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Any April Fool’s jokes will be forgiven if you feed your family this delightfully creamy and tasty No-Bake Strawberry Fool for dessert.

No-Bake Strawberry Fool in a glass parfait dish

No-Bake Strawberry Fool for April Fool’s Day

Instead of making meatloaf topped with mashed potatoes that looks like cupcakes or some other food trickery for April Fool’s Day, I took my contribution to this Sunday Supper event in another, more literal, direction.

What is a Fool?

I’d heard my mother-in-law talk about “fools,” meaning a dessert made of berries mixed into whipped cream, a dessert that dates way back to 16th century England. Seemingly easy, the appeal and appropriateness of a no-bake strawberry fool for this day was too great to ignore.

No-Bake Strawberry Fool in small martini glasses on a white tray

How to Make a Fool Dessert

Light and creamy and redolent of ripe berries, this strawberry fool was a simple to make, yet elegant dessert.

  • Diced berries were simmered with sugar to soften, then a little lemon zest and juice was added to balance the sweet and provide some complexity to the flavor.
  • This mixture was chilled then gently folded into whipped cream. Easy as can be.
  • I made four smallish servings, but you can double the recipe if you have a hungry crowd. A hit with my family; I know it will be with yours!
No-Bake Strawberry Fool

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Strawberry Fool in a glass dish with a spoonful removed
No-Bake Strawberry Fool - A simple and elegant dessert

No-Bake Strawberry Fool

This light and creamy berry dessert is perfect for spring! Adapted from

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 6 ounces strawberries, hulled and medium diced
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • Fresh strawberries and mint to garnish, optional


  1. ounces strawberries, hulled and medium diced
  2. /4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. pinch of salt
  4. /4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  5. /4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. /2 cup heavy cream
  7. /4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  8. Fresh strawberries and mint to garnish, optional
  9. In a saucepan, cook the diced strawberries, sugar and salt, stirring occasionally till mixture starts to simmer. Add zest and lemon juice and bring to boil. Cook for two minutes, then remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature, then chill till cold.
  10. When berries are cold, whip cream till soft peaks form. Add vanilla and sugar and beat till stiff peaks form.
  11. Remove about 2 tablespoons of berries and reserve. Fold the rest of the berries into the whipped cream. Divide mixture into serving dishes, then put a dollop of the reserved berries in the center of each dessert. Garnish with fresh berries and mint if desired.


Cooling time is not included in prep time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g


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37 comments on “No-Bake Strawberry Fool”

  1. I made a fool last year and it was delicious but it was so rich I couldn’t eat a lot of it. Yours is gorgeous!

  2. Beautiful and delicious Lizzy!!
    Have a nice Sunday!

  3. I’d love a big ole spoonful… or three:@) Looks great!

  4. One of the things I am planning to try! Looks delicious!

  5. I can’t wait till strawberry season hits so we can try this.

  6. 16th century England?! Wow!!! so cool!!! haha, love this strawberry fool. . april 1st is always a special day for us b/c it’s my wedding anniversary . . no joke! 😛 love this dessert!!!

  7. Liz, it looks great! My family would love this.

  8. A simple and very delicious spring dessert!

  9. Love this easy recipe, Liz. It’s not low carb but so easily could be made so, I am sharing it on The Low Carb Test Kitchen today.

  10. Dear Lizzy, I could not think of anything more appropriate. This fool is elegant and delightful. xo, Catherine

  11. Beautiful and I love that it has strawberries!

  12. I have heard about fools a lot but never made one. A great summer recipe!

  13. I love the idea of a fool for April Fools’ Day!

  14. I love the idea of a fool for April Fool’s Day!

  15. Another gorgeous dessert! I’ve never had a “fool” before, I’ll have to try this out.

  16. This is yet another dreamy dessert from you my friend! Beautiful and mouthwatering!

  17. Well it’s certainly a ‘fool’ for April Fool’s and a tasty-looking one too. I remember having fool a few times as a child, gooseberry was the most common one I had where the tartness was a great contrast but this looks great as well.

  18. This is such a pretty recipe, and a fun play on words!

  19. Looks like a good way to interpret fool to me! Always love April Fool’s Day as it is my great grandmother’s birthday (she died many years ago) and she was such fun. She said she started off fooling her mother as her mother was convinced she was going to be a boy and had no girl’s name picked out at all. As a result when her mother was in labor she kept hearing that spring bird that sounds like it is singing “Birdie Birdie Birdie…” and when they asked her what she would name the little girl, she replied, “Well, I guess her name will be Birdie!” She would have loved your fool of a dessert, berries were her favorite!

  20. I definitely wanna do this ! Love strawberry flavor and the light consistency! Looks delightful!

  21. A very appropriate dessert for April Fools Day! I’ve never made a fool before. How did I not know they were so simple? Sounds delicious.

  22. So pretty, this looks like a strawberry dream!

  23. This is the best kind of “fool” for April Fool’s Day! You can’t go wrong with strawberries and cream. 🙂

  24. Spotted this gem of a dish earlier today―had to come by for a closer look. It’s history intrigues, and the dessert pulls together easily. Beautiful photos, my friend. Pinned!

  25. Sounds so light and delicious, Liz!

  26. Simple et très chic !

  27. I’d like to try this! Desserts featuring fresh berries are right up my alley.

  28. My great aunt used to make this type of thing but I never knew this is what it was called! Looks scrumptious

  29. I love fools – the edible kind! What a beautiful dessert for the first of April.

  30. Your recipe layout went a little haywire! Notwithstanding a fool is a perfect end to a meal. The Hungarian add a bit of fruit syrup to the whipping cream (we have a syphon whipped cream maker) and serve it over fruit. It’s so delicious and simple.

  31. These are so elegant! Perfect for spring!

  32. So pretty and looks so refreshing!

  33. As an Anglophile, your strawberry fool speaks to my heart and stomach! I can see why this delight has survived the centuries!

  34. Lizzy,
    This fool recipe (hee, hee) looks delicious. Well, that was a little corny but sometimes I just kill me.

  35. I’ve never heard of a fool (of the dessert variety) before but it sounds so amazing. Light and refreshing. The perfect spring or summer sweet.

  36. This looks like the ultimate dessert, and the colour is a favourite 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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