In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the strawberries, sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Heat the mixture to boiling, stirring often. Reduce heat and add the vanilla and lemon juice.
In a small cup, combine the cornstarch and two tablespoons of water. Mix well.
Pour this into the boiling strawberry mixture. Stir and boil over medium-low heat for 4 minutes or until the mixture has thickened a bit.
Remove the pan from the heat.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter and mix until the butter has completely melted.
If you'd like your strawberry syrup to have a nice red color, add a few drops of red food coloring. This is completely optional.
Allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes, then add the last cup of quartered, fresh strawberries.
Serve over whatever dessert you'd like!
Refrigerate the leftovers.
The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 8, with one serving being 1/8 of the recipe. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**