These Strawberry Santas with healthy cheesecake filling are delightfully festive, fun, and easy to assemble for Christmas. Made with just 4 ingredients - strawberries, cream cheese, a touch of powdered sugar, and vanilla -these no-bake holiday desserts are a hit with kids and adults.
This Strawberry Santas recipe is just about as fun as it gets. Fresh strawberries are cut in half and then filled with a super easy - lower-sugar - homemade cheesecake filling. You pipe on the filling inside and for the Santa hat and then make the face. These adorable no-bake Christmas desserts look so festive and fancy but are surprisingly simple to make. In fact, this recipe comes together with just 4 ingredients in less than 15 minutes.
If you are looking for a fun and surprising treat to take to a holiday party or something super festive to make with the family, these are them. Plus, you have to love a no-bake dessert that you don't have to slave over the oven or stove for hours over.
Plus these treat just happen to be vegetarian, gluten-free, and keto.
The not-overly-sweet cream cheese cheesecake filling pairs perfectly with the strawberries and these cute little guys taste just as good as they look. Get ready to make your new favorite Christmas recipe!How much fun! These Festive Strawberry Santas are perfect for the holidays. Click To Tweet
Why You'll Love These Strawberry Santas...
- Strawberry Santas are absolutely adorable.
- They are less than 50 calories EACH!
- This version uses less sugar to make the homemade cheesecake filling.
- They look fancy but are surprisingly simple to prepare. Kids can join in the fun.
- They are a great healthier Christmas treat for kids and families.
- They are just downright fun.
Here's an overview of what you'll need to make the Strawberry Santas, but keep scrolling for the full recipe.
- Strawberries: You'll need 12 large, well-shaped, uniform-sized strawberries. To prep them, wash them well and carefully dry them.
- Whipped Cream Cheese: I like to use whipped cream cheese because it's easier and lighter to work with. I think it mixes easily and pipes easier than hard cream cheese. It's also fewer calories. You can use reduced or full fat depending on your diet.
- Powdered Sugar: I don't use a lot of straight sugar in recipes, but this one uses just 2 tablespoons spread out over the 12 Santas to sweeten the cream cheese. It's enough to make it sweet, but not overpowering or unhealthy.
- Vanilla: Use pure vanilla extract to bring out the cheesecake flavor.
- Decorations: You'll need black and red decorators icing. Buy it here.
Here are the steps by step instructions to make Strawberry Santas, but the full printable recipe is below.
Prepare the Strawberries:
- Prepare the strawberries by carefully washing them. Make sure they are dry so the filling doesn't just slip off the berry.
- Next, cut the strawberries into three pieces. Cut the stem off the strawberry so you will have a flat side to sit them down on.
- Then cut the berries in half with enough room on top for the top of the strawberry to be a Santa hat.
Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:
- Next for the strawberry Santas, prepare the filling.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla to make the cheesecake filling.
- Carefully put the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag. Use the star tip.
Pro Tip: Piping bags are actually pretty inexpensive and easy to use. You can get a set on Amazon here for less than $10. The piping tip really makes this a pretty dessert! However, if you are in a pinch or just don't want to buy the piping bag you can put the cream cheese mixture in a regular zip lock bag and cut the end off.
Assemble the Strawberry Santas:
- To assemble the strawberry Santas, put the bottom of the Santa on a plate or flat surface as shown.
- Using a piping bag, pipe the cream cheese mixture on top of the strawberry, tall enough that you have room to draw the face.
- Add the top strawberry piece or Santa hat on top of the body and then use the piping bag to add the white pom-pom hat top.
- Carefully use decorative icing to draw the face by making a little dot. Use black for Santa's eyes and red for the nose.
I love this Strawberry Santas recipe as written, but here are some fun ways to mix it up.
- Make Healthy Strawberry Santas: In terms of dessert, these Strawberry Santa's are already pretty healthy but if you really wanted to keep it super healthy trade out the middle cheesecake filling for a big slice of banana.
- Add Some Greek Yogurt: Up the protein and health benefits by swapping out a few tablespoons of the cream cheese with Greek yogurt. It adds vitamins and probiotics.
- Make it Cannoli: Make these Cannoli Strawberry Santa's by swapping out ricotta cheese for cream cheese. It's SO good. You can also try my Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries.
- Make it Dairy-Free: Substitute your favorite type of vegan cream cheese.
- Swap out the Icing: Swap out the decorative icing face for mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, or raisins. Use tweezer to put them on the icing.
- Make it Indulgent: You can make these more of an indulgent treat by subbing the homemade cheesecake filling for vanilla frosing or prepared cream cheese frosting.
Can I make these strawberry Santas ahead of time?
Strawberry Santas can be made up a few hours ahead of time, but not much more than that due to how perishable cut strawberries are. The strawberries can get mushy with the frosting and they don't taste as good. The red strawberry juice can also leak into the cream cheese mixture. I would recommend making these and serving them soon after you make them.
How do I store leftovers?
Leftovers are best enjoyed the day of, but you can store them in the fridge for up to two days. They will not taste quite as good, but they will still be fun. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Can I freeze them?
I would not recommend freezing these as they would not hold up in the freezer and would come out soggy.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
I know fresh strawberries are hard to find this time of year, but you really need fresh ones to make these. The frozen ones will be too mushy.
These Strawberry Santas are Fun & Festive!
These Strawberry Santas are so fun and festive! I can't get enough of how cute they are and they were such a hit with my boys. Plus, you can feel good making and serving these because they are a lot healthier than most traditional Christmas desserts AND are less than 50 calories each.
I hope you enjoy these little santas as much as my family does.
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How much fun! These Festive Strawberry Santas are perfect for the holidays. Click To Tweet
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- Prepare the strawberries by carefully washing them. Next, you'll cut the strawberries into three peices. Cut the stem off the strawberry so you will have a flat side to sit them down on. Then cut the berries in half with enough room on top for the top of the strawberry to be a Santa hat.
- Next, prepare the filling. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Carefully put the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag.
- To assemble the strawberry Santas, put the bottom of the Santa on a plate. Pipe the cream cheese mixture on top of the strawberry, tall enough that you have room to draw the face.
- Add the Santa hat on top of the body and then use the piping bag to add the white top.
- Carefully use the decorative icing to draw the face.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
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