Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 30 strawberries

Recipe adapted from The Sisters Cafe

2 (1 pound) containers strawberries

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

6 T powdered sugar

2 T orange juice (fresh, or from a bottle)

1 C cool whip

1 t vanilla

dash salt

1. Wash your beautiful berries and pat them dry. 

2. In your stand mixer, or large mixing bowl, beat 2 packages of softened cream cheese until smooth. Add 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 cup cool whip, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a dash of salt. Beat until well combined and smooth. 

3. Set the strawberries up on their green stems. With a sharp knife cut a slit through the top of each strawberry, making sure you don't cut all the way through to the stem. 

4. Cut another slit along the top, forming an x pattern. 

5. Place a large open star tip in a pastry bag and fill the bag with the cream cheese mixture. If you don't have a large star tip, or a pastry bag, you could just use a large ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the end. 

6. Pipe the cream cheese filling into the cut end of each strawberry. 

7. Place a blueberry on the top and set them on a pretty platter. Refrigerate until serving.