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16 strawberry recipes you need to make this spring

by Patty Lee /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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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.

Sugar Cookies Bars with Strawberry Glaze

Sugar Cookie Bars with Strawberry Glaze
Bridget Edwards, Bake at 350

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

Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Strawberry Mango Popsicles
Frances Largeman-Roth / TODAY

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

Strawberry Champagne Mojito

Strawberry Champagne Mojito by TODAY Food Club member The Suburban Soapbox
Kellie Hemmerly / The Suburban Soapbox

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

Al's Sexy Strawberry Shortcake

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

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

Strawberry-Basil Agua Fresca

Giada de Laurentiis makes strawberry-basil agua fresca in Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival
Patty Lee / TODAY

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!

Sinless Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Sinless Strawberry Cheesecake Bites by TODAY Food Club member Kait Hanson
Kait Hanson / Communicait

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.

Strawberry Spring Salad

Strawberry spring salad by TODAY Food Club member The Preppy Hostess
The Preppy Hostess

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.

Easiest Ever Strawberry Jam

Easiest Ever Strawberry Jam by TODAY Food Club member Cooking In Stilettos
Aly M. Cleary / Cooking In Stilettos

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

Strawberry and Cream Stuffed French Toast

Strawberry and Cream Stuffed French Toast
Grace Parisi / TODAY

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.

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream by TODAY Food Club member Dionne Baldwin
Dionne Baldwin

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

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart

Strawberry mascarpone tart by TODAY Food Club member Holly Sander
Holly Sander / Taste and See

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

Strawberry and Rum Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Strawberry & Rum Chicken Lettuce Wraps by TODAY Food Club member Cheyanne Holzworth-Bany
Cheyanne Holzworth-Bany / No Spoon Necessary

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.

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs

Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs by TODAY Food Club member Joanie Zisk
Joanie Zisk / ZagLeft

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

Strawberry-Rhubarb Meringue Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Pie by TODAY Food Club member Bethany Herwegh
Bethany Herwegh

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.

Strawberry-Pineapple White Chocolate Cake Balls

Strawberry Pineapple White Chocolate Cake Balls by TODAY Food Club member Whimsical September
Erica DeSpain / Whimsical September

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.

Fried Strawberry Cheesecake Crepes

Fried strawberry cheesecake crepe by TODAY Food Club member Seduction in the Kitchen
Seduction in the Kitchen

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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This post was originally published Apr. 6, 2016.

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