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Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Popsicles {Farmer’s Market Friday}

by flavorthemoments on August 7, 2014

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Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Popsicles are blackberry puree combined with a creamy, lemony cheesecake filling and a coconut graham cracker crumble.  These popsicles will give you your cheesecake fix without weighing you down, so they’re perfect for summer!

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Welcome to another week of Farmer’s Market Friday!  This week we’re taking a walk on the dark side with the infamous….BLACKBERRY. :)

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Do ya love blackberries?  Like enough to add them to your baked oatmeal, your muffins, upside down cake, and even salad?  I can’t say enough good things about them, and to me, they’re different from other berries.  They’ve got a deep, dark sweetness, if that makes sense.  Well, they aren’t called blackberries for nothing. ;)  I’ve picked up some of the most gigantic ones at the farmer’s market this season, and they were so delicious.  When you get a good batch, they’re beyond your wildest dreams.

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I love pairing citrus with blackberries — either lime or lemon are both great.  I’ve been using a lot of lime lately, so I decided to go the lemon route.  Lemon is such a bright, summery flavor, and it made this cheesecake “filling” so delectable.

I need to send a big THANK YOU to Ashley over at Cookie Monster Cooking.  She posted some awesome coconut coffee cookies ‘n cream popsicles (I know!  so good), and recommended these molds in her post.  I’ve been looking high and low for molds, and I liked the Zoku brand, but I’ve only seen a fancy pants $50 set that I didn’t need in the stores.  The ones she recommended were just right — without the countertop freezing unit — so I scooped them up.  Plus, they were so affordable, I could buy 2 sets of molds, because 6 popsicles is never enough in my house.  Big score!

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I have to tell you, there were (2) major drawbacks to making homemade popsicles:

(1)  Making them with your kids is like taking them on a road trip.  “Are they done yet?”,  “Can you go check them again?”,  “Can I go check them?”,  “Will they be done by Christmas?”  I finally got them to forget about them, then when they were ready, we couldn’t eat them.  The sun had gone down, so they weren’t coming out until the next day.  I had to photograph them, ya know.

(2)  I had major popsicle anxiety.  I highly doubted that these were really going to come out.  I put extra effort into layering things just right because I wanted them to be “picture perfect”, and somehow, I knew they were going to come out all discombobulated.  Finally I just told myself, suck it up and get those babies out!  Worst case scenario we’d be eating something good and I could make more.  I was anxious for nothing, because they popped right out after placing them under warm water for 30 seconds.  So easy.

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Let’s talk about the graham cracker crumble real quick.  I had some coconut graham cracker crumble leftover from my No Churn Key Lime Pie Ice Cream, so I used that.  You could use this same recipe and just opt not to bake it and it would be fine.  You also don’t need much at all.  I speak from experience because I put way to much crumble there and that’s exactly what it did when it came out of the mold…crumbled….and all over.  It was an amateur move for an amateur popsicle maker — you really only need a smidgen for appearance sake.  I have to have a graham cracker crumble with anything cheesecake, but if you want to go without, they will still taste great.

I’m so happy I’m finally in the popsicle makin’ business, because it’s fun, and these were way better than any store bought popsicles.  Fresh blackberry flavor, lemons, and cheesecake with a crumble make for one delicious popsicle, and I can’t wait to make my next batch.  If you don’t have popsicle molds, I hope you get yourself some stat!

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Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Popsicles {Farmer’s Market Friday}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 popsicles

Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Popsicles {Farmer’s Market Friday}

Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake Popsicles are blackberry puree combined with a creamy, lemony cheesecake filling and a coconut graham cracker crumble. These popsicles will give you your cheesecake fix without weighing you down, so they're perfect for summer!

Ingredients

For the blackberry puree:

9 ounces fresh blackberries, whole

1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar*

1 tablespoon water

For the cream cheese filling:

8 ounces 1/3 less fat neufchâtel cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons milk (I used non-fat)

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

zest and juice from 1/2 medium lemon

Coconut Graham Cracker Crumble, optional*

Instructions

Prepare the puree:

Place the 6 ounces of whole blackberries in a blender or food processor with the sugar and water, and puree until smooth. Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer to discard the seeds, if desired, but it's not necessary. Divide equally between 4 popsicle molds.

Prepare the filling:

Place the cream cheese, milk, granulated sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth. Spoon the filling into the popsicle molds over the the blackberry puree, dropping in the remaining chunks of blackberries throughout the filling. Top the filling with a thin layer of the graham cracker crumble, place the popsicle handles on top, and freeze for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight. Unmold according to manufacturers' instructions and enjoy!

Notes

*If your blackberries are very sweet, they won't need more than 1 tablespoon of sugar. Start with 1 tablespoon, puree, and taste to decide if it needs more sugar.

*Prepare a small amount of the graham cracker crumble as these popsicles don't need more than a thin layer, or just enough to adhere to the cream cheese filling. The crumble is delicious baked or unbaked!

I did not strain my blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer and it was just great.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt Robinson August 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Beautiful popsicles, beautiful pictures! Love that crumb at the bottom!!

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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 8:05 am

Thank you for the compliments, Matt! They mean a lot coming from you as your popsicles are so great they always break the mold…no pun intended. :) Have a great weekend!

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Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour August 8, 2014 at 5:20 am

I just bought Popsicle molds too..so fun!
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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

They are! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. :)

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Helen @ Scrummy Lane August 8, 2014 at 5:26 am

Impressive, Marcie! I think you were pretty brave tackling something like this for your first popsicles! They look and sound incredible, though. If I’d been at your house that day I would definitely have been joining in with the ‘are they ready yet?’ chorus!
P.S. Love that word you used: discombobulated?
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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 8:07 am

I was as impatient as my kids trying to rush them to get them out by sundown…some things cannot be rushed! Glad you like my word…haha Thanks, Helen, and have a great weekend! :)

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout August 8, 2014 at 6:14 am

LOVE the coconut graham cracker crumble! So unique and really takes these over the edge :)
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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 8:07 am

Where there’s cheesecake, there’s a crumble in my book. :) Thanks, Medha!

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Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen August 8, 2014 at 6:30 am

These are gorgeous Marcie – so perfect! Something you’d pay big bucks for in a fancy ice cream popsicle store! I think they look fantastic and they are a great flavor combination. Pinned!
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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

Thanks, Kristi! Do you have popsicle molds or am I influencing you to buy yet something else? haha Have a great weekend, my friend! :)

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) August 8, 2014 at 6:42 am

These popsicles are making me so very happy right now!

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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

Thank you, Jocelyn! :)

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker August 8, 2014 at 6:55 am

First of all, YAY for the molds!! I love the shapes :) And second, me LOVE blackberries so I am glad you are featuring it today! These popsicles look so creamy and good! Hope you have a great weekend!
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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

I know you love your blackberries…your blackberry recipes have been wow-ing me lately! I’m glad I finally broke down and got these, because they’re a lot of fun. Thanks, Zainab, and hope you enjoy your weekend! :)

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Annie @Maebells August 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

How did you not eat every single one of these?! They look so wonderful!
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flavorthemoments August 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

The vultures were swarming while I took the pics — I was lucky I got one!

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor August 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I can’t get enough of blackberries! I just had a big bowl with lunch and would love one of these pops for dessert! These would not last very long in my house.

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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

These were gone the instant I was done taking photos — gotta double the recipe next time! Thanks, Ashley, and have a great weekend! :)

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Kloe's Kitchen August 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Marcie, these look amazing! I haven’t stopped in in a while and I am enjoying scrolling through your past few posts. Everything looks marvelous as usual! :) ♥♥♥ -Kloe
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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

Thank you, Kloe, and welcome back! :)

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Velva August 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Delightful! Very elegant too.
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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

Thank you, Velva! :)

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Alyssa @ My Sequined Life August 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Marcie these popsicles are just the dessert I’ve been craving this summer! I love all the layers to them, especially those blackberries and the crumble. I’d have a hard time resisting the urge to check them every few minutes myself!
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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

I don’t normally go for cheesecake because it’s so heavy, but these pops were light enough and really hit the spot. I know I said the kids were hounding me to check on them, but I was just as bad. haha Have a nice weekend, Alyssa! :)

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Kelly August 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

These popsicles look gorgeous! I love that you made blackerries with lemon cheesecake – such a fantastic flavor combo. I would have been drooling the entire time while photographing them – yum!

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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

I was drooling…thank goodness you can’t see that in the photo. haha And they were gone in seconds afterward, so next time I need to make more! Thanks, Kelly, and have a great weekend. :)

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Monet August 8, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Who needs cheesecake when you could have these!?! What gorgeous creative popsicles! Love them!

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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

Thank you, Monet, and I’ll take these over regular cheesecake any day. They’re so much lighter! :)

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Samina | The Cupcake Confession August 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I SOOOOOOOO need this in my life!!!!! Looks DELISH! <3
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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

Thank you, Samina! :)

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Chris @ Shared Appetite August 9, 2014 at 6:24 am

These are beautiful! Love the flavors of cheesecake and on a stick?! Genius!!!
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flavorthemoments August 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

Thank you, Chris! Frozen cheesecake is a great way to cool down! :)

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Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen August 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm

That coconut graham cracker crumble sounds amazing. Such beautiful popsicles!
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flavorthemoments August 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

Thank you, Christin! :)

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Mary Frances August 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

I totally understand the popsicle anxiety – I could never get mine to get out quite right! You did a beautiful job with these. The flavors (LOVE citrus and berries!) and the textures (coconut graham cracker crumble – heck yes!) together is amazing! Pinned! Happy weekend my friend!
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flavorthemoments August 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

I sincerely thought we were going to be eating these out of the molds with a spoon! Haha. Thank you, Mary Frances, and hope you’re having a great Sunday!

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Ashley August 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Yay! So glad you like the molds! It took me forever to find the non-quick pop ones (or whatever they are called!). And now I’m thinking I need to buy another set – I always run out of molds with just the one!

These look awesomeeee. Such a great way to break those babies in!
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flavorthemoments August 11, 2014 at 7:48 am

Yeah, I was bummed that once I got to whipping everything up that it only made 4 popsicles…they were gone the second I got done photographing them! And here I bought extra molds, too. Doubling the batch next time! haha Have a great Monday, Ashley! :)

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Amallia @DesireToEat August 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

Hallo Marcie, your blackberry lemon cheesecake looks so cute. Love the pictures too. :-)
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flavorthemoments August 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Thank you, Amallia! :)

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Cindy Eikenberg August 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

Marcie, these look fantastic and I just love the flavor combination! Thank you for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinned. Happy Monday and have a fabulous week!
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flavorthemoments August 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Thank you, Cindy, and I hope you have a wonderful week yourself! :)

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Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods August 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

These popsicles are so beautiful. Love the layering. I totally understand about the when are they ready, when can we have them. My kids never stop asking! Haha. Pinning!
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Jocelyn@BruCrew Life August 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Marcie, these were made just for me, I know it!! ;) I’m totally drooling for these!
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flavorthemoments August 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

I did make them just for you! haha Thanks, Jocelyn! :)

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