Cherry Cheesecake Paletas

made with real fruit

How is it that summer’s almost over? The temperature will probably stay on the warmer side for a bit longer, but it’s time for fall. That means we’re all just in limbo, waiting to buy holiday presents or finish up big projects for the year at work. I was never a big fan of summer. I heat heat. I hate having to use the air conditioning. But we really did it right this summer and after living in New York for almost 5 years and dealing with some nasty winters, I love any chance to be outside. This summer was incredibly mild and we were outside a lot. We went to the Catskills, had a few picnics on Governors Island, got in some Zombie Hut time, played bored games outdoors, and went to Rockaway Beach plenty of times, with one more trip planned for this weekend, and had a few barbecues with, again, one more planned for this weekend. We traveled to Montreal, DC and North Carolina, too. It’s been perfect. Sure, we’ve both been really busy with work on top of it all, especially Kramer, but we made the most of this summer and I officially love the season. That’s not to say I’m not looking forward to fall sweaters and holiday meals, though. I can’t wait for Halloween candy and Thanksgiving stuffing. But I will definitely miss beach hair, fish tacos and eating cheese and drinking wine on a sunny day in the park. Sigh.

Cherry Cheesecake PaletasI love summer.

Have you heard of a paleta before? I’m sure you’ve probably eaten one. Paleta, you see, is Latin America’s version of a popsicle. The key different, though, is that a paleta is actually made from chopped fruit, not just syrup or juices. A paleta is one of my favorite things to enjoy on a hot summer day. They’re generally a bit richer and more substantial than the average popsicle, and they come in fun flavors – my favorite is coconut with little bits of coconut in it. I recently purchased a popsicle mold, and I’m only lamenting the fact that I didn’t get one sooner. Summer means popsicles, and we should all be eating them! I’ve made an almond butter and Greek yogurt variety already on the blog, but this time, I decided to make favorite New York traditions into a treat on a stick.

Cherry Cheesecake Paletas

As you may know, I’ve partnered with the Cherry Marketing Institute and to bring some tart cherry recipes to you this summer. I’ve already given you a couple of breakfast and lunch ideas, so let’s focus on the best part of a meal: dessert. Frozen tart cherries work beautifully here because you don’t need to thaw them! You just add them to a blender with milk, cream cheese and a little sugar, puree, add a little graham cracker for tradition, and ta-da! Cherry cheesecake paletas ready to go, made with real tart cherries – you won’t find anything artificial here. If you’re someone who thinks ahead, I would even consider adding in some dried tart cherries, too, for texture. They would probably make these look even prettier than they already do. And don’t forget! Choose Cherries is giving away Le Creuset cookware and an Anthropologie apron! You can Tweet to enter or comment on this post to win!

Cherry Cheesecake PaletasDranks at The Zombie Hut, Brooklyn, dranks at Featherweight and my pal Mia.

Cherry Cheesecake PaletasYou don’t need much to make these paletas!

Cherry Cheesecake PaletasJust throw it all in your blender and puree until smooth.

Cherry Cheesecake PaletasSprinkle some crushed graham cracker on top of the popsicles, stick your sticks in and freeze.

Cherry Cheesecake PaletasRemove them from their molds and ta-da! Paletas.

Cherry Cheesecake PaletasCherry Cheesecake PaletasInsert Homer Simpson chomping noise here.

Cherry Cheesecake Paletas
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Serves: 10 popsicles
Tart cherries, cream cheese and graham crackers some together for a refreshing summer take on the classic New York treat.
  • 2 cups frozen tart cherries (not thawed)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup crushed graham crackers
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend together the cherries, milk, cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Pour into your popsicle molds, sprinkle with the crushed graham crackers, add in the popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 8 hours.
  2. Remove the paletas from the freezer and wiggle them out of their molds. I find that running the molds under a bit of hot water for a second or two will help release them. Sprinkle with some additional crushed graham cracker before serving, if desired.


15 Responses

  1. Erin says:

    Looks so good!

  2. dessertfortwo says:

    Damn these sound amazing! I love cherries!
    Have a great weekend, girl!

  3. Lynne C. says:

    We vacation in northern Michigan and love CHERRIES !!!

  4. Linda F. says:

    These look delicious! I’ll try them!

  5. Dee Fedor says:

    Now I wish I would have frozen some of the tart cherries we picked in MI this summer! I ate most of them fresh (I love sour!)

  6. These are absolutely amazing! Seriously I would eat the shit out of these lol :)

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog. Everything is so crazy delish and you’ve got me reeeeally tempted to make popsicles at 1am. <3

  7. Zoe says:

    OMG so happy to see you on Yahoo! today!!!! Kudos to you for all the hard work you’ve put into your blog! –>


  9. huntfortheverybest says:

    i love the cheesecake flavor. yum! mia is adorable!

  10. Missy says:

    Looks like a cherry cheesecake pop.

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  12. juliane says:

    Thats amazing. Where can you buy paletas mold?

    • Sydney says:

      Thanks, Juliane! Any store, really – I got mine at Whisk NYC but I’m sure places like Michael’s, Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma, etc. has them. Probably even Target!

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