20 Strawberry Dessert Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Who doesn't love a good dessert? Of course, chocolate is often the star of the sugar show. But for this recipe round-up, chocolate's lesser-appreciated buddy, the strawberry, takes center stage. There's a good chance you've eaten a strawberry or two in your day. Perhaps you've added some to a bowl of oatmeal, eaten them in a fruit salad, or enjoyed strawberry jelly in a PB&J. But why not get to know their sweetest side, dessert, a bit better?

Here you'll find traditional and creative recipes alike. Some utilize fresh strawberries, strawberry Jell-O, or strawberry sauces. Certain classic creations, like strawberry shortcake, might take you back to your childhood and simpler times when looking forward to dessert was the highlight of your day. If your heart desires a simple-to-make treat for Valentine's Day or another romantic evening with your significant other, you'll find it here. Adding to your culinary repertoire with a recipe like Eton mess – which maybe you've never even heard of before – could up your dessert game significantly.

So, what are you waiting for? Whether they come from a grocery store or – even better – the farmer's market, scoop up plenty of fresh strawberries. You're sure to need them after being inspired by these 20 satisfying dessert recipes.

1. Easy Strawberry Dessert Pizza

Everyone loves dessert and everyone loves pizza, so what more beloved creation could there be than this strawberry dessert pizza? Recipe developer Kristen Carli came up with this sweet idea. It uses bake-and-break sugar cookie dough for the "crust" of the pizza, whipped – the consistency is very important – cream cheese for the "sauce," and sliced strawberries for the "toppings." Carli walks you through how to bake the cookies and assemble the pizza, which is sure to please everyone at your dessert table.

Recipe: Easy Strawberry Dessert Pizza

2. 3-Ingredient Strawberry Icebox Cake

If you can layer whipped topping, graham crackers, and sliced strawberries in a baking dish, you can make this easy three-ingredient strawberry icebox cake. All it takes is an ample amount of each ingredient, 10 minutes to prep, and four hours for the icebox cake to chill in the fridge before slicing. Given the amount of time it has to sit in the fridge, recipe developer Jaime Bachtell-Shelbert calls this "the perfect make-ahead dessert" for any party, get-together, or even to top off a weeknight meal.

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Strawberry Icebox Cake

3. Traditional Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is one of those all-American desserts that's right up there with quintessential favorites like apple pie and chocolate cake. Thanks to recipe developer Angela Latimer, you can now make a traditional strawberry shortcake for your friends and family in a snap. The recipe shows you how to make the biscuits and whipped cream from scratch, and tells you how to slice the strawberries and top them with lemon juice and sugar to achieve overall delicious perfection.

Recipe: Traditional Strawberry Shortcake

4. Easy Eton Mess

Eton mess is a classic British dessert, but that doesn't mean those of us here across the pond can't also enjoy it with some help from recipe developer Ting Dalton. Dalton uses ready-made meringue nests for this Eton mess recipe, but notes if you're feeling ambitious, you can also make your own meringues. After cutting up your meringue and strawberries, mix together the heavy cream and powdered sugar, make the strawberry sauce, then mix it all together. The results will look a little, err, messy, but that's the beauty of an Eton mess!

Recipe: Easy Eton Mess

5. Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries

Looking for a more nutritious twist on chocolate-covered strawberries? Check out this recipe for Greek yogurt-covered strawberries from recipe developer Kit Hondrum. Hondrum explains how to dip the strawberries so they're perfectly coated. Then you'll line them up on a baking sheet and freeze the berries for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, melt some chocolate – Hondrum uses a Lindt 70% dark chocolate bar – to drizzle over the strawberries. Keep the finished yogurt-dipped strawberries in the freezer until about 30 minutes before you want to serve them.

Recipe: Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries

6. Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

These mini strawberry cheesecake bites have a crunchy graham cracker crust and delicious cheesecake center and are topped with a strawberry slice for the perfect addition of a little tartness. Making these babies is as simple as blending the graham cracker for the crust, mixing together the cheesecake ingredients, and then assembling the poppable bites in a lined mini muffin tin. After baking, top with a strawberry slice and enjoy. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn says they're ideal for a party or gathering, but we won't judge if you want to make a batch just for yourself, too.

Recipe: Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

7. Easy Mini Jell-O Parfait

What better way to enjoy strawberry Jell-O than with a little Cool Whip and some fresh pieces of strawberries? These mini Jell-O parfaits are as yummy as they are adorable, thanks to directions from recipe developer Capozzoli, who tells you how to create each perfectly distinct layer of the parfait in a hunger-inducing display of colorful magic. Capozzoli notes this is a great make-ahead dessert that you can prepare ahead of time for a party or at the beginning of the week so you have a nightly treat waiting for you at home after work.

Recipe: Easy Mini Jell-O Parfait

8. Copycat Shoney's Strawberry Pie

Frequent diners at Shoney's love the restaurant for its fried chicken and country-fried steak, but another hit menu item is Shoney's strawberry pie, which, thanks to recipe developer Susan Olayinka, you can now make yourself. You'll use a pre-made pie crust, which you'll fill with sliced strawberries and pour in the strawberry Jell-O mixture, being sure you've allowed it to cool beforehand. Olayinka says five hours should be enough time for the pie to set, then top it with a little whipped cream and serve!

Recipe: Copycat Shoney's Strawberry Pie

9. Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

Popsicles are a refreshing summertime treat, and it's super fun and simple to make your own, but just filling molds with juices gets a little boring. Enter: this recipe for strawberry smoothie popsicles, which combines fresh strawberries and Greek yogurt to create a healthy snack or sweet treat to enjoy after a heavy meal. To prepare, you'll cut up the strawberries, mix together some yogurt and milk, then pour everything into a blender. Portion the mixture into popsicle molds and pop them into the freezer for six hours before enjoying.

Recipe: Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

10. No-Bake Banana Split Cake

When it comes to fruit, while this dessert is banana-based, it also contains plenty of fresh strawberries to add some tartness and make it reminiscent of a traditional banana split recipe in terms of toppings. This creative recipe comes from recipe developer Jaime Bachtell-Shelbert, who pulled out all the stops to invent what is sure to become a staple in your dessert rotation. To make, you'll prepare a graham cracker crust, mix together a cream cheese filling, layer the fruit, then top with Cool Whip, maraschino cherries, and a chocolate drizzle.

Recipe: No-Bake Banana Split Cake

11. Strawberry Hot Chocolate

Perfect for chilly winter evenings when you crave just a bit of chocolate after a decadent dinner, strawberry hot chocolate offers a twist on the classic drink you probably remember from childhood, one filled with plenty of mini marshmallows and a rich chocolatey taste. You'll make a chocolate mixture from cocoa powder and sugar, then add pureed strawberries to the mixture for extra flavor. Recipe developer Petar Marshall recommends garnishing with marshmallows and some festive sprinkles.

Recipe: Strawberry Hot Chocolate

12. Easy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-covered strawberries may seem like an intimidating dessert to make, but rest assured, our recipe is fairly simple thanks to recipe developer Molly Allen who prepares this version with just two ingredients. Allen uses semi-sweet baker's chocolate for this recipe but notes you could also use white chocolate and/or add toppings like crushed nuts, Oreo crumbles, or sprinkles. The key to success here is to make sure there isn't any excess chocolate on the strawberries after dipping by making sure the extra chocolate drips off completely or removing it with a spatula.

Recipe: Easy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

13. 5-Ingredient Strawberry Shortcake

Recipe developer Jessica Morone says this is a great strawberry shortcake recipe that's quick and easy, making it perfect for a weeknight dessert. The five simple ingredients include a can of buttermilk biscuits, granulated sugar, fresh strawberries, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. To sweeten up the biscuits, you'll roll them in the sugar before baking. Making this homemade whipped cream is easier than you think when you follow Morone's instructions. Then all that's left to do is slice the strawberries and complete this feat of fruity, flaky greatness.

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Strawberry Shortcake

14. Easy Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake

This awesome dessert is served in, you guessed it, a punch bowl, and consists of plenty of fresh strawberries, angel food cake, homemade whipped cream, and vanilla pudding. That's it! Recipe developer Melissa Olivieri provides suggestions on how to make this recipe dairy-free but warns it could alter the taste. If you'd like, you can scoop the individual servings out of the punch bowl and serve them in individual parfait dishes for an elegant presentation.

Recipe: Easy Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake

15. Simple Strawberry Santas

Nothing says Christmas like Santa Claus, and these simple strawberry Santas are the perfect way to add some color to your dessert table and a little variety from the many Christmas cookies you're sure to have prepared. These adorable little guys can be made in just 15 minutes and are sure to bring joy to your guests – especially the kiddos – well after your event. You'll slice the strawberries in a specific fashion, being sure to save the ends for the hats, add whipped cream, then sprinkles for the eyes. Ho-ho-ho!

Recipe: Simple Strawberry Santas

16. Nutella-Stuffed Strawberries

What's better than the combination of the creamy hazelnut flavor of Nutella and fresh, tart strawberries? Not much, that's why we love this recipe from recipe developer Jaime Bachtell-Shelbert, who walks you through how to hollow out the strawberries, add the Nutella from a piping bag, and then dip the ends in chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. You'll only need to put the finished strawberries in the fridge for about 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden before adding these Nutella-stuffed strawberries to your dessert table.

Recipe: Nutella-Stuffed Strawberries

17. Strawberry Cake

This strawberry cake recipe from recipe developer Molly Allen may look complicated at first with a somewhat lengthy list of ingredients, but it can be made in less than an hour and will certainly impress the dessert-lovers among your friends and family. The recipe calls for fresh strawberries to avoid an artificial flavor and includes vanilla cake, Funfetti, sprinkles, and a strawberry glaze drizzle to make it extra fun and tasty. The shape created by the Bundt pan makes the cake appear extra elegant.

Recipe: Strawberry Cake

18. Sweet and Tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

You know this strawberry rhubarb pie recipe has to be good because recipe developer Mackenzie Ryan says, "Pie is my favorite dessert!" So she's sure to have put a lot of effort into this one. You're going to want to snatch up some rhubarb when it's in season, usually April to June, but this will vary by area. Ryan covers how to mix together the rhubarb and strawberry filling and assemble the pie, including how to create the lattice.

Recipe: Sweet and Tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

19. Charity Morgan's Vegan Strawberry-Orange Shortcake

Your vegan friends and fam will love you for thinking of them when you serve this vegan strawberry-orange shortcake at your next get-together. This recipe is from chef Charity Morgan, who wrote a vegan cookbook full of over one hundred recipes. The three main parts are Morgan's Butta Biscuits, orange coco chip, and macerated strawberries, all of which Morgan carefully shows you how to prepare. Making the recipe from start to finish will take some time, about 1 hour and 20 minutes, but the recipe yields eight shortcakes to share with your loved ones.

Recipe: Charity Morgan's Vegan Strawberry-Orange Shortcake

20. Old-Fashioned Jell-O Poke Cake

This old-fashioned Jell-O poke cake is super easy to make and "very forgiving" says recipe developer Erin Johnson, so feel free to follow the recipe to a T or make some desired changes. In any case, this is a classic dessert that involves making a cake from a store-bought mix, poking holes in it, pouring in Jell-O – in this case, we used strawberry-flavored Jell-O – and then cooking and topping with Cool Whip when it comes out of the oven. Yum!

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Jell-O Poke Cake