Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

Just a sweet little something to top off any meal at all and make it special -- from breakfast to dinner! These party-pretty bites are as easy to make as they are delicious. Try them as a refreshing fruit appetizer, too.

Yield

3 dozen (18 servings)

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, grated, divided
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipped topping
18 large fresh strawberries, halved

Directions

Set aside 2 tablespoons chocolate. In a microwave, melt remaining chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate. Fold in whipped topping and 1 tablespoon reserved chocolate. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert #21 star pastry tip. Fill the bag with cream cheese mixture.

Place strawberries cut side up on a serving platter. Pipe cream cheese mixture onto strawberries. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate.

Storage

Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutritional Information

2 strawberry halves equals 81 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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