Each spring, the strawberries are among the first fruits to ripen. The fruit has been cultivated around the world for its flavor and aroma since the 17th century. Today, we use strawberries for everything from flavoring foods like preserves and milkshakes to using their pleasant smell in hand lotions and lip gloss.
Since May is National Strawberry Month, we’re sharing recipes for our favorite simple strawberry desserts to celebrate. We’ll let you celebrate with us – just pick one of these delightful dishes and start tantalizing the taste buds of your dinner guests.
Double Chocolate Strawberry Brownies
If you crave chocolate to go with your chocolate, this treat is for you. It doesn’t take many ingredients and it looks so pretty you can serve it for fancy occasions.
What you need:
- One package of your favorite brownie mix (and all the ingredients)
- 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, cut in half
- 2 ⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy cream
Bake your favorite brownie mix the way you always do. We suggest using parchment paper to line the pan and using an 8 x 8-inch dish. Let the brownies cool completely in the pan. Then, create a layer of strawberries across the top of the brownies, cut side down against the brownies.
Place all the chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl. Heat the heavy cream on the stove in a small pan over medium heat. Once the cream begins to have bubbles breaking the surface around the edges, turn off the heat. Add the hot cream to the bowl with the chocolate chips and let sit for five minutes. Take a whisk and combine until smooth.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the strawberry layer and refrigerate for 15 minutes or so until the chocolate layer has set. Serve cold.
Simple Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
You don’t need any special equipment to make this no-churn ice cream. A stand mixer helps, but isn’t required – you can use a hand mixer too.
What you need:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 2+ cups strawberries
- 1 cup chopped angel food cake
Use the whisk attachment on your mixer to beat the heavy cream in a bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold in the other ingredients. Transfer mixture into a loaf pan or shallow serving bowl. Top with some additional strawberries and any cake pieces leftover.
Freeze until firm, usually takes about five hours. Remove from freezer and serve in your choice of fancy dish, ice cream cone, or waffle bowl.
Strawberries S’mores Style
You’ve got the freedom to create your own perfect concoction with this recipe idea. If you want to add to it, the sky is the limit.
What you need:
- 24 whole, fresh strawberries
- 1 cup marshmallow fluff
- 24 cinnamon cracker pieces
- Kabob-style skewer
Use a small heat safe bowl to heat marshmallow fluff until melted, it only takes five to eight seconds. Use the skewer to pierce the strawberry and dip it in the fluff. Roast the marshmallow end over a flame (you can use a stove or a candle) until toasted. Place each strawberry on a cinnamon cracker and top with the toasted marshmallow fluff.
Add chocolate squares or drizzle chocolate syrup if you want it to taste more like a traditional s’more. Let your creativity take over and have fun.
Celebrate Strawberry Month
No matter if you choose to enjoy one of these desserts, a milkshake, or to simply add strawberries to your morning cereal, remember that you’re celebrating and add a smile to your meal. If you’re looking for an effortless way to get your groceries delivered for your celebration, look no farther than Instacart. You’ll have all you need to start the celebration in no time.