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Cherry Cream Cheese Bites for #SundaySupper

Cherry Cream Cheese Bites

What does the phrase “April showers” mean to you? For me it is two things. One is the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”. Each year new spring growth is nourished by rain. It helps to strengthen plants and give what is needed for flowers to bloom. This year Mother Nature seems to be distracted and has skipped over raining my area. It has not rained in over a month. I wonder how all the flowers will do this year without it. I hope rain will come soon and replenish the land. I want to see all the plants and trees flourish this summer.

April showers also means celebrations for future moms and brides. It is the feature for today’s #SundaySupper.  As soon as Isabel said it was about shower food, my thoughts went to a baby shower I threw for a friend. I remember thinking it would be a small, simple one for friends and family. No big deal…just send out the invites, make some finger foods, do some decorations, make a cake, and celebrate my friend’s baby on the way.

The invitations went out. Then more invitations went out. A couple of people asked if they could co-host. My friend’s aunt said she would make the cake. I was grateful for the help because it turned into the largest event I have ever had at my house. I even asked for more help from my friend Terry. She came the evening before and helped with the food. She also carved a baby carriage out of a watermelon (so cute! and I wish I had a good photo to share).

There were a little over 60 people at the shower. There were so many gifts we had to bring up an extra table to hold them all. My husband stayed upstairs in the office during the whole event. He said all he heard for hours was “Ohhh!” and “Ahhh!” as the gifts were being opened. It was a great shower if I do say so myself. Thanks to the people who co-hosted and pitched in when I needed it.

The food I had at the shower lead me to discover mini fillo shells. I knew I wanted to make chicken salad because it is one of my friend’s favorites. Only thing was I did not want sandwiches. I looked around and found the fillo shells. I used them and endive to hold bites of chicken salad. They were a hit. Some of the other foods I had at the shower were:

  • Greek olive tapenade and herbed goat cheese dip with crostini
  • Pinwheels made with ham, turkey, lettuce, and tomato
  • Mixed nuts and Jordan almonds
  • Fresh fruit in the watermelon baby carriage
  • Citrus punch with a sliced fruit ice ring

It was a big event and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. It challenged me to entertain for a crowd. It also lead me to try different things with mini fillo shells. The next event I used them to transform a cherry cream cheese pie into finger food. It is simple, easy to do, and great for a crowd.

What is your favorite shower food? My number one is cake. Second is everything else because it goes into the category of party food and I love party food. It is all good because I only get to enjoy those special treats on certain occasions. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag on twitter today to discover more recipes for shower food. Join in to share your own photos or recipes. It is a fun celebration and everyone is invited!

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Cherry Cream Cheese Bites
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Cherry Cream Cheese Bites

Bite-sized cherry cream cheese pies in little fillo shells. A great finger food dessert for parties and showers.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 Makes 75 mini pies
Author Renee

Ingredients

  • 5 packages frozen mini fillo shells 75 shells total
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice strained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can cherry pie filling 21 oz., chilled

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add lemon juice and vanilla and stir or beat to combine. Transfer mixture to a large zip top plastic bag. Cut one corner from the bottom of the bag to make a small hole. Pipe the mixture into the fillo shells. Refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours. Top each with pie filling. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Bite-sized cherry cream cheese pies in little fillo shells. A great finger food dessert for parties and showers.

Recipe Rating




Jane

Monday 6th of March 2017

HELP I pinned this recipe now I can find out to make it. I have the window with all the ingredients but when I click on make it all that comes up is a description of a baby shower. I'm making these for my book club meeting Wednesday and am starting to PANIC.

Thanks, in advance, to anyone who responds:)

Katie Moseman

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

Hi Jane- sorry about that! We are doing some renovations and for some reason the recipe won't display. Here it is:

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened to room temperature 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (strained to remove pulp) 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 packages mini fillo shells 1 can cherry pie filling, chilled

In a bowl, beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add lemon juice and vanilla and beat to combine. Spoon filling into shells. Top with pie filling. Chill until serving. Best made same day because the shells will soften overnight.

Choc Chip Uru

Monday 30th of April 2012

Aren't these just the cutest :D Definitely would not mind these for my supper (and not just sunday) :P

Cheers Choc Chip Uru

Renee

Wednesday 2nd of May 2012

Thank you so much! They do look so pretty.

CJ at Food Stories

Wednesday 18th of April 2012

These look so easy and yummy!

Renee

Wednesday 18th of April 2012

Thanks!

amy @ fearless homemaker

Sunday 15th of April 2012

lovely! mini phyllo shells are a wonderful creation, indeed. so glad the shower was a huge success!

Renee

Sunday 15th of April 2012

I completely agree that fillo shells are wonderful. I always think "what can I put in the next?". Endless possibilities.

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Sunday 15th of April 2012

Renee, these look amazing. I love anything bite-size. Happy #SundaySupper.

Renee

Sunday 15th of April 2012

Thank you Jennie! Bite-sized foods are so much fun and no forks needed. And Happy #SundaySupper to you too.