Easy Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

Have you ever enjoyed a Strawberry Shortcake dessert where the cake part of the dessert is made with Bisquick biscuit mix? There’s nothing quite like it!

Strawberry Shortcake made with pound cake is delicious, but this Easy Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake is a unique twist on classic dessert recipe.

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Strawberry Shortcake Served on a White Dessert Plate

Why You’ll Love My Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

  • It’s delicious! Tender, buttery biscuits… Sweet, light whipped cream… Juicy, flavorful strawberries… It’s one of our family’s favorite desserts and for good reason.
  • This dessert has a fancy feel without requiring lots of time in the kitchen. It’s perfect for brunches, baby showers, Mother’s Day teas, and all those other occasions where you need something light and beautiful.
  • It uses simple ingredients you probably already have on hand! I love delicious desserts that take basic ingredients and turn them into something spectacular.
Strawberry Shortcake Served on a White Dessert Plate

Why Use Biscuits Instead Of Traditional Shortcake?

I hear you! Biscuits in strawberry shortcake? This isn’t how the classic dessert is supposed to be. And you’re right – it’s not!

But shortcake is traditionally any type of baked good made flaky and crispy by adding a fat (like lard, for example, or butter). And isn’t that exactly how you would describe a good biscuit?

The difference is that nowadays, we tend to make biscuits more frequently than shortcake.

So let’s take what we know and make a fantastic dessert, rather than remake the wheel.

Biscuits Made to Prepare Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

What You’ll Need For This Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

  • 2 1/3 Cups of Bisquick – Using Bisquick is a great way to make delicious biscuits without too much hassle.
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk – Use a half cup and make sure it’s cold! It doesn’t matter if you use skim milk, whole milk, or even almond milk. Buttermilk makes particularly delicious biscuits.
  • 3 Tablespoons of Sugar – You’ll use a full 3 tablespoons of sugar, which might seem like a bit much for a regular biscuit, but remember – we’re using this batch of biscuits as a base for a favorite dessert, not pouring sausage gravy over it.
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter – Use real butter (not margarine), and keep it plenty cold. You don’t want your butter to melt at all until it gets into the oven.
  • 2 Cups of Heavy Cream – This is for making fresh whipped cream. You can use either heavy cream or whipping cream, whatever you have on hand.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar – Adding a little confectioner’s sugar to your cream makes a nice sweet whipped cream.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract – This adds a lovely flavor to your whipped cream.
  • Strawberries – What’s classic strawberry shortcake without juicy strawberries? Use fresh berries if you can, but frozen berries work as well – and the natural juices make a nice sauce!
Single Serving of Strawberry Shortcake Dessert on a White Plate

How To Make My Strawberry Shortcake Recipe – With Biscuit Mix

  1. First, you’ll need to make your buttery biscuits. Start by mixing your Bisquick and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, then cut in your cold butter with a pastry blender until they become coarse crumbs. Add your milk and mix until a soft dough forms.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out your dough, and then use a biscuit cutter (or a jar!) to cut out your biscuits. Place them on a baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven.
  3. While your tender biscuits are baking, make your whipped cream. Pour your cold cream in a large bowl, add your vanilla and powdered sugar, then use an electric mixer until the cream thickens up into soft peaks.
  4. When your biscuits are done baking, let them cool down to room temperature – otherwise, your whipped cream will melt away. *Our biscuit mixture typically bakes best at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Top your biscuits with whipped cream, then plenty of fresh strawberries.

Now they’re ready to serve!

Biscuit with Sliced Strawberries and Whipped Cream on Top

How To Serve This Simple Dessert

There are many ways to combine the three parts of this dessert together – the biscuits, whipped cream, and strawberries.

One of my favorites is to make them into little sandwiches.

Cut open the biscuits.

Spread a generous spoonful of whipped cream on the bottom of the biscuits, then top with some of the strawberries.

Add the other half of the biscuit.

Place another good amount of whipped cream on top, then place strawberries on and around your dessert.

It’s a perfect summertime showstopper!

Top-Down View of Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

My Secret To The Best Homemade Biscuits

The secret to perfect, flaky biscuits is to use cold butter.

The colder, the better. You don’t want that butter to melt at all until it hits the oven.

The little pieces of cold butter worked throughout your biscuit dough will create steam as they melt, making flaky layers!

The more you work with the butter, the more it will start to soften.

All of the time spent cutting it into small dabs and then working it in with your pastry cutter will serve to warm it up.

Biscuits Served as Strawberry Shortcake

There are two ways you can counteract this:

  1. After you cut in your butter, pop the bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes or so. This gives the butter a chance to firm up again.
  2. Freeze your butter first, then use a grater to grate the butter into your flour mixture. You’ll still need to use a pastry cutter to work it in, but it takes significantly less time.

Using Buttermilk Instead

The biscuits also taste extra good using buttermilk.

If you don’t have any buttermilk, you can sour your own milk ahead of time.

Simply measure out your milk, then add a little white vinegar or lemon juice.

Let it sit out for ten to fifteen minutes – you’ll notice the milk getting a little thicker.

This soured milk will give you a similar buttermilk flavor!

White Platter of Strawberry Shortcake Desserts Ready to Serve

Other Ways To Top Your Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

What else can you top your sweet biscuits with? The options are just about endless!

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Ice Cream – The perfect topping to any dessert, really.
  • Other Types Of Fresh Berries – If you’re not a strawberry fan, or some other type of berry just so happens to be on sale, then go for it!
  • Citrus – You’ll make this decision when you make your biscuit dough. Add just a little bit of lemon juice or orange juice, subtracting that amount from your 1/2 cup of milk. Or, add some lemon zest!
  • Strawberry Sauce – This is a great addition to the fresh sliced strawberries.
  • Strawberry Jam – Strawberry jam, or strawberry compote, adds a nice decadent richness to your dessert.
White Platter of Strawberry Shortcake Desserts Ready to Serve

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Biscuits Made to Prepare Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Easy Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

This Easy Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake is a unique twist on classic dessert recipe. I can't wait to share it with you!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 1 Oven

Ingredients
  

Biscuits

  • 2 1/3 Cup Bisquick
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Butter

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla

Instructions
 

  • First, you'll need to make your buttery biscuits. Start by mixing your Bisquick and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, then cut in your cold butter with a pastry blender until they become coarse crumbs. Add your milk and mix until a soft dough forms.
  • On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out your dough, and then use a biscuit cutter (or a jar!) to cut out your biscuits! Place them on a baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven.
  • While your tender biscuits are baking, make your whipped cream! Pour your cold cream in a large bowl, add your vanilla and powdered sugar, then use an electric mixer until the cream thickens up into soft peaks.
  • When your biscuits are done baking, let them cool down to room temperature – otherwise, your whipped cream will melt away! *Our biscuit mixture typically bakes best at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Top your biscuits with whipped cream, then plenty of fresh strawberries!
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