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Strawberries and Cream "Elves"



I had the great pleasure of taking Kenya to Kentucky a few weeks ago for a mommy-son trip. We had the best time going by the house I grew up in, hanging out with cousins and grandparents, swimming and going to Huber's Orchard where I used to go with my family as a child to pick seasonal fruits and veggies. Kenya and I jumped on the back of a tractor and drove out to acres upon acres of strawberry fields, each armed with huge boxes in which to put our pickins. I'm pretty sure that Kenya ended up eating as many strawberries right there in the field as he did putting in his box (his red stained mouth and fingers gave him away), but the joy I experienced watching him buzz around, plucking one berry after another is a mental photograph I will always carry with me.

After heading back to California with strawberries still on my brain, I started playing around with idea of filling them with a mixture of soft cream cheese and sweet preserves — a kind of pop-in-your-mouth treat to enjoy anytime. As I was building them, I noticed that they resembled little red elves, so I added chocolate chip eyes to enhance the effect and make them look even cuter (and taste more decadent). We may still be months away from Christmas -- when these would also be a perfect treat -- but there's no reason you can't enjoy these festive goodies over this 4th of July when strawberries are in season, at their sweetest, delicious and ripe for the pickin'! Just ask Kenya!

Strawberries and Cream Elves  (Serves 4)

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I had the great pleasure of taking Kenya to Kentucky a few weeks ago for a mommy-son trip. We had the best time going by the house I grew up in, hanging out with cousins and grandparents, swimming and going to Huber's Orchard where I used to go with my...


  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry preserves
  • 1 pint strawberries, rinsed & stems removed
  • chocolate chips, optional


  1. 1. In a small bowl, whisk the cream cheese and preserves until combined.
  2. 2. Place cream cheese mixture in a small Ziploc bag, snip off one corner to create a piping bag.
  3. 3. Slice 1/2 inch off of the top of the strawberry, fill with cream cheese mixture and place the “hat” back on top.
  4. 4. Place 2 chocolate chips in the cream cheese mixture for the eyes.
  5. 5. Repeat with the remaining strawberries.
  6. 6. Serve.
Strawberries and Cream Elves

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  1. Dr. Cadieux

    February 18, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    cute and strawberries, made my day!

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  3. syra

    October 29, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Hi, I want to make these for a presentation in school. So can you give me the recipe for 23 of those strawberries and cream ‘elves”?
    Thank you

    • catherine

      October 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      This makes about 12 elves, so I would at least double the recipe! :) Sounds like a fun presentation!

      • syra

        October 30, 2013 at 7:31 am

        owwh that’s good. Yes it going to be fun, I’m going to make this and the 4th of july wands.
        With kind regards
        Syra 😀

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  5. Mardi

    July 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Hello, I write a newsletter for child cares in Vancouver, WA. Would you be willing to let me share your strawberries and cream “elves” idea in my summer newsletter emailed to child cares on the USDA Child and Adult food program, sponsored by ESD 112.

    Let me know what you think.

    Thank you,

    • catherine

      July 16, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Yes of course you can share this recipe! :)

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    May 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    great ideas!

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  20. jackie

    July 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Awwww! So cute!

  21. Ann-Louise

    June 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

    What adorable little strawberry munchkins! I must make me a little gang soon. :)

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  23. Julie p

    June 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I chuckled the minute I saw this. Well done!

  24. Michelle B

    June 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Adorable! I’ll have to try these out,but our local strawberries tend to be much smaller so I’ll have to really pick through for the bigger ones. If I can, I’m sure my son will get a real kick out of these!

  25. Sokha McCarthy

    June 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    This is amazingly easy and cute; will make for an upcoming potluck!

  26. Kelly

    June 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    These are just TOO cute!! Love them!! :)

    • Jhoana

      November 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Hey Jack,You looked and sudnoed fantastic on the show yesterday and the food looked beautiful! Great to see you in action!Cheers,The Miller Family

  27. Del Carmen

    June 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    so cute !!!

  28. gena womack

    June 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    WOW, these look amazing. Jack and I are trying them this week.

  29. Kat

    June 29, 2011 at 9:40 am


    These are adorable! I’ve got a great recipe for a cannoli cream dip – that would also be excellent in these – maybe as an party treat for adults:)

  30. Catherine

    June 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

    We have almost all of these ingredients (no chocolate chips but I will sub in 2 raisins) so I will be making these today. Great story! I have been wanting to take my son to a U pick farm but not sure there are any local ones in So Cal.

    • Sheena

      June 29, 2011 at 11:37 am I live in SoCal and there are quite a few.

      • Catherine

        June 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

        Great. Any that you know of that are Organic farms?

        • Mental Chew

          June 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

          Soooo incredibly important with strawberries. I see the huge luscious flats of them at the store and just walk by. They are on the “Top 12” list and now we have 3 old wine barrels brimming with ripe fruit.

  31. Gretchen

    June 29, 2011 at 8:44 am

    These are awesome Catherine! I want some for breakfast :-)

  32. tracy

    June 29, 2011 at 8:43 am

    We will be making them today!!

  33. Green Shushi

    June 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

    omg these are adorable!

  34. Mental Chew

    June 29, 2011 at 7:13 am

    These are so cute and yummy sounding too! I might try a little bit of brown sugar instead of the preserves. Will keep posted. Our garden is full o’a strawberries right now, so this will be fun! Thanks!

  35. Johanne

    June 29, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I think you made a typo..where you wrote, put 2 strawberries in for the eyes. You mean chocolate chips..:)

    • catherine

      June 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you just changed it :)

  36. Deborah Lee Strawberee

    June 29, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Will be making a whole army of them.

  37. Jane

    June 29, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Yum, can’t wait to try. The kiddos will love them.