Valentine’s Day is just on the horizon. It’s peeking over your shoulder! Instead of doing a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day this year, why not try making something a little more homespun for your sweetie? Today I’m sharing a little recipe that I created using Driscoll’s Strawberries and I’m really excited about them because they turned out way better than I thought they would!
Peanut Butter Pie Stuffed Strawberries.
Doesn’t that sound MAGICAL?
It totally is.
I knew I wanted to do some kind of stuffed strawberry with these suckers but it took me a couple of days to decide on what kind of filling. I saw a lot of cheesecake stuffed strawberries on Pinterest but I wanted to do something more original than that.
The strawberries were so bright and pretty and I started thinking about classic combinations with strawberry… specifically strawberry jam at first. And then I thought of peanut butter and jelly. And then I thought about pie. I’m not sure if this thought process makes any sense, really, but that’s where it went.
One of my favorite pies in the world is this really simple, no bake peanut butter pie. Surprisingly I have never blogged about it, but I’ve made it many times over the years. It seemed like a perfect thing to stuff into some pretty strawberries and it comes together pretty quickly. The best of both worlds: tasty and easy to make.
The peanut butter pie filling is like a light peanut butter cream. It is a mixture of cream cheese, whipped cream, peanut butter, powdered sugar and milk. I like using crunchy peanut butter for that extra bit of texture.
Probably the most difficult part of this recipe is hulling the strawberries. After they were washed and cleaned, I used a knife to just cut a little hole out of the strawberries. If you have something like a strawberry huller (you’re so fancy) use that, but if you’re a person like me (who thinks why would I need a strawberry huller?) then a knife will do. A little practice will yield you some stuffable strawberries. Any that you mess up (I accidentally cut through too far on a few) will be your “test subjects”. You have to sample it first, right?
I couldn’t find my fancy decorating bag so I just used a plastic bag and snipped off the edge to fill the strawberries. You can make the filling in advance but the strawberries are easier to stuff when the peanut butter filling hasn’t been chilled long or is still at room temperature (it pipes out easier).
And then, you decorate!
These were stuffed when the peanut butter filling had been chilled so it was harder to get a pretty swirled top. But still pretty! And still edible, which is the most important part.
I used some white chocolate to dip and drizzle a few for extra dramatic flair and topped a few with crushed nuts. I prefer these without the drizzle though as I think the extra sweetness takes away from the flavor of the peanut butter and strawberry mixing together, but you can be the judge.
These Peanut Butter Pie Stuffed Strawberries are really simple to prepare and they taste so, so good! Try them for your sweetie/honey pie/cutie pie/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/lover/person you see sometimes/treat for yourself/neighbor/family member/etc/have I gone on too long?/special person in your life. You’ll be happy and they’ll be happy and it’ll be totally sweet.
Here’s the recipe!
- 3/4 cup cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (I prefer crunchy)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 cup of fresh, prepared whipped cream (don't add sugar)
- 1lb Driscoll's strawberries
- I like making my own whipped cream, so I prepare that first (no sugar!)
- Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Mix well.
- Add peanut butter and milk and again, mix well.
- Add in prepared whipped cream and carefully fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture. Set aside.
- Clean and hull your strawberries to create a little center for the filling.
- Use a decorator bag or a plastic bag with one corner cut to fill the strawberries.
- Decorate as desired, or leave as is.
- You can use Cool Whip instead of fresh whipped cream.