5-Ingredient Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe

You're just five ingredients away. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Why It Works

  • Combining our 2-Ingredient Biscuit recipe with macerated strawberries and whipped cream makes a 5-ingredient dessert that takes only 10 minutes to put together.

This strawberry shortcake recipe falls squarely into the maximum-return-for-minimum-investment category. Five ingredients and only five to 10 minutes of actual work for a simple dessert that will be better than most of the stuff you can get at the store.

Recipe Facts



Active: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1 quart strawberries, quartered or sliced

  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided

  • 5 ounces (about 1 cup) self-rising flour

  • 1 pint heavy cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 450°F. Toss strawberries with 6 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.

  2. Place flour in a large bowl. Whisk in 1 tabespoon sugar. Stirring with a wooden spoon, drizzle in 3/4 cup cream. Stir until a lumpy dough is formed. Do not over mix.

  3. Using a 1-ounce cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart. Brush tops with cream and bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove biscuits and set aside.

  4. Using a wire whisk or an electric mixer, whip remaining cream with remaining tablespoon sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Split biscuits, top with strawberries and cream, close shortcakes, top with more whipped cream, and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
457 Calories
29g Fat
45g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 457
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 69mg 344%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 284mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)