Santa Strawberries

Ho ho ho…get in the holiday spirit and decorate these adorable Santas. This recipe is easily doubled — the more, the merrier!

Makes:

20 Santas

Hands-on time:

20 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 large strawberries
  • 4 ounces room temperature cream cheese (8 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional decorations (mini chocolate chips)

Kids kitchen skills:

  • use of knife
  • icing
  • creative presentation

Tools:

  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups & spoons
  • whisk or hand mixer
  • spoon
  • piping bag or sandwich bag
  • cutting board & knife

Step-by-step

Grown-up steps
  1. In a bowl, add cream cheese that's been softened to room temperature. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  2. Transfer cream cheese filling to a piping bag with a star tip. Alternatively, use a sandwich bag and snip off the corner to create your own piping bag.
  3. Slice off the green stems from your strawberries. Cut away the top third of the fruit. This will serve as Santa's face.
  4. Squeeze cream cheese filling onto your strawberry base. Gently place Santa’s face on top.
  5. Make a smaller cut in the other corner of your sandwich bag. Dot some filling on your strawberry tip to make a hat, and pipe on Santa's buttons. Use mini chocolate chips for eyes. Repeat until you have a delightful row of Santa Clauses!

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