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The Best Strawberry Recipes | Cookies and Cups


Make the most of your seasonal strawberry haul with The Best Summer Strawberry Recipes! I’ve rounded up my favorite strawberry desserts and sweet summer recipes that I can’t wait for you to try.

Hunting for more easy dessert ideas featuring summer’s best ingredients? Check out my Best Lemon Desserts, next!

a piece of strawberry cake on a plate from above with fresh strawberry slices

22 Strawberry Desserts to Make This Summer

Are you ready? Because I’m about to sweeten up your summer! It’s strawberry season, and that means strawberry desserts. I’m slowly finding ways to work fresh, flavorful strawberries into all my baking these days. Zero regrets! Naturally, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite summer strawberry recipes to inspire you to do the same.

These summer desserts are loaded with enough strawberries to make any berry lover swoon. From strawberry cakes to cool and creamy frozen treats, pies, strawberry shortcake, and more delicious recipes, there are so many ways to transform seasonal strawberries into the BEST desserts. These recipes have you covered from Memorial Day until Labor Day, all summer long.

I’ve also thrown in some of my best tips for choosing the ripest strawberries when they’re in season, how to store them, and even how to freeze them!

Why You’ll Love These Strawberry Recipes

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m berry excited about the strawberry season. Here’s why you’ll love these recipes:

  • Easy to make. Who doesn’t love a dessert that tastes amazing, that’s also stress-free? These strawberry recipes keep it simple while oozing fresh summer flavors in every bite.
  • Vibrant flavors. The ripest strawberries bring all sorts of delicious sweetness and freshness to these easy dessert ideas. Not to mention a pop of rosy color!
  • Perfect for summer. Strawberries are a surefire sign that summer is here. Take these desserts along with you to cookouts, parties, or make them just because. These are the perfect recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth all season long.

When Are Strawberries in Season?

So, what are the best months for strawberries? For most of the US, strawberries are in peak season from mid-May to early June. This of course can vary a bit depending on which part of the country you’re in. As soon as berry season arrives, you best believe I’m first in line at my local farm stall.

carton of strawberries

How to Pick Strawberries at the Store

Get in, we’re going strawberry shopping! But how do you know if you’re picking the right berries? Below are my tips for choosing the very best strawberries:

  • Color and Plumpness: Look for bright, plump berries that are red from top to bottom. Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t ripen after they’re picked. If the strawberries have a lot of yellow and green shading, they’ll stay that way and won’t be as sweet. And if the berries look dry or shriveled at all, give them a pass.
  • Leaves: Fresh green leaves = fresh strawberries. Dry, wilted leaves indicate that the berries were picked a while ago.
  • Signs of Mold: It probably goes without saying, but if any of the strawberries are moldy, it’s best to pick another box. Mold means that the berries are going bad, even if some of them aren’t spoiled just yet.

How to Store and Freeze Fresh Strawberries

Now that you’ve selected the best strawberries of the bunch, make sure you store them properly. It’s easy to do:

  • Store: Store your strawberries in the fridge until you’re ready to wash and eat them. It’s best to leave strawberries whole and unwashed when you store them so that they aren’t exposed to moisture. To prolong the life of your fresh strawberries, store them in a single layer inside an airtight container lined with a paper towel. Properly stored strawberries can last in the fridge for a week (or sometimes longer).
  • Freeze: Fresh strawberries can be frozen either whole or chopped. Before you freeze your berries, remove the stems, then flash-freeze the berries on a baking sheet. Once solid, transfer the frozen berries to a freezer bag or airtight container. They’ll stay fresh for up to 6 months. Frozen strawberries are perfect to use in everything from smoothies to pies.
  • Wash: Place your fresh berries into a colander and give them a good rinse under cold water before you eat them. 

My Favorite Strawberry Recipes

Below you’ll find all my best, brightest strawberry desserts and flavorful, summery treats made with my favorite berry.

a slice of strawberry sheet cake on a plate topped with fresh strawberry slices

Strawberry Sheet Cake

We’re kicking things off with this soft and moist strawberry cake that’s made for feeding a crowd. This is an easy sheet cake recipe made totally from scratch, right down to the creamy icing.

A slice of Krispie Treat ice cream pie on a white plate next to a fork, garnished with a fresh strawberry, with the rest of the pie in the background.

Krispie Treat Ice Cream Pie

This refreshing strawberry ice cream pie is what summer dreams are made of. Cool and creamy like an ice cream cake, set inside a crunchy Rice Krispie treat crust and topped with fluffy whipped cream.

slice of matcha cake with strawberry frosting

Matcha Cake With Strawberry Frosting

This soft and buttery matcha cake is smothered in rich and creamy homemade strawberry frosting. It’s the perfect combination of earthy green tea flavors and bright, fruity strawberries.

Slice of No Bake Strawberry Lemon Icebox Pie on a plate.

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Pie

This easy icebox pie recipe made with fresh strawberries and lemon is my go-to make ahead dessert for summer BBQs, and then some. It’s the ultimate no-bake dessert that’s absolutely bursting with citrus and berry flavors.

Overhead view of Fresh Strawberry Bread slices.

Fresh Strawberry Bread

You can use fresh or frozen strawberries to make this easy strawberry bread, but it’s one of my favorite recipes to make when strawberries are in season! This quick bread recipe is tender and moist, with bright pops of berries throughout, drizzled with sweet strawberry cream cheese icing.

Strawberry Brownies stacked on a plate with a bite taken out

Strawberry Brownies

These strawberry brownies have all the flavor of a chocolate-covered strawberry wrapped up in a delicious dessert bar! Made from fudgy brownies covered in a thick layer of strawberry frosting, finished off with rich homemade chocolate ganache.

Strawberry Pound Cake drizzled with icing.

Strawberry Pound Cake

Bake your fresh strawberries right into this moist strawberry pound cake! This is the perfect summer twist on a classic bundt cake recipe. Bring this pound cake along to BBQs, picnics, and parties. It’s guaranteed to disappear!

Chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake on a plate.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

Imagine that your favorite creamy cheesecake married a chocolate covered strawberry. You’ll get this classic cheesecake topped with vanilla mousse, fresh strawberries, and a generous drizzle of melted chocolate. It’s a love for the ages!

A hand holding a vanilla ice cream cone dripping with strawberry syrup.

Easy Strawberry Syrup

Make your own homemade strawberry syrup that rivals anything you’ll find in your favorite ice cream parlor! I’ll never run out of summer desserts to drizzle with sweet strawberry sauce.

Strawberry Buttermilk Muffins wrapped in red and white polka dot muffin wrappers.

Strawberry Buttermilk Muffins

Tangy buttermilk and fresh strawberries are a match made in baking heaven. Whip up a batch of these easy strawberry muffins and enjoy them for breakfast or dessert.

Strawberry Shortbread Bars drizzled with glaze.

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

These shortbread bars are my lazy girl’s version of a thumbprint cookie, filled with ribbons of sweet strawberry jam. These cookie bars taste even better when I get my hands on fresh strawberry jam from my local famer’s market.

Strawberry Pop Tart cake decorated with strawberry sauce and Pop Tart pieces.

Strawberry Pop Tart Cake

This cake is a strawberry Pop Tart extravaganza, and you’re all invited. It’s made with layers of moist vanilla cake filled with strawberry jam, smothered with frosting and loaded up with real Pop Tarts!

A slice of strawberry buckle on a white plate.

Strawberry Buckle

This skillet strawberry buckle recipe is tender and rich on the inside, crisp on the outside, topped with a buttery crumble. It’s an easy variation of a coffee cake that’s ultra-moist and bursting with fresh summer strawberries.

Mixed Berry Crisp in a white dish topped with a scoop of strawberry ice cream.

Berry Crisp

I’ll make this berry crisp with any berry, but strawberries are a must when in season! It’s the perfect easy dessert to bring to summer BBQs and it’s always the first to vanish from the baking dish. Enjoy a scoop with strawberry ice cream!

Strawberry Sweet Cream Rolls in a white baking dish.

Strawberry Sweet Cream Rolls

These sweet cream rolls are a strawberries-and-cream spin on ooey-gooey sticky buns. They’re made from buttery pastry rolled up around strawberry cream cheese, amped up with real strawberries. It’s the ultimate breakfast treat smothered in sweet vanilla glaze!

Assembled Berry Pound Cake Trifle in a glass trifle dish.

Pound Cake Trifle

This easy yet impressive pound cake trifle recipe is the perfect dessert to make in berry season. It’s giving red, white, and blue dessert vibes for the 4th of July, don’t you think? The freshest, ripest strawberries are a must!

Two Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Sandwiches stacked on a white cloth.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Sandwiches

These strawberry cheesecake sandwiches are an easy treat to whip up, no baking needed! I make these with strawberry cream cheese smeared between two crunchy graham crackers with strawberry preserves, then dip the whole thing in chocolate (because, why not?).

A vanilla cupcake topped with a swirl of strawberry buttercream frosting.

Roasted Strawberry Buttercream

Roasting fresh ripe strawberry slices takes their sweet flavors to a whole ‘nother level. Then it’s just a matter of blending them up and combining the puree with butter and powdered sugar for the ultimate strawberry buttercream frosting!

Company strawberry shortcake in a white baking dish with a serving missing.

Company Strawberry Shortcake

I couldn’t have a list of strawberry desserts without including my mom’s retro company strawberry shortcake. This recipe is perfect for feeding a hungry crowd at your neighborhood cookout. Who can resist tender shortcake topped with fluffy whipped cream and strawberries? No one.

A slice of Berry Slab Pie on a white plate topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Berry Slab Pie

This summer berry slab pie is packed with a juicy medley of seasonal strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for the ultimate sunshine-filled slice. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that melts over the buttery crust. You won’t be disappointed.

Angel Food Cake topped with mixed wine-soaked berries on a blue cake stand.

Angel Food Cake with Wine Soaked Berries

I think maybe the only thing better than fresh, ripe strawberries is fresh strawberries soaked in my favorite white wine! Serve them as the topping for this light and fluffy angel food cake (and don’t forget the whipped cream).

Berry Ambrosia Salad served in a white bowl.

Berry Ambrosia Salad

Whenever I bring home a berry haul, one of the first things I’ll make is this ambrosia salad. This recipe combines juicy strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries with a creamy dressing, coconut, and marshmallows for a fresh take on a classic fruit salad.

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