15 Deceptively Easy Strawberry Desserts

overhead view of Summer Fruit Galettes recipe made with fresh strawberries and lemon slices
Photo: missablee

Looks can be deceiving. Take these eye-catching strawberry desserts, for example. Each of them is made with clever time-saving shortcut ingredients like ready-made pie crusts and store-bought cakes that put you on the fast track to fruit-filled strawberry desserts. Scroll through and find easy-to-make recipes like strawberry cobbler, no-bake strawberry cheesecake, and strawberry trifle. Now you know what to bring to your next picnic, potluck, or party

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Strawberry Pie II

a fresh strawberry pie with whole berries in a shiny glaze

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.

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Glazed Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake

Glazed Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake

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

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Strawberry Kiwi Tartlets

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?

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Strawberry Napoleons

Shortcuts: Frozen puff pastry and vanilla pudding.
Top Tips: Use lemon pudding and homemade whipped cream for the filling instead of frozen whipped topping.

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Strawberry Shooters

Strawberry Shooters
Deb C

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.

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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.

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Strawberry Soup a la Kiev

Strawberry Soup a la Kiev

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

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Strawberry Graham Cracker Bites

Strawberry Graham Cracker Bites
Kim's Cooking Now

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

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Summer Fruit Galettes

overhead view of Summer Fruit Galettes recipe made with fresh strawberries and lemon slices

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.

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Strawberry Torte

Side view of homemade Strawberry Torte recipe with ladyfinger sponge and strawberry filling

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

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Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Strawberry Angel Food Dessert
Carolyn Weaver Veliz

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.

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Pops

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Pops
Allrecipes Magazine

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.

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Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

square slice of Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad garnished with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry
Meredith Food Studios

Shortcuts: Jell-O, frozen whipped topping.
Top Tip: Double the Jell-O to make it proportional to the amount of cream cheese.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

plate of chocolate covered strawberries decorated with pink, red, and white mini candy heart sprinkles
My Hot Southern Mess

Shortcut: Milk chocolate chips.
Top Tip: Heat until only half of the chocolate is melted, then remove from heat and stir gently until it is all melted.

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Southern-Style Strawberry Cobbler

Southern-Style Strawberry Cobbler

Shortcut: Refrigerated crescent rolls.
Top Tip: Even if 3 tbsp. of butter seems like too much for the recipe while you're cooking, be sure to use it all.

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