We haven't made it yet - this is our next weekend project - but I will take pics once we do.
I always let my kids help me in the kitchen, I think its important to teach them to cook from an early age and to feel confident in the kitchen. So I let them take the lead in following recipes and making decisions on how to achieve the desired end results.
My plan: I will show my five year old this video on how to make the Santas. [Note: Video recipe is different from the one below, choose whichever works for you]. Then I will let her take charge of all the mixing, piping and decorating.
If anyone has made this before or has any suggestions for making this recipe more healthy or kid friendly, please comment below.
Author: Laura Fuentes – SuperGlueMom
Recipe type: Treat
· 16 ounce package fresh California strawberries, washed
· 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
· 4 tablespoons honey, or
· 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· mini chocolate chips, to decorate
1. On a cutting board, slice the stem off the strawberry (try to cut it as “flat” as possible since the Santa-berries will use that as a base).
2. Cut the top third of the strawberry, this will be used as the “hat”.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, honey or powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mixture will be thick so it’s best that the cream cheese really is at room temperature.
4. Place creamed mixture inside a zip bag (or a piping bag) and snip one corner off. Make this first cut a bit larger since you are filling the “faces” first.
5. Top strawberry base with cream mixture, top with the strawberry hats, and squeeze additional mixture on top of the hat.
6. Next, snip the opposite corner or the bag (or change your piping tip) and make a smaller opening. Use this end to decorate “Santa’s” jacket buttons.
7. Use mini chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles to decorate Santa’s eyes. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
Once you create the Strawberry Santas, they can’t be frozen. When frozen strawberries thaw, their texture change. Can you use whipped cream? Yes, but make sure a) it’s very cold when you pipe it onto the strawberry, and b) you make small “hats” otherwise they will sink inside the whipped cream.