Strawberry Shortcake Egg Rolls



Sometimes I wonder who I’ll end up marrying.

I don’t have the best track record of boyfriends, and I am beyond thankful none of them ever put a ring on it. Well, one did once, but it was more of a “promise” ring and it was kind of nullified when he cheated on me with a homeless person, but that’s another story for another day, and long story short, the ring was pawned and I became $200 richer… and single. Hallelujah!

And recently, I started rereading my old journals from my freshman/sophomore years of high school and OH MY LAWDDD, I am tooooootally happy I didn’t get too serious with my then-boyfriend. This was a person who wore butt-flaps on the backs of his pants, and liked sharing creamsicles (NO NO NOOOOOOOO grossest thing everrr).

Oh, and get this: so we had broken up at one point and I was all wracked with sadness because my fifteen-year old heart still ached for his stupid punkass, and so for my birthday, he told me he had an “extra special present” for me. I got all jazzed and he met me at my birthday dinner and explained to me my present: that he thinks he likes me again.


And in my journals I was all YAHOOOOO and jumping for joy over what could possibly be the worst present in all of existence, except for that one time when my grandma got me earrings that literally had bite marks in them, or that other time when my aunt bought me too-tight see-through lingerie and insisted I try it on (spoiler alert: I didn’t).

And like, lately I have nooooo luck in the dude department. I’ll go to the gym and make eyes with some buff dude pumping iron in the corner and he’ll just huff past me all serious-like. Or there will be a cute customer who comes into work and I kinda want to give him my number but then the next time he comes in, he’s with a random group of people including three girls, and I’ll have my coworker ask him casually if those are his coworkers and he’ll say no, which leaves me in one of those weird number-giving-out-limbos: should I, or shouldn’t I?

Or I’ll have a bunch of older guys hitting on me. I swear, if I had a dollar for every time an older man made a move on me, I’d have enough money to set up a dating website for feisty older guys seeking younger girls as I am sadly, not one of them. However, it didn’t stop a nice fellow who insisted I should come see his “awesome house” one time, or the other guy who suggested we should “grab a drink” at this restaurant nearby that totally sucks unless you’re like 95 years old and/or have no tastebuds.

I don’t even know why I’m talking about marriage. I am most definitely NOT ready for such a huge responsibility seeing as I spent my oil-change and bill money on a new pair of boots and some leggings with daisies and galaxies all over them. Also the fact that I still prefer being in a house alone over a house full of people and I can’t even imaaaagine what my bathroom sink would look like with a ton of little squiggly beard hairs all over it. Just thinking about it sends me into a meltdown.

DSC_0772aThankfully, whenever there’s a meltdown, there’s good food to eat my way out of it. Today’s “Congrats, You’re Not Married So Stop Melt-Downing” food happens to be a dessert egg roll. In other words, kinda sorta the bestest thing since galactic leggings.

Now get committed to these egg rolls, ya hear?

DSC_0762aStrawberry Shortcake Egg Rolls *inspired by Shawn’s recipe at I Wash, You Dry

Strawberry Shortcake Egg Rolls
Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 12
Need an inventive way to enjoy strawberry shortcake? Deep-fry it!
  • 1 box Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcake rolls (6 count)
  • 12 egg roll wrappers (found in the refrigerated section)
  • Oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, strawberry syrup, whipped cream, strawberries .. optional
  1. In a heavy bottomed skillet or pot, heat about 2" of oil to about 375 degrees F. I always test my oil by adding a little water on my fingertip, then dribbling the water into the oil. If it sizzles and pops lightly, it's ready! While the oil heats...
  2. On a clean, flat work-space, cut each strawberry shortcake roll in half lengthwise. Make sure your egg roll wrappers are facing you as a diamond-shape rather than a square-shape. Take a halved roll and place it in the middle of an egg roll wrapper. Take the bottom point of the diamond and fold it over the roll inside, gently rolling it back towards you to secure it in place.
  3. Fold in the sides and gently moisten the side flaps with a little water to better adhere. Then roll the rest of the wrapper up tightly, securing the final point with some water to adhere. Set aside and repeat the process until you have 12 egg rolls.
  4. Place about 5-6 egg rolls in the hot oil at a time, frying about 2-3 minutes on each side or until crispy and golden brown. Remove from the oil and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Place on a platter and top with powdered sugar, strawberry syrup, whipped cream and strawberries, if desired. Eat and serve immediately. Makes 12; can easily be doubled, tripled or halved.
  5. **Note: if you can't find the Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcake rolls, try using Ding-Dongs, Banana Cream Pie rolls, or Twinkies instead!**



DSC_0770aWho knew egg rolls (one of my fave greasy Chinese takeout staples) could be made into such a decadent dessert?! Certainly not I. These egg rolls take strawberry shortcake to a whole new level of interesting and deliciousness. First of all, the Little Debbie rolls themselves are like vanilla cake rolled up with whipped cream and strawberry preserves. When that deep fries within the egg roll shell, that jam and whipped cream frosting seem to caramelize inside of the roll, giving the inside a nice, buttery crunch. But it still has that sweet flavor and texture from the strawberry preserves inside. And the crunch on the outside — especially when sifted with powdered sugar! — is to-die for.

Make a big plate of these and serve them alongside the strawberry syrup — I guarantee your family will think you brought in some takeout but will be shocked and amazed that those “egg rolls” and “sweet and sour sauce” were actually a sweet treat!

Have a tasty day!

xo, Hayley



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  1. I knew those Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcake Rolls were good for something!! Yesssss! These are amazing.
    I do not know who you will marry.
    But know this: beard hairs in the sink are SUPER annoying. That is why I have my own sink.
    It is also why we are shopping for a house whereupon I will have my own bathroom.

  2. Love (and ultimately marriage) are two things that should not be searched for or waited upon. I know it sounds dumb and cliche, but it’s true – the right guy will come when the time is right. And usually, when you least expect it. And since you have a shady track record (cheating on you with a homeless person? AFTER a promise ring?! Not even mentioning the dude in high school with the gift of “I think I like you again”.. sorry, I lol’d on that one. And then lol’d harder when you were excited about it. Oh, young love..) ..I wouldn’t exchange numbers with guys in the gym since 9 out of 10 frequent gym dudes I’ve known are complete douches. You’re basically setting yourself up for a letdown. I say, if you’re looking – go to a bookstore or a coffee shop. The potential there would be a lot more dependable than other places. Also, a sign around your neck saying you’re single and looking wouldn’t hurt. Just write it in a language that AARP members can’t understand.

    And I totally resent the beard hairs in the sink thing! I always clean up after myself. Just because we all have dude parts doesn’t mean we are all the same!

    These egg rolls look freaking great! I never would’ve put those shortcake rolls in there. I can only imagine how good they are.

    • You’re so right! I am always blindsided by the boys in my next relationship, ya know? Right when I’m not looking, BAM. Next time, I’m hoping it isn’t a douche, though! And upon further inspection, YES, gym guys are douche-y. Anyone who stares at himself in a mirror for an extended period of time while admiring his glistening triceps is proooobably not the right guy for me. Just sayin’.

      Also, I totally lol’d at the “I think I like you” comment, too! I laughed and then I was like OH YEAAAAH, I’m reading about ME. Ugh. Lol.

  3. Haha yea these would definitely be a good thing to eat during those moments. Hooray for not marrying idiot ex’s!

  4. YUM! These sound amazing and pretty easy to make!
    I don’t really worry about getting married… I have my cats, they’re company enough, riiight? haha I’m actually super grossed out by squiggly beard hairs to the point where I HAD to get a house with two bathrooms, so I could make my BF exclusively use the less nice bathroom. No beard hairs AND my bathroom never smells like any kind of man stentch.

  5. Oh my! These look amazing Hayley! I am sooo grateful I didn’t end up with one of my old flames either! I think there would’ve been a divorce by now…..but that’s another story too! These Strawberry Shortcake Egg Rolls, on the other hand, could possibly be the perfect ending to a “what was I thinking” relationship!

  6. OMG 15 year old us’s were soooo dumb, right?? Stupid girls. It’s ok though because they grew up to be awesome 😛

    You’ll find a dude, no worries. Just a matter of time. Although I relate on the creep creep old creeperson’s…all the effing place.

  7. I will defiantly have a tasty day after this

  8. This is such a neat idea. I never would have thought of it. On the boyfriend issue, the right dude will show up when you least expect it.

  9. OMG, if I married the losers I dated from age 15 to 23, I’d be divorced by now, no question. I met my husband when I was 26+, about a month after I told my best friend I was swearing off men forever (and really, really meant it that time).

    On the other hand…strawberry shortcake egg rolls?!?! I’m dying here. These look so freaking good!

  10. Oh gosh. These sound amazing! I might have to overcome my fear of deep frying things for this!

  11. These look so awesome! And, I’m eternally grateful that I have no evidence of my crazy emotional teenage years. 😉

  12. Oh man, I definitely have journal like that from high school and they do make you realize that everything happens for a reason. And I met me husband when I least expected it, so you never know when it will happen 🙂 I may just have to take a reprieve from eating healthy for these egg rolls…don’t know if I can pass up fried dough!

  13. I swear I dont know what it was up with old man hitting on me. Since I have been single, I have gotten more offers from men in the 40 to 50 range than ever before. Its really disgusting and slightly insulting. Im gonna go drown my sorrows in these egg rolls. They look like heaven on a stick.

  14. Oh, the possibilities of this! SO many variations. And the journals? You’re strong for reading them. They sit on my shelves mocking me…

  15. Hayley…these are like crazy insanely good! what a brilliant idea…oh and boys are dumb

  16. You have the most entertaining blog, ever. Like, I seriously love reading through your posts. I usually skip past recipes that I probably wouldn’t make, but when your blog posts pop up in my reader, I’ll always read them. ALWAYS. K I’m done fangirling now. These look great btw!

  17. Dessert egg rolls sound awesome! Offers from old men on the other hand sound super creepy. Stay away girl and wait for a nice guy your age 😉

  18. Hayley I can’t even begin to explain how mindblown I am by these eggrolls. SWEET EGGROLLS?! MADNESS! But the madness I completely approve of. 😉 Awesome recipe!

  19. I seriously think you are a genius. I can’t imagine a more incredible egg roll existing than this! Seriously genius1

  20. Such a sweeeeeet idea! I love it and will be making some soon! Thank you for such an awesome, yet simple, recipe!

  21. Oh, mannnn. There’s a restaurant in downtown LA that actually serves something like this but with a cheesecake filling. They even drizzle it with some kind of berry sauce…it’s totally mouthwatering and amazing and reading this totally made me crave some, haha. I suppose that means I’m due to make my own, now…oh, and to chime in on the tale, creepy old guys are always a bad time, boo.

  22. Vraiment fascinant, je crois que ce post intéresserait
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