For the Foodies: The Best Sweet and Savory Treats for National Strawberry Month

Isabella Hewitt, Multimedia Photo Editor

Not only does May signal the end of spring and the arrival of summer, it also marks National Strawberry Month. The fruit is the perfect mix of both seasons and melds fresh and tart flavors. Below, find a list of strawberry treats and recipes one can make to commemorate the month:

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts are the perfect combination of sweet and tart. The recipe calls for: 1 x 7 grams of sachet dried yeast, 85 grams of caster sugar and an extra 11/2 cups (330 grams), ⅓  cups (80ml) of lukewarm milk, 22/3 cups (400 grams) of plain flour, 3 egg yolks, 60 grams of unsalted softened butter, 160 grams of cream cheese (softened), 100 grams of sour cream at room temperature, 11/2 tablespoons of icing sugar (sifted), 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste, 250 grams of strawberries (hulled and coarsely grated) and sunflower oil to deep-fry and freeze-dried strawberries (optional). For cooking steps, click the link attached to the name of the treat.

Strawberry Rice Krispies

With the perfect ratio of crunch to sweetness, these Krispies are easy to make and put a fun twist on the beloved Rice Krispie treats. The ingredients include Rice Krispies cereal, 7.5 ounces of Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff, a ½ cup of sliced, freeze-dried strawberries, butter, a small pinch of salt and a nine-inch bread loaf pan. To read the baking steps, click the link that leads to the “Dessert for Two” recipe. 

Strawberry Shortbread Cookie

Strawberry shortbread cookies are a more uncommon type of cookie that makes for a sweet, simple, mouth-watering snack. The cookie dough recipe calls for cooking spray, 3⁄4 cups chopped strawberries, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 2 cups of all-purpose flour, ½  teaspoon of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Filling ingredients: 4 tablespoons of softened cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar and the zest of 1 lemon. 

Strawberry Crunch Cake

A homemade and crunchy twist on the regular store-bought strawberry cake, strawberry crunch cake tastes like summer. This baked cake calls for 1 box vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients called for on the box, 1 box strawberry cake mix, plus ingredients called for on the box. Ingredients for frosting: 1 1/2 cup butter (softened), 6 cups powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract and 6 tablespoons of heavy cream. Ingredients for the strawberry crunch: 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries, 1/2 box crushed Nilla Wafers, 3 tablespoons melted butter and fresh strawberries. Click the link above to view the full recipe.