Easy Strawberries n’ Cream Phyllo Shells
Easy Strawberries n’ Cream Phyllo Shellsl
A super easy phyllo (filo) cup cream cheese dessert recipe that is done in less than 10 minutes. These no bake Easy Strawberries n’ Cream Phyllo Shells are a quick way to get your cheesecake fix in…and they look super fancy too!!
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Easy Strawberry Cream Cheese Phyllo Shells
Being Greek, I grew up watching my mother use phyllo dough in a lot of her appetizers and desserts. Her go-to Greek recipes she made, and still makes today, using phyllo (filo) dough are:
- spanakopita, a cheese and spinach appetizer
- baklava, a nutty, sweet dessert
- galaktoboureko, a yummy custard dessert
All desserts are SO amazing! But what I learned is that it takes some patience and care to work with phyllo dough. It can rip easily and get messy but fortunately, it still finds a way to come out beautiful and crunchy!
Speaking of baklava, have you tried my Mini Baklava Rolls With Citrus Honey? Instead of layering the phyllo into squares, I took a few sheets of dough and rolled them into “cigar-like” bites of baklava. They are SO fun to eat!
Over the years, I have experimented more and more with phyllo (filo) dough and realized that there are so many possibilities! Some easy and some….not so much. The phyllo cups I used for this recipe, make working with phyllo so fun! You WILL enjoy making this dessert rather than getting frustrated and throwing the phyllo across the kitchen..which I have done before..
If you are still wondering, “How do I use phyllo puff pastry sheets?” keep reading!
In reality, there are hundreds of ways to use phyllo! There is no right or wrong way. The more creative you are, the more fun it becomes! 🙂
The way I used them here is simple and super easy.
Oh and can we just talk about how fancy these dessert cups look?? PLUS they only take 10 minutes!!
Homemade phyllo cups with a strawberry cream cheese filling? Yes please. I’ll take 5! 🙂
Phyllo or Filo??
You’re probably wondering by now…Is it phyllo or filo??
I did some research to find out that there is no correct spelling!!
I’ve see it both way but I tend to like the phyllo spelling better. But potayto, potatoh… 😮
What I love most about these dessert cups is that all of these ingredients do not need to be purchased fresh! They are ingredients that can be purchased way ahead of time and can be pulled out when you need a quick dessert!!
With a 9 month old on my hip 90% of the time and a husband with a serious sweet tooth, I am always trying to find a way to whip up a fast dessert whether I’m expecting company or not.
And if Cal was a little older, I would have had him help me by cutting out the circles for the phyllo dessert cups! Butttt since he just puts everything in his mouth now…maybe hold off for another year!
As for the cream cheese…
PLEASE do not use the store-bought pre-mixed strawberry cream cheese as a “substitute”!!
It just does not taste the same!
Just mix whatever strawberry jelly or “jam” you have in the fridge with some WHIPPED cream cheese!
Tip* The whipped cream cheese part is important! The regular block of cream cheese will make the filling too dense! This is what I used! Philly cream cheese is the best!
By the way…if you DON’T keep strawberry jam in your fridge at all times, then I’m sorry but we can’t be friends…
If I come to visit you and out of no where get a hankering for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (which has been known to happen) you better be able to help me satisfy that craving…
😆 …All kidding aside…it has been a fridge staple growing up. And if you have kids or are pregnant, it’s a MUST! This was my late night go-to preggo snack….with a cold glass of milk!!
Anyway…All you do is mix together some jam with some WHIPPED cream cheese, a lil’ vanilla, a lil’ powdered sugar and boom! A no-bake cheesecake dessert in a fancy phyllo (or filo) cup that will satisfy any husband’s (or guest’s) sweet tooth in no time AND with only 5 ingredients! Whisk drop.
BTW, have you tried my other super quick dessert, Raw Cookie Dough Bites!?
How to make phyllo (filo) Shells?
Okay so you have TWO phyllo shell options here…
15 cups for $3.50
They have pre-baked phyllo cups or “shells” you could literally just thaw a fill which would turn this dessert into a 5 minute one! The only thing is the package comes with 15 cups for $3.50. Keep in mind they are small! If you are expecting a small group and want to save 5 minutes, perfect. Just make sure you make half the amount of filling!!
If this doesn’t appeal to you, look at option #2.
Cut and Bake Yourself
36+ cups for $3.50
Make your own phyllo cups! Yes it takes a tad more effort but I think they look better and come out much more crispier!! You also will save money and have more bang for your hard earned buck!
Math teacher time…
So the Athens brand of phyllo is the most common I’d say. They sell phyllo in 1 lb. packs. Either in one 12 x 17″ roll or two 9 x 14″ rolls. Both packages contain 1 pound of dough. Either way, you should be able to get at least 36 cups (4 rows of 5 for the large one and 3 rows of 4 for the smaller) if you cut your cups using a 3″ ring give or take!
A 1 lb. phyllo package is also about $3.50 and should give you at least 36 cups!
**Note** It has been 3 months since this post and I wanted to add a note. I just pulled out a few of these empty frozen phyllo cups from when I made these before just to see how they would taste and they were STILL delicious and so crunchy!! I just added the filling and they’re done 5 minutes later!!
Okay so I chose to make my own cups and froze a bunch! (I went with option 2 and used one roll from a two roll/1 lb. package)
*If you are going to make your OWN phyllo cups, this is what you need to do…
Once you have your phyllo cups (made or premade) just mix and fill!
Top with powdered sugar if you choose.
*BONUS* Here are my TOP items I love to have on hand when hosting!
These mini skewers I use ALL the time for serving my bite sized appetizers!
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Easy Strawberries n’ Cream Phyllo Shells
Easy Strawberries n' Cream Phyllo Shells
- 1 1 lb. (16 oz.) Package Phyllo Dough (*OR 3 packages premade phyllo cups)
- 1 Cup (8 oz.) Whipped Cream Cheese (*Whipped is key)
- 1/3 Cup Strawberry Jam or Preserves ((extra to dollop on top))
- 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar ((extra for sifting))
- 1/2 Small Lemon Zested (Optional*)
Mini Muffin Tin
- If using premade phyllo cups, skip to step 6!Defrost phyllo dough in fridge first!Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lay defrosted dough onto a floured surface covering dough with a damp towel as you work.
- Layer 6 sheets of dough on top of one another onto a separate floured surface.
- Cut twelve (or as many as you can) 3"-3 1/2" rings out of the layered dough. See photo if needed. Continue with 6 more sheets until all of the dough is used.
- Press phyllo rounds into lightly greased mini muffin tin and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown around edges.
- While cooling, mix together the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and add to piping bag or ziploc bag. *If filling is too thick to squeeze, just add a touch of milk. Consistency should be "pudding-like".
- When cups are room temperature, pipe/squeeze filling into each and top with a dollop of jam! Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired!
- These freeze well so make ahead if you'd like!!
- You can add whipped cream to the top if you have or/and a fresh strawberry to make it look even better!