20round red sprinklesor 1 (.67 ounce) tube orange/red decorating icing
Use a mixer to beat the cream cheese until fluffy and then gradually beat in the powdered sugar on low speed.
Prepare the strawberries by cutting the stems off to leave a flat surface on the bottom. You will end up with a cone.
Cut the strawberry ¾ of the way up from the bottom to create a smaller cone that will be the Santa hat. Set the Santa hat parts of the strawberries aside.
Place the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag with a round tip (I used a Wilton 2A, but any medium to large piping tip will work).
On the larger bottom part of the strawberry, pipe the cream cheese mixture, creating a large upwards swirl with 2 layers.
In the middle of the cream cheese swirl, use the black decorating icing to dot two eyes and use a single sprinkle or red/orange decorating icing for the nose.
Top the swirl with the previously cut off strawberry Santa hat and pipe a dot of cream cheese frosting onto the tips of the Santa hat to create the pom pom (I liked to go in the direction of the strawberry “hat” to make it cuter).
To Store: You will need to store these Santas in the refrigerator. Strawberries are only good for a few days, so you won’t be able to store these longer than that. Carefully cover them, or place them in a container that will allow for some room so that you don’t squish or ruin the decorating.
To Freeze: Freezing your Santas would make for a delicious treat, but you likely won’t be able to keep the decoration since you will need to wrap them tightly to go in the freezer. You can also store the strawberries and cream cheese frosting separately and prepare the Santas right before serving. Strawberries will last up to 1 year in the freezer as long as they are stored correctly, and cream cheese will store for up to 2 months in the freezer.
Make sure the cream cheese is completely softened so that when beaten there are no lumps.
If you don’t have a piping bag you can easily use a Ziploc bag and snip the corner.