Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe


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Strawberry Shortcake is light & delicious and the perfect recipe for a hot summer’s day. A sweet crumbly biscuit style pastry is filled with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Whether in a Strawberries & Cream Pie or if they’re being stuffed with cheesecake fresh strawberries are the perfect dessert. Especially when made into this classic strawberry shortcake!

A strawberry shortcake on a plate.

What is Strawberry Shortcake?

Strawberry shortcake can vary based on where you live. Sometimes it’s a small little sponge cake, or in this case a sweet biscuit style pastry, topped with sliced strawberries and whipped cream or ice cream! The perfect ending to a barbecue or a picnic!

To Make Strawberry Shortcake

Simple, luscious, and oh so easy to make, this is the best strawberry shortcake recipe around! You can even prepare this recipe ahead and store in two separate parts until ready to serve.

To Make the Biscuits: 

  1. Combine all biscuit ingredients in a food processor or a hand pastry cutter (per recipe below). Be careful not to overwork the dough or it will not rise properly
  2. Drop dough in even portions onto the baking sheet and bake until lightly golden brown on top. Remove and allow to cool.

Four image showing the biscuit dough being prepared.

To Make the Strawberry Filling: 

  1. Let strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice combine for at least 30 minutes while the shortcakes cool.

When ready to serve, split shortcakes and spoon strawberry mixture over the top. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. A sprig of mint is a beautiful complement!

How to Store Shortcake

Shortcakes are delicate, so don’t stack them on top of each other. Keep them in a single layer in a freezer bag or airtight container!

A strawberry shortcake on a plate.

How Long Will It Last?

Store the cakes separately from the fillings/toppings and put them together just before serving. Shortcakes will last about a week to 10 days as long as they are kept airtight to prevent them from absorbing odors or moisture. They can also be frozen!

  • To Freeze Biscuits: Cool completely and place in a single layer in a zippered bag.  Store in the freezer for up to a few months.
  • To Refrigerate Biscuits: Place in an airtight container, careful not to stack them, in the fridge until ready to use. These will last for a week and up to 10 days.

The strawberry mixture can be prepared up to 48 hours in advance. The strawberries may soften some and will produce more juice but of course will still taste delicious!

Try making a strawberry shortcake bar and let everyone make their own! Whether they top them with whipped cream or ice cream, these sweet little cakes will have everyone begging for more!

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5 from 5 votes
Review Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 biscuits
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Light & delicious dessert!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • lemon zest
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 oz cold unsalted butter
  • coarse sugar
TOPPING
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  • Whipped Cream

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt & lemon zest in a small bowl (or food processor).
  3. Add cold butter and cut in with a fork or pulse a few times with a food processor (or cut in by hand using a pastry cutter) until you have coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk.
  4. Drop dough onto the prepared pan. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and lemon zest. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Combine sliced strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and let sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes to release juices.
  6. Serve biscuits with strawberries and whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

Note: If you don’t have buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a 1/2 cup measuring cup. Top to 1/2 cup with milk. Set aside.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 318, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 339mg, Carbohydrates: 39g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 514%, Vitamin C: 43%, Calcium: 116%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Strawberry Shortcake served on a white plate.
Strawberry Shortcake served on a white plate.
Top photo - Strawberry Shortcake served on a white plate. Bottom photo - Homemade shortcake on a cooling rack.

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  1. All I’m wanting is the recipe Off the box of Bisquick, for The Shortcake recipe ingredients!! I know it’s 2 1/4cups of Bisquick mix, 2/3cup milk, 2tblsp. of sugar & ????…!! Is it baking pwd.?? If so how much?? It would greatly be Appreciated, very much. Thank you

  2. Cant wait to try this I grew up on strawberry shortcake with homemade b.m. biscuits and back then everyone my mom served it to loved it but never heard of shortcake with biscuits they were used to the sponge cake. One thing we do differently is we chop up our strawberries add the sweetener so there more juicy and reserve whole or cut strawberries for garnish we like it a bit wet. Another recipe I saw added chocolate chunks or chips to the biscuits I loved that idea. And just so everyone knows most of these desert recipes can be tweaked to be more healthy for example by replacing regular flour with grain free flour almond, coconut, hazelnut, cassava, etc and using stevia or xlitol for sweetener if you have candida or a natural sweetener like honey if you can have that. Fruit recipes can be interchangeable for instance you could use blueberries in this recipe or cherries raspberries peaches or a combo. You can use coconut or almond milk which is realy easy to make homemade, just make sure yer almonds arnt processed with ppo gas call the company make sure they arnt putting gas engine fuel on yer almonds if they are organic or imported raw from certain countries like italy then they are healthy and not treated with gas. You can make coconut whipped cream using a healthy sweetener if get caned coconut make sure its a bpa free can. In recipes that call for peanut butter You can switch out peanut butter with almond butter hazelnut butter walnut butter pistachio butter which are all easy to make homemade. Peanut butter is not healthy even the natural kind contrary to what most think. That’s enough tips for now I think only bec I’m tired and have brain fog. Have a great evening everyone God bless

    1. To anyone using “xlitol” , this product will kill your dog’s. You can also find it in some chewing gums, & some peanut butters, and other products. Read the ingredients well…

  3. This was super delicious! My kids and I devoured them…all, haha. The shortcake was super tender, and the lemon was a brilliant touch to both. I’m definitely saving this recipe for future use. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Just made these in my food processor and it was so quick and easy.  I did have to add more buttermilk but they were absolutely delicious!!!

  5. My dough was dry too. Just added more buttermilk. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Can this recipe be doubled successfully. Thanks

    1. Yes, you can double this recipe easily Sandy. You may find it easier to mix each batch of shortcake separately.

  6. I needed a good dessert tonight for a Church group that would fit into my timeline. Busicuits smell wonderful with the added lemon zest and strawberries are sliced and ready to go. Thank you for helping me to find the perfect dessert for the occasion.

  7. Thanks Holly for this great and simple recipe! I made this with some personal substitutes like mixed  2% milk and low fat yogurt in place of buttermilk (1:1) and sweetener instead of sugar and it turned out perfect. A great tip, use frozen whip (thawed for a little while in fridge). 

  8. Looking forward to trying this recipe! Just wanted to pass on a tip that my grandmother gave me for cutting cold butter into a flour mixture…use a cheese grater! The large hole size of course. I do this every time I want to make a crumbly crust for a pie. The “shredded” butter is the perfect size for a crumbly flour mixture. Works even better if the butter is frozen first! Can’t wait to try this recipe, I love strawberry shortcake! :) 

  9. A huge hit with my family. The lemon definitely adds something light and special! Needed to add just a tad more buttermilk; otherwise followed the recipe exactly!

  10. I plan to make these tonight for our friends coming over but want to double it to be sure we have enough. If there is extra, I thought about freezing. Have you ever successfully frozen these?

  11. I have just put these biscuits in the oven. The recipe is simple to put together. 1/2 C is indeed sufficient liquid for the dough to form. I got 8 decent sized biscuits from the measurements stated. Can’t wait for them to come out of the oven

  12. Thank you for sharing! My shortcake recipe is similar, never thought of adding lemon zest to the biscuits. I always added it to the berries. Love all your recipes so far!

  13. Followed the recipe exactly and 1/2 cup liquid is NOT EVEN CLOSE to making a dough; almost half the flour mixture was still dry. And you do not specify the SIZE of dough portion in step four – you only say to “drop dough onto the prepared pan”. Hack.

    1. This recipe makes 6 biscuits so you’ll want to use 1/6 of the dough for each biscuit. As for the liquid, I have made this recipe several times and my dough turns out perfectly so I’m not sure why this didn’t work for you. You can see the video version of this recipe just above the ingredients list. Hope that helps.

    2. I just made these this morning and 1/2 C milk brought my dough together perfectly. Could you be that you are at a higher altitude?

  14. Thanks for the recipe! The shortcake biscuits were absolutely delicious. I made them with orange zest and loved it. They were very light and soft in the center and slightly toasted on the outside…just perfect! My new go-to shortcake recipe!

    1. Cheesecake stuffed strawberries are great for a crowd and not too difficult to prepare. {https://www.spendwithpennies.com/cheesecake-stuffed-strawberries/} or mini cheesecakes are always a hit! {https://www.spendwithpennies.com/mini-cheesecakes/}. I hope this helps!

  15. Looks great! Thinking about making these for Mother’s Day… Is it ok to make shortbread a few days in advance?

    1. I usually make it just before serving although I think 1 day in advance would be just fine. Be sure to seal them well overnight so they don’t dry out. Happy Mother’s Day!