Summer Sweets

A friend of mine has asked me to contribute a easy summer recipe for her blog. I thought it best to give her a choice of 3 great refreshing desserts. This first one, the Cheesecake Filled Strawberries, I found on Pinterest. They look so pretty and they are so easy to put together. Can’t wait to have ladies over to make them.

1. Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

1 lb large strawberries

8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tables powdered sugar
1 teas vanilla
Graham cracker crumbs *(I added a little about 1 teas sugar to crumbs to make them taste more like graham cracker crust)
Directions:
Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and hollow out with a paring knife, being careful not to cut through to the outside of the strawberry. Prep all strawberries and set aside to dry, covered with a towel, so they don’t dry out.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy. Put cream cheese mixture into a piping bag or a ziplock bag which you will cut the tip of the bag to allow you to fill strawberries with the cream mixture. Fill each strawberry with the cream cheese mixture. Once all the strawberries are filled, dip the top in graham cracker crumbs. If not serving immediately, place covered in fridge until ready to use. Better if eaten the same day.
Recipe #2
Frozen Fruit Mallow
1 (9 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 (3 o) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 (7 oz) bottle lemon-lime soda (*I used Sprite)
2 (10 oz) packages frozen sliced peaches
1 cup halved green grapes
1 cup heavy cream, whipped (until stiff peaks form, but be careful not to whip it till it becomes like butter)
1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
Blend undrained pineapple and cream cheese. Stir in Sprite (or 7 Up); add fruits. Freeze until partially set. Then fold in whipped cream and marshmallows. Pour into 9″ square pan or a 2 qt dish. Freeze until firm. Yield 6-8 servings.
Recipe #3
Lemon-Strawberry Trifle *Taken from Taste of Home
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2 cups milk
1 package (3.4 oz) instant lemon pudding mix
2 teas grated lemon peel
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided (or use a mixture of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
1 tables orange juice or water
1 tables powdered sugar
1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 oz)
In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and yogurt. Add the milk, dry pudding mix and lemon peel; beat until smooth. In a blender, process 1/2 cup strawberries (or mixed berries) with orange juice or water and powdered sugar and blend until smooth.
Tear cake into 1″ cubes; place a third of the cake cubes in a trifle bowl or 3 qt serving bowl. Top with a third of the pudding mixture and half of the remaining strawberries. Drizzle with half of the strawberry sauce. Repeat. Top with remaining cake then pudding mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. * I topped mine with sweetened whipping cream (or Cool Whip if you prefer) Decorate with whole berries before serving if desired.
Yield 12-14 servings.

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