Strawberry Fool (Strawberries and Cream)

Strawberry Fool is such an easy strawberry dessert recipe. It’s basically strawberries and cream taken up a notch! Simple, yet delicious!

What is Strawberry Fool?

If you’re looking for a super simple, last minute idea for dessert tonight, this Strawberry Fool is one of the easiest strawberry desserts you could make. I thought I would bump this recipe back up to the top and re-share it.

Essentially, a fool is nothing more than freshly whipped cream with mashed fruit folded in. For this particular recipe, I’ve used strawberries, making this a fancier take on strawberries and cream.

What I love about this easy strawberry dessert is that it really highlights the flavor of the fruit. Plus, it’s 100% all-natural. It’s not quite as rich as ice cream, or as sweet.

Strawberry Fool Ingredients

This strawberries and cream recipe is so easy that any of our kids could make it themselves. It is even easier than making a pan of Homemade Fudgy Brownies, and it definitely makes less mess!

You’ll need four simple ingredients, and I bet you have most of them already.

  • Strawberries
  • Heavy cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
Strawberry Fool Dessert

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How to Make Strawberries and Cream

This whipped cream dessert couldn’t be simpler! You first need to beat chilled whipped cream until it becomes light and fluffy. Place it back in the fridge to chill until you’re ready to use it.

Next, mash the strawberries in a large bowl, along with the sugar and vanilla extract. Spoon the mashed strawberries into the whipped cream and gently fold them in. Reserve some of the mashed berries for serving.

To serve this fruit dessert, spoon some of the cream mixture into serving glasses or dishes, top with some of the remaining mashed strawberries, and add another spoonful or two of the cream and a few sliced strawberries.

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries?

Normally we make this dessert when fresh fruit is plentiful during the summer and fall. But during the winter it can be harder to find quality fresh fruit, so using frozen fruit is perfectly acceptable.

So feel free to turn this into a frozen or fresh strawberry recipe using whichever is on hand.

Tips for Making Strawberry Fool

This recipe is really forgiving. You can change things up according to your preferences or what you have on had. Any type of berry works well, and a blend of berries is really tasty!

You can even add different extracts or make it fancy by adding flavored fruit liqueurs, like Chambord or Grand Marnier.

This recipe for Easy Strawberry Fool is really pretty and colorful if you serve it in individual clear glass parfait dishes or cute jars (I love Weck Jars!).

strawberries and cream in glass dishes

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More Strawberry Desserts:

If you’re craving something a little more refreshing, make a batch of these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles. They’re so easy to make, and kids love them!

These Basil Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits are layered with strawberries soaked in a sweet balsamic and basil syrup, mini almond shortcakes, whipped cream, and sliced almonds.

Need to cool off? This Vanilla Frozen Yogurt is swirled with balsamic roasted strawberries and rhubarb. Bonus: it’s a no-churn recipe!

This No-Bake Mango Lime Cheesecake is topped with a strawberry fruit salsa. It’s tangy and sweet, and oh so delicious!

You’ll be surprised when you learn how easy it is to make this Strawberry Orange Granita at home. It takes just 10 minutes to prep!

What’s your favorite, easy go-to fruit dessert?

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Strawberry Fool

Strawberry Fool

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Strawberry Fool is an easy fruit dessert recipe made with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 2 cups fresh (or frozen) strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few strawberries, sliced, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place chilled heavy cream in a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Beat until light and fluffy, being careful not to overheat.
  3. Set aside or chill until ready to use. (You might need to whisk it or beat it again for a few seconds if you don't use it right away and it separates.)
  4. Place strawberries in a medium bowl.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar and add vanilla extract.
  6. Mash the strawberries, leaving some larger pieces.
  7. Let stand for a few minutes.
  8. Add about half of the mashed strawberries to the whipped cream, folding with a large silicone spatula.
  9. Reserve the remaining strawberries to use when serving.

To serve:

  1. Spoon some of the cream into four serving glasses or dishes, top with some of the remaining mashed strawberries, and another spoonful or two of the cream and a few sliced strawberries.
  2. Serve immediately, or place in fridge to chill until ready to serve.

Notes

Make sure the heavy cream is very cold or it might not whip very well.

Substitute other berries or fruit for the strawberries.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 172 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 45mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 8g Protein: 2g
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by Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson is a freelance writer, recipe developer, food stylist and photographer. She is the author of the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia, where she documents all of the delicious food she makes for the people she loves. Lindsey and her husband, Fred, are the parents of three awesome kids and live in the Mountain West.