Thursday, December 13, 2012
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!
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!