The only thing better than a basket of fresh-picked strawberries is homemade pie, cake, or pavlova bursting with them.

By Betty Gold
Updated July 05, 2019
Iuliia Kanivets

Strawberries peak from mid-June to mid-July, making them the perfect addition to summer desserts. When it comes to picking the best berry, farmers say it’s actually up to your personal taste preferences: smaller strawberries will be more tart, while the bigger ones will be sweeter. Similarly, lighter-colored berries are more sour than darker shades. Most markets and farm stands will let you try one if you ask nicely so you can learn what type of berry you prefer. Pick up a pint (or two or three) at your local farmers market, then get ready to serve up something sweet.

Kelsey Hansen

Have you ever roasted or broiled strawberries? It brings out their natural sweetness and softens them to an almost spoonable consistency. We used the technique to add flavor to our whole wheat clafoutis, which is a sweet addition to any summer menu.

Get the recipe: Honey Whole Wheat Clafoutis

Danny Kim

An easy strawberry pavlova showcases the season’s finest berries. This delicious rendition gets topped with a mixture of whipped cream and creme fraiche so it’s not too sweet, which makes for the perfect counterpoint to the sugary meringue and strawberries.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Pavlova

Johnny Miller

Tart cranberries mellow sweet strawberries in this summer-meets-fall pie. And since frozen fruit is usually picked at peak freshness, you can get good quality strawberries and cranberries at the same time, despite their different growing seasons. Add a classic crumb topping spiced with cinnamon and ginger and you’ve got a pie that’s vaguely muffin-y, in all the best ways. Cleaning tip: With so much fruit it’s possible the juices will bubble over the crust. For easy cleanup, line a sheet tray with aluminum foil and set the pie plate on top before baking.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-Strawberry Crumb Pie

Victor Protasio

To balance this strawberry jam we added apple cider vinegar for a craveable type of tartness. Spread it on a baguette or on toast, spoon it over ice cream or yogurt, or eat it straight from the spoon—it’s that good.

Get the recipe: Quick Strawberry-Cider Jam

Caitlin Bensel

These adorable meringues are crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside—and dusted with a pretty dried fruit powder. Package them in sets of two, because we guarantee everyone will want more than one. Though they are made with eggs, they are gluten, dairy, soy, and nut free.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Dusted Meringues

Samantha Seneviratne

Roasting the strawberries releases some of the excess moisture and concentrates the flavor of the fruit. No ice cream maker required!

Get the recipe: No Churn Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

Grant Cornett

Made with flaxseed meal, low-fat yogurt, and strawberries, this rich and creamy drink is a healthy choice for breakfast or as a snack. If you need more servings of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, this sweet smoothie is one way to get them, thanks to flaxseed meal. You can add flax to any smoothie recipe, actually. Just make sure it’s flaxseed meal, not flax seeds. The seeds need to be ground up so you can get the most nutritional benefit.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Flax Smoothie

Jen Causey

Overnight oats are a lifesaver for anyone with a busy schedule. Make this tonight, then grab it from the fridge tomorrow on your way out the door.

Get the recipe: Overnight Oats With Strawberries and Toasted Almonds

Frances Janisch

Rather than family-style strawberry shortcake, serve this single-serve showstopper for dessert. In high summer, feel free to toss in raspberries or blueberries. The real beauty, though? You soak the strawberries in sugar before layering the cake, fruit, and cream, so even mid-winter, less-than-perfect berries shine.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Shortcake

Anna Williams

Combine fresh strawberries with vanilla ice cream to create a deliciously fruity ice cream cake.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

J Muckle

Making a simple homemade jam—with strawberry's best buddy rhubarb—for these crumb bars keeps the sugar in check and helps the real fruit flavor shine through. The key to getting the decadent, shortbread-style crust just right? Chilled, high-quality unsalted butter—and lots of it.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Christopher Baker

Turn your strawberries into liquid gold with this refreshing summer drink. It requires just three ingredients and takes five minutes to make.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Lemonade

Marcus Nilsson

Dessert should please everyone, which is why this treat combines three summer favorites: sweet fruit, cornbread, and cake.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Almond Cornmeal Cake