Our strawberry dessert recipes are some of the best ways to use fresh, ripe strawberries when they are in season! There is a treat here for everyone from cookies to scones to pies, and we are sure you will find them all "berry" delicious!

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Best Time of Year for Strawberries

While you can find fresh strawberries year round at most grocery stores, peak strawberry season in most parts of the country is typically from April through late June or early July. And what better way to celebrate the return of this ruby red favorite than by using them in some of our favorite strawberry recipes?

Here in Northern California we get really excited for Spring to arrive because that means fresh strawberries at all the local U-pick farms. If you have any local farmer's markets or U-pick farms I highly suggest going there for a flat of fresh strawberries while they are at their juiciest state. Nothing beats a freshly picked, ripe, juicy strawberry! They taste so much better!

If you don't have access to fresh strawberries, don't fear because there is luckily an abundance of frozen strawberries widely found in stores. Many of these recipes can be made using frozen strawberries if you find yourself in a bind and can't get your hands on some fresh strawberries.

Don't know what to make with all of those fresh strawberries? Take a look at the recipes below and try some of our reader favorites like the Award Winning Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes, or our Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream.

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Baked Strawberry Donuts Recipe
These Baked Strawberry Donuts are filled with summery sweet strawberry flavors, with freshly diced strawberries inside the donut, and a homemade fresh strawberry glaze on top!
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  1. Baked Strawberry Donuts

If you have never made donuts before these baked donuts are a great place to start! They're quick and easy (no frying!) and the fresh strawberry glaze is so good you might find yourself wanting to drink it. Don't forget the little bits of fresh strawberries scattered throughout the delicious dough!

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Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe
Make this Fresh Strawberry Pie without Jell-O before summer is over! A classic buttery crust gets loaded with juicy, fresh strawberries coated in a strawberry glaze made from scratch and then topped with plenty of sweetened whipped cream. It's so good!
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  1. Fresh Strawberry Pie

Indulge in this fresh strawberry pie with fresh strawberries all nestled into a flaky, perfect crust. It's entirely made from scratch which makes it taste as fresh as can be and utterly delightful. It's truly that quintessential summer pie.

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Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies
Simple & sweet, these Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies have a tangy, creamy center that pairs perfectly with the fruity flavor of the strawberry cookies! Rolling them in powdered sugar before baking gives them an adorable crispy crinkle cookie exterior.
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  1. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberry Cookies

These cookies are perfect for holidays, or a baby shower, or a bridal shower, or anytime really. Using only 6 simple ingredients (including a cake mix!) you basically feel like you're cheating and can't believe it's so easy making a cookie full of so much flavor and just plain fun.

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Strawberry Cake
With cake layers filled with fresh strawberry flavor thanks to homemade strawberry puree, this Strawberry Cake is assembled and decorated with fresh strawberry buttercream frosting too! Topped with sliced strawberries, it's every strawberry lover's dream!
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  1. Strawberry Cake

Do you want a showstopper cake that tastes as good as it looks? This cake with homemade strawberry puree and fresh strawberry buttercream is a great cake for beginners and experts because it will always look and taste amazing with minimal effort!

Best Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is made with juicy ripe fruit and fresh cream for real strawberry flavor. It's perfectly creamy and scoopable thanks to the custard base. Enjoy this bright and sweet classic flavor on its own in cones, sundaes, milkshakes or ice cream sandwiches!
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  1. Strawberry Ice Cream

The best ice cream is one that is made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Wouldn't you agree? No fake or artificial anything in this strawberry ice cream. Just real strawberry flavor and fresh cream for a classic flavor that everyone loves.

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Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
This strawberry shortcake is the perfect dessert for showcasing summer's beautiful berries topped with a dollop of freshly whipped cream!
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  1. Strawberry Shortcake

I love making this dessert for a gathering or get together because it looks so pretty plated with the delicious strawberry topping and freshly whipped whip cream. One nice thing about this cake is it can be very hands off. It's an easy and quick dessert to make and then you can let people add their own toppings so all you have to do is bring the cake and toppings! Let everyone else do the rest!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are perfect for Valentine's Day & Mother's Day, using on top of cakes, cupcakes, cheesecake, or brownies for a stunning dessert presentation, or just as a special treat! Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries with dark, milk or white chocolate and you'll save a bundle versus buying them!
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  1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I know these are synonymous with Valentine's day or Mother's day but Chocolate Covered Strawberries really should be enjoyed way more than that! They are so easy to make, much cheaper than buying in stores, and always look amazing. And bonus, this is an easy one for kids and friends to make together!

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Homemade Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe
Every bite of these moist Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes is a taste of sweet summer-ripe strawberries in from-scratch homemade cupcake with a light strawberry buttercream frosting swirled on top. It handily beats the pants off a strawberry cake mix any day, without any artificial strawberry flavor!
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  1. Strawberry Cupcakes

This Strawberry Cupcake is one I actually crave all the time. I LOVE the fresh strawberries in the cake batter which makes the most unbelievable soft, moist cake. You can find fresh strawberries in every bite! Pair it with the most creamy buttercream frosting flavored with real strawberry and this is an absolute dream cupcake.

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Best Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe
This really is the best Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe made with a sweet-tart ruby-hued filling in a flaky, buttery homemade pie crust! It's fantastic all on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

It's no secret that I love pie. I mean I have over 60 pie recipes. But this one. This one might top it all for me. There is absolute delight eating this award winning tart rhubarb and juicy sweet strawberry pie with my most buttery, flaky crust that tops any crust you have ever had. I give you all the tips and tricks for making this pie absolute perfection.

Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Lemonade is the perfect sweet, tart, and refreshing summer beverage. You can adjust the flavor however you please and it is great for using up excess strawberries and lemons.
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  1. Strawberry Lemonade

Do you have extra lemons? Overabundance of strawberries? Match made in heaven. Quickly whip up this Strawberry Lemonade that will bring your outdoor BBQ up a notch and will impress even the most unlikely of critics. Easily adjust to your level of sweetness for the perfect beverage for all to enjoy.

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Glazed Strawberry Scones Recipe
Spring and Summer just aren't complete without these tender, buttery Vanilla Glazed Fresh Strawberry Scones that are studded with ruby-hued bits of sweet strawberries in every bite! They are perfect for weekend breakfasts, a sweet afternoon snack, or any festive occasion like Mother's Day or Easter Brunch!
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  1. Strawberry Scones

Scones sometimes have a bad rap of being hard or difficult to make. But really they couldn't be more easy. They don't have to look perfect, they are very customizable, there is no waiting for dough to rise, and you cover it with a buttery vanilla glaze which means these are bound to be delicious no matter what. With a few simple steps, you will have fresh strawberry scones that are irresistible and will rival any coffee shop bakery.

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Fresh Strawberry Frosting Recipe
This pretty-in-pink Fresh Strawberry Frosting is the best because it is made with real strawberries that are pureed and reduced to concentrate their bright, sweet flavor. It pipes well on cakes and cupcakes, but can also be used on brownies, macarons, and other desserts!
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  1. Strawberry Frosting

Sometimes it is nice to have a good go-to frosting recipe that is reliable and guaranteed to be delicious. I have perfectly measured out all the ingredients for this homemade strawberry frosting using fresh, real strawberries to make a standout frosting recipe perfect for a variety of desserts. The ratio of ingredients makes it ideal for piping as well!

Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats
Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats are perfect for a summer picnic and are such a fun activity to involve your kiddos in. Just add some freeze-dried strawberries and you will have a fruity spin on your classic childhood treat.
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  1. Strawberry Rice Krispies

Let's put a fun twist on the classic Rice Krispie treat. Adding freeze dried strawberries that you can find year round makes this treat an easy way to get that delicious strawberry flavor any time you want!

Stacked strawberry rhubarb crumb bars with fresh strawberries beside them.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars
The sweet tart combo of strawberries and rhubarb with a buttery streusel crust and topping make these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars so, so, so delicious.
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  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

I love anything with a strawberry rhubarb combo and these bars are no exception. I also love anything with oats so these Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars are a no brainer. Every layer of this bar comes together to form a perfect blend of tart and sweet and buttery and soft. Use fresh or frozen strawberries for an easy dessert or snack that will be a crowd pleaser everywhere you go.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake
There is nothing like starting your morning (or ending your day!) with a big slice of delicious, strawberry rhubarb coffee cake.  With a layer of bright, sweet tart fruit filling baked into a rich, moist cake made with sour cream and finished off with a thick, heavenly layer of buttery brown sugar cinnamon crumb on top, this easy cake is just as happy on the brunch menu as it is on the dessert table.
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  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Why have just normal Coffee Cake when you can add a layer of fresh strawberry rhubarb. This sweet tart layer is a nice balance to the buttery brown sugar crumb topping and the perfectly moist cake. Perfect for brunch!

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I enjoy exploring the world through food, culture, and travel and sharing the adventure with mostly from-scratch, family friendly recipes that I think of as modern comfort cooking.

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