Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cream Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Strawberries

No matter how much you clean, it's as if it never truly ends. We clean our home every weekend- that includes vacuuming, steam cleaning, dusting, etc. Even though we don't have children and we're good about picking up after ourselves, by week's end, it's time to do it all again. 

Leading busy lives (and being dependent on the weather), our backyard gets somewhat neglected and can take hours to mow, run the weed trimmer, and make it look nice. However, our neighbors next door are always mowing our yard for us- Chester is retired, and he just loves to ride his mower. (Or, maybe he's just tired of looking over at our overgrown grass??)

Regardless, it is so sweet of him to do this for us, and as a thank you- I wanted to make something for him and his wife. We don't know them very well, but who doesn't love strawberries, right?

These took very little time but looked sophisticated and tasted wonderful. With berries being in full bloom, these are the best times to make berry desserts. The recipe is from Paula Deen, and only has 5 ingredients and takes 15 minutes to prep!

UPDATE: Please check out many other wonderful desserts and sweets on Sweet as Sugar Cookies blog!

Cream Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Strawberries
  • 20 whole large strawberries
  • 8-oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  1. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each strawberry so the berries stand upright. Place berries, cut side down, on a serving platter. 
  2. Carefully cut the berries into 4 wedges, cutting almost to, but not through, the bottoms with a criss-cross cut. Fan wedges just slightly, taking care not to break them. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until combined but still stiff. 
  4. Using a teaspoon or pastry bag with decorative tip, fill the strawberries with the cream cheese mixture. 
  5. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of the stuffed strawberries. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Source: Paula Deen


Lisa said...

Those look and sound fantastic. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your strawberries up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/07/sweets-for-saturday-25.html

Blog Template by Delicious Design Studio