Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a recipe for the real shortcake, or better yet--a cream scone with no filling. If you like strawberry shortcake, you'll love this. It is tender and flakey and oh, so yummy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  • 2 cups flour
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 13 cup cold butter (unsalted preferred)
  • 1 large egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 cup low-fat whipping cream or 12 cup half-and-half

  • 1 large egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon cream


  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cube the COLD butter and put in the flour bowl.
  4. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into small pieces; mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
  5. In a small bowl mix the egg, vanilla, and cream; whisk well.
  6. Add to flour mixture mixing just until the dough comes together; don't overmix.
  7. Put on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7" circle; cut with a circle cutter to about 1" thick.
  8. Put on ungreased baking sheet.
  9. EGG WASH:.
  10. In a small bowl mix the ingredients for the egg wash and brush on the top of each shortcake.
  11. Bake in a 400 degree oven on a center rack for 15-18 minutes or till a toothpick put in the center comes out clean.
  12. Transfer to wire rack.
Most Helpful

5 5

This recipe is wonderful! I have used it many times for strawberry shortcake when we're having guests over - even my 2 nephews (10 & 5) were disappointed last time they were over and I hadn't made it! I usually add just a bit more sugar to the dough, as we prefer a slightly sweeter shortcake - and I also sprinkle some raw sugar on top before baking to give it a crunchy sweet top. They're always a hit! Also, my husband has celiac disease, so I have even substituted my gluten-free flour mix for the flour, added a couple teaspoons of xanthan gum, and it might just taste almost better than the original! GREAT recipe... :)

5 5

This was excellent. I baked mine for the full 18 minutes. They were beautiful! A friend and I went and picked strawberries, I picked 25 pounds! I made jam, froze some, gave some away, made a strawberry cake (gave most of it away), and tonight made strawberry short cake. I used heart cookie cutters to cut out the shape, and cut an inner heart so that I could pile the strawberries in the inside of the bigger heart and use the smaller one for decoration. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

5 5

delicious recipe ,they hold the fruit well without getting soggy.I added candied ginger ,the zest of 1 orange and 1 teaspoon of almond extract instead of vanilla. This was for fresh peach shortcake when our neighboor gave us loads from his garden.thank you!