Strawberry Santas

I was not planning on making a dessert this year for my husband’s work place since I was travelling a few days earlier than usual to visit my family in New England. However, my husband insisted that I send something in as I do every year for his job (he always works Christmas). This year I made a cheesecake covered in chocolate ganache with a graham cracker crust.  To dress it up a little, I made some of these little cuties to put on top:

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They are essentially strawberries with cream cheese frosting (or you could do whipped cream frosting). 

Strawberry Santa Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • Strawberries (one package)
  • Chocolate ganache or chocolate syrup
  • 2 oz. of cream cheese
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • sandwich bags (for piping)
  • toothpicks (for painting santa’s face)

How to Make Them:

  1. Cut the stems off of your strawberries as straight as possible. This is the base for your strawberry santa.
  2. Cut the tip off of your strawberries as straight as possible and leave them on top of your strawberries. The tip will act as the hat.
  3. To add the face, first make cream cheese frosting: beat the cream cheese and butter together using an electric or hand mixer. Then beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Place the frosting in a sandwich bag and cut off a small tip. This will act as your piping bag.
  5. For each strawberry, remove the hat and pipe a face on top. Either swirl the frosting in a circle or begin in the middle and push straight down and up with the bag. Place the hat back on and pipe a little pom-pom on top.
  6. Using a toothpick, paint eyes and a mouth using chocolate ganache or chocolate syrup. (I used ganache as I had some left over from the cheesecake I was making earlier).

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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