12 Deceptively Easy Strawberry Desserts

See how clever shortcuts put you on the fast track for a dozen super-cute 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.

Glazed Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake

Photo by Lindsey

Video: See how to make a Glazed Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake.

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 jrbaker

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 Deb C

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.

Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Photo by pleasantonk

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 CCloves2bake


How to Cut the Core Out of a Strawberry

Most recipes start with cutting the green top off the strawberries. To do this with the least amount of waste, insert a small knife at a 45 degree angle and rotate the strawberry to make a cone-shaped cut around the base of the leaves. Watch Chef John show you how:

How to Core Strawberries

Video by Chef John

From Fresh Strawberry Granita by Chef John

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