Mascarpone Cheesecake Filled Strawberries
Transform luscious, juicy berries into a bite-sized dessert with this delectable recipe for Mascarpone Cheesecake Filled Strawberries.
These Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are as tasty as they’re beautiful!!
Why You Must Make
- I have been making cream cheese-stuffed strawberries for many, many years. They are a gorgeous addition to a fruit tray or even as a healthier sweet on a dessert buffet.
- The iconic combination of strawberries and cream is perfectly demonstrated in this easy recipe.
- My latest twist was to try Mascarpone Filled Strawberries. Don’t they look scrumptious? They’re “almost” a guilt-free dessert!
- Large Strawberries – Look for ripe, fragrant berries without white, yellow or green areas around the stem end. The seeds shouldn’t look dehydrated and the skin should be a deep red with a slight sheen.
- Mascarpone Cheese – Look for a firmer brand if you want to pipe the filling into the berries. I found that Vermont Creamery’s version was too loose.
- Heavy Cream – 36% butterfat.
- Vanilla Extract – Never use artificially flavored vanilla. The bottle should say real vanilla extract.
- You don’t need a fancy piping bag and tip to make these. I have always used a Zip-loc bag with the corner cut off to fill my strawberries. Feel free to top yours with sliced almonds; they add a nice crunch to contrast with the sweet juicy berries and creamy filling.
- You can stuff from either end of the berries. If you choose to fill from the tip end (top photo), first cut off the stem so the bottom is flat. Then from top to bottom, cut almost all the way through with two perpendicular slices. Make sure not to cut all the way through the berries.
- Alternatively, you can fill the strawberry from the stem end. In this case, I cut a small slice off the tips of my berries. This allows them to sit upright on a platter without wobbling. Then using a paring knife, I open up a cavity in the stem end for the mascarpone mixture.
- These mascarpone-filled strawberries would be a nice surprise for your sweetie on Valentine’s morning. I think mine would faint if I made him breakfast!!! Granted, he does leave the house before 6 AM. At least that’s my excuse for now.
- PRO-Tip: Some mascarpone is looser than others. You’ll need a firmer version, more like cream cheese, or your filling will be too soft to pipe or stuff your berries.
I’ve used Martha Stewart’s version with cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla, which were topped with toasted sliced almonds. I shared this recipe early in my blogging career, and it was recognized by the now-defunct Foodbuzz as one of their Top 9 posts. Such a thrill for a new blogger.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are two seasons for beautiful, ripe strawberries here in the Midwest. Local strawberries ripen in late spring, then California strawberries fill in the gap for the rest of the summer. Around November, Florida’s crop is available, just in time for the holidays.
When choosing your strawberries, look for bright red berries with no white or green around the stem area. The exterior should look glossy and the tiny seeds should look fresh, not dry. There should be no blemishes, soft spots, or signs of mold.
Inhale and you should smell the lovely aroma of sweet berries. If they don’t smell like strawberries, they won’t taste like fresh ripe berries.
There are a few techniques. First, you can cut off the stem end and use a paring knife to carefully remove the core and expand the opening if needed.
There are also special (affiliate link) coring tools designed especially for strawberries. You can also use a sturdy straw as your coring device. Remove the leaves and insert the straw into the core. It leaves a nice round opening that will need to be enlarged for stuffing.
And I haven’t tested this, but have heard you can grab the stem end, twist, and pull to remove the leaves and core.
Mascarpone is a soft, rich, buttery double to triple cream cow’s milk cheese that originated in the Lombardy region of Italy.
If you have trouble finding mascarpone in your market, it’s easy to make Homemade Mascarpone Cheese in your kitchen! You may also substitute cream cheese in a pinch.
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- Try my Homemade Mascarpone Cheese, too!
- 16 large strawberries
- 1/2 cups Mascarpone cheese
- 1/4 cup cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Prepare strawberries. To make the presentation in the top photo, trim off stem end, then place stem end down on a cutting board. Cut berry into quarters from top to almost the bottom of the berry, taking care not to cut all the way through. Place berries stem side down of serving platter.
- An alternative is to trim a bit off the non-stem end to allow for the berry to stand upright. Slice off stem end and remove the core. Place these on the platter with the stem side up.
- To make filling, beat Mascarpone with cream, sugar and vanilla till smooth. Put filling into a piping bag fit with a star tip or even a Zip-loc bag with just a corner cut off. Pipe the filling into the the middle of each berry. Garnish with a small sprig of mint if desired.
Look for red, fragrant strawberries for the best results.
The recipe is adapted from Driscoll's.
Serving Size:2 strawberries
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g