Happy Holidays and Strawberry Santas

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Although winter is my least best season, I really love December.  There is so much to do! Holiday shopping starts early with not only shopping for gifts but also clothes and kitchen items since everything seems to be on sale! Even if I don’t end up buying anything for myself or the home ultimately, I still need to browse all the catalogs diligently, do my window shopping surveying everything out there. Unless I do that I cannot relax – I feel like I may have missed a good deal! LOL! The husband always retorts ‘Did you really need that?’ when I come home with something claimng that I got it at half price! Anyways men will never understand how shopping can be so therapeutic for us women!

The other thing about december that I like is all the festive recipes that I see around me – I mean to try each one of them really – except I would need more than 24 hours in a day.! Ugh! And then finally the party invitations start pouring in making it even harder for me to try all my wish list recipes!  Anyways this weekend I was determined to make these cute Strawberry Santas that my friend Lisa had recently posted on her FB page.  They looked so cute and adorable that I had to absolutely make them!


I am bringing these cute santas to a party in my neighborhood plus this week I am also co-hosting Fiesta Friday at Angie from ‘The Novice Gardener’ with Jhuls from ‘the notsocreativecook’. I am so excited to be hosting with Jhuls since she is a bubbly, cheerful and simply awesome young woman and is so full of energy! Just reading her posts can make your day plus she posts some really neat recipes!.

My friend Lisa made her santas with mascarpone cheese but I used cream cheese since I did not have mascarpone at home and wanted to avoid a trip to the store.It came out great with cream cheese too.

Happy Holidays! Much love to all!

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Strawberry Santas

  • Servings: Makes 12 santas
  • Time: About 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
For the filling:
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese or 1 8 oz pack of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
12 large strawberries
mini chocolate chips

other cake decorations for the buttons

Special equipment: Pastry bag fitted with a small star piping tip

Method:

For the filling: In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese (or mascarpone) and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until the mixture is thick and smooth. Using a spatula, transfer this filling  to a piping bag fitted with a small star piping tip.

For the Santas: Using a paring knife, cut off the leaf-end of each strawberry to make a flat surface. Cut about a 3/4-inch piece from the pointed end of each strawberry and reserve as the hats.

Place the strawberries, wide-side down, on a work surface. Pipe a 3/4-inch-high swirl of frosting on each strawberry. Place the hats on top and pipe a small ball of frosting on top of the hats. Press two chocolate chips, pointed-sides inward, into the swirl of frosting to make eyes. Use other cake decorations like tiny colored beans etc to make the nose and buttons on Santa’s shirt.

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