Cheesecake Truffles

When I gave up on my month without sugar, it was largely due to a goat cheese cheesecake at a San Francisco restaurant. Goat cheese in a cheesecake sounded too amazing to miss out, so I gave up 2 days early. It was worth it, and I knew immediately that I wanted to recreate the dessert at home.

I tried this Goat Cheese Cake recipe from Food & Wine, adding a graham cracker crust and baking it in a springform pan. In hindsight, I should have realized this wasn’t supposed to be a traditional cheesecake recipe (most others I saw used 1/2 goat cheese and 1/2 cream cheese, while this one was all goat cheese and baked in a cake pan). The cake came out way too browned, especially on the sides, and all around kind of ugly. So what do you do with an ugly cheesecake?

Scoop it into balls, roll them in the broken up graham cracker crust, dip them into chocolate and make cheesecake truffles! I had some sticks leftover from my marshmallow pops, so a few ended up as cheesecake pops. Either way, they were rich and decadent bites of happiness. I also recommend sprinkling on some of your favorite sprinkles to add some color and a nice crunch.


Cheesecake Truffles

  • 1 cheesecake
  • 12 oz. chocolate
  • 2 oz. canola oil
  • Around 1/4 C graham cracker crumbs
  • Multi-colored jimmies (optional)

Line an even surface with wax paper. Using a small cookie or ice cream scoop (or just a spoon) scoop out the cheesecake and form little balls. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, melt chocolate and canola oil over a double boiler. Remove cheesecake balls from freezer and roll in graham cracker crumbs. Dip them in the melted chocolate, coating evenly, then place on wax paper. Sprinkle with jimmies if desired. Let harden and refrigerate until serving.

35 Comments on Cheesecake Truffles

  1. Wheels
    March 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm (5 years ago)

    Is there a difference between jimmies and salt? Also where did you eat that? Yum!

  2. LauraT
    March 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm (5 years ago)

    yummo! you can go ahead and just mail me your extras :)

  3. Stephanie
    March 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Wheels – jimmies are a nickname for sprinkles. I had the cheesecake at Zaré at Fly Trap, I think it was in SOMA. The food was good, especially the meat entrees.

  4. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom
    March 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm (5 years ago)

    I still haven’t tried cake pops and now you’re going to make me leap-frog over them to make these cheesecake lovelies. Oh okay, I’ll do it!
    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom recently posted Raising a child that cooks

  5. Stephanie
    March 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Angela – I actually haven’t tried cake pops either! I’ve done marshmallow pops and now the cheesecake ones. Eventually I’ll make them but so far I’ve been pretty happy with my choices :)

  6. laura
    March 3, 2011 at 4:16 am (5 years ago)

    wow, this looks amazing. literally blown away
    laura recently posted Marital Bliss

  7. Joy
    March 3, 2011 at 11:05 am (5 years ago)

    The look beautiful. Good job.
    Joy recently posted I Almost Got It

  8. All That I'm Eating
    March 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great idea to use an ‘ugly’ cheesecake up! They’d be fantastic for a dinner party on a stick like in your top picture. I might start covering everything in chocolate and putting it on a stick…what could go wrong?!

  9. Tiffany
    March 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Goat cheese cheesecake!?!?!? SUPER cool! And these pops look wonderful!
    Tiffany recently posted Colorful Couscous

  10. Julie M.
    March 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Mmmmm. Chocolate, cheesecake and jimmies for good measure? Sign me up. That looks like a fabulous way to handle an imperfect cheesecake!

  11. Dina @ The Dish and The Dirt
    March 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Oooh, where did you go in San Francisco that you had the goat cheese cheesecake? I live in SF and go out all the time (doing food reviews), so I’d love to put another place on the ol’ reservation list. The pics look great too — I can never get such a clean coating of chocolate on my cake pops. I’ve heard shortening works, but I’m going to try using canola.

  12. dyingforchocolate
    March 4, 2011 at 7:21 am (5 years ago)

    Fabulous. Sorry the cheesecake didn’t work out, but what a great improv!

  13. Stephanie
    March 4, 2011 at 7:49 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks everyone for the positive feedback! I’m excited that this made the Top 9!

    Dina – I had the cheesecake at Zaré at Fly Trap. The food was good, especially the meat entrees and I definitely recommend the goat cheese cheesecake!

  14. Sherry @JustAPinch
    March 4, 2011 at 8:42 am (5 years ago)

    Had these a week ago for the first time. They’re so addictive! A great party idea. Thank you for the recipe!

  15. Hester aka The Chef Doc
    March 4, 2011 at 11:02 am (5 years ago)

    Haha, what an innovative idea! I’m totally intrigued about this goat cheese cheesecake now!
    Hester aka The Chef Doc recently posted Walnut Pesto

  16. Emma
    March 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm (5 years ago)

    These sound delicious! I’m actually not a big fan of the whole cake pops thing (lovely idea in theory, usually dissapointing in reality) but I cheesecake? Lush!

  17. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    March 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm (5 years ago)

    These are so adorable and simple! You have a beautiful blog :) I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes!

  18. Wheels
    March 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm (5 years ago)

    You got 24 comments? So proud!!!

  19. Liz
    March 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve never made any sort of “pops,” but I’m truly tempted by your version…what a fabulous way to enjoy cheesecake…especially one that’s not so pretty! Great save…your pops are gorgeous!
    Liz recently posted Savory Cheese and Chive Bread

  20. Julie
    March 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Great Aperature CONTROL of the camera! These lollipop cheesecakes will be perfect to serve at parties. Thanks for sharing! Julie
    Julie recently posted Almond Sponge Cake

  21. Heidi
    March 5, 2011 at 8:36 am (5 years ago)

    First of all, your cheesecake pops and balls are gorgeous! I love the contrast of the sprinkles on the chocolate. I make cake pops but I have yet to delve into the world of cheesecake pops. I think my main problem is that whenever I make a cheesecake my husband devours it before I have a chance to do anything else with it; it’s his favorite. That being said, I don’t mean to sound petty, but I have a small correction to make.

    Let’s talk sprinkles. I have what I call a bit of a sprinkle habit. I currently have over 30 different kinds of sprinkles, there’s always room for more, and I consider myself a bit of a self-proclaimed authority on them. The sprinkles in your photos, as beautiful as they are, are not jimmies. They are nonpareils. The for main types of “sprinkles” are nonpareils, jimmies, quins, and sanding sugar. Jimmies are the long skinny ones that you often see on ice cream, quins are the ones you see in all the cute shapes and sanding sugar is, well, sugar, which can be fine or coarse and usually in fun, bright sugars

  22. Stephanie
    March 5, 2011 at 9:53 am (5 years ago)

    Heidi- wow thanks for all the info! I had no idea. I will edit the post and change the name of the sprinkles.

  23. Emily
    March 8, 2011 at 4:37 am (5 years ago)

    These truffles look so yummy!

  24. Kimberli
    March 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Looks tasty!! When you’re in NYC, check out the signature Cheesecake Lollipops at David Burke Townhouse (highly recommended as a Sat or Sun brunch prix fixe.)

    They present them in a metal tree. The kids and adults alike adore them!!
    They also roll the dipped cheesecake in nuts and chocolate bits. YUM!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  25. hannah
    March 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm (5 years ago)

    they look amazing! yay, you did make it!! btw, what the heck do you do with all these desserts you make?!

  26. Eftychia
    April 21, 2011 at 4:04 am (5 years ago)

    What a delicious dessert!! Thanks for sharing!


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