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12 Deceptively Easy Strawberry Desserts

Easy strawberry desserts can be yours in minutes with a little help from store-bought ingredients. See how these clever shortcuts put you on the fast track for a dozen super-cute strawberry desserts.

Our favorite simple strawberry desserts

1. Glazed Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake

Shortcut: Glazed doughnuts from the bakery.
Top Tip: Use a serrated bread knife to make slicing the doughnuts easier.

2. Summer Fruit Galettes

Shortcut: Refrigerated pie crusts.
Top Tip: Brush the pastry pleats with beaten egg before you sprinkle with sugar and bake. This adds gloss and crunch, and helps the sugar adhere to the crust.

Summer Fruit Galettes
Photo by Buckwheat Queen

3. Strawberry Kiwi Tartlets

Shortcuts: Frozen puff pastry shells and strawberry preserves.
Top Tip: Don’t bother removing seeds from the kiwi. I mean, who does that?

Strawberry Kiwi Tartlets
Photo by LilPhotog

4. Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Shortcut: Bakery bread or sliced pound cake.
Top Tips: Broil bread instead of firing up the grill.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Photo by Christina

5. Strawberry Cheesecake in a Jar

Shortcut: No-bake cheesecake mixture.
Top Tip: Spoon strawberry filling between layers of cheesecake for the prettiest presentation. Perfect for shower season.

6. Strawberry Shooters

Shortcut: Canned whipped cream.
Top Tip: Check out the video to see how to scoop out the strawberry core with a melon baller or small measuring spoon.

Strawberry Shooters
Photo by Christina

7. Strawberry Soup a la Kiev

Shortcut: Use frozen instead of fresh strawberries.
Top Tip: Add some mashed strawberries to the purée for more texture.

Strawberry Soup a la Kiev
Photo by lutzflcat

8. Strawberry Graham Cracker Bites

Shortcuts: Canned whipped cream.
Top Tip: Teddy Grahams instead of mini graham crackers crank up the cute factor.

Strawberry Graham Cracker Bites
Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!

9. Strawberry Torte

Shortcut: Packaged ladyfinger cookies.
Top Tip: Add ½ teaspoon almond extract to the cream cheese mixture.

Strawberry Torte
Photo by jillcasey84

10. Strawberry Pie II

Shortcut: Frozen pie crust.
Top Tip: "Paint" the inside of the baked crust with melted chocolate before pouring in the filling to keep the pie from getting soggy.

Strawberry Pie II
Photo by sopenia

11. Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Shortcut: Store-bought angel food cake or pound cake.
Top Tip: To make your own glaze, add 4 or 5 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 cup sugar, and 2 cups boiling water to a 3-ounce box of strawberry gelatin. Cook until thickened.

12. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Pops

Shortcuts: Vanilla sandwich cookies and instant pudding.
Top Tip: Crush cookies instead of blending them until they’re fine crumbs. Reviewers say they like the extra cookie texture.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Pops
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

More: Here are 800+ more ways to make the most of fresh strawberry season.

About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).