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16 strawberry recipes you need to make this spring

Nothing signals spring like a box of juicy, crimson-red strawberries. And while the fruit is always a delight to eat on its own, it's often even better when featured in a cake, ice cream or even as a sweet complement to more savory aspects of a salad or chicken lettuce cups. Here are 16 recipes to save for strawberry season.

Bridget Edwards, Bake at 350

Sugar Cookies Bars with Strawberry Glaze

These chunky, lemon-scented cookie bars are topped with a pastel glaze and, for an extra seasonal touch, sugar-covered flowers.

Frances Largeman-Roth / TODAY

Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Vitamin-rich strawberries, mangoes and beets go into these frozen treats, which can serve as a healthy dessert or post-workout pick-me-up.

RELATED: Popsicles for breakfast? It's possible with these guilt-free superfood ice pops!

Kellie Hemmerly / The Suburban Soapbox

Strawberry Champagne Mojito

This berry-infused twist on the classic Cuban cocktail gets nice and bubbly thanks to a champagne topper.

Brandon Goodwin / TODAY
Al Roker shares a great 'sexy' strawberry shortcake recipe and champagne with a touch of strawberry.

Al's Sexy Strawberry Shortcake

Put in the effort to do the whipped cream and biscuits from scratch and you'll be rewarded with an impressive homemade dessert.

Patty Lee / TODAY

Strawberry-Basil Agua Fresca

Cool down with this refreshing drink, a simple blend of fresh strawberries, basil leaves and lemon juice. To make it party-friendly, you can easily make it boozy with vodka or rum!

Kait Hanson / Communicait

Sinless Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Sate your sweet tooth with these bite-sized confections. They're stuffed with a creamy cheesecake filling that doesn't overwhelm the berry's natural sweetness.

The Preppy Hostess

Strawberry Spring Salad

Strawberries aren't just for desserts! Brighten up a vinaigrette by blending in some of the fruit or add cut-up slices to your favorite leafy salad for a burst of spring flavor.

Aly M. Cleary / Cooking In Stilettos

Easiest Ever Strawberry Jam

Does jamming seem intimidating? This no-fuss recipe, a combination of strawberries, blueberries and touch of citrus, will convince you otherwise.

RELATED: 5 slow-cooker jam recipes

Grace Parisi / TODAY

Strawberry and Cream Stuffed French Toast

There's no sweeter way to start the day than to serve a super-luxe French toast stuffed with strawberry preserves and a gooey cheese of your liking.

Dionne Baldwin

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Use your food processor to blend frozen strawberries, maple syrup and almond milk into an icy treat — no ice cream maker necessary!

Holly Sander / Taste and See

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart

This stunner of a tart features a buttery shortbread crust, followed by layers of luscious mascarpone and lightly-glazed strawberries.

Cheyanne Holzworth-Bany / No Spoon Necessary

Strawberry and Rum Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Just because the weather's getting warmer doesn't mean you have to shelf the slow cooker. Use your crockpot to make a sweet and spicy chicken filling for lightened-up lettuce cups finished with quinoa, goat cheese and crunchy almonds.

Joanie Zisk / ZagLeft

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

Store-bought puff pastry is the key to flaky dessert "sandwiches" filled with a no-bake cheesecake filling and strawberry spread.

Bethany Herwegh

Strawberry-Rhubarb Meringue Pie

The season's power couple of strawberry and rhubarb make for a fine pie filling and this recipe elevates it with a torched meringue topping.

RELATED: 8 ways to get creative with spring asparagus

Erica DeSpain / Whimsical September

Strawberry-Pineapple White Chocolate Cake Balls

Transform pineapple-studded cake into addictive, finger-friendly balls covered in a decadent cream cheese frosting. Pro tip: Stash some in the freezer and you'll have a go-to snack when those dessert cravings come calling.

Seduction in the Kitchen

Fried Strawberry Cheesecake Crepes

If you're a fan of cheesecake, you'll adore this crepe, which takes the sweet-tangy flavors we love and packs them into an elegant meal ender. Oh la la!

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