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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 degreesĀ oven until golden-brown, 3 to 6 minutes; arrange slices over filling.

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