Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE BITES

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
16 (about 1 pound) whole stemmed strawberries
8 graham cracker squares, finely crushed, about 2/3 cup

In a mixer bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel until smooth and creamy; set aside.

Using a paring knife or small melon baller, partly hollow out top of strawberries to a depth of 3/4-inch.

Gently fill each strawberry with 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture. Roll tops of strawberries in graham cracker crumbs. Arrange on a serving platter.

Variation: Melt 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels; stir into softened cream cheese. Omit lemon juice and peel. Add 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Proceed as recipe directs. Substitute crushed chocolate wafers for graham crackers, if desired. Makes 16 servings.