Photo: Bradford Thomason; Stylist: Katherine Tucker
6 servings

Grandma had it right all along. Make this classic dessert recipe for a refreshing treat when strawberries are in season.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1 cup strawberry halves, 1/3 cup sugar, orange juice, vanilla, and lemon juice in a bowl, and mash with a potato masher. Stir in 2 1/2 cups strawberry halves. Cover and chill.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; cut in margarine with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk, stirring just until moist (dough will be sticky).

Step 4

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 times with floured hands. Pat dough into a 6 x 4-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 6 squares. Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Step 5

Split shortcakes in half horizontally using a serrated knife; place each bottom half on a dessert plate. Spoon 1/4 cup strawberry mixture over each bottom half. Top with shortcake tops; spoon 1/4 cup strawberry mixture over each top. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon whipped topping; garnish with whole strawberries, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Quick & Easy

August 29, 2017
This is my go-to recipe for strawberry shortcake, never fails to get rave reviews from hub & company. I use parchment paper on baking sheet. I only use 1 teas of vanilla in strawberry mixture, 1/4 cup or less of granulated sugar, add a splash of orange liqueur & 1/4 cup OJ. Can sub other fruits as some reviewers have noted.

khalia00's Review

May 25, 2010
So easy to make! And super tasty! I actually let the sauce chill for a day. Really good!

oldncranky's Review

November 08, 2012

cjbuddy's Review

March 22, 2011
This is a very easy recipe and so good. Followed exactly but made it four servings verses six. Loved the hint of orange with the strawberries and the texture of the shortcakes was divine. Will make many times again I am sure.

kim2808's Review

August 16, 2013

Cuisinia's Review

April 21, 2014
I was looking for a shortcake recipe - just the shortcake itself. I prepared this recipe as is, but I only made half (for just my husband and me) and I did more of a "drop biscuit" rather than a formed shape. This was perfect! They were fluffy inside, golden, with a really nice, tender, slightly crunchy "crust" on the outside. I appreciated that they weren't overly sweet - just perfect. This recipe is for sure, a keeper. For topping, I just used fresh strawberries sliced up with no sugar, mixed with fresh mint leaves. I placed some berries in the bottom of a bowl, cut the shortcake in half horizontally, placed the bottom of a shortcake on top of the berries, added some fresh whipped cream (with just a hint of sugar), berries on top of that, added the top of the shortcake, more berries and a tad bit more whipped cream. I topped it all with a sprig of fresh mint. They were delicious.

159hill's Review

April 20, 2009 easy and quick, and i can't wait to make them again! we had them easter weekend at the beach. I may use this as a pseudo scone recipe and add cinnamon and blueberries in the mix, omit the strawberry sauce.

DDR123's Review

April 15, 2010
This is sooo good. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it. I can't wait to make it again. I also made extra strawberry sauce and used it on waffles the morning after. Really yummy.

katief321's Review

May 19, 2009
Only followed the recipe for the biscuits, and they are great! Have a great mix of sweet and salty and buttery. Wanted to cut down on the calorie count of strawberry mix, so omitted the sugar and OJ. Just used strawberries, tsp of sugar, and tsp of my grandmother's homemade strawberry jam. Delicious!

steponme's Review

March 25, 2011
This was delicious. I did the strawberry mixture, but b/c of time, I did not puree; it did not make a difference, still wonderful. The shortcakes were easy & came out perfect. This is a keeper.