I was one of 4 hostesses for a bridal shower a couple of weeks ago and I made these to go on the dessert tray.  They were easy and delicious.

I like to share…

6 ounces of mascarpone cheese, room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon almond extract

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup sliced almonds

12-20 fresh strawberries

Rinse strawberries and cut both ends.  Use small melon baler to remove inside stem.  Allow to air dry for about 1 hour, or pat dry with paper towel.

Meanwhile toast almonds in 350° for 5-6 minutes.

Mix mascarpone cheese (cream cheese can be substituted) with hand mixer until fluffy.  Add extracts and sugar and mix until blended.

Place cheese mixture into a pastry bag with ¼” star tip.  Stuff each almond with cheese mixture.  Chill strawberries.

Add cooled, toasted almonds.  Can be made earlier in the day.