Plain old fruit platters are so last year. Whether they're covered in chocolate or shaped like roses, our fun strawberry dessert and appetizer ideas look sweet, and they taste even sweeter.

By Zoe Zuidema

Strawberry Roses

What You'll Need

  • Strawberries
  • Wooden skewers
  • Paring knife

How to Make 1. Insert skewer into the stem end of the strawberry. Using a paring knife, cut down about 1 inch from the base of the berry until almost through. Before removing knife, pull back the "petal" to make it stick out.  2. Repeat this process all around the base. 3. Offset the next row of petals to stagger from the first row. Repeat all the way up the berry. 4. If desired, cut off the top 1/4-inch of the strawberry for a more classic rose shape. Mint leaves also can be used as leaves on the bottom.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

What You'll Need

  • Strawberries
  • Paring knife
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Piping bag with large star tip
  • Toppers (optional)

How to Make (makes about 24 large strawberries) 1. Using a paring knife, slice the tops and bottoms off strawberries so they stand. Cut out the center portion. 2. In a small bowl combine 4 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 3. Transfer cheesecake mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large closed-star tip. Pipe filling into berries. If desired, top with graham cracker crumbs, mini chocolate chips, and/or sprinkles.

Sports-Theme Strawberries

What You'll Need

  • Strawberries
  • Sandwich bag or icing bag with small opening
  • Melted white chocolate
  • Red royal icing
  • Melted red candy coating
  • Melted milk chocolate
  • Melted orange candy coating

How to Make: Baseball Dip strawberries in melted white chocolate/candy coating; let dry. Pipe red royal icing or melted red candy coating on sides to resemble a baseball. Football Dip strawberries in milk chocolate/candy coating; let dry. Pipe melted white chocolate/candy coating to resemble the stitching of a football. Basketball Dip strawberries in melted orange candy coating and let dry. Pipe melted chocolate/chocolate candy coating to resemble the lines of a basketball.

Yogurt Strawberries

What You'll Need

  • Strawberries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Granola or toasted almonds

How to Make Dip strawberries in desired flavor of Greek yogurt. Freeze for 1-2 hours until firm. Dip strawberries in Greek yogurt again. Sprinkle with crushed granola or toasted almonds. Freeze for 1-2 hours more.

Strawberry Hearts

What You'll Need

  • Strawberries   
  • Paring knife
  • Toothpick or wooden skewer
  • Wax paper
  • Tray
  • Melted chocolate
  • Strawberries

How to Make 1. Using a paring knife, slice the tops off strawberries and halve them lengthwise. 2. Place berries on a clean work surface, cut sides down and pair them up with the pointed bottoms touching to make a rough heart shape. 3. Secure them together with a toothpick or short skewer. 4. Lay strawberries, cut sides down, on a tray lined with wax paper. 5. Spoon melted chocolate over strawberries; let dry completely. 6. Trim excess chocolate around berries to help define heart shape; remove toothpicks/skewers.

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