Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Strawberries and cheesecake are the perfect romantic combination, but we can’t always indulge in a full piece of creamy cake topped with sweet fruit. Luckily, there’s a perfect solution that actually feels fancier and more special: cheesecake-stuffed strawberries! These delectable bite-sized treats are filled with a simple and easy no-bake cheesecake filling, giving you just the right amount of sweetness to feel like you’re treating yourself without overindulging. Watch how easy they are to make, then whip up a batch for Valentine’s Day— or any day!

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CHEESECAKE-STUFFED STRAWBERRIES
Makes 16 to 20 strawberries
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

You’ll Need
– 1 pound fresh, ripe strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
– 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
– ¾ cup powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
– Optional toppings: graham cracker crumbs, shaved chocolate, finely-chopped nuts

How To

  1. Working with a paring knife, remove the stems from the strawberries. Use the point of the knife to cut around the inside of the strawberry to create room for the filling.
  2. Cut a small part off the tips of the strawberries to create a flat surface for them to stand upright. Place the strawberries on a sheet pan.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes, until fluffy.
  4. Place the cream cheese mixture in a pastry bag and pipe into each strawberry, adding a little extra to the top.
  5. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs, shaved chocolate or finely chopped nuts, if desired.
  6. Refrigerate until chilled.

So sweet and clever! Have you ever seen anything like these stuffed strawberries before? Will you give them a try?

Recipe slightly adapted from The Comfort of Cooking