Thursday, December 27, 2012
Our youngest son has spent the last year living in California. He made these one night for a backyard movie night and said they disappeared almost instantly. I suggested he make some for Christmas Eve and let me tell you - they are as good as he said, maybe even better.
These cheesecake filled strawberries are really easy to make and here is what you need.
About 28 strawberries (we used 2 boxes)
1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
4 TBSP powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Cut the tops off the strawberries, wash and dry them, and hollow them out with a pairing knife.
To make the filling, beat the softened cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated. Take a small zip lock bag and make a small cut to remove the corner. We used a piping tip in the bag, but you don't have too. It just makes it a little fancier. Fill the bag with the cheesecake filling and pipe some filling int each strawberry. Do your very best not to eat them all while you are making them. That, my friend, will be a challenge!
That's it. How much easier is that than making a cheesecake? You can also crush some graham crackers and dip the filled berries if you want. We didn't want. Your choice.
Not only are these beautiful to look at, they are amazingly delicious and easy to make. What could be better? Easy. Delicious. Beautiful. Everyone will think you slaved for hours and hours making these. Just don't give away the secret that you didn't.
While looking on Pinterest, I saw several variations on this theme and the one idea I might try next time is to dip the berries in chocolate after you fill them. Chocolate covered cheesecake filled strawberries? Oh my, oh my, oh my. That would be somewhat like gastronomical heaven I think.
New Year's Eve is just around the corner and you might really want to consider these. They are fruit after all and everyone needs fruit. Right? And, some cheesecake. Right? And, maybe some chocolate. Right? In these you get all three in one delicious bite.
Give these a try. You are going to be SO glad you did and if you have to eat gluten free, these are right up your alley. Just make sure your vanilla is gluten free. Make. Eat. Enjoy. It will make ringing in the New Year that much more enjoyable. Thanks Tyler!
Things to Remember:
It's time to ring out the old and ring in the new. May we increase in wisdom, love, and compassion and decrease our fears and judgements. donna