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Strawberry Towers

 Strawberry Towers
A few years ago, I hosted a Valentine's Day party with a heart theme. This stunning grand finale received rave reviews.
4 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon shortening
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon clear McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries


  • On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry sheet into a 14-in. x
  • 10-in. rectangle. Using three different sizes of heart-shaped cookie
  • cutters (3-1/2 in., 3 in. and 1 in.), cut out 12 hearts, four of
  • each size (discard scraps).
  • Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with
  • cinnamon-sugar. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden
  • brown; remove smallest hearts to a wire rack. Bake medium and large
  • hearts 2 minutes longer; remove to a wire rack.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening;
  • stir until smooth. Transfer mixture to a small resealable plastic
  • bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. In a small bowl, beat
  • cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until
  • stiff peaks form.
  • To assemble, place large pastry hearts on dessert plates; top with a

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Directions (continued)

  • third of the whipped cream and half of the strawberries. Drizzle
  • with chocolate. Top with medium hearts, another third of the whipped
  • cream and remaining strawberries. Drizzle with chocolate. Dollop
  • with remaining whipped cream. Pipe chocolate around edge of small
  • hearts; insert into whipped cream at top of tower. Yield: 4
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 strawberry tower equals 544 calories, 37 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 221 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 6 g protein.