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Never know what to bring to that party your ex-whatever is throwing? Need to impress your sweet-yet-sour mother-in-law? Totally forgot your kid needs a dessert for the school bake sale? Completely out of time but not trying to show up empty-handed to that event? This quick dessert takes only four ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble — and it'll only cost you $10.

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These cute no-bake cheesecake-stuffed strawberries are fast and easy (and affordable!) to make, but they’re also incredibly versatile. Satisfy all kinds of crowds with this sweet treat that can fit almost anyone’s dietary requirements.

You can adapt this quick recipe for any last-minute event you attend or simple party you throw: Leap outside of the box when it comes to toppings to get seasonal, cheery, or sophisticated. Sprinkles are great, mini chocolate chips are too, but there’s no limit to the combinations you could come up with to top your berry beauties.

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So whether you’re looking for an impressive looking snack to bring to holiday parties or you just want something dependable to keep in your back pocket for 2016, this simple and sweet recipe can get you in and out of the kitchen quickly (without stress!) so you can spend more time connecting with your friends and family.

These aren’t just berries lovingly filled with soft, creamy sweet filling and delicately topped with shimmering nonpareils; they’re stuffed strawberry sanity savers.

No-Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Serves 6

1 pound strawberries (approximately 10-12 large strawberries)
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional toppings:
Crumbled graham crackers (regular or gluten-free)
Mini chocolate chips
Sprinkles

Using a paring knife, slice the top off the strawberries, then cut out the center portion.

In a small bowl add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Use an electric mixer, or mix by hand, until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.

Transfer the cheesecake mixture to a piping bag, or use a small spoon to fill the berries. Dip in crumbled graham crackers, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, or any other of your favorite toppings.

Recipes Notes:

  • The strawberries are best served the day they're made.
  • Makes about a dozen filled strawberries.
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