Perfect Berry Shortcakes

You don't need a food processor, pastry cutter, rolling pin or cookie cutter to make these sweet biscuits. This shortcake recipe I've developed yields a simple, foolproof biscuit that's crisp yet delicate.

Perfect Berry Shortcakes Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Perfect Berry Shortcakes for 6 servings:

  • For shortcakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose bleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, frozen
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cold half-and-half
  • To assemble:
  • 1 (16 ounce) package unsweetened frozen raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries, thawed and crushed
  • 12 ounces fresh raspberries, blackberries or blueberries (rinsed and patted dry), or strawberries (hulled and sliced)
  • 7 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Perfect Berry Shortcakes Cooking Instructions

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The following are the steps to cook Perfect Berry Shortcakes easily:

  1. 1 Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 425 degrees. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and 3 Tbs. sugar in a medium bowl. Grate 2 Tbs. of the butter on the coarse holes of a box grater into dry ingredients; toss to coat. Repeat grating and tossing with remaining butter. Combine egg and half-and-half; pour into flour mixture. Toss with a fork to form large clumps. Lightly press clumps into a ball; add a teaspoon more half-and-half to the bowl if dough won't come together.
  2. 2 Turn dough onto work surface; press into an 8-by-4- to 5-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 squares, placing them 1 inch apart on a small baking sheet. (Can be refrigerated up to 2 hours before baking.) Before baking, brush tops with optional egg white for a particularly attractive sheen. Sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbs. sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool until warm, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. 3 Mix thawed and fresh berries with sugar in a bowl; let stand until sugar dissolves. With a hand mixer, beat cream to soft peaks, gradually adding 1 Tb. sugar, then vanilla.
  4. 4 Split each cake crosswise; spoon a portion of berries over each cake bottom, then a dollop of whipped cream over berries. Cap with cake top and serve immediately.


  • Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 669 calories; 34 grams of fat; 85.6 grams of carbohydrates; 8.6 grams of protein; 133 milligrams of cholesterol; 592 milligrams of sodium.

  1. May 28th 2008

    I have never grated butter before, but it was a good idea for this recipe. These turned out so good my husband doesn't usually like sweets but he raved over this. I didn't use frozen berrie ...

  2. Oct 4th 2005

    I only used the shortcake part of this recipe and they were so good! I just dropped the dough in little flattened balls to save time. The egg white and sugar were a really nice touch too. ...

  3. Sep 22nd 2005

    This recipe is exactly what I've been looking for to make great strawberry shortcake! I only used a fork to cut in the butter and the butter was not frozen -- just used it straight from the ...

  4. Sep 18th 2005

    Wow! These are so good! I loved the tip of freezing and grating the butter. I thought about skipping that, but am so glad I didn't. It works amazingly well and I've since used that trick wit ...

  5. Jul 27th 2005

    really good, but kinda dry and don't roll the dough just squish the dough in to balls.

  6. Jul 5th 2005

    I followed the recipe for the shortcakes exactly and it was incredibly easy, and a huge hit for my July 4th party - will definitely make this again.

  7. Jun 25th 2005

    This is the best shortcake ever! I followed the shortcake recipe exactly, but improvised on the berries. I omitted the frozen berries and used fresh raspberries, marion berries and strawber ...

  8. May 13th 2005

    I followed this recipe exactly and it is AMAZING! I did sift together the dry ingredients, but that's just my preference. Also, instead of placing the dough into a loaf pan and cutting int ...

  9. Apr 25th 2005

    Oh. My. God. This is the best shortcake I have EVER tasted!!! I didn't follow the berry instructions (I just used fresh strawberries with sugar & topped w/ whipped cream), just the biscu ...