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Cutting Down On Carbs? These Deviled Strawberries Make the Perfect Summer Dessert

All the flavor of cheesecake without the hassle.


Reducing your carb intake doesn’t mean you have to eliminate dessert. Deviled strawberries cut out the need for a cake base but keep the indulgent flavor of strawberry cheesecake. And they’re much easier to make.

I discovered these simple, elegant treats on TikTok: they are halved strawberries with piped cream cheese frosting down the middle. Crushed graham cracker or sprinkles to top are optional.

With the last of this year’s summer festivities around the corner, I knew I wanted to bring these to the next cookout. So, I tried them for myself.

How To Make Cheesecake Deviled Strawberries (Chocolate and Vanilla)

After looking at several recipes on TikTok, I decided to loosely follow one by Here are the ingredients I used :

  • 2 pounds large strawberries
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 ounces of whipped cream cheese
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar (to taste)
  • Splash of vanilla
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or 4 teaspoons hot chocolate mix (for the chocolate strawberries)

I mixed the first five ingredients together, then went to add cocoa powder to one of the bowls. However, I couldn’t find the cocoa. Instead, I used Starbucks hot chocolate mix, adding about four teaspoons to one bowl. It worked beautifully, and eliminated my worry that the cocoa powder would be too bitter.

After washing and cutting the strawberries — which takes some time, I’ll admit — I spooned the vanilla frosting into a small baggie and the chocolate frosting into another small baggie. I cut the tip off of each bag and began piping on the frosting. This step took longer than expected, too (I assume because I am an amateur dessert maker). When I was done, it didn’t look as beautiful as other pictures I’ve seen, but I was still pleased with the result.

An extra tip: Deviled strawberries can be a bit messy, especially if you’re serving them on a hot day. Make sure toothpicks are on hand so your guests can take a serving without getting frosting all over their fingers.

My final verdict? These are absolutely delicious, and a step up from chocolate covered strawberries. They take longer than you might anticipate because you have to prepare the berries and pipe on the frosting, but they are worth the effort. Next time, I’ll add a graham cracker sprinkle to the tops of each strawberry to give them a bit of crunch.

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