These strawberry santas are super cute and really easy and fun to make. They make for a healthy snack, adorable toppings on your pastries and a fun way to bond with the kids this Christmas.

Strawberry Santas

Strawberry Santas

Ingredients:

For the santas:

  • 12 large strawberries
  • 24 mini chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Strawberry Santas

Strawberry Santas

Directions:

  1. For the Santas: Using a paring knife, cut off the leaf-end of each strawberry to make a flat surface. Then cut off a 1/2- to 3/4-inch piece from the pointed end of each strawberry and reserve to use as the santa hats.
  2. For the frosting: In a bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until the mixture is thick and smooth. Then transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small star piping tip.
  3. Place the strawberries, wide-side down and pipe a 3/4-inch-high swirl of frosting on each strawberry.
  4. Place the pointed ends of the strawberries on top and pipe a tiny ball of frosting on top of the hats.
  5. Press two chocolate chips, pointed-sides inward, into the swirl of frosting to make santa’s eyes.
  6. Enjoy.

Note: You can use sprinkles in place of mini chocolate chips. You can also use store bought icing or whipped cream in place of the homemade frosting.