The Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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Nothing says springtime like strawberries and nothing screams springtime and summer dessert more than strawberry shortcake.

Strawberry shortcake has been a classic favorite for generations and I think it’s because there is something a bit old fashioned and nostalgic about this dessert. Something about it calls back to the easier days of child hood, summer nights and catching fireflies for me.

It’s also simple, fresh and the perfect companion for a spring and summer barbecue. The flavors are pure and sweet without being fussy.

The dessert actually became popular in the United States during the 1850s and, according to Wikipedia, strawberry shortcake parties were held to celebrate the summer fruit harvest. In fact, June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day!

Mother’s Day always feels like the start of the spring season for me and I decided I wanted to make a strawberry shortcake recipe with an old-fashioned biscuit for dessert.

Maybe you’re asking yourself why I was cooking on Mother’s Day but for me, I don’t really want to waste the calories by counting on someone else to provide the foods I’m craving. I’d rather do it myself and savor it all.

That said my in-laws were also coming over for the day and my father-in-law loves strawberry shortcake. Making it for dessert just seemed like it would make everyone happy.

Also, I didn’t want angel food cake, which I’m not a huge fan of. I wanted a semi-sweet, biscuit that was a bit crumbly and could soak up all of the sugary juices from the strawberries. So, I made it, along with homemade whipped cream because the stuff from the can just won’t cut it when you’re eating the homemade shortcake biscuits.

Tip 1: You want your butter to be in little clumps to make the biscuits. You can do this one of two ways. You can either grate your butter with a cheese grater or you can melt it and combine it with very cold buttermilk. The recipe will walk you through using the cold buttermilk.

Tip 2: To get the biscuits fluffier, roll out the dough and then fold it into a square – fold in top and bottom and fold both sides in. Roll it out again to about 1-inch thickness. Do this 3 times.

Grab the full recipe below!

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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The Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 13
  • Biscuit Ingredients
  • 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. of baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. of vanilla
  • Set aside additional flour for sprinkling on the dough as you roll
  • Sprinkling of sugar for the top of the biscuits
  • Strawberry Ingredients
  • 4-5 cups of strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp. of sugar
  • Whipped Cream Ingredients
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • ¾ cups of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. of vanilla
  1. Biscuit Steps
  2. Place your buttermilk in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  5. Melt your butter in 30 second intervals in the microwave being careful not to burn it.
  6. Mix your butter into the cold butter milk. It will start to clump and that’s exactly what you want it to do so that the little butter explosions are throughout your dough.
  7. Fold the clumpy buttermilk and butter into your dough and add your egg and vanilla. Mix till blended but be careful not to over mix.
  8. Roll out dough on a well-floured surface and make sure to rub additional dough on your rolling pin. Roll the dough to 1-inch thickness and use the fold technique described above to get the beautiful, fluffy layers in your biscuits. Use the additional flour as needed.
  9. Use a round cookie cutter or a glass to cut out the round biscuit shapes and place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Bake for about 13 minutes. The biscuits will be a light golden color. Don’t overcook them or you risk burning the bottom.
  11. Strawberry Steps
  12. While the biscuits cook, cut and wash your strawberries.
  13. Combine them with sugar and put them in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. I made these ahead of time, so my strawberries sat for about an hour or two, which is also fine.
  14. Whipped Cream Steps
  15. Combine all your ingredients and using an electric mixer or a hand mixer whip it all together.
  16. I used a hand mixer and whipped the cream, sugar and vanilla together for about 10 minutes until it was fluffy.
  17. If you’re using an electric mixer, whip it on low for 1-2 minutes and then increase the speed for about 5 minutes.

I would love to hear if you decide to make this! It’s truly an unforgettable recipe that you will want to make time and time again.

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  • Ann Snook-Moreau May 22, 2018 06.26 pm

    Yessss! This reminds me of childhood summers so much. I can’t wait until strawberries are in season again because they’re one of my favorite fruits.

  • Tee May 22, 2018 06.51 pm

    The stacks of shortcakes look so fluffy in your photos! I love strawberries and this is one of my fave desserts. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks clear and simple to make.

  • Glenny May 22, 2018 07.25 pm

    YUM that looks so amazing! I’m droooling

  • Teresa May 22, 2018 08.45 pm

    These do look like the very best Shortcakes I have ever seen. Perfectly round and the color is just gorgeous. They look super moist and super flaky all at the same time. Perfect for the strawberry season that will soon be upon us here in the midwest.

  • Mimi May 22, 2018 09.05 pm

    I currently have strawberries in my fridge and I want a treat, might have to make these

  • Paula @ I’m Busy Being Awesome May 22, 2018 09.05 pm

    Great recipe, it sounds delicious!

  • Connie May 22, 2018 09.54 pm

    I love this time of year with all of the berries in season. This looks divine.

  • Allison Cooper May 22, 2018 09.55 pm

    All the yum! This looks like the perfect summer dessert to me! I have the best memories of making this with my grandmother as a child!

  • Jeni Hawkins May 22, 2018 09.59 pm

    This looks DIVINE! I love the tips you gave, too. I didn’t know you could make the dough fluffier by folding it like that!

  • GiGi Eats May 22, 2018 10.09 pm

    I’ve never had an ACTUAL strawberry shortcake before- but those strawberry short cake ice cream popsicle sticks, OH YES, I had my fair-share back in the day. SO GOOD!

  • Liz Mays May 22, 2018 11.44 pm

    I’m so ready for some strawberry shortcake and this sounds so simple! It’s such a comforting dessert in the summer.

  • Amy May 23, 2018 12.12 am

    These are so fun and delicious I am sure!! I want to make a batch for 4th of July!

  • Mama to 6 Blessings May 23, 2018 01.16 am

    This looks so delicious! My kids love strawberry shortcake, my husband makes it for them.

  • Sherry May 23, 2018 01.20 am

    What a delicious summer dessert. I love strawberry shortcake. I’ll need to pick up some strawberries.

  • Cathi Crismon May 23, 2018 01.33 am

    Nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake.
    Oh my goodness! I can smell the berries and taste their sweetness just reading your recipe!

  • Dawn Lopez May 23, 2018 02.13 am

    This shortcake looks incredible! I will definitely be making this recipe next time I’m in the mood for a sweet treat.

  • Tricia May 23, 2018 02.16 am

    This look amazing! I cannot wait to try it!

  • Claudia Krusch May 23, 2018 02.37 am

    It looks sooo good! My family would love that! I can’t wait to try it this weekend!

  • Heather McMechan May 23, 2018 03.20 am

    This does look delicious. One thing I like to add to my strawberry shortcakes is a little strawberry jam. Try it. It’s so good.

  • Nichole Arnold May 23, 2018 04.21 am

    I have never tried using a biscuit before! I am putting this on my list for the next cookout dessert and 4th of July with some blueberries added!

  • Debra Hawkins May 23, 2018 04.29 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! I haven’t made full on homemade shortcake in ages! I am going to have to give it a shot!

  • Joely Smith May 23, 2018 05.57 am

    Strawberry shortcake is one of my all time favorite treats! Its not too much or too heavy on the stomach healthier than most desserts and soooo yummy! I totally need to make some the way that your recipe shows!

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore May 23, 2018 06.49 am

    I love these! They look so adorable and delicious!

  • Jennifer May 23, 2018 11.57 am

    This is my all time favorite dessert! Right now strawberries are in abundance so I’ve made these a few times 🙂 I could never get enough!

  • Stephanie May 23, 2018 12.04 pm

    Bookmarking this recipe!!! Strawberry shortcake has always been one of my favorites but I’ve never tried to make it from scratch before!

  • Krystel | Travel on a Budget May 23, 2018 12.15 pm

    My mom and little sister love strawberry shortcake. I want to try to make this for them

  • Kate Andrews May 23, 2018 12.36 pm

    I LOVE strawberry shortcake. Especially at this time of the year. It’s such a perfect summer treat.

  • Danielle May 23, 2018 03.03 pm

    That looks SO delicious. The perfect summer recipe.

  • Tiffany D May 23, 2018 05.14 pm

    Dang it girl! Now I’m craving this! LoL. Love the spin on a classic by making it as a biscuit- brilliant idea! I’ve definitely gotta try making these this summer. They looks sooooooooo delish!

  • Jessa Plant May 23, 2018 08.50 pm

    I love homemade strawberry shortcake. I make my shortcake similarly, but no buttermilk. I want to try this recipe, because buttermilk makes things so moist!

  • Krysti May 23, 2018 11.25 pm

    These look absolutely divine! I am definitely saving this recipe to make in summer, they look like the perfect afternoon party treat!

  • Lisa May 24, 2018 12.56 am

    Ahhh this looks so delicious! Is it crazy to say I have not tried strawberry shortcake before?! But I might have to give this recipe a go!

  • Tonya Michelle May 24, 2018 02.53 am

    Wow how delicious this recipe looks! I haven’t had strawberry shortcake since I was a kid! Can’t wait to try this

  • Nikki Arnold May 24, 2018 04.47 am

    I haven’t had this kind of dessert in such a long time! This looks so good and perfect for summer!!

  • Victoria May 24, 2018 07.50 am

    This looks delicious. I really want to try it as I don’t believe I have ever had strawberry shortcake before.

  • Vu Ha May 24, 2018 08.54 am

    Sweet cake is my favourite food. I can eat them at anytime. Strawberry shortcake look so tasty and I just want to eat it now

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama’s Place May 25, 2018 03.03 am

    We love strawberry shortcake desserts in our house! This is perfect for the summer get-togethers!

  • Sarah May 26, 2018 03.59 am

    Looks wonderful! I bet swapping out the berries for other fruits would be great as well!

  • Rosemary Campbell June 09, 2018 08.32 pm

    Oh! Its look yummy. I love Strawberry. I definitely try this recipe. thank you much for sharing this recipe.


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