I needed a little thank you gift for a friend this week and was trying to think of something a little bit different than my usual baking staples. I browsed all my bookmarks and finally settled on combining a few of them into this:
They are cheesecake stuffed strawberries, drizzled with a chocolate glaze!
We made a few extras to sample at home and they are absolutely amazing. Granted, we didn't even let them set before sampling, but they did set well.
Hull a dozen strawberries with a small sharp knife.
Using a baby teaspoon, lightly scrape the insides to make a nice hole for the cheesecake, but do not cut through the sides.
Blend 1/2 brick of softened cream cheese, 1/2 container of whipped topping, 1/4 cup of sugar, and a splash of vanilla, until mixed well (I used a hand mixer).
Using the very small spoon, slowly scoop cheesecake into each strawberry till just filled.
Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours (I set mine overnight to be safe, since the strawberries were the "crust").
After cheesecake is set, melt a little chocolate to drizzle over the tops of the strawberries. Chill to set chocolate.
***My note - Next time, I may try dipping the bottoms of the strawberries in chocolate first, to firm up the base. I thought of this *after* I had already filled them with cream cheese, so no such attempt could be made this time.
I also borrowed the egg carton presentation idea from another bookmark of mine suggesting using it to gift mini-muffins. It showed options for decoration it in scrapbook paper, which I still do want to try sometime. This time was all about making sure the strawberries worked.