Monday, December 8, 2014

Strawberry Santas

I got the cutest recipe in an email for an almost-healthy Christmas project for kids and kids-at-heart like me. A rep from Driscoll's Berries asked if I would like to post this recipe and would I ever! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I know I have the 'buns in the oven' - well, the dough is rising for cinni buns, mini walnut sticky rolls, orange buns, apple rolls and my favorite zweiback. You may just call this a creative-in-the-kitchen sort of day, which I love best of all! Consider this to be recipe #1 in this year's Christmas Countdown!

Here is the recipe from Driscoll's for the cutest little Strawberry Santas EVER!


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 12 large, flat chocolate cookies such as Famous Chocolate Wafers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 12 large Driscoll's Strawberries, hulled
  • 12 small Driscoll's Strawberries, hulled
  • 24 Driscoll's Blueberries
  • 24 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 24 mini white chocolate chips


  1. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small, wide, microwave-safe bowl on low setting until smooth. Place coconut in wide, shallow, small bowl. Place cookies in single layer on serving platter.
  2. Combine cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in a medium bowl and mix to create thick frosting (add more sugar as needed if too thin).
  3. Place cream cheese frosting in sturdy, resealable plastic bag and snip one corner off bottom to create disposable decorating bag. Alternatively, use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Refrigerate 10 - 15 minutes or until firm.
  4. One by one, with strawberry tips pointing up and hulled base pointing down, pipe beard shape with cream cheese frosting at center of strawberry. Press strawberry into coconut beard-side down to adhere coconut to beard. Attach hulled end of strawberry to cookie base with a small dollop of melted chocolate.
  5. Dip blueberries half-way into melted chocolate and affix two to each base of berry on cookie to form Santa's boots.
  6. Pipe cream cheese frosting around strawberry tips to create heads. Use white mini chips for noses and semi-sweet mini chips for eyes.

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