Easy Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Easy Strawerry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Ever since I moved to New York five years ago, Peter Luger Steakhouse has held the top spot on my restaurant bucket list. I’ve spent months trying to finagle my way into the notoriously difficult reservation schedule, but this past Monday at 7:45 p.m., I made my way from Manhattan to the borough of Brooklyn to take on the holy grail of steakhouses.

Walking in the front door of Luger’s, I had all I could do not to break into an energetic, off-tune rendition of Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life … Oh, Lord.” (Someone cue the drums.)

But Luger’s—for all its fame and notoriety—is a love it or hate it spot. “Ugh, so overrated,” my friend chimed in last week. “Oh, good. Because now I really can’t wait to go.” Needless to say, the hype machine was on overdrive. You’ll have to tune in to Friday’s newsletter for the full report, but you can catch a sneak peek of the meal below (yes, that’s the famous Extra Thick-Cut Sizzling Bacon appetizer) and over on Instagram.

Peter Luger Steakhouse Sizzling Bacon Appetizer

What this all has to do with Easy Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream, I am not entirely certain. But Luger’s serves their desserts with a side of “schlag,” which is essentially a thick, yet fluffy homemade whipped cream that pairs well with pie, cake, strudel, and I’m venturing to say cardboard and/or wallpaper. I’m adding a dollop to the easiest strawberry shortcake you will ever make. Just imagine a one-bowl biscuit recipe that yields buttery, flaky shortcakes perfect for halving and stuffing with strawberries, and of course, extra schlag.

Easy Strawerry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Easy Strawerry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Easy Strawerry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Easy Strawerry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min


For the shortcakes:
4 cups sliced strawberries
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups heavy cream, plus additional for brushing on shortcakes
2 teaspoons decorative sanding sugar (optional)

For the whipped cream:
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment: 3-inch circular cookie cutter (optional)


Make the shortcakes:

Preheat the oven to 425ºF with a rack in the middle. Lightly butter a baking sheet.

In a small bowl, stir together the sliced strawberries with the sugar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the heavy cream just until a dough forms. Gather the dough into a ball and knead it on a lightly floured surface one to two times. (Don't over-knead the dough or your biscuits will be tough.)

Roll out the dough until it's 1/2-inch thick. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 8 shortcakes and transfer them to the baking sheet. (Alternately, you can trim the sides of the dough into a square and then, using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 square shortcakes.)

Brush the tops of the shortcakes with additional heavy cream and then sprinkle them with the sanding sugar (optional). Bake the shortcakes until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, and then transfer them to a rack to cool.

Make the whipped cream:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the heavy cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until soft peaks form.

Assemble the shortcakes:

Slice the shortcakes in half and then sandwich the strawberries and whipped cream inside them.

Shortcake recipe adapted from Gourmet.


54 Responses to “Easy Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream”

  1. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 8, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Oh man, I’m just about to go to bed and all I could think about is having a bite of this shortcake…

  2. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 8, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Geez this is just perfect. I’d kill this with a cold glass of Chard in the middle of Central Park on a sunny Thursday afternoon… ;)

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 8th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      Count me in, Gerry!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 8, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Those shortcakes are beautiful! And I’ve heard that steakhouse is like trying to get into heaven…only a select few are chosen :) Congrats on making it in!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 8th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      Haha, yes! It was a huge accomplishment :)

  4. #
    Tieghan — May 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

    So pretty! I love all the whipped cream oozing out of there!

  5. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

    These bars look so beautiful, delicious and perfect for spring/summer entertaining. Lovely recipe, Kelly! Thanks for sharing.

  6. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

    looks great girl! I could dive in

  7. #
    Maria — May 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I posted shortcakes today too! Love that we are on the same page:) Yours look fab!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 8th, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      Haha! What are the chances, Maria? We are two for two! Yours look fabulous!

  8. #
    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Peter Luger’s is also on my restaurant bucket list. These shortcakes look amazing. I just bought a biscuit cutter and may need to make these to break them in!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 8th, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      Peter Luger’s did not disappoint!

  9. #
    Lauren @ Rustic Honey — May 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

    This looks delicious! I’ve been looking for a good shortcake recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  10. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    These are amazing, Kelly! I love the sugar on top of the shortcakes. This screams summer to me!

  11. #
    Colette @ JFF! — May 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I’d probably eat these til I’d POP!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 8th, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

      And I’d be right there with you, Collette :)

  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Gotta love an easy shortcake! Yum!

  13. #
    Happy Valley Chow — May 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Those look absolutely 100% incredible! Strawberry shortcake is one of my go to summer deserts, definitely want to try this recipe!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  14. #
    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — May 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This is the perfect summer dessert as far as I’m concerned. Lovely!

  15. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — May 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    This does sound easy – I love it! This screams “summer”!

  16. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Strawberry shortcake is my jam! And those biscuits look so fluffy.

  17. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Look at that mountain of whipped cream!

  18. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — May 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Yum! I love strawberry shortcake. Yours looks heavenly!

  19. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

    This looks so good! Strawberry shortcake is the perfect dessert for this time of year!

  20. #
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — May 9, 2013 at 1:15 am

    MMM I have never made strawberry shortcake- looks like I should! And yay for getting into the steakhouse I will have to try next time I am in NYC or have my best friend set it up for when I am there next! I love going to nyc and always make it a foodie trip- you are so lucky to be around so many amazing places to eat!!!!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 9th, 2013 @ 8:38 am

      Yes, absolutely make plans to eat at Luger’s! But remember to call a month in advance (at least).

  21. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 9, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Way too gorgeous to eat!! And I want it all for tea, do you ship? ;)

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 9th, 2013 @ 8:37 am

      Haha, if only, Kiran! :)

  22. #
    Joanne — May 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Luger’s was always my dad’s favorite steak place so it will always hold a special place in my heart, although I’ll probably never go back again given that i no longer eat meat! I seem to have missed out on the schlag the past few times I went…but thankfully I can make this at home! Gorgeous!

  23. #
    Sheila — May 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I can’t wait for strawberries to be in season in Mi. Your recipe looks very similar to how I grew up eating strawberry shortcake. We would sometimes have it for dinner when i was a kid. You ate what was coming out of the garden and if it was strawberries, well then that’s what we had! Fun times ; )

  24. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — May 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I went to Peter Luger’s a couple years ago for my dad’s birthday. We *still* rave about that bacon! On another note, these shortcakes look absolutely divine!

  25. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    These look gorgeous! This is one of my husband’s favorite desserts, so I know he would love this!

  26. #
    liz — May 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I want to make strawberry shortcakes for my daughter’s birthday party. Can I quadruple this recipe, or do you think I’d be better off making multiple smaller batches?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 9th, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

      Hi Liz! I would plan on making 4 single batches, as the amount of dough will too much to handle otherwise. Bit you can use the same bowl, so cleanup should be a minimum!

  27. #
    Miss Kim @ behgopa — May 10, 2013 at 3:54 am

    I love strawberries and love strawberry shortcakes! I was just craving some of this the other day. Funny thing is I first fell in love with Strawberry Shortcake (the doll…back when I was a little girl in the 80′s, with the original before they mutated her into an unrecognizable character) before I was ever introduced to the actual dish. And I loved it as much as I used to love the doll.

  28. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 10, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Fabulous idea, Kelly! Cream Biscuits really do make Strawberry Shortcake faster and so much easier to prepare…no cutting in of the butter or shortening, since cream has just enough fat to make scrumptious homemade biscuits! Love this for summer! Pinning to group boards! xo

  29. #
    aimee @ shugarysweets — May 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    This looks delicious. perfect for this time of year when all my berries are getting ready for harvest!

  30. #
    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — May 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Yum, this sounds so good! Love that sugar topping. And strawberries? I’m on board! Lovely post…

  31. #
    Kathleen Richardson — May 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Beautiful idea now that it’s strawberry season, Kelly. Homemade biscuits are the best. I used to work in a small cafe where whipped cream was chilled heavy cream whipped. Nothing else added. Your way or mine, pile it on thick. Yummy!

  32. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    This is definitely my favorite dessert. Ever.

  33. #
    Erin @ Making Memories — May 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    This looks absolutely wonderful. Perfect for summer!

  34. #
    Julia @ hungryandconfused — May 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    YUM. YUM. YUM. These look delicious. And although I’m not a huge fan of steakhouses, I am now so intrigued by this one!

  35. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — May 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I’m flying to New York tomorrow and was just trying to think of the places I’d promise myself I’d eat at next time I was in town, and I totally forgot about that place! BTW, If you’re around tomorrow night for drinks, let me know!

  36. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — May 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    oh goodness, these shortcakes are so beautiful!!

  37. #
    Charissa — May 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I just sort of fall apart when I look at your blog – it’s beautiful and I love the photos most of all!

    Thanks for your comment and I’m obsessed with your book! :)

  38. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — May 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Oh I love a good strawberry shortcake! Reminds me that summers coming!

  39. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 17, 2013 at 3:38 am

    What a classic and just perfect for the season, we are overrun with strawberries right now.

  40. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — May 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    These look gorgeous, Shelly!

  41. #
    Vera — July 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Awesome Kelly ! I think I will love it.
    Looks Delicious !!

  42. #
    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen — April 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make strawberry shortcake lately. Love the sweet crunch of that sparkly sugar on top!


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