Simple Strawberry Dessert

Oooh, doesn't that look WONderful? It was, too! Past tense, it didn't last long. My family swooped down on this simple strawberry dessert and carried it away. Leaving nothing, NOTHING behind but these photographs.


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • powdered sugar for garnish

First, either the day before or the morning of the day you want to eat this, prepare the strawberries. Remove the green tops and rinse with cold water. Depending on their size, slice the strawberries in half or thirds. Place into a medium bowl, sprinkle with a 1/4 cup of sugar, toss lightly, cover and refrigerate.

While you're in the prep mode, get out your electric mixer and a large bowl. Whip together the whipping cream, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Start on a medium speed for a minute then increase to high speed whipping for another 2 minutes or so, until it forms soft peaks. Over whipping will churn the cream into butter, not good for this recipe. Transfer to a plastic freezer container and store in the frig for now. After this dessert, you'll have extra whipped cream for hot chocolate or some other treat, so store the rest in the freezer

Now for the pastry. I prepared it before I started supper. Heat the oven according to the directions on the pastry package.

On a cool surface dusted with powdered sugar, roll out and smooth one pastry sheet then cut it into nine squares. Place squares on a cookie sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray (very important). Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or however long the package directs. Allow to cool a couple a minutes, then move to dessert plates.

Top pastry with strawberries and whipped cream, then drizzle a little liquid from the strawberry bowl over the top. You are ready to eat!

Warning: While preparing this dessert, fingers large and small will come out of no where swooping and dipping into the homemade whipped cream. Strawberries will disappear and red streaks will mysteriously appear in the whipped cream. This phenomenon may occur in your home.

  • Andy

    That does look amazing! I like that it is so easy too – not many ingredients needed. Strawberries might be my favorite fruit.

  • Jill

    I’m thinking that next time, I may use frozen strawberries and cook them in a small pan to make a soft jelly topping. Then make a glaze with powdered sugar and drizzle it on top, and create a warm dessert to go with a cup of coffee or hot tea.

    doesn’t that sound good too?

  • Joy

    Oh wow. Makes me want to have dessert now. I love that it’s easy to make. I have to make that soon!

  • Charles McKeever

    These were a lot better than I expected them to be. They were a lot like sopapillas, but not as puffy. I definitely didn’t feel guilty eating them :)

  • Jill McKeever

    Hi Joy!
    This recipe has steps to it, but all of them are super simple.

    I have very few recipes that are complicated. And very few times that I make them. I love simple, healthy meals that can be turned over in a reasonable amount of time.

    BTW – I LOVE your writing style on your blog

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    Jill, this looks to die for and actually easy enough to do on a busy weeknight!

    BTW, that spam protection addition problem I have do? I can’t believe this, but sometimes I have to stop and think for a minute. I feel pretty stupid! :) (I was an English major…not math.)

  • Jill

    Hi Francie! I pulled off this recipe on a Tuesday night. So there ya have it.

    I’m sorry about the mathematical spam protection, but it’s VERY important for the quality of this site to have it.

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  • gina

    yum! I wish I could reach out and have one now!

    • Jill

      I hear ya! I’m patiently waiting for the local strawberries to come our Main Street Farmers’ Market.

  • Healthy Desserts

    Hey, that is a great recipe. Strawberry can surely be a good dessert option. WIll surely try this at home. :) Thanks !

  • Jill

    Thank you for the link-love, Martha!

    • Jill

      YEAAH! You’re welcome, Priyanka!

  • Marsha Thalin

    Made these for a wedding and they were FANTASTIC. Everyone just raved about them. Thanks.