Valentine's Day Treats ~ Strawberry Desserts Sure to Please!

If you are still looking for that perfect strawberry treat to serve on Valentine's Day & you want to venture past the traditional chocolate dipped strawberries... Maybe some of these treats might inspire you.  I make these easy, elegant desserts whenever there are strawberries available.  They would be perfect to share with the one(s) you love.... 

Strawberry Shortcake with Crème de Cassis, topped with Whipped Cream & shaved Dark Chocolate

Elegant Strawberry Shortcake
That just sounds sooo good, doesn't it?  But when you break it down into it's parts, it really is pretty simple & straight forward.  Use a pretty wine glass & doll it up a bit ~ and you've got a fancy dessert, in no time flat!

I used Twinkies (yup, Twinkies - when you have a 7 year old, you have Twinkies around from time to time) as the shortcake layer.  I just sliced them into rounds & layered them around the glass. Then I filled the inside with sliced strawberries that had been tossed with a bit of sugar & Crème de Cassis. I poured a bit more  Crème de Cassis around the glass so the Twinkie was nicely soaked, but not too much.  Then just topped with whipped cream, a little bit of Twinkie cut into wedges & shaved dark chocolate (from J's stash of candy)  All done in about 5 minutes, 10 if you count cutting/sugering the strawberries.  If you want this for the kids, just omit the Crème de Cassis & use some of your favorite sweet fruit juice.

Strawberries with Cannoli Creme
Strawberries w/Grand Marnier, Cannoli Creme & Chocolate
Another dessert made in a pretty wine glass.  I think any dessert always looks more special in a wine glass.  Slice the strawberries, mix with a bit of sugar & Grand Marnier. (or sweet orange juice) I make the Cannoli creme by mixing some light cream cheese, yogurt, a little sugar & Grand Marnier. (or sweet orange juice) Add chocolate chips. Excellent!

Balsamic Strawberries

Balsamic Strawberries

Who would have thought strawberries & vinegar would pair up so well, but they really do.  Give this a try if you are looking for a sophisticated spin on almost naked berries. So easy to make ~ Sprinkle one pound of sliced strawberries with a tablespoon of sugar & stir. Leave for 15 minutes, then drizzle on a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar & stir. Wait an hour & then serve it in a ~ you guessed it ~ wine glass.

Chocolate Pudding Parfait w/Strawberries

Chocolate Pudding Parfait with Strawberries

For the young or young at heart, here is a fun little dessert.  Just take a chocolate pudding cup, sliced strawberries that have been sprinkled with sugar, some crumbled cookies & whipped cream.  Assemble in a pretty dish or glass.


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