Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Cream Cheese Filling
Time: 1 hour
Yield: 12 Strawberries
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

1 pound fresh Strawberries
1 bag milk chocolate chips (I find Nestle's to be the best for milk chocolate)
1/4 bag white chocolate chips
wax paper

1 1/2 T white chocolate chips
6 T powdered sugar
1/2 block cream cheese
1 T milk
1/2 t vanilla
3/4 C cool whip
dash salt

1. In a small mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk vanilla and salt together with a hand mixer. (Or in your stand mixer)
2. In a small bowl microwave 1 1/2 T white chocolate for 30 seconds. Stir the chips with a spoon and microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir again. It should be melted and nice and smooth.
3. Add the melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and mix well.
4. Add the cool whip and mix until smooth and creamy.
5. Take a sharp toothpick, or a small dowel and jab it repeatedly into the center top of the strawberry, until the center can be pulled out.
6. See how the center has been taken out? Just lovely. I find that I really have to work the toothpick around in a circle inside the strawberry to hollow out as much as possible. Otherwise you won't be able to fit much filling.
7. Spoon the filling into a pastry bag. Pipe the filling into the strawberries.
8. Don't they look pretty! That is a cheerful site if I have ever seen one! Be careful not to let too much filling show on the green. Once you dip the strawberries it will get kind of messy.
9. Put the bag of chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup. These work well because they are fairly deep and not too wide. Melt the chocolate chips for 30 seconds in the microwave and then stir. You will most likely have to do this 2-3 times, depending on the power of your microwave. See in the picture how some of the chips are still holding their shape? You can also see that as soon as I started to stir it they melted nicely. You want to be careful not to get the chocolate too hot. It will start to get all chalky on you....that won't make pretty berries, folks. Add 1/2 t of shortening and stir it in.
10. Hold each berry by the green stem carefully. Dip it in the chocolate, tilting it to each side so the chocolate gets all around it. Place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
11. Melt about 1/2 C white chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir in 1/4 t shortening.
12. Drizzle the white chocolate over the top of the dipped berries.
13. Place the cookie sheet in your freezer for about 6 minutes. The chocolate should set up in this much time. Be careful not to let them stay in for more than about 15 minutes. They will start to freeze, and you don't want that!
14. Enjoy! These beauties will last for several hours in the fridge, but not much longer than that. They are meant to be eaten soon after they are made.