker. 🙂
Tina Tice says
I want to make these into mini cheesecakes. I have a christmas party and I need enough for 40 people. Is there any modifications or adjustments to the recipe that I should make?
I haven't tried it so I'm not sure what the adjustments would be. I'll definitely put it on my list to try. I would love to know if you were able to try it!
nancy dearman says
LOVE LOVE LOVE your recopies. T
I’d like to try this for Easter, which is three days away, I live in a small town where I can’t find strawberry extract or strawberry syrup (other than for strawberry milk), is there anything else I can use? Sweetened poured strawberries maybe? I hate to attempt it and modify with what I can find locally. Please help
I don't think you'll get the flavor you want using sweetened poured strawberries without adding too much liquid to the batter. If you could find freeze-dried strawberries, you could use them by adding them to a food processor and pulse them until they're a powder. I would add at least 3 tablespoons of the strawberry powdered and then substitute the 3 tablespoons of Torani syrup with 3 tablespoons of heavy cream. I hope that helps.
Could you please tell me how I could go about baking this in a 8-inch pan rather than a 9-inch? I've read to leave out about one fifth of the batter, but I wanted to know your thoughts! Also, how should the baking time be adjusted? Thanks for your help!
Hi! I would leave about 1/4 of an inch of space at the top of the pan when pouring in the cheesecake so that the cheesecake doesn't overflow. You could always try baking the remaining batter in a small pan or in a cupcake pan with a cupcake liner. I hope that helps.
Sweta Tandon says
Without egg please recipe
What exactly are digestive cookies? I’m assuming good old autocorrect but it gave me a chuckle ?
Miranda C. says
Hi Dianna! They actually ARE called digestive cookies! The brand I use is McVitieft's which I found in Whole Foods grocery store. They are called digestive biscuits because there is a lot of baking soda in the cookies which was said to help soothe the stomach back in the 1800's. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
KAREN STRUBLE says
Amazing!! I split the recipe into thirds and added 1 T cocoa powder to 1/3 to make a neapolitan cheesecake. So nice pretty! I'm looking forward to bringing it to my families Easter celebration!! Thank You , definitely pinned this one..
Thanks for the wonderful feedback, Karen!