Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Beautiful… Delicious… Everyone screams for more!! THESE strawberries are to die for!!
And it’s FRUIT… for dessert or an appetizer… or for dinner… I don’t judge… and fruit is healthy… like diet food… SERIOUSLY!!
1-2 pints strawberries
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBS butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup Cool Whip
2-3 TBS chocolate chips
2-3 TBS chocolate cookie crumbs * I used about 10 Oreos in my processor
Wash strawberries and pat dry.
Cut the tops off the strawberries and hollow them out using a small spoon.
Slice a thin piece of the bottom of each strawberry so it can stand up – save these cuts for a cute top!
Melt the 3 TBS chocolate chips @ 50% power for about 20 seconds… continue in 15 second intervals until the chocolate is melted.
Process the cookies to make a crumb base.
Dip the bottom of each DRY strawberry into chocolate and then into the cookie crumbs. Place on a lined cookie sheet. (Parchment, wax paper or even foil)
Make the Filling:
Place the 3/4 cup chocolate chips in a small dish and melt on 50% power for about 40 seconds.. continue in 20 second intervals until the chocolate is melted.
Combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and sugar until fluffy. Add in the slightly cooled chocolate and mix on low until incorporated. Add in whipped topping and stir/mix just until combined. (At this point you have a super yummy chocolate fruit dip – but that is a whole ‘nother recipe!!)
Place the filling in a baggy or a decorator. Pipe into the strawberries.
Top with the small bottom piece you cut off to stabilize the berry and sprinkle any remaining cookie crumbs across the top.
Oooh la la… aren’t we fancy now… and oh sooo delicious!! REJOICE!!