Chocolate Strawberry Fool

Show someone you love how smart you are with this Chocolate Strawberry Fool—it's easy to make and so delicious!

Serves 4. Prep time: 20 minutes active; 50 minutes total.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

• 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided

• ¼ cup sugar

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup heavy whipping cream, very cold

PREPARATION

Place 1 cup of strawberries in a small bowl and add sugar and vanilla extract. Mash the strawberries into small pieces using a fork. Regrigerate for 30 minutes.

Our the cold whipping cream into a cold, medium-sized bowl. Using a beater, whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks. Fold the mashed strawberries and ¾ of the chocolate into the whipped cream.

Using a tablespoon, fill a wide-mouth glass (such as a martini glass or tumbler) ⅓ full with the whipped cream, then top with a layer of sliced strawberries. Repeat with more whipped cream and another layer of strawberries. Top with remaining whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Serving suggestions: Accompany this elegant dessert with a plate of delicate shortbread cookies. Blueberries, raspberries, or pitted cherries can be used instead of the strawberries, if you prefer.