Cheesecake Dip- The Dessert-y Appetizer!

I joke that my husband is Shortcut Boy but he argues that he often does things the long way. However, I have him to thank for this post. His innovation and ability to mimic recipes that he tastes is uncanny. For parties, he always has something up his sleeve that he wants to make and it ALWAYS goes off without a hitch. My mother visited this weekend and kept saying, “You guys, you guys are just so gourmet.” Michael has the ability to make an awesome dish in little or no time and impress the masses. So, thank you Michael for the loads of material you give me for Shortcut Girl. I don’t know what I would do without you!

The place this recipe made its debut was our engagement party in 2007. We did a party at the racetrack and then had everyone back to our house after. I have the best memories of my family circulating the party with the platter and people getting excited over the dish. We have made it dozens of times since and it’s always a hit.

Here’s the situation: You want an awesome dessert for a party and hope to impress everyone with your Betty Crocker prowess. You want something that isn’t too fancy but will be great no matter the crowd: young, old, big, small. What you want is this version of “Dessert Dip.”

It’s easier than easy. Here’s your ingredients.

  • Philadelphia prepared cheesecake filling (not the mix, they sell tubs of actual cheesecake next to the cream cheese)
  • Frozen berries
  • Stacy’s cinnamon and sugar Pita Chips (or make your own pita chips with Joseph’s pitas– sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar) If you couldn’t find these chips then graham crackers or Nilla wafers would definitely work.

You thaw the berries and serve them on top of the cheesecake filling with the chips. Any sweet treat will probably taste good dipped in this and any fruit on top will work as well. Be ready for the compliments and try to figure out a way to make the dish sound a little harder. Maybe berries from the Farmer’s market? Warm the chips? Make Nilla wafer cheesecake sandwiches? Now’s the time for some innovation to show your own ability to shortcut the heck out of something.

Extra Tip:One time I could not find the tub of cheesecake filling and just made a no-bake cheesecake mix instead, it worked just the same.

Enjoy this little slice of short cutting- one yummy cinnamon chip at a time.


  1. Arlene says:

    YUM YUM YUM! I was at that engagement party, had a pretty heavy hand in devouring this dessert, and have totally stolen the idea for parties since. In fact, it’s on the menu for my Survivor finale gathering with friends this Sunday! Thank you Shortcut Girl and Boy!!


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