These santas are the perfect, simple dessert or snack for a party or anytime that you want to bring some Christmas festivities into your day! The strawberries are so juicy and fresh, and the cream cheese adds a wonderful creaminess.
Cream the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer. Mix in the icing sugar and vanilla with a rubber spatula. Place the frosting in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes to allow the frosting to stiffen.
Wash and thoroughly dry the strawberries with a paper towel. Slice off the tip and leafy base of each strawberry, and dry the sliced surfaces with a paper towel.
Using a knife or a piping bag, dollop some frosting onto the now flat top of the strawberry. Then top with the tip of the strawberry to make the santa’s hat.
Decorate with small chocolate chips or chocolate dragees as the eyes, and place a dollop of icing onto the tip of the strawberry as the fluff of the hat. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
If you would like to make these santas even more cheesecake-like, sprinkle some crumbled graham crackers onto your serving dish before topping with the santas, or even sprinkle some onto their faces to give them a furry-looking beard!
Story Behind this Recipe
I've seen these made with whipped cream before, but I thought that they would be really yummy and cute stuffed with cream cheese frosting instead!
If you don’t have an icing bag on hand, you can spoon the frosting into a resealable plastic bag, and cut a small hole in one of the corners. I always rely on this method when I find myself without a piping bag, because I always seem to have Ziploc bags on hand and I hate washing out my piping bags after using them! I have the video to this recipe as well as many other Japanese-inspired recipes on my YouTube channel. Please check it out and subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/pankobunny