- Dish type
- Fruit desserts
- Berry desserts
- Strawberry desserts
Even though it is not exactly the season for strawberries, these cute little Santas make a fun Christmas dessert for young children! All you need are strawberries, whipped cream and some chocolate sprinkles.
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IngredientsMakes: 16 Santas
- 350g fresh strawberries
- 235ml whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
MethodPrep:20min ›Ready in:20min
- Slice the flat end of each strawberry so they can stand up on a plate. Slice the tip off each strawberry to make the 'hat'; set aside.
- Whip cream and icing sugar in a glass or metal bowl until soft peaks form. Lift your whisk straight up: the whipped cream will form soft mounds.
- Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry base for the 'face' and 'beard'. Set the 'hat' atop the 'face'. Add a dot of whipped cream, using a toothpick, on top of the 'hat' for the 'pom-pom' and 2 dots on the strawberry base for 'buttons'. Place 2 sprinkles on the 'face' for 'eyes'.
Mini strawberry Santas
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by Warren Rehman
I made marscapone whipped cream instead of just regular whipped cream, and used mini konpeito (Japanese sugar candy) for the eyes.-23 Nov 2015
by Chef Fish
Loved it simple enough not to Sweet partially healthy. The only thing that I changed were the sprinkles for the eyes. I used candy balls and put them on with tweezers something else would probably be a better choice a little easier and quicker. Maybe the little balls of candy that look like silver?-13 Dec 2018
Mini Strawberry Santas
Mini Strawberry Santas are one of the best Christmas desserts you can make to get your kids to eat fruit over the holiday period, rather than just sugar! They're simple to make, and brighten up every Christmas table. Plus, you'll look like a creative superstar for your efforts!
Cut the hulled-side strawberries so they can stand up on a plate. Slice the tip off each strawberry to make the 'hat' set aside.
Beat cream and confectioners' sugar in a glass or metal bowl until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the whipped cream will form soft mounds.
Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry base for the 'face' and 'beard'. Set the 'hat' atop the 'face'. Add a dot of whipped cream, using a toothpick, on top of the 'hat' for the 'pom-pom' and 2 dots on the strawberry base for 'buttons'. Place 2 sprinkles on the 'face' for 'eyes'.
Holiday party tips
If you're planning to host a Holiday party, here are a few ideas to help things be easier on you as a host:
- Set up a drinks station so you don't have to serve for everyone - I have some more tips about that alongside my cranberry sangria recipe.
- If you're in a cold location, like me, think about having a warm drink to beat the cold such as spiked mulled apple cider, mulled wine or try my warm cranberry cocktail or warm pomegranate punch.
- Buffet-style appetizers are often easier than serving a meal - that way guests can take as much or as little as they like and choose what they like or don't.
- Try to find out if you have any allergies or dietary requirements to accommodate and make food accordingly. For me, this is another reason to do a few different dishes, so some will work for different needs but you can still have other things that work for others. Just because there is one vegetarian doesn't to mean that meat should be off the menu for all, unless it makes sense.
- Make as much as you can ahead of time, even if it's not the whole dish. For example you can make the bacon jam, apples and toast the bread for my caramelized apple and bacon jam crostini ahead of time then assemble them nearer the time. Similarly you can toast the crostini and make the mushroom pate for steak crostini and just do the steak last minute, or do all and serve it cold.
- A mix of sweet and savory can also be good, as well as some hot and cold, but without giving yourself too much extra work.
Basically make it all as easy as you can on yourself!
Some of my favorite appetizers to serve include:
Making strawberry Santas
Strawberry Santas are a super easy, fun appetizer to add to your collection. In fact they are so easy, I made a video to show you how quickly they come together! Take a look below, and you'll see what I mean.
While I have made a semi-savory version here with mozzarella, balsamic and mascarpone you could also make this in a dessert format with marshmallows, chocolate and whipped cream. In some ways the dessert version would work better as the chocolate will dry to make better eyes than the savory version, but this appetizer is just for fun so I don't think it matters.
See how easy these are in this short video:
You get the idea - why not play around with what you put in there and have fun! Plus there are lots more delicious Holiday party ideas below:
Makes 12 | Recipe courtesy of Driscoll’s Berries
For the Frosting
2½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
12 large Driscoll’s strawberries
12 purchased chocolate cookies (such as Famous Chocolate Wafers)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
24 Driscoll’s blueberries
½ cup finely shredded coconut
24 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 mini white chocolate chips
- To make the frosting: Place confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl. Add cream cheese and vanilla. Mix with electric hand mixer to create thick frosting. Add more confectioners’ sugar as needed to adjust thickness.
- Transfer frosting to piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Alternatively, use zip-lock bag and snip off one corner to create disposable piping bag. Refrigerate frosting 10 to 15 minutes or until firm.
- Slice green tops from strawberries. Hollow out center of berries carefully with a paring knife. Slice off top 1/3 from tip of berries and reserve tips to make Santa’s hats.
- Place cookies in single layer on serving platter or place on individual dessert plates.
- Place chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on low power for 5 to 10 seconds. Stir chocolate chips. Repeat heating and stirring in short increments until chocolate is melted and completely smooth.
- Dip wide base of one strawberry into melted chocolate.
- Place dipped end of strawberry onto one cookie to make Santa’s body.
- Dip two blueberries halfway into melted chocolate and place the dipped blueberries onto cookie to form Santa’s boots.
- Pipe large dollop of frosting on top of body to make Santa’s head.
- Pipe small dollop of frosting onto front of head to make Santa’s beard and press one pinch of coconut into beard.
- Press one mini white chocolate chip into face to make Santa’s nose.
- Press two mini semi-sweet chocolate chips into face to make Santa’s eyes.
- Pipe frosting around base of one strawberry tip to make trim for Santa’s hat and press pinches of coconut into hat trim.
- Place hat onto Santa’s head. Pipe a tiny dollop of frosting on top of hat and sprinkle hat with coconut.
- Use a toothpick to clean up decoration details as needed. Chill strawberry Santa in refrigerator.
- Repeat steps with remaining ingredients to make 12 strawberry Santas. Serve immediately or keep chilled in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Cook’s Note: For step-by-step tips on assembling the strawberry Santas, check out this video.
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Cute Strawberry Santas #FoodieMamas
This one is for the kids (and the grown-ups who love miniature people food?!). Holiday Strawberry Santas are just so darn cute, everyone will awwwww over them….and then eat ’em up! My son loves strawberries. He kind of goes crazy for them. So what do you think happened when we made these festive guys? Yep, you guessed it, he totally flipped.
“STRAWBERRY SANTAS are awesome.”
I consider this a kid-friendly recipe, even though it can be a bit tricky for small hands to assemble. If you’re willing to let perfect symmetry go (as I had to), I think you’ll be pretty happy with your adorable Santa Clauses, in all of their different shapes, heights, beard-widths, and facial expressions.
Hehehe, we got some happy Santas, sad Santas, mad Santas…well, you see what I mean. The point is to get creative and have fun!
To make your own strawberry Santas, all you need is berries, aerosol whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles. There are a few other ways to spin this recipe – you could use buttercream or cream cheese frosting and pipe the beards instead of the whipped cream and you could also use mini-chocolate chips instead of sprinkles. It’s up to you! I personally love fresh berries with coconut whipped cream – it’s such a heavenly combo.
Giada De Laurentiis Just Shared Her Daughter's 5-Ingredient Strawberry Santas Recipe
Christmas for me is synonymous with baking, but with so much extra time on my hands this year, what with the lack of Christmas parties, I’ve actually reached peak cookie. Baking cookies is basically all I’ve been doing in lieu of the usual holiday traditions. If I see, smell, or taste another cookie, or have to wash my mixer bowl one more time, I just might explode. So when I saw that Giada De Laurentiis just shared a 5-ingredient Christmas recipe from her daughter Jade, and noticed that it included actual fresh fruit, I got excited. These 5-ingredient Strawberry Santas are sweet, but they also have the hint of brightness that I’ve been craving after so many batches of rich, sugary cookies.
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Now, even though strawberries don’t sound like traditional Christmas fare, the fact that these look like little mini Santas mean that this recipe is totally worthy of your holiday spread. They’re also easy to make, requiring just five ingredients and no time in the oven or on the stove top.
To make your Santas, cut the tops off of your strawberries. Then, cut off the pointy bottoms, setting them aside.
Place the strawberries top-side down. Then, fill them with a rich and creamy 3-ingredient mascarpone cheese frosting. Top with the strawberry points, and add a little puff of frosting on top. Decorate the frosting between the strawberry halves with two mini chocolate chips, and voila – you’ve got a miniature edible strawberry Santa!
While we love mascarpone cheese, it can be hard to find and is sometimes pretty pricey. But don’t let that be a barrier! You could make these strawberry Santas with homemade whipped cream, or even the kind from the can, and they’ll still be just as cute.
Serve your Strawberry Santas for dessert, or with Christmas morning breakfast as an extra-special holiday treat. After all, they’re mostly made of fruit, right? I’m sure Santa would approve.
How to make dessert kabobs
- Wash strawberries. Wash and dry the strawberries. Then slice the tops off.
- Assemble. Poke the strawberry, marshmallow and brownie bite through your skewer. Place on a plate or wax paper.
- Drizzle. Add a drizzle of warm fudge sauce or melted chocolate over each kabob.
1. Place confectioners&rsquo sugar into a medium bowl.
2. Add cream cheese and vanilla.
3. Mix with electric hand mixer to create thick frosting and add more confectioners&rsquo sugar as needed to adjust thickness.
4. Transfer frosting to piping bag fitted with a large round tip.
5. Alternatively, use zip-lock bag and snip off one corner to create disposable piping bag.
6. Refrigerate frosting 10 - 15 minutes or until firm.
7. Slice green tops from strawberries.
8. Hollow out center of berries carefully with a pairing knife.
9. Slice off top 1/3 from tip of berries and reserve tips to make santa&rsquos hats.
10. Place cookies in single layer on serving platter or place on individual dessert plates.
11. Place chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.
12. Heat chocolate chips in microwave on low power for 5-10 seconds.
13. Stir chocolate chips.
14. Repeat heating and stirring in short increments until chocolate is melted and completely smooth.
15. Dip wide base of one strawberry into melted chocolate.
16. Place dipped end of strawberry onto one cookie to make santa&rsquos body.
17. Dip two blueberries half way into melted chocolate.
18. Place dipped blueberries onto cookie to form santa's boots.
19. Pipe large dollop of frosting on top of body to make santa&rsquos head.
20. Pipe small dollop of frosting onto front of head to make santa&rsquos beard.
21. Press one pinch of coconut into beard.
22. Press one mini white chocolate chip into face to make santa&rsquos nose.
23. Press two mini semi-sweet chocolate chips into face to make santa&rsquos eyes.
24. Pipe frosting around base of one strawberry tip to make trim for santa&rsquos hat.
25. Press pinches of coconut into hat trim.
26. Place hat onto santa&rsquos head.
27. Pipe a tiny dollop of frosting on top of hat.
28. Sprinkle hat with coconut.
29. Use toothpick to clean up decoration details as needed.
30. Chill strawberry santa in refrigerator.
31. Repeat steps with remaining ingredients to make 12 strawberry santas.
Serve immediately or keep chilled in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Strawberry Santa Claus Recipe
Looking for a fun and easy Christmas treat? Then make these adorable strawberry Santa Claus that come together in just 20 minutes. For directions on how to make these strawberry Santas just follow the step-by-step instructions.
Total Time: 50 min Prep: 20 min Inactive: 30 min
- 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Special equipment: Pastry bag fitted with a small star piping tip
For the frosting:
In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the mascarpone and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until the mixture is thick and smooth. Using a spatula, transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small star piping tip.
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.
These Strawberry Santas Are a Breeze To Make
Looking for a fun and easy Christmas treat? Then make these adorable strawberry Santa Claus that come together in just minutes.
Although strawberries aren't in season during the winter they are still readily available at the supermarkets and worth the splurge. Aside from strawberries, you will need is whipped cream (here is an easy recipe) and chocolate sprinkles to form Santa's eyes.
For directions on how to make these strawberry Santas just follow the step-by-step instructions from Leanne Bakes. Ask the kids to help - they will love it!
For more special holiday treats, consider making your own infused Christmas gifts or check out these mouthwatering Christmas dinner ideas.