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The Best Strawberry Shortcakes

These really are the best strawberry shortcakes! Made with easy buttermilk biscuits, fresh strawberries, and vanilla whipped cream.
How to make the best strawberry shortcakes
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (360 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick, 113 grams), cubed
  • 1 1/4 cup cold buttermilk (310 ml), plus more for brushing

Macerated strawberries:

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries (450 grams), hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (66 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped cream:

  • 1 1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream (375 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the biscuits:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add cubed butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or fork until butter is the size of peas.
  • Add 1 cup of the buttermilk and use a spoon or spatula to combine. Add remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk as needed to make a wet sticky dough. Do not overmix or biscuits won't rise properly, stop mixing when all dry bits are incorporated.
  • Use a scoop or large spoon to drop into 12 biscuits on the prepared sheet pan. Brush tops with more buttermilk.
  • Bake until tops and bottoms are golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Let cool completely.

To make the macerated strawberries:

  • Place half of strawberries in a bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork. Add remaining strawberries, sugar, and vanilla and stir until combined. Set aside for at least 20 minutes.

To make the vanilla whipped cream:

  • With an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream and vanilla on medium high speed until thick and creamy, but not at all lumpy.

To serve shortcakes:

  • Sliced biscuits in half. Place a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of the bottom biscuit. Spoon some strawberries and juices on top and cover with top biscuit. Enjoy immediately.


Calories: 344kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 326mg, Potassium: 248mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 719IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 104mg, Iron: 2mg
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