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Filled Strawberries

Martha Stewart Living, July 2006

Filled Strawberries How-To

Whip 6 ounces of room-temperature cream cheese on medium speed until slightly fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar. Trim tops and bottoms of 12 strawberries to level. Use a small melon baller to scoop out tops. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch star tip with cream cheese mixture; pipe into berries until it brims over tops. Toast 1/4 cup sliced almonds in a 350 degrees oven until golden-brown, 3 to 6 minutes; arrange slices over filling.

Comments (27)

  • sweetpea73 28 Feb, 2012

    These are super good!

  • discob77 17 Feb, 2012

    I cannot wait to try these. We are having a surprise 75th party for my aunt and this would be perfect. I just got some vanilla paste, so I will use that instead of the liquid extract. I am so excited!!!

  • Adla 3 Apr, 2010

    I can't wait to try these! I am going to try them with some ricotta mix (like what you would fill cannoli shells) or marscapone with some creme de cassis. I like other people's ideas for chcoclate dipping them.

  • RavenTresses 9 Sep, 2008

    Dip the strawberries into chocolate, leaving 1/2" at the top of the berries undipped, before filling.

  • lovetocook2 3 Jul, 2008

    I plan to make these this weekend for a couple of 4th of July parties. I plan to use the cream cheese filling and top them with a blueberry so they're Red, White and Blue! Can't wait!

  • momvarden 16 Jun, 2008

    I made these for my son graduation party this weekend and we had a lot of food
    for it but these went 1st. The only thing i did differently was put a 1/2 tsp of lemon juice per batch, and i made the filling a couple of days in advance, so the sugar can absorb into the cream cheese.

  • justbrenda69 13 Jun, 2008

    I just got back from strawberry picking and some of the berries are a bit too small to 'stuff' I'm gonna just wash and dry them and 'schmear' them with the mixture and pop them in my mouth!!

  • sdasilva0306 11 Jun, 2008

    I made these for my families Memorial Day picnic, and I couldn't make them fast enough because everyone was begging me for them. I saved the tops of the strawberries and once I filled the strawberry, I put the "cover" of the strawberry back on so it was like a little present! Definitley a favorite!!

  • ELENAG-7 28 May, 2008

    I used cheesecake filling in a tub, and topped with grated chocolate. Saved a lot of time and was dellicious The entire plate (over 40 berries) was gone in two minutes.

  • satschild 26 May, 2008

    I changed things a little using others suggestions and adding my own. I used Amaretto and granulated sugar instead and rather than discard the pieces of strawberries cut off and scooped out, I mashed them and added them to the cream cheese mixture. I melted milk chocolate chips and put a little in the strawberry before adding the cream cheese mixture. Then I arranged them in a pie plate and drizzled with the remaining chocolate and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. They were a hit for sure!

  • claudiapas 20 May, 2008

    Hei, Chocolate vermicelli are chocolate in form of little vermi or worms to be sprinkle over pastry stuff. If you google you find that all the best chocolate brands have their vermicelli. It is used to decorate cakes and donuts and my daughter loves it. Even Amazon grocery store sell it made by Indian Tree.

  • HolJen 20 May, 2008

    Hmmm, Claudiapas, just wondering, what is Chocolate Vermicelli ? Gee girl, don't leave us hanging here! The above berries sound and look so appealing, anxious to give this a try, with low fat cream cheese though!

  • icedbycarrie 19 May, 2008

    made these over the weekend for a birthday party, and they were the hit of the party! amazing...

  • beachedwoody 16 May, 2008

    these were great....i just dipped the strawberries in chocolate.and let harden before filling with the cream cheese mixture.

  • claudiapas 16 May, 2008

    I added one table spoon of honey to MSL recipe.

    The cheese honey sugar vanilla taste perfect for me. Those who prefer sweeter can try to add two spoons of sugar instead of 1 1/2. I prefer the delicious taste of honey and sugar!

    Try the strawberries tossed with chocolate vermicelli. Fantastic!

  • heidil 16 May, 2008

    Martha! you have totally outdone yourself there! I love it! Can wait to try them. They are Oh-So-Martha!

  • stef42678 16 May, 2008

    What a great idea for a delicious dessert. It would also taste great with something chocolate.

  • doe-doe 15 May, 2008

    try filling them with Tequile Rose

  • patch 15 May, 2008

    Yum, Yum! These are great!! They were a smash at my Shaklee party. I recommend this recipe to anyone who loves cheese cake. Not only are they delicious, but they are healthy, too! How can you beat that?
    The Green Goblin

  • jenive 15 May, 2008

    Our caterer made these for a party once, but used a chocolaty-mousse sort of filling. They were absolutely delicious. There was no way to eat a reasonable 'portion' of them! I'll be the cream cheese would be great as well.

  • rybrkkc 15 May, 2008

    I keep adding confectioner's sugar until it's sweet enough. I have also substitute Amaretto or almond extract for the vanilla. These are always a hit and they look great, too!

  • joes1pain 15 May, 2008

    Hi, I've made a similar recipe that I got out of the Betty Crocker magazine. That recipe used marscapone cheese. (YUMMY!) I'm going to try this one but as mentioned in previous reviews increase the sugar though not the granulated. Almond extract might be good instead of vanilla.......Some lemon zest or a squeeze of lemon juice might liven the cream cheese mixture with such little sugar. Just a thought!

  • shashabea 15 May, 2008

    I love this recipe! This is fast becoming my signature recipe for social gatherings. If you don't like the cream cheese taste, substitute the vanilla extract with almond extract. It works great with the flavor of the strawberries and the toasted almonds on top.

  • tjmm01 15 May, 2008

    I make these all the time after seeing them in MSL. I make them with one brick of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar adn 1/2 teasp of vanilla extract. I have also used lemon extract or chocolate and they make a nice twist. Also I shave chocolate over the top of these instead of the almonds. This is one treaat that all of my friends ask me to make over and over and over! love love them!

  • danandang 15 May, 2008

    I've made something similar to this, I think the filling was a bit different. They are delicious. Also, instead of using the almonds, we sprinkled graham cracker crumbs! Yummy! Just an idea.

  • DessertFanatic 25 Apr, 2008

    I think these are a beautiful and delicious appetizer for any party or dessert buffet. I can understand the first reviewer's comment about the filling be too cream cheesy, so I wouldn't recommend them to people who don't love cream cheese. But, if you do, these are really yummy. They are a great treat for Spring especially. The toasted almonds were a great addition. They made the strawberries look fancier and added a great flavor and a bit of crunch. I definitely recommend this recipe.

  • Crigara 20 Feb, 2008

    The filling tastes too much like just cream cheese. I found if you replace the confectioners' sugar with granulated sugar it gives it a much sweeter taste :-)