Grandma's Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
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Grandma's Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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This is my grandma's shortcake recipe, although she always served it with vanilla ice cream—usually homemade! —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 6 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 shortcake with 1/2 cup strawberries and 1/3 cup whipped cream: 635 calories, 36g fat (22g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Combine strawberries with sugar and vanilla; mash slightly. Let stand at least 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. For shortcake, whisk together flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add buttermilk; stir just until combined (do not overmix). Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons heavy cream; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake 18-20 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For topping, beat heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. To serve, cut biscuits in half; top with strawberries and whipped cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips:
Secret to Tender Shortcake: Make sure the butter is cold and cut it in until it’s about pea size; as it melts during baking, small air pockets are created, giving the biscuit its flakiness.
Golden Brown Goodness: Brushing the biscuit tops with cream helps the sugar stay in place as well as giving the top a rich golden brown color when it's baked.
Bump Up the Biscuit: Stir grated lemon peel, orange peel or a bit of spice such as ground cardamom into the biscuit mixture. Add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the sugar on top.
Don't Have Buttermilk?: Place a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and fill with regular milk to reach the 1 cup mark.
Swap The Fruit: Add fresh herbs or a favorite liqueur into the strawberry mixture, or substitute sliced mangoes or peaches and blueberries for the strawberries.
Whip Smart: It’s important the heavy cream is cold when you mix it—you’ll get more volume. Start out on low speed and be patient. You can make the whipped cream up to 2 hours ahead, then gently stir to reincorporate when you’re ready to serve it.
Perfect Berries: Avoid mashing the strawberries too long or they will become mushy.
Originally published as Grandma's Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake in Taste of Home April/May 2017

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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amsm User ID: 8302234 265348
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2017

"Pile it high with strawberries and whipped cream and this is delicious! I cut this recipe in half for my small family, and it was enough. I did have to add a tad bit more buttermilk to the dough so it would come together."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 264912
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

"Oh so heavenly!"

Rosana13 User ID: 8215056 264243
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2017

"Made it exactly as written. My husband said "don't lose that recipe". It was really good. Shortcut biscuits were just like my grandma made too."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 263742
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"This recipe is just like the one my mom used to make! It was very tasty, and my family enjoyed it. I might add a tad more sugar or spice to the biscuit batter next time for a little more flavor. But the biscuits were delicious with the whipped cream and strawberries."

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