32 large whole fresh strawberries
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons semisweet or milk chocolate, grated
Slice from the stem end of each strawberry, so they will stand upright on flattened end. Place berries, cut side down, on a serving platter, pointed end up. Cut down each berry horizontally and vertically to create 4 wedges. Cut into, but not through, the bottom to create a flower petal.
Open the wedges just slightly, taking care not to break through the bottom. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and almond extract until light and fluffy. Gently fold in grated chocolate.
Using a decorating bag with a tip (or a plastic bag with the corner clipped) fill the strawberries. If desired, sprinkle with a little more grated chocolate. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Makes 32 filled strawberries