Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chocolate Cheesecake-filled Strawberries

While I love the combination of chocolate and strawberries, I am not at all a fan of the chocolate-covered strawberries that seem to appear, with a vengeance, every spring. There is just something about a spongy, wet strawberry covered with rather waxy chocolate that just does not appeal. So after gobbling up the Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert of a few days ago, I decided to come up with similar chocolate deliciousness that I could pipe into fresh strawberries. As strawberries always seem to be enhanced by a touch of citrus, I added a tiny bit of tangerine zest and a hint of Grand Marnier. Oh, my! These are sinfully good.
 Chocolate Cheesecake-filled Strawberries

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
2 Tablespoons Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 Tablespoon half ‘n half
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
Fresh zest from 1/2 a Melissa’s Tango Tangerine 
Fresh Strawberries

 Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks; set aside.

Husk fresh strawberries, and carefully scoop out a part of the interior to give yourself piping space. Slice off a tiny bit of the bottom of the strawberry to allow it to stand level. Invert strawberries on top of a paper towel-lined plate to allow for drainage of excess moisture.

While strawberries are draining, in a medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, cocoa powders, powdered sugar, half ‘n half, Grand Marnier, and zest until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and fold together until fully combined.

Chill for 30 minutes. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and fill each hollowed strawberry to whatever heights you desire. Dust with powdered sugar if you like.

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martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Je suis un peu absente ces derniers temps mais aujourd'hui quel bonheur que de vous visiter. J'ai également fait un petit retour en arrière et comme il est plus de midi chez moi, mes papilles sont bien aiguisées !!

Je suis certaine que ces fraises doivent être effectivement "scandaleusement" délicieusement.

Merci pour ce bon moment.

Gros bisous

Mae Travels said...

Delicious-sounding creation! And very decorative. I wonder if you could invent an easier way than piping the filling into each strawberry?

best... mae at

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I can't imagine anything easier than piping. I probably filled two dozen strawberries in about a minute. I pipe deviled eggs, dollops of whipped cream, even mashed potatoes onto the tops of shepherd's pies. Disposable bags from Michael's and a variety of tips make cleanup a breeze.

Marigene said...

You are killing me with these dessert posts! I made this chocolate cheesecake and can vouch how delicious it is. It definitely is a keeper.

Linda said...

Lol maybe Mae could just dip her strawberries into that glorious looking concoction! I had chocolate covered strawberries made for me one Mother's Day by my daughter, and hers were fresh and juicy - just right. But I agree that the commercial ones are never that good, and this mixture would be delicious!

Katherines Corner said...

yummmmmm strawberries and chocolate go together beautifully. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo