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25+ Best Strawberry Desserts

Ice cream. Pie. Shortcake. Oh my! Make this strawberry season the sweetest one yet with all of my favorite strawberry desserts.

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A Berry Sweet Treat

I love all the seasons, but my favorite might just be strawberry season. It marks the true beginning of summer with sweet berry desserts that can be served on sunny days.

There is just something so fresh and delightful about strawberry desserts, and I have gathered all of my favorites just for you. From the homemade strawberry ice cream to a beautiful strawberry pie that is always a hit at any outdoor party, these recipes are delicious.

Preserving the Strawberry Season

In my humble opinion, strawberry season should last all year. The few months it is here isn’t long enough to get my strawberry fill, so I like to make it last a little bit longer by either freezing my berries (see how in FAQs below) or turning them into this addictive homemade strawberry jam or my favorite combination strawberry rhubarb jam.

Best Way to Serve Desserts with Strawberries

There are so many delicious ways to serve your strawberry desserts! Many desserts pair well with a scoop of no churn vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or even a drizzle of hot fudge sauce.

Displaying your fresh strawberry desserts on a platter with a selection of other berry recipes at a BBQ is a great way for guests to pick and choose their favorites! A fruit platter or fruit kabobs is not only a great way to use up your extra fruit strawberries but can add balance to the dessert table!

Cakes, Trifles & More

One of my favorite ways to let strawberries sweet flavor really shine is by combining it with an airy cake, a fluffy crepe or layered in-between soft sponge.

Strawberry shortcake on a white platter.

No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Strawberry season hits right as the weather outside starts to heat up, so these easy no-bake strawberry dessert recipes mean you don’t have to turn on a hot oven to enjoy a sweet treat. I love to include a few as part of my spread of easy 4th of July desserts!

Strawberry ice cream in a bowl with cone.

Pies, Tarts and Cheesecake Desserts with Strawberries

It is hard to beat a gorgeous strawberry pie, piled high with glistening fruit and topped with clouds of whipped cream. I do also love, however, a decadent cheesecake topped with a strawberry sauce or a beautiful fruit tart that lets the sweetness of the berries shine. Why pick just one when it comes to deciding what to make with strawberries?

Close up of fresh strawberry pie on a marble countertop.
  • Strawberry Pie Recipe. This is the perfect summer dessert, and is all about celebrating the sweetness of the strawberry.
  • Strawberry Cream Pie. This family-favorite dessert combines two loves: cheesecake and strawberry pie.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse. This strawberry dessert recipe is quick to whip up and is perfect for your next summer party.
  • Fresh Fruit Tart. I love how beautiful this looks and it tastes even better thanks to the crumbly sweet crust, smooth custard and juicy fresh berries!
  • Fruit Pizza. This is my quick take on a fruit tart and is made with a sugar cookie crust, cream cheese frosting, and your favorite fruit (like strawberries).

Strawberry Cookies, Brownies and Bars

Ok, you might not immediately think cookies, brownies, or even bars when you think strawberry, but I am here to tell you to think again. I love sweet strawberry flavor in cookie form or incorporated into a brownie, and there really is nothing like a crumb bar for a strawberry dessert.

Strawberry Recipes for Frosting, Sauces and Dips

Strawberries make divine frostings, sauces and dips, and can be used in a multitude of different ways. You can simply top vanilla ice cream with a strawberry sauce for a quick treat or decoratively finish your cupcakes with a strawberry frosting. The options are limitless.

Strawberry dole whip in a clear cup on wooden surface.
  • Strawberry Dole Whip. Tropical and fruity, this ice-cold treat is perfect as a base for other fruits or as a shake all its own.
  • Easy Strawberry Fruit Dip. My kids love this dessert and it only takes strawberry cream cheese, cool whip, marshmallow creme, lemon juice, and fresh lemon zest to make.
  • Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. One of my favorite frostings to use for summer cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. Made with fresh strawberry puree, the flavor of this frosting is to die for.
  • Strawberry Sauce. This is a staple in our house, and only needs to 2 ingredients to make the perfect sauce for pancakes, ice cream, cheesecake, and more.

Strawberry FAQs

What is the best way to clean strawberries?

This is an important question, since strawberries are more susceptible to bugs and pesticides (especially if buying from the grocery store). I like to soak my strawberries in a mixture of vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water) for 20 minutes before rinsing really well under a colander. If, however, they are fresh from the garden, a simple rinse will do the trick before using them in fresh strawberry recipes.

Why are strawberries good for you?

Not only do they taste delicious in strawberry recipes, but these sweet berries are also rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants.

Is strawberry a fruit or not?

You know, it gets a little complicated. Strawberries aren’t technically even berries, but they are considered an accessory fruit because they are actually multiple fruits. I highly recommend further investigation into the science of it all because it is wild.

Can I freeze fresh strawberries?

Absolutely! It is one of my favorite ways to preserve the strawberry season. Simply wash the strawberries, lay them on a paper towel and let them air dry 30 minutes.

Remove any that show signs of mold and then hull them if you plan to use them in strawberry desserts or smoothies. Place them in an even layer on a baking sheet with room in-between each berry. Freeze 2 to 4 hours, or until solid; transfer to zip-top bag and store in the freezer 6 months for best flavor.

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Best Strawberry Desserts

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Ice cream. Pie. Cookies. Frosting. Shortcake. Make this strawberry season the sweetest one yet with all of my favorite strawberry desserts. What I consider the quintessential summer dessert, this strawberry pie recipe is bursting with flavor from the sweet juice of fresh strawberries!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 3 pounds (about 5 cups) strawberries , washed, hulled, and dried
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ (3-ounces) packages strawberry gelatin
  • Pinch salt
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon , optional
  • pie crust , baked and completely cooled (see notes)
  • Whipped cream , for serving

Instructions

  • Slice strawberries in half or quarters. Place on paper towels and let dry.
  • In a small sauce pan, combine the water, sugar, and cornstarch over medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, stirring constantly, cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until clear and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin, pinch of salt, and lemon zest, if desired. Stir 1 minute, or until gelatin has dissolved. Allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  • Layer the strawberries on top of the pie crust.
  • Pour the glaze evenly over the top of the strawberries until well coated. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, or until the pie has set. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Slice into 8 slices and top with whipped cream to serve.

Notes

Crust: Feel free to use a store-bought or homemade pie crust. I halved my easy pie crust recipe. Make sure you allow it to cool before filling.
Whipped cream: I like to use homemade whipped cream, however you can also buy a store-bought can, if you prefer.
Strawberries: When slicing the strawberries, make sure to remove the stems first using a strawberry huller or 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon. 

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 100mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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The Full List of Best Strawberry Desserts

Click on the links below to find the recipes for all of the delicious strawberry dessert recipes mentioned above.

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