Summer is just so good to us in terms of dessert. Given this season is devoted entirely to eating outside, there are plenty of ice cream trucks to frequent, fresh pie stands to shop and state fairs to visit for fried treats dusted with sugar, over-the-top sundaes and chocolate-covered everything. But there’s one type of summer dessert that always stands out from the rest and that’s strawberry desserts.
There’s just no topping these beautiful, berry-laced treats, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 40 of our favorites below.
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What Kind of Strawberry is Used to Make Desserts?
It’s summer, so there’s nothing beating fresh strawberries! You can find bushels of them at your local picking farms, at farmers’ markets and in every grocery store in America. These little red gems are bursting with sweet flavor and prime for picking!
If you’re trying to make a strawberry dessert during any other season besides summer, it’s completely fine to use frozen strawberries—especially for any kind of blended treat.
As for the best, sweetest berries, everyone has their favorites but you really can’t beat Harry’s Berries. “The sweetest berries” as they’re referred to come from a farm in Oxnard, California where specialty varieties of strawberries such as seascape, luscious chandler and Mara des Bois are grown.
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How to Do Strawberry Topping for Desserts
For beautiful strawberry cakes, pies and trifles, you can just slice fresh strawberries and use them to top these confections. Or, if you have mini berries on hand, keep them whole for a rustic look. As for any kind of strawberry crumble or crumb bars, strawberry jam and marmalade is usually mixed with a sweet crunchy crumble topping and most often, layered somewhere inside. Strawberry glazes or frosting is another nice touch for fancified strawberry desserts.
Best Strawberry Dessert Recipes
When it comes to easy, popular and unique strawberry desserts, nothing beats these 40 best recipes that range from strawberry pies and strawberry ice cream, to cakes, cookies and crumb bars. And if you’re looking for healthy strawberry desserts, we have plenty of those too! There’s fresh strawberry sorbet, strawberry-based smoothies and mason jars full over overnight oats, studded with berries.
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Browse through these simple, yet delicious recipes, pin your favorites and get ready to celebrate strawberry season until the very end.
It is a well-known fact that President Obama loves pie, and in the pastry kitchen we rack our brains trying to create new combinations. This one is pretty classic, but you can replace the strawberries with blackberries, apples, peaches, or nectarines; the tart rhubarb goes well with all of those sweet fruits.
Raise your hand if you love Nutella! Okay, now imagine it in a sweet, creamy dip with chopped fresh strawberries, then topped with even more strawberries and a sprinkle of sea salt. Doesn’t that sound good?
Summer is the season for fresh berries. Try your favorites in this recipe. Instead of strawberries, sub in 3 cups raspberries or blackberries. Or go for a berry blend.
For this recipe, milk is poured over the strawberry shortcake, but if milk isn’t your taste, you can easily serve it with some vanilla ice cream and be just as happy.
May is National Strawberry Month, as you can probably tell by going to the market—mounds of fresh strawberries galore! One of the best ways to enjoy these berries is by making a light and fresh strawberry sorbet.
Pro tip: If you’d rather use frozen strawberries for the milk, that’s perfectly fine. In fact, if you are desperate to get these cookies into your mouth as soon as possible, you can even use store-bought strawberry milk.
Fresh, fruity smoothies are a great way to treat yourself without a ton of calories or added sugar. They’re also a great summertime dessert—no hot cooking necessary!
Since 4th of July gets pretty crazy-busy with nonstop barbecues and friends and relatives visiting, it’s pretty nice to have some quick-and-easy recipe ideas on hand to take a little bit of the stress out of it all. Here’s a very simple (and festive!) dessert idea for your summer party: Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick.