Strawberry Santas

This little treat is absolutely adorable! My friend Kate posted the idea with the recipe over on Facebook last week. I don’t know if the idea is original with her or if she got it somewhere else. Wish I could give accurate credit!

1 lb. large strawberries

8 oz cream cheese, NOT fat-free!

4 tbsp. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract

flax seeds or black sesame seeds

Rinse strawberries and cut off the green leaves so that the berries can stand flat. Cut off part of the point and save it for the hat. Clean out the whole strawberry so that it is hollow. Prepare all the strawberries and set aside. Make sure they dry well.

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or sandwich baggie with the corner snipped off. Fill the strawberries with cheese mixture.  Once filled, top with the hats. Put a small dollop of cream cheese mixture on the tip of the hat and down the front of the berry.  Use the seeds for eyes.

I used a small amount of peppermint extract instead of vanilla or almond, but it wasn’t a great idea! The guys all said that the filling should be sweeter if peppermint is used. I also made the mistake of using fat-free cream cheese…Fail!