Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, and fresh whipped cream make this the perfect dessert.

Nothing says comfort like freshly-picked strawberries topped with whipped cream and served on a homemade buttermilk biscuit. This recipe is the perfect dessert for a weekend treat, to make for a cookout, or to serve on any special occasion!

Strawberry - Strawberry pie

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American



  • 1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
  • 1/2  cup sugar
  • Combine in a medium bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator to chill


  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine:
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoons cold butter (or try this method!)
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Add the dry biscuit ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter, fingertips, or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. It should still have a few pea-size chunks of butter left in the mixture. Add the buttermilk and mix with a fork until just moist.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured board or pastry cloth. Knead lightly 2 or 3 times, folding it over on itself a few times until it holds together. Do not overwork the dough!
  • Gently roll out dough to 3/4-inch thickness. With cutter 2-1/2 inches in diameter, cut out 7 biscuits. Place one in the center of a greased 8-inch layer cake pan. Arrange remaining biscuits around it.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Keyword Old-Fashioned, Strawberry Shortcake
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Whipped Cream

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 7


  • 1 cup  whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons  sugar


  • Remove biscuits from pan and allow to cool.
  • Slice each biscuit in half lengthwise.
  • Cover bottom half with a generous spoonful of chilled berries; replace the top and add more strawberries and top with whipped cream.
  • Garnish with fresh sliced berries, if desired. 
  • Makes 7 servings.
Keyword Whipped Cream, whipped cream recipe
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Tell Us

Some people prefer sponge cake shells or angel food cake—not biscuits—for their strawberry shortcake. Which do you prefer? Tell us in the comments section, below!

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To me the old fashioned biscuits are the absolute best! My Mom made her famous strawberry shortcake using this recipe back in the 50’s. So delicious!

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