Valentine’s Treats: Cream Filled Strawberries

A long time ago, my neighbor brought my family the most delicious treat – cream filled strawberries. Not only were they pretty, they tasted fantastic.
cream-filled strawberries for valentines day
I’ve looked all over trying to find a recipe that tasted just like my neighbor’s. The filling was made with sweetened cream cheese and stayed nicely piped inside the strawberry “flowers.” So I looked around and finally found one that came close from¬†The Joy of Baking. Her recipe calls for mascarpone cheese, which would be a lot better than cream cheese. But, since I only had cream cheese on hand…well, I used that instead. And I tweaked it a bit more.
cream-filled strawberries valentines day cheesecake cream-filled strawberries
I added a bit of lemon juice to brighten it up, along with some vanilla extract. My sister and I enjoyed a few yesterday after lunch. You can’t stop at just one! Cream filled strawberries are a great one-bite dessert for Valentine’s Day. They’ve become a tradition. :)
Valentine's Treats: Cream Filled Strawberries
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12-16
One-bite cream filled strawberries are a fun fruity dessert that is perfect for Valentine's Day, and taste just like strawberry cheesecake!
  • 12-16 (more or less depending on the size) large strawberries
  • 4 oz. cold heavy cream
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2-4 Tbsp. confectioner's sugar (make is as sweet as you like)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • a little vanilla extract
  1. Beat the cream cheese and confectioner's sugar with an electric mixer. Add the heavy cream. Continue beating until the mixture thickens. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Place in the fridge for several hours, or overnight.
  2. Cut an "X" into the bottom of each strawberry.
  3. Fit a pastry bag with a star tip and fill it with the cream. Carefully pipe the cream into the center of each strawberry, allowing some of it overflow from the cuts you made on the strawberry.
  4. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic film/wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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27 Responses to “Valentine’s Treats: Cream Filled Strawberries”

  1. pipocas January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    they look delicious…

  2. hannah January 28, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    Those are beautiful! I think I might try making them for my visiting teachees. I can’t believe how often you make such fabulous foods. I bet your husband loves you!

  3. Allysha January 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    They looks heavenly ~

  4. Carrian January 29, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Those look amazing. I cannot wait to make them for the hubby!!!!

  5. Steph C January 29, 2009 at 4:49 am #

    These look so tasty! I’m going to try these out!

    I also have one other question for you. How do you get your pictures to look so “soft” for lack of a better word? Do you edit them after you take the photo? What kind of camera do you have?

    Sorry, I’m just trying to achieve the look you have in my photos but I’m not sure what it is that I’m doing wrong. Thanks!

  6. Steph C January 29, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    Oh my gosh, as soon as I posted my comment, I went to your “About Me” and boom, there was your camera info. hehe… Thanks!!!!!

  7. LindaSue January 29, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    oh YUM! Can’t wait to try these!!!

  8. Amanda January 29, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Looks delicious! I have to try these!

  9. Patricia Scarpin January 29, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    These are so cute! Too bad Valentine’s Day here is only in June – I’ll save the recipe. :)
    I also think that a couple of drops of rosewater would go fantastic in the cream.

    Love the new look of your blog – you look so beautiful on that photo!

  10. {natalie} January 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    those looks so good. the strawberries look so awesome against that blue plate too. i am def trying this one…

  11. Netts Nook January 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Great refreshing for Super Bowl Thanks for sharing recipe.

  12. Greg Turner January 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    I love the photographs, and what a great and simple idea :)

  13. Cafe Johnsonia January 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Thanks, everyone!

  14. Ingrid January 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    These are great I’ve made something very similar many times. As a matter of fact on Monday night I sweetened some marscapone with a little powdered sugar, added a splash of almond extract to it and served it with quartered strawberries. I also sprinkled the whole thing with toasted almond slivers! My children LOVED it. Your way was definitely prettier looking, in the past I’ve cored & stuffed” mine!

  15. Steph January 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Where in the world did you manage to find such beautiful strawberries this time of year?? I need to know!!! Beautiful Linsdey!

  16. wendy January 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm #


  17. Carrian January 30, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    I forgot to tell you I left you some blog awards for your fabulous recipes and photos!

  18. Cafe Johnsonia January 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you, Carrian!

  19. Anonymous January 31, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    For some reason my posts didn’t come through from the other night….anyway, these strawberries look amazing!(my mouth is watering big time) What a beautiful presentation too on your lovely Spode plate!

    jenny from KY!

  20. Anonymous January 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    BTW, I agree with Steph….I was wondering as well, where you found such luscious looking strawberries? wow.

    jenny from KY!

  21. kim February 1, 2009 at 1:52 am #

    OH! These are so beautiful ~ and soo sweet!
    I will definitely have to make these on V-day.

    :) How do you get them to look so painstakingly perfect??!!
    Craving a snack now – gotta run~

  22. Marie {Make and Takes} February 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    These are beautiful! And so simple.

  23. Jules February 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    I love doing strawberries like this, but filling them with lemon curd (BFContessa’s recipe of the curd). It’s amazing.

  24. Kathleen February 20, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    If I haven’t commented on this shame on me.

    What a smart idea. really smart.

  25. Anonymous January 13, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Have you then dipped in chocolate?

  26. Anonymous February 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    what is “cold heavy cream”?

  27. Lindsey Johnson February 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Cold heavy cream is heavy cream straight from the refrigerator. The colder the better.

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