Stuffed strawberries with chocolate and ricotta

They look like soldiers in formation, yummy little soldiers

This would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert, because let’s face it no one wants to have a decadent heavy calorie-laden sugar bomb before retiring to, ahem, watch TV.

Stuffed strawberries

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 8 ounces ricotta
  • zest from half an orange
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1-2 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 4 amaretti cookies (optional)

In a large bowl, whisk ricotta cheese, orange zest, sugar, honey and extract until incorporated. Using a Microplane or zester grate chocolate into bowl. Stir to mix well.

Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each strawberry, so they stand upright. Place berries, cut side down, on a serving platter. In a cross pattern, cut the berries almost into four wedges. Cut almost to, but not all the way to the bottom. Fan wedges slightly. Use a teaspoon or pastry bag to fill the strawberries with the cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving crumble the cookies on top of the berries.

A note: This recipe would also work with cream cheese or Mascarpone. Ricotta is a bit wetter, but we prefer that flavor. Also, it was way cheaper than Mascarpone. If you don’t like stuffing the strawberries, the ricotta mix also makes a great dip.

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77 Responses to Stuffed strawberries with chocolate and ricotta

  1. Mm, looks really good!

  2. Wow. Beautiful looking and a perfect indulgence for anytime, especially Valentines. You know…I kinda hate you guys for your always gorgeous photography! 🙂

  3. sallybr says:


    Perfect timing… Phil and I are wondering what kind of dessert to make for our V-day dinner, and it’s not easy to come up with something light but special

    your strawberries are such a cool idea! And, as you said, it won’t interfere with all that TV watching after the meal

  4. Yuri says:

    I had two strawberries for dessert tonight 🙂 this looks amazing, nice polka dots/food styling!

  5. I just love these stuffed strawberries. These would be amazing on Valentine’s day. Actually, these would be amazing any day :).

  6. easybaked says:

    Oh my– these look amazing– great job putting them together and the photo makes me think I could just reach into my computer and grab one…oh I *wish*!!!

  7. JamieAnne says:

    That looks amazing!!!!

  8. Erin Renee says:

    Nice recipe! These look great. But I’ve gotta be honest…I probably wouldn’t stuff them. Oh no, they wouldn’t make it that far before I gobbled them up! Haha!

  9. eva626 says:

    i never heard of stuffing strawberries!…great idea

  10. BrainRants says:

    Wow… just wow.

  11. A_Boleyn says:

    They do look lovely. Until now the only really romantic use of strawberries I’ve been familiar with is the standard strawberries dipped in chocolate though you’d want to keep the leaves on for a better presentation. 🙂

    Oh, then there’s the dropping strawberries in champagne. Guess I know more than one, after all.

  12. Stefanie says:

    Wonderful idea!! Very beautiful. Perfect before watching tv 😉 haha

  13. rutheh says:

    Amaretti cookies should never be optional, but required.

  14. Maureen says:

    oh yum. I fill mine with cheesecake mixture on the top and dip the bottoms in chocolate. I feel so Paula Deen saying that. I will definitely use ricotta next time and omit the chocky.

    They look beautiful!

  15. ChgoJohn says:

    This just might rival your Amaretto & sour cream dip for strawberries. I guess I’ll have to make both and do a side-by-side comparison.

  16. Tandy says:

    very clever idea! I was planning a strawberry post for Valentines Day 🙂

  17. Bollywood Fashionista says:

    This looks soo yum!

  18. SO pretty! We don’t do the whole Valentines thing either so will hopefully be making these before then.
    🙂 Mandy

  19. Misk Cooks says:

    That photo makes me long for warmer summer weather. 😀

  20. niasunset says:

    Oh, my God! These little soldiers are so beautiful… so beautiful. You are amazing dear Rufus, Thank you, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  21. Very sexy St Valentines fare – as you say, a perfect accompaniment to a good TV programme.

  22. Love the comment under the photo 😉 They look gorgeous and it´s been ages since I ate strawberries so don´t think I can wait until 14th Feb!

  23. IamSimplyTia says:

    These are beautiful and so elegant looking.

  24. That beats boxed chocolates any day!

  25. Oh for strawberries !

  26. zestybeandog says:

    What a great idea! Do you ever watch Chopped? I could see this being on there… of course with some random ingredient like balsamic or something. These look so great and how creative they are! 🙂

  27. Wow, these look and sound fabulous! For sure, it’s a nice lighter alternative to a giant ice cream sundae or box’o’chocolates. Thanks for sharing…will have to file it away. ^_^

  28. Yummy little soldiers indeed, no matter the occasion.

  29. Stunning picture!

  30. Easy, beautiful and delicious! It most definitely is the perfect Valentine’s day dessert.

  31. What a great idea for Valentine’s Day coming up!

  32. Joanne Ozug says:

    What a great way to prepare strawberries. I’ve been meaning to try stuffed strawberries and I’ve got everything but the ricotta on hand. Might try mascarpone instead since I have that in the fridge?

  33. jeanne says:

    another one for the list…

  34. spicegirlfla says:

    What a pretty presentation!!! I love this…and it seems like I always say that to your posts…but I do mean it!! Each and every time!! The combination of flavors is wonderful. I wouldn’t tweak a thing!!!

  35. Seriously! You guys need to stop it with the ridiculously good looking food.

  36. egg me on says:

    Haha. I like your style Greg. Make some awesome desserts then couch it for the night. The cookie crumbs on top are a nice touch.

  37. What a delicious stuffing for your little red soldiers… I don’t see a lot of chocolate represented though; I may have to amp that up a bit 😉

  38. Chocolate AND ricotta!?!?! What are you doing to my diet!!!?? Then again, we don;t seem to get any good strawberries out of season in these parts (you can buy them but they taste of nothing) , so i might have to save this recipe for the summer…

  39. Malli says:

    Perfect for a valentine’s day treat,,, I will give this one a try looks so attractive and sounds awesome:)

  40. I love strawberries but I really love dark chocolate, I really can’t wait to try this recipe out. I’m sure my husband will devour these as well!

  41. TasteFood says:

    This is so clever. I never thought of stuffing strawberries with ricotta. Brilliant.

  42. ceciliag says:

    Fantastic, great collection of flavours! c

  43. Beautiful! Simply beautiful!

  44. lisahudson says:

    Definitely Valentine’s Day. You know, when you throw caution to the wind and gorge yourself for no apparent reason!!! These look delicious!

    Lisa @ Zoup To Nuts

  45. 2girls10potatoes says:

    These look soooo good! Thanks for a healthy(er) dessert option!

  46. Caroline says:

    Fantastic!! Well, as you know, minus the chocolate part for me, because I’m a weirdo. I think they’d still be delicious without it though. 🙂

  47. WOW! Love the recipe!

  48. gravhari says:

    Reblogged this on Coretan Dinding … and commented:
    Yummmy….it’s look so delicious

  49. Kristy says:

    Ahem…you totally sent me into the giggles. 🙂

  50. LOVE stuffed strawberries! Beautiful looking and so delicious!!

  51. Now I’ve something I can do with that punnet in the fridge! 😀

  52. nancyc says:

    Haven’t had them before, but those stuffed strawberries sound really good!

  53. Oh, those look so yummy!

  54. What a lovely and light dessert, or even snack. The colour of the berries is wonderful!

  55. jo-lyn says:

    ohmygosh!! these look/sound AMAZING!!!! =) nom nom nom…

  56. I love ricotta in desserts- not to sweet, but oh so good!

  57. Stef says:

    Oooh, the ricotta mix as a dip sounds like a great idea!

  58. How very creative!

  59. rsmacaalay says:

    We went for strawberry picking last Saturday and have heaps of strawnberry, its a great timing for your post

  60. ohhh, now you’ve got me thinking! Mascarpone, amaretto, in a dip with strawberries for dippage- yum! Nice one.

  61. Talk about naughty and nice! Love it! Hmm… where did you get fresh strawberries from – isn’t it winter?

  62. Sissi says:

    I will just try to forget these luscious-looking strawberries. It is absolutely impossible to get palatable ones in the Winter here…

  63. Why not just take these with you to watch tv? 😉

    Seriously though they sound great.

  64. These are going to be on the Valentine Menu. Thanks!

  65. wok with ray says:

    Wow, Greg! I’ve never seen stuffed strawberries before. Usually they just coat them with chocolate and that’s it. You are very creative, my friend — great idea! 🙂

  66. Somehow that makes eating dessert seem so much better for you!

  67. lovelaughmirch says:

    How cute are these! Little stuffed hearts 🙂 Perfect for Vday

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  71. petit4chocolatier says:

    Oh my, I love these. Beautiful!!

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