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Want a fun bite size dessert that’s perfect for summer gatherings? These Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Cookies will get you invited to every party!
I love summer! There are a million and one reasons why summer is my favorite season, one being that our schedules are less hectic and it’s a great time to get together with friends. Of course, if I’m invited over for a cookout or holiday party, I never want to show up empty handed. I love bringing something sweet and my favorites are bite size desserts.
They have to be easy desserts to make though, which is why I love no-bake cheesecake so much. You can whip these up for a party in a matter of minutes and if you have NILLA Wafers on hand, you don’t even need to make a crust. Just top NILLA Wafers with cheesecake, add a topping such as fruit or sprinkles and you’re totally good to go!
They’re really perfect for any occasion and since we’re heading into the summer holidays, I decided to make a patriotic version with Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Cookies. That’s the beauty of this dessert…it’s so easy to switch up. I just needed to make a quick trip to Walmart to pick up my ingredients. Do you love Walmart as much as I do? They have everything I could possibly want and it never takes me long to fill up a cart!
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How To Make Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Cookies
Drizzle NILLA Wafers With Candy Melts
I started by making rows of NILLA Wafers on a cookies sheet. Make nine rows across and seven rows down.
One bowl at a time, melt red, white and blue candy melts (you can find these in the cake decorating section in Walmart). Be sure you’re completely finished drizzling one color before you start the next. Otherwise the candy may start to harden.
Place blue candy melts in the microwave and melt for 30 seconds. Add a little vegetable oil to give the melts more of a smooth texture. Stir, then microwave in 30 second increments until totally melted. Drizzle over the nine NILLA Wafers in the upper left corner. You can use a spoon but I love drizzling with these little plastic bottles. Walmart carries them in the cake decorating section and they cost next to nothing.
You can display your “flag” on a large platter or cutting board but my cutting board was way too big and my platter wasn’t big enough. Luckily I had a cardboard cake board that was just the right size. Put a drop of candy melt on the cake board or the back of the NILLA Wafer to keep the cookies from sliding around. It just takes a minute or so for it to harden.
Originally I did all the drizzling on a baking sheet, then moved the cookies to the cardboard. I made this recipe again and did it all on the cardboard to start…much easier! If you think you might be a messy drizzler (no judgement here!), use the baking sheet but otherwise you can leave out that extra step.
Next melt the red candy melts and drizzle over the cookies, starting with the top row and skipping rows as you move down. The top and the bottom row should be red. Finally, drizzle white over the rest of the NILLA Wafers.
Make An Easy No Bake Cheesecake
Set the cookies aside and start your cheesecake. I love this no bake cheesecake recipe because with just four ingredients, it couldn’t get much easier. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract.
Mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
Separate the cheesecake into three bowls. I used a little less for the blue because there weren’t as many blue NILLA Wafers on the flag. You can make the cheesecake deeper shades of red and blue but I like them somewhat light so that my friends aren’t walking around with red and blue lips.
Top NILLA Wafers With Cheesecake
Using a decorating bag, top each cookie with cheesecake.
Use white sprinkles to represent the stars on the flag.
Top the rest of the NILLA Wafers with red and white cheesecake, then add red and white sprinkles.
You’ll be the most popular guest at the party when you show up with these awesome Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Cookies!
These cheesecake cookies are perfect for all the red, white and blue holidays! Serve them for Memoral Day, Fourth Of July and more.
You can even change them up to fit the theme of whatever party you’re throwing. Make them pink or blue (or both) for a baby shower, spring colors for Easter or even red and green for Christmas.
- 1/2 cup blue candy melts
- 2/3 cup red candy melts
- 2/3 cup white candy melts
- 3/4 teaspoon vegetable oil , separated
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- red and blue food coloring or gel
- 63 NILLA Wafers
- red, white and blue sprinkles for garnish
- Place NILLA Wafers to cake board in rows of 9 across and 7 down.
- Place blue candy melts in microwave for one minute. Remove and stir in 1/8 teaspoon vegetable oil. Continue to melt in 30 second increments until completely smooth.
- Using a plastic decorating bottle, add small drops of candy melts to the bottom of each cookie to keep it from sliding around.
- Drizzle remaining blue candy over the 9 cookies in the top left (forming a square)
- Melt red candy melts in the microwave for one minute.
- Stir in 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil and continue to microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted.
- Drizzle the red melts over the top row and every other row down to the bottom.
- Repeat with white candy melts and drizzle over the remaining NILLA Wafers
- Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until well blended
- Fold in whipping cream
- Separate 1/4 cup of cheesecake mixture and mix in blue food coloring or gel
- Divide the remaining cheesecake in half, coloring one red and leaving the other white.
- One color at a time, put cheesecake in decorating bags and top each NILLA Wafer with a large dollop of cheesecake
- Sprinkle red and white sprinkles over the top (red on the red cheesecake cookies and white on the blue and white cheesecake cookies)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 12gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can these cheesecake cookies be made ahead of time?
Yes. You can add the candy melts and make the cheesecake the day before to save time. Be sure to wrap the cookies well and wait until ready to serve to add the cheesecake (otherwise the cookies will lose their crunchiness)
Can you freeze cheesecake?
Yes, there are plenty of times where I’ll make the cheesecake mix ahead of time and freeze it until just before I need it. This is super helpful when I’m planning a party and I want to get as much done as possible ahead of time. Just take it out about an hour or so before you’ll need it and it should be thawed by the time you’re ready to use it.
How do you freeze cheesecake?
If you want to freeze the cheesecake mixture for later, put it into a freezer bag and squeeze all the air out before sealing. For an extra layer of protection, wrap the bag in aluminum foil.
Are there shortcuts for this recipe?
Yes. If you’re in a hurry, just skip the candy melts and top the NILLA Wafers with cheesecake.
Want another variation of this recipe? Just combine the three cheesecake colors in a three part coupler, pipe over NILLA Wafers and top with sprinkles.
What NILLA Wafer recipe will you make this summer?
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