Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

I'm not a big strawberry fan, but thought I'd make these for Jim's office for Valentine's Day.  And I gotta say.....they turned out wonderfully.  These are so easy to make and really do taste like a strawberry cheesecake.  Keep this in mind for the summer when you need a quick and delicious dessert.

CHEESECAKE STUFFED STRAWBERRIES  (The stuffing in this recipe will make double for the amount of strawberries called for.  So either half the filling recipe, or double the amount of strawberries)

1 (or 2) pounds strawberries (is that about the quart-sized plastic container in the produce department?)
8 oz light cream cheese
1/3 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Remove the tops of all the strawberries and cut out a cone-shape from the inside the middle of each strawberry with a paring knife, a little well to be filled with cream cheese mixture.  While preparing cream cheese mixture, turn the strawberries upside down on a paper towel to "drain."  Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.  

Fill a ziplock bag with the cream cheese mixture, filling it into one of the corners (I found it easier to use a grapefruit spoon to fill in the strawberries).  Twist the top of the bag and snip the corner of the bag with the filling.  Squeeze filling into each strawberry and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.  Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  

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