Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake is a classic summer dessert for a reason: it’s easy to make, fun to eat and totally irresistible! In this simple recipe, homemade shortcake biscuits are stuffed with juicy strawberries and homemade whipped cream. You have to make it!

Shortcake biscuit filled with homemade whipped cream and topped with strawberries

A Traditional Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Even though strawberries are usually best during the spring and summer, we’ve been getting great strawberries for months around here. A little nutty, but also wonderful! Strawberries are easily one of the hubs and I’s favorites, so naturally the twins are big fans too. We are constantly buying them and boy do they smell good!

And with so many delicious strawberries around, strawberry shortcake is a must! The boys don’t really eat things like shortcake or biscuits yet, but when they start, these will be a regular for us during the summers. How can you beat fresh strawberries, whipped cream and biscuits?! Especially when they are so simple to put together.

This traditional strawberry shortcake recipe is just like grandma used to make. It’s comprised of three simple components: shortcake biscuits made from scratch, fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake on plate

The Biscuits Are What Make this Recipe

Now you can find a lot of variation between shortcake/biscuit recipes, so let’s talk about this one a little bit. There’s the more cakey shortcakes and the true biscuit shortcakes. I personally like a little bit of a combo. I don’t want something so cakey that it’s not a biscuit, but also not something so like a biscuit that it doesn’t feel like dessert.

A few things that make these shortcakes awesome:

  • An egg, for just a smidge of “cakeyness” without being too much.
  • Vanilla extract, for excellent flavor.
  • Sugar, also for flavor both in the biscuit and on top.

Now if you’re really into a more cakey biscuit, you could add a little more cream and get there, but I find these are just right.

Tips for the Best Shortcake Biscuits

Now just a few tips when it comes to the biscuits:

  1. Don’t over mix the dough or you’ll end up with tough, flat biscuits.
  2. When cutting them out, press straight down and don’t twist the cutter. Twisting will mess up the layers and they’ll bake/rise funky.
  3. Dip the cutter in some flour before cutting each one out to prevent sticking.
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How to Make a Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

This strawberry shortcake recipe is so easy to prepare. It’s a great candidate for kids helping in the kitchen, though maybe get a few extra strawberries because they will definitely be sampling as they go! Here’s how to make strawberry shortcake from scratch:

Step 1: Prepare the Fresh Strawberries

To get started making strawberry shortcake, you’ll put together the strawberries. The recipe calls for one and a half pounds of strawberries, but you could always have more on hand. The more, the merrier! Slice up those strawberries, sprinkle on the sugar and stir it all together, then set them in the fridge to get all nice and juicy.

While it may be tempting to reduce the sugar a bit here, you really want to be sure to use enough sugar to macerate the strawberries – bring out the juices. The sugar draws out the moisture, so reducing it will also reduce the amount of strawberry sauce you end up with for your biscuits, which would be sad.

Strawberry Shortcake on a plate with homemade shortcake biscuits, juicy strawberries and homemade whipped cream!

Step 2: Make the Biscuits

While the strawberries sit and do their thing, make the biscuits. Now I know the word “biscuit” can sound scary, especially when making them from scratch, but they really are very simple to make. Let’s break it down a bit:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients.
  2. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the cream and egg.
  4. Cut the biscuits out.
  5. Bake.

That’s it! Simple ingredients, simple method, delicious biscuits. Who knew making homemade biscuits for strawberry shortcake was so easy?

Step 3: Make the Whipped Cream

Next up is the homemade whipped cream. It doesn’t get much better than this. And if you haven’t made homemade whipped cream before, you are totally missing out. I grew up on the store-bought stuff, but I’ve since learned that homemade is the way to go. SUPER easy and so much more delicious!

To make your whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a mixer bowl and whip on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form. It’s that easy!

I’d suggest making the whipped cream shortly before serving so it’s fresh, but this whipped cream will be stable. So, if you wanted to make it ahead, you totally could.

Shortcake biscuit filled with homemade whipped cream and topped with strawberries with a bite taken out.

Step 4: Assemble Your Strawberry Shortcake

To assemble the shortcakes, just slice the biscuits in half horizontally and fill with plenty of strawberries and whipped cream! Get really crazy and add even more strawberries and cream on top!

One of the best things about this dessert is that assembly is so easy and everyone can make their own however they like. Just put out the biscuits, berries and whipped cream and let everyone go to town!

These strawberry shortcakes are wonderfully delicious, fresh for summer and easy to put together. Such a crowd pleaser too!

How to Store Strawberry Shortcake

Store the shortcake biscuits in an airtight container. They will keep on the counter at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Store the strawberries in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They will also keep for 3-4 days. If you run out of shortcake biscuits and still have some macerated strawberries to use, they are amazing mixed into yogurt or spooned on top of ice cream.

The whipped cream needs to be used when it is made, so unfortunately you can’t store whipped cream for later.

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Recipe

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 9
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe is as classic as it gets – homemade shortcake biscuits, juicy strawberries and homemade whipped cream!


Ingredients

STRAWBERRIES

  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • 6 tbsp (78g) sugar

SHORTCAKES

  • 3 cups (390g) all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp (78g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream or heavy cream, plus 1 tbsp (15ml), divided
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Coarse sugar

WHIPPED CREAM

  • 2 cups (480ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 3/4 cup (86g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Prepare the Strawberries

  1. To prepare the strawberries, toss them with the sugar to combine and let sit for at least 2 hours to draw out the juices. These can be made the night before using, if you like. The longer they sit, the more juices are drawn out.

Make the Shortcake Biscuits

  1. To make the biscuits, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and whisk together.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until course crumbs are formed. The largest butter pieces should be about the size of small peas.
  4. Combine the one cup of heavy cream, egg and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the cream mixture over the flour mixture and stir together just until it starts to come together. Do not over mix. Mixture will still be crumbly.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently bring it all together to form a ball. Gently flatten out and then fold in thirds, folding the left side over onto the middle, then the right side over onto the middle. Lightly pat back out into a square about 1 inch thick.
  7. Using a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits. Gather together the scraps, fold together once and pat back into a square to cut out remaining biscuits. You should be able to get 7-9 biscuits. Dip the biscuit cutter into flour between cuts, to keep it from sticking. When cutting out the biscuits, press straight down. Do not twist.
  8. Place the biscuits on a parchment lined baking sheet at least 2 1/2 inches apart.
  9. Combine the other egg and 1 tablespoon of cream and brush the tops of the biscuits with the egg wash. Sprinkle the tops with some coarse sugar.
  10. Bake the biscuits for 17-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  11. Remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make the Whipped Cream & Assemble Your Strawberry Shortcake

  1. When ready to serve, make the whipped cream. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form.
  2. Cut the biscuits in half horizontally, then fill with strawberries and their juices and whipped cream.

Notes

For a more cakey version of the biscuit, add 1/4 cup of additional cream to the biscuits. Be aware that they will spread more when baked.

Keywords: traditional strawberry shortcake dessert, strawberry shortcake biscuits

This recipe modified from Martha Stewart.

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22 Comments
  1. Carol L.

    Delicious! I’ve never liked strawberry shortcake before but for some reason I really wanted to try these and I’m so glad I did. I love them! They really are half cake, half biscuit in all the best ways. I even messed up and forgot to add the egg; luckily I realized before I put them in the oven. So I mixed in the egg and let the dough sit in the fridge for 3o minutes, hoping that would let the gluten relax. They came out crumbly and cakey. I added a tiny bit of almond extract but other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Thank you for a scrumptious recipe.

  2. Iz

    Hi Lindsay, can I instead make a cupcake out of it and put a regular vanilla cupcake recipe and then put the frosting you had? – Iz

    1. Lindsay

      I’m a little unclear – are you wanting to use the shortbread as a cupcake or make a vanilla cupcake? I haven’t ever tried the shortbread in a cupcake pan, so I can’t say exactly how that will turn out. But you could certainly use the whipped cream and strawberries on top of it or another vanilla cupcake.

  3. Monique

    These biscuits are very good. But I do have a confession – I accidentally put both eggs in the batter. They still turned out delicious although I’m sure more “cakey” than they’re supposed to be!

  4. Rob Letkemann

    Try a knife and cut them into squares or triangles instead of having rounds. Is there a rule saying they need to be round? Lol.

  5. Muna Kenny

    Lindsay, this shortcake has really tender crumbs and it looks delicious. My family loves Strawberry shortcake anytime!

  6. virginia matthews ross

    If you don’t have a biscuit cutter, the next time you open a can of vegetables, cut both ends from the can. make sure there are no sharp edges. I have a biscuit but like “the can” better because it is so easy to hold.

  7. Sara

    Hello Lindsay!
    Strawberry Shortcake is an absolute favorite of mine. I can’t wait to make this!!! I don’t have a biscuit cutter though. Have you any suggestions of something else I could use in its place?
    Thank you!
    Sara

    1. Penny

      Hey Sara,
      I would grab one from Bulk Barn because once you make them, you’ll want to make them again. They’re cheap there or Walmart.
      If you have a small pot, maybe use the lid to cut them or if you had a small bowl, or small plastic cup. Anything that is round would almost work. 
      A fellow strawberry lover.
      Penny

    2. Lindsay

      I’m not really sure – a round cookie cutter? The suggestion for a can is an interesting one. If the edges are straight and sharp, it could work. But if you can get a biscuit cutter, that’d be best. A quick sharp cut is going to give the best cut layers for a good biscuit rise. I hope you enjoy them!

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