Sunday, July 24, 2016

Variations on a Strawberry Shortcake Theme

Summer is the perfect time for fruit desserts...and what fruit dessert says summer more than strawberry shortcake?


Strawberry Shortcake Rice Krispie Treats


2 1/2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1 heaping cup angel food cake squares
2 1/4 cup marshmallows
1 1/2 tbsp. butter
1 cup whipping cream
2-3 tbsp. sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups diced strawberries


In a large microwave safe bowl, melt marshmallows and butter together. Stir in Rice Krispie Cereal and angel food cake squares. It is helpful to spray your spatula or spoon with cooking spray before mixing.

Press into a lightly greased 8x8-inch square pan.

In a stand mix, beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla just until stiff peaks form.

You can either spread the whipping cream over the Rice Krispies and top with diced strawberries (store in the fridge), or you can top individual Rice Krispie squares with a heaping spoonful of whipped cream and top it with fresh strawberries.

Source: Boys Ahoy. You can find it here.

Notes: Adding the whipped cream beforehand changes the texture of the rice crispies (it softens them considerably and if you refrigerate for too long, they will become soggy). If the pan of rice crispies will be eaten right away, I would suggest spreading whipped cream over the whole pan and topping with strawberries. This method would also work best for a pot luck where people will be serving themselves. If this dessert will be eaten little by little, I suggest topping each square with a dollop of whipped cream and strawberries.


Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Treat Bars


4 tablespoons butter
1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
1 (13.5 oz) box Vanilla Chex
1 (1.2 oz) bag freeze-dried strawberries (anywhere from 1 to 1.5 ounces is good if you can't find this particular size from Trader Joe's)


Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside.

Add butter to a very large microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows, then stir to coat and microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until marshmallows are smooth. Immediately add Chex and freeze-dried strawberries. mix until evenly coated. Pour into prepared baking dish, spray cooking spray on your hands, and press into an even layer with your hands. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Recipe notes: Freeze-dried strawberries are not the same as dried strawberries.

Source: Iowa Girl Eats. You can find it here.

Notes: These were addicting. I loved the freeze-dried strawberries in these.

Strawberry Shortcake Muddy Buddies


6 cups Chex cereal
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/4 cup strawberry preserves
2 tbsp. butter
2 cups powdered sugar
Dried strawberries, optional (homemade or store bought)


Combine 1 cup white chocolate chips, strawberry preserves, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. microwave in 30 second increments, stopping to stir, until completely melted and smooth.

Pour melted chocolate over cereal and stir to coat.

Add powdered sugar and shake to coat.

Sprinkle with additional white chocolate chips and dried strawberries, if desired.

Dried Strawberries


Sliced strawberries


Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Slice strawberries thinly and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake in 30 minute increments, rotating pan every 30 minutes, for 2 or more hours. Flip strawberries after 1 hour.

Strawberries should be dry, no longer moist, when done.

Source: Lemon Tree Dwelling. You can find it here.

Notes: These were very tasty. They were a lovely Muddy Buddies variation.

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