With Christmas barely a few days away, and potluck party invitations aplenty, are you raring to show off your baking talents? Even if you hate to cook for whatever reason, this simple and fuss-free 3-step recipe will surely keep your laziness at bay and bring some cheer to the Christmas party!
The Strawberry Santas are not only adorable to look at, but also oh-so-festive for a Christmas feel. Did we mention these delightful desserts only take 20 minutes to prepare? Ignore other tedious baking recipes and learn this easy 3-step recipe to recreate this delish crowd pleaser.
Serves 4 to 6
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
12 large strawberries
24 mini chocolate chips
Special equipment: Pastry bag fitted with a small star piping tip
For the frosting: Using an electric hand mixer, beat the mascarpone and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until the mixture is thick and smooth.Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small star piping tip using a spatula.
For the Santas: Using a paring knife, cut off the leaf-end of each strawberry to make a flat surface. Cut a 1/2- to 3/4-inch piece from the pointed end of each strawberry and reserve as the hats.
Place the strawberries, wide-side down, on a work surface. Pipe a 3/4-inch-high swirl of frosting on each strawberry. Place the hats on top and pipe a small ball of frosting on top of the hats. Press two chocolate chips, pointed-sides inward, into the swirl of frosting to make eyes.
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