Thursday, December 13, 2012

Strawberry Santas


I love a good party.  And I love party food.  Appetizers are probably my favorite dish and I'm sorry to say that I haven't been making enough of them lately!  I was super happy to have an excuse to try out this recipe for our church Christmas party a couple of weeks ago.  I saw this recipe on 21 Rosemary Lane and just fell in love with the cute little Strawberry Santas!

This recipe is super easy!

Strawberry Santas
2 packages of fresh strawberries
8 oz cream cheese
8 T powdered sugar
1 T vanilla (use white if you have it)

Try to find strawberries that are as "hat shaped" as possible.  With a paring knife cut off the stems.  Then slice the bottom off the strawberry leaving about 2/3rds.

Mix your cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with a hand mixer.  (Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature.  I did this at the last minute before the party and the cream cheese was too cold.  It didn't want to stick to the strawberries and they looked messier than I would have preferred.)

If you have fancy decorating gear you can use it but I simply put my cream cheese mixture in 2 ziplock bags.  I cut a tiny hole in the corner for the buttons and a larger hole in the other bag for the filling and the topper.

Pipe your cream cheese on the strawberry and top with the bottom 1/3.  Pipe on the hat and the buttons and you are finished!  The original recipe called for chocolate jimmies for eyes but I didn't have any and I still think they look pretty cute without!

A variation of this would be leaving the strawberries whole and then piping a large pompom on top to make it look like a santa hat.

Another mistake I made was using a dark vanilla.  I have dark and clear vanilla.  I couldn't find the clear that day and I think they look a little dingy since the dark vanilla changed the color of the cream cheese.

Hope you enjoy these cute little snacks!  My 2 year old thought they were wonderful and I think they were a hit at the party too!

Like this recipe?  I'd love it if you pinned it!

23 comments:

LarasVintage said...

Following you from Thumping Thursdays :)
xo sandra
http://larasvintage.blogspot.com/

Lindsey said...

These are so cute! And relatively healthy...which is perfect for the holidays!!

Nicole Buckingham said...

oh so stinkin' cute.

The boys and I will be boarding a plane soon in search of holidays with loved ones and snow-- oh my goodness we may just freeze our little island toes off, but I wanted to stop by here first, to:

Thank you for being a sweet part of last week's An Aloha Affair.
And, to personally invite you to join us again today.

Cheers,
Nicole
localsugarhawaii.com

Kate @ DCL said...

Could these be any cuter?? LOVE!

Robyn said...

Such a great idea. I love that it uses fresh fruit, which might balance out all of the chocolate I've been consuming :)

ChatterBlossom said...

Those are just the cutest things imaginable! Love this idea!
-Jamie
http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

marty said...

They are so cute! And I don't think they look dingy at all :-) I really enjoy appetizers too although I find that I probably eat more because I keep thinking it's only a little!

Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen said...

Oh these are adorable! They look so professional and mighty tasty I might say also! Thank you so much for linking up at Show me your Plaid Monday's! You have been Pinned and I hope you come back each week!

carolinaheartstrings said...

Those are so awesome, very creative. Love the picture. Come and visit us this week. We have a wonderful giveaway from a talented Southern author.

Bella@artclubblog said...

How adorable, and looking really tasty!

Jill said...

These are really cute!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

peachkins said...

I made this on last year's Christmas eve party and was a complete hit!

dropping in from Full Plate Thursday.

Schulz Family said...

Visiting from Domesblissity. This is awesome. I love that it is fruit too. I find all the sweet stuff a bit much at Christmas. Love love love it. Will be making some myself

Ginger Bergemann said...

These are ADORABLE! I know my little girl would flip over these.

I'd love if you shared these at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2012/12/show-tell-6.html

Sue Boyer said...

Saw these on Pinterest. Thank you for the recipe. They are so cute. Need to use these for my party.

We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
http://simpleesue.com/bakin-up-chocolate-sandwich-christmas-cookies

Nonny said...

Such a cute idea!!
Stopped by from Delicate Construction!

Take care,
Nonny
www.notionsfromnonny.blogspot.com

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

These are cute Laura. Just want to say thanks so much for finding me and linking up at Thriving on Thursdays. Merry Christmas to you and your family and we hope to see more of your fantastic ideas in 2013.

Anne xx

Miz Helen said...

Hi Laura,
These are just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Julianne said...

So cute

Printabelle said...

These are adorable and I'm sure taste so yummy, too!!

Marti Cooper said...

They are precious! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to share them at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/12/show-licious-craft-showcase-13.html

Happy Holidays!
Marti

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

so pretty. I saw these awhile ago on pinterest and had no clue you were the source! yay!

Loved seeing this at the special link party supporting Sandy Hook last week. Hope you'll come to The Humble Brag link party today to see some features from last week and link up some more cool projects. We also give away free ad space every week! Happy Friday!

http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-13/

Michelle said...

So Cute! Thanks for sharing on Thrifty 101, you've been featured! We'd love you to stop by again and grab an "I was Featured" button.
www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

Michelle @ Thrifty101

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