*I didn't specify the amount of berries because it will depend on the size of the serving platter you use and what pattern you decide to make as well as how you cut your strawberries. You don't have to do the star center. You can arrange in stripes or circles or mix the berries together and cover the whole top of the cheesecake layer. Just make sure you cut the strawberries into pieces that are small enough to scoop up. Then, insure you pat them dry with paper towels before placing them.
*If you want to make this a day ahead, I would make the cream cheese layer, spread it on your serving dish and cover with plastic wrap. Then place the berries on before serving. You could assemble the whole thing and refrigerate it (without any cookies in it) My only worry would be if your strawberries released any juice while sitting for an extended time in the refrigerator. Mine did not, but just know that it could happen. Blueberries are unlikely to do that. Definitely wait to place cookies around the edge until just before serving or they will soften and wilt.
*My favorite dipper with this was Trader Joe's Lemon Wafers.
*If you have any leftovers, the dip is great spread on bagels, pancakes, waffles, muffins or pound cake. I think it would also be delicious to stir into oatmeal for a special breakfast treat.
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