Valentine Berries and Cream Recipe

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Valentine Berries and Cream Recipe
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  1. 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  2. 1 tablespoon shortening
  3. 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  4. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  5. 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  6. 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  7. 2 tablespoons milk
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped, divided
  10. 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
  1. Line a 9-in. heart-shaped or square pan with foil; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Pour into prepared pan, swirling to coat the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 minute, then swirl the chocolate to reinforce sides of heart or box. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Using foil, lift from pan; remove foil and place chocolate heart on a serving plate.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa; add to creamed mixture with milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  4. Gently fold two-thirds of the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spoon into heart. Insert star tip #32 into a pastry or plastic bag; fill with the remaining whipped cream. Pipe around the edge of heart. Garnish with strawberries. Yield: 8-10 servings.
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