The Best Fresh + Sweet Strawberry Dessert Ideas

Discover the sweet world of strawberry desserts! From classic strawberry shortcake, to mouthwatering bars and beyond, explore delicious strawberry dessert ideas, and tips to satisfy your strawberry cravings.

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Here in the Midwest, strawberry season is similar to peony season. If you blink, you might miss it! It’s highly anticipated, and very short. Homegrown strawberries are one of my favorite things in the whole world. Because they are available for such a limited time, I regularly buy strawberries at the grocery store throughout the year. Although not quite the same as homegrown, these fresh berries can be just as good.

What follows is a collection of recipes centered around strawberries. They are mostly desserts, with a muffin recipe and scone recipe thrown in for good measure!

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Why You Will Love These Recipes

From classic favorites like strawberry shortcake, to something a little different like strawberry bars, these simple recipes showcase the versatility and sweetness of strawberries. Whether enjoyed all by themselves in a pretty little bowl, or incorporated into a delicious dessert, strawberries bring a burst of color and flavor to any table. Come with me, and let’s explore the best strawberry recipes!

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The Best Way To Clean and Store Strawberries

  • Begin by adding cool water to your clean kitchen sink, or a large bowl.
  • To the water, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. (Add more or less depending on how many strawberries you have, and how much water you use.)
  • Add the strawberries, and swish everything around.
  • Let the strawberries soak for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse well, and drain on a clean towel. Allow to dry completely.
  • Store in the refrigerator. This fruit keeper works well, and keeps the berries fresh for several days.
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Strawberry Scones

Strawberry scones are soft pastries filled with pieces of fresh strawberries. They have a golden-brown crust, and a sweet flavor with a hint of vanilla. A powdered sugar glaze is the perfect topping. Especially delicious when enjoyed warm from the oven, strawberry scones are a delicious treat anytime! GET THE RECIPE.

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Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

Strawberry shortcake is a great dessert choice because it combines fluffy biscuits with sweet strawberries and whipped cream, creating a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Its simplicity allows the natural sweetness of the strawberries to shine through. Plus, it’s easy to make, so versatile, and is suitable for family dinners, or other social occasions. GET THE RECIPE.

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Strawberry Muffins

These strawberry muffins are delightful treats bursting with juicy strawberries. They offer a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, creating a simple but so good harmony of flavors. Enjoy them for breakfast, as a snack, or as a sweet addition to any brunch spread. GET THE RECIPE.

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Strawberry Bars

Strawberry bars are a fantastic dessert choice because they offer a delightful blend of butter and sweet strawberries, creating a yummy combination of flavors in every bite. They are portable and easy to serve, making them ideal for picnics, parties, or on-the-go snacking. Strawberry bars can also be customized with different toppings, allowing for endless variations to suit any preference or taste. GET THE RECIPE.

layered strawberry parfaits with mint garnish

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

These strawberry no bake cheesecake parfaits are delicious, and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth! Cream cheese takes this easy strawberry dessert recipe up a notch, and when you layer the creamy mixture on top of the graham cracker crust, the end result is amazing! GET THE RECIPE.

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Strawberry Crisp

This strawberry crisp is a sweet treat that’s sure to become one of your favorite strawberry desserts. The thinly sliced strawberries and crunchy topping are the perfect pair. This simple recipe can also be made in a cast iron skillet, and topped with homemade whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. GET THE RECIPE.

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Strawberry Bread

This strawberry bread recipe has the freshest berry flavor, and the loaves come out of the oven the loveliest shade of golden brown. Ripe strawberries work best, and make sure to dice them up very small. GET THE RECIPE.

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Strawberry Butter

This strawberry butter recipe combines fresh fruit and sweet, creamy butter. What could be better? Spread it on toast or homemade English muffin bread for the perfect breakfast. Store your butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

This strawberry icebox cake is one of the easiest strawberry desserts you will ever make. It uses simple ingredients like graham crackers, Cool Whip, and strawberry jam or preserves. This no-bake creation goes together in no time in an 8×8 baking dish. GET THE RECIPE.

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Strawberries offer endless possibilities for creating desserts that are both beautiful and delicious. From classic favorites like strawberry shortcake to innovative creations like strawberry cheesecake parfaits, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, or simply craving a sweet treat, incorporating strawberries into your desserts is sure to add a burst of flavor and freshness that will leave your family asking for more.


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  1. Hi Ann
    Last week I made your strawberry bread, so delicious!! Today I made your strawberry/ cream cheese muffins. Absolutely delicious. A few weeks I made your applesauce bread, in fact I made it 3 times already. My husband said you definitely are a talent. Next I plan on making your strawberry scones. Thank you for the great recipes. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  2. I can’t wait to tri some of these recipes. Thank you!

  3. Thank you for all of these delicious recipes!

  4. thank you. they look great.