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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes are a special treat to end the week. A dollop of homemade whipped cream tops sliced strawberries that are sandwiched between chocolate biscuit halves. You might want to double this dessert.

All You JULY 2013

  • Yield: Serves: 4
  • Prep time:25 Minutes
  • Stand:30 Minutes
  • Bake:14 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$$1.56


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar plus extra for sprinkling
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk
  • 4 cups (about 16 oz.) strawberries, stemmed and sliced (about 3 1/2 cups sliced)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Sift cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1/4 cup sugar into a large bowl. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.

2. Stir in milk until a rough dough forms. Do not overmix. Divide dough into 4 equal portions (a heaping 1/3 cup each). Gently shape into mounds; sprinkle tops with sugar. Transfer to baking sheet and bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack and let cool.

3. Toss strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, until juices form, about 30 minutes. Using a hand mixer on high, whip cream and 2 Tbsp. sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form.

4. Using a serrated knife, slice each biscuit in half horizontally and place 1 bottom half on each of 4 plates. Spoon 1/4 of berry mixture on each bottom. Dollop with whipped cream and top with remaining biscuit halves. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 552
  • Fat: 29g
  • Saturated fat: 17g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrate: 73g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 87mg
  • Sodium: 442mg

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