Chocolate-Dipped Stuffed Strawberries

Just to forewarn you, this is a picture heavy post.  It was necessary, trust me, you’ll love it!  I hope you enjoy!

My idea for these came when I read an article to my husband about cupcake stuffed strawberries.  Not being a big fan of cake pops, he suggested using the cream cheese icing that I made for the purple velvet cupcakes.  That sounded like a great idea!  Unfortunately for me, it was not an original idea.  I really thought we were on to something, but to my dismay, others had the same idea long before we did.  A chef in Maine went so far as to patent the stuffed strawberry concept.  She stuffed hers with all kinds of cheesecake.

These were super easy to make, but time-consuming because you need to make them in steps…Oh, and having a partner helps if that is possible. They turn out so pretty and would make a great showing at any engagement.

I halved the cream cheese icing recipe and had plenty leftover.  I filled and dipped a 1 pound package of berries.  I could have easily filled a second package, quite possibly a third.  What I didn’t have enough of was the chocolate.  I really should have used a package and a half, but I made it work.

So here is what you will need:

  • 1 pound package of strawberries; rinsed and dried
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese-softened
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter-softened
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 pkgs or 12 squares of  Baker’s semi-sweet baking chocolate squares
  • Decorating bag or 1-gallon ziploc storage bag
  • #10 tip or cut corner of ziploc bag, but not too much!
1. Rinse your berries in a colander and allow to drain well.  Place colander into fridge until berries are dry.
2. While berries are drying, into a mixing bowl add cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.  With and electric mixer, beat until fluffy.  Slowly add powdered sugar until blended completely with cream cheese mixture.
3. If you’re using a decorating tip, cut bag and fit with tip.  Fill bag with icing and twist top enough to release air, but don’t allow icing to come through tip.  Set on a plate and place in fridge until ready to use.  **If you are only using the ziploc bag and no tip, do not cut corner of bag until ready to use.
4. About 20 minutes before you are going to fill your berries, remove your icing from the fridge to help remove some of the chill.
5.  Line a cookie sheet with foil.  Grab a small plate to lay your strawberry tip while filling the berry.
6. Cut the tip of the strawberry in a “V”.  Insert tip of icing bag and fill, but do not over do it.  Just enough so the berry is full and just a little more so it will act like the “glue” to hold the tip back in place.  Replace the tip making sure to line it back up just right.  Place on foil-lined cookie sheet.  Repeat with rest of berries and filling.  
**This is where my husband helped.  I snipped the ends of the berry.  He held it while I filled it and he replaced the end of berry while I started the next one.  It helped to move things a little faster.
7.  Place cookie sheet into freezer until berries are firm and the “tips” are secure.
8. Once berries are ready you can melt your chocolate.  You can use the double boiler method or follow the instructions for microwave melting on the back of the box.  I use a glass pyrex bowl in a sauce pan and it works just fine.
9.  Keeping berries in the freezer, remove only 2 or 3 at a time to dip.  Once dipped, return to the freezer.  Repeat until all berries are dipped.  **The icing that holds the ends on softens pretty quick and once they do, when you dip, they will fall off.  Trust me on this one.
10.  Once all berries are dipped and the chocolate has firmed you can transfer them into a storage container or serving plate and move them into the fridge for safe keeping.
There you have it!  I would say, altogether, this probably took 2 hours.  I did each step in between prepping and cooking dinner.  It might even have been less than that.  I wasn’t mindful of the time so I apologize.
I think my husband liked them…what do you think?
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

About thestubbiechef

I am married to the greatest man, Brad, who also happens to be the "bestest" friend ever! He loves that my hobby is food, because, well, he loves food! He encourages me and helps me out in the kitchen from time to time. Baking has become a new passion for me. It seems that I make pretty good pies. I like to make cookies as well. I tried my hand at cupcakes, but I don't have the patience to play the waiting game. I have always loved to cook. My Memom is my main influence. I had the pleasure of living with her on 2 separate occasions and learned a lot by just watching and helping. She was also the kind of cook who could open the pantry and throw together something pretty quick. I was so glad that I picked up on that skill. Some of my better meals have been the ones that I just "threw together" what I could scrounge up in the pantry and fridge. Italian cuisine is my first love, growing up in an Italian family and being from New Jersey. I also have dabbled a little in Asian cooking. I am getting pretty good at pork fried rice. My husband grew up in the south, for the most part, so I have been trying my hand at things like chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and the likes. Living in Texas has opened doors into Mexican cuisine, but I think I will leave the tortilla making to the experts. I love to get new recipes and to share new recipes that I have discovered. That is why I wanted to start this blog! I hope to share my experience with others who also love to cook! I hope that you enjoy what you read and keep coming back!

Posted on May 24, 2011, in Chocolate, Food, Strawberry. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I really need to stop going through all of these food blogs…they make me so hungry! These strawberries sound delish! And what a really cook idea to have them filled 🙂

  2. Love it! I can’t wait to stuff strawberries and coat them with chocolates! Seriously yum yum! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Miss you! Hope you are all well. 🙂 Sending good thoughts and esweets your way (I am imagining my orange chocolate rosemary cookies…picture those coming at you).

  4. Hey girl, just checking up on another Jersey girl 🙂

  5. What a great idea! These look so yummy… might have to use these soon!

  6. Wow! Triple the treat! I love strawberries, chocolate and cream cheese!

  7. I’ve seen chocolate dipped. I’ve seen stuffed. But darn it all, I don’t think I’ve seen both. I love the photos of hubs.

  8. Oh he looks like he tore those strawberries up and you know what? I would have too LOL. These look delicious. Ohh summer time is here and I gotta go get some strawberries girl.

  9. Bud Stradley

    Beloved Dana, come this weekend. bring strawberries. you can even bring Brad.

    LuvYa, mom and dad

  10. Oh my gosh! I have not heard of stuffing strawberries AND dipping them in chocolate so you it is NEW TO ME! Thanks for sharing. Yours looks amazing. Send some my way please!

    • I brought a few to work to share and you should have seen the look I got…you would have thought I shot the dog…LOL…he will have 1 or 2 after dinner and then he takes inventory to make sure I haven’t slipped anymore out the door…LOL

  11. These look amazing. My husband and I will be celebrating our 4th anniversary in a week or so. I may have to make these to surprise him.

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