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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe from Scratch

The words strawberry and shortcake go hand in hand and this easy recipe made from scratch will have you asking for more!

Honestly, I will eat strawberries and cream in just about any configuration so add this to my already long list of easy recipes with strawberries and I will be one happy mama.

Strawberry Shortcake on plate with fork

Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Ingredients

The wonderful thing about this classic strawberry shortcake recipe is how easy it is to make!

My mom made this all the time and now I can see why. I always thought it was super fancy, but really there’s not much to it! Yay mom!

strawberry shortcake ingredients

Add these items to your strawberry shortcake shopping list:

  • Strawberries (the star of the show!)
  • Granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter (cold and cut into small pieces)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Coarse sugar (for sprinkling on top of the shortcakes)
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

The main event for this recipe is of course, the shortcakes. But there is a little bit to the timing of it all.

The first thing you need to do is slice your strawberries and sprinkle them with sugar.

Let them rest in the refrigerator while you do everything else and when it’s time to eat, the sugar will have drawn out the sweetness and juices in the berries. Yum!

strawberries with sugar in bowl with stack of shortcakes

To make the biscuits in a food processor, pulse together the dry ingredients.

Then add the butter pieces and finally the milk as noted in the recipe below.

Roll out your dough and you are ready to cut!

shortcakes on a pan with sugar

Before you put the shortcakes in the oven, brush them with a bit of cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

While they are baking, go ahead and whip your cream for the topping. This part is my favorite!

strawberry shortcake on a plate with a bite

Waiting for the cakes to cool enough to handle will be the hardest part of this process, I assure you!

Print: Strawberry Shortcake Recipe from Scratch

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe from Scratch

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe from Scratch

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make this strawberry shortcake recipe from scratch and be a dessert hero! This easy dessert is a family favorite.


  • 1 pound (16 ounce) strawberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (1 + ½ sticks) unsalted butter, very cold, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream plus more for brushing biscuits
  • Coarse sugar for sprinkling on shortcakes
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract


Prepare strawberries 

Clean and slice strawberries and add to large bowl

Sprinkle with sugar 

Cover and place in refrigerator 

For the shortcakes 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat

In a food processor, add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar ** see notes

Pulse until well combined

Add butter and mix until butter is broken and mixture is coarse 

Pour milk on top of flour mixture and mix just until the dough begins to form a ball

Remove dough onto lightly floured surface

Form dough into large disk

Roll dough out slowly until about 1 inch thick 

Use a floured biscuit cutter to cut circles 

Lightly brush with extra heavy cream or buttermilk

Sprinkle with coarse sugar

Place close together on prepared baking sheet 

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown 

Remove from oven onto wire rack and cool 

Prepare whipped topping while shortcakes are cooking

Mix cold heavy cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer fitted with a whisk until stiff peaks form, about 10 minutes

To Serve

Slice biscuits in half

Top bottom with whipping cream and strawberries

Add top of cake, plus more whipping cream and strawberries 


Food Processor: You can also use a pastry cutter or fork to cut butter into flour mixture 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 752mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.

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