Cases of ruby red strawberries crowding fruit stands are a surefire sign of summer. It’s time for pies! And shortcakes! And ice cream! We’ve been patiently waiting all year for summer fruit to return, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up 14 of our best strawberry recipes.
1) Strawberries & Cream Scones
These scones have strawberry purée in the batter and are studded with diced jewel-toned berries too. Rather than a thick, icing-like glaze made with confectioners’ sugar, this recipe calls for a topping of granulated sugar mixed with vanilla and water to create a crunchy, sugar-crusted finish. (For a quick and easy shortcut, make it with this mix.)
Get the recipe: Strawberries & Cream Scones
2) Cornmeal and Ricotta Cake with Fresh Berries
Cornmeal, citrus zest, and ricotta make a light, not-too-sweet cake base that showcases the vibrancy and sweetness of summer strawberries. Return to this recipe after strawberry season — it works beautifully with blueberries and raspberries, too!
Get the recipe: Cornmeal and Ricotta Cake with Fresh Berries
3) Strawberry Coffee Cake with Matcha Filling
Based on our Recipe of the Year format of ultra-tender coffee cake and crispy crumbs, this recipe variation has a hidden layer of roasted strawberries beneath the streusel. Plus, a ribbon of earthy matcha filling perfectly complements the berries’ sweetness.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Coffee Cake with Matcha Filling
4) Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
This mash-up of cupcakes and cheesecake features a luscious cream cheese filling and frosting accented with streaks of fresh strawberry reduction. A final dusting of graham cracker crumbs and halved strawberry garnish really hit the cheesecake theme home.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
5) Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes
Summer brings the classic duo of sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb. In these personal-sized galettes, the option of rye puff pastry gives the flaky crust an added layer of nuttiness while sparking sugar adds a crunchy yet delicate texture.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes
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6) Strawberry Cake
A whole pound of diced strawberries goes into this incredibly moist cake and its icing. There are plenty of strawberry cake recipes out there, but this one has a genius secret ingredient to intensify the flavor: strawberry-flavored gelatin.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Cake
7) Fast Summer Berry Pie
When you want to bake a berry pie ASAP, turn to Melted Butter Pie Crust to speed up the process. Rather than rolling out pie crust, you mix melted butter with the dry ingredients and press it into a pan. Cook down your berries for the filling, and you have the perfect summer pie in just two hours.
Get the recipe: Fast Summer Berry Pie
8) Strawberry Bostock
Give your stale slices of milk bread a glow-up with frangipane and strawberries. Almond flour and almond extract are the key ingredients in the homemade almond cream, which gets spread across each slice of bread. Top with macerated strawberries and bake for a dreamy, almost tart-like confection.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Bostock
9) Strawberry Shortcake
We couldn’t round up our favorite strawberry desserts without mentioning shortcake, perhaps the most iconic of the canon. Mile-high flaky biscuits, homemade whipped cream, and juicy strawberries at their peak will always be a winning trio.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Shortcake
10) Strawberry Ice Cream
Look no further: This is the only strawberry ice cream recipe you need. (If you don’t believe me, look to the reviewer who made this four times at the start of summer.) Pro tip: Soaking the strawberries in a high-proof liquor prevents them from becoming unpleasantly icy once frozen.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Ice Cream
11) Super-Simple Strawberry Cake
Macerated strawberries are the star of this elegant single-layer snacking cake. Sour cream gives the cake a subtle tanginess, and a touch of nutmeg evokes memories of old-fashioned doughnuts. A swoop of sour cream whip makes this summery cake extra special.
Get the recipe: Super-Simple Strawberry Cake
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12) Warm Strawberry Puff
This fluffy, soufflé-like pancake makes a delightful weekend breakfast. Fresh strawberries turned into a quick jam take center stage here, and a spoonful of crème fraîche is the only adornment it needs.
Get the recipe: Warm Strawberry Puff
13) The Simplest Strawberry Tart
This tart starts with a nutty rye crust to complement its sweet fillings, specifically: sugar-sweetened mascarpone cheese, dollops of strawberry jam, and ruby-red strawberries shingled over the whole tart.
Get the recipe: The Simplest Strawberry Tart
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14) Lemon-Ginger Strawberry Pie
A whopping six cups of strawberries are the foundation of this filling, while a heavy dose of ginger and lemon slices add tartness and unexpected (but very welcome) spice.
Get the recipe: Lemon-Ginger Strawberry Pie
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Cover photo (Super-Simple Strawberry Cake) by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne; prop styling by Brooke Deonarine.