Remove stems from strawberries; cut a deep "X" in the tip of each berry. Gently spread berries open.
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and extract until light and fluffy. Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons into each berry; if desired, sprinkle with chocolate. Chill until serving.
Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries Tips
How else can you hollow out the strawberries?
Cutting the strawberries like we call for in the recipe means that they will stand up nicely for presentation on your party spread. However, if you want a simpler and shorter way of preparing the berries, try using a paring knife to remove the stems. You can also using a drinking straw by pushing the straw up through the bottom of the berry and through the top. Check out our guide to how to hull strawberries for more tips, and keep them in mind for other strawberry dessert recipes you make.
Can you make cheesecake-stuffed strawberries in advance?
These cheesecake-stuffed strawberries are best eaten the day they are made. If you have a few minutes to assemble them right before serving, you can prepare the strawberries and the filling ahead of time, stored separately in the fridge. Then, pipe the filling into the berries right as guests arrive. If you need to have your cheesecake-filled strawberries fully assembled and complete before the gathering, you can store them in the fridge, lightly covered, for up to a day.
How long will cheesecake-stuffed strawberries last?
These cheesecake-filled strawberries will last for up to a day after assembly, although they're best served fresh. If you have any leftover berries, try using one of these recipes using fresh strawberries to use up your bounty.