Strawberry Pickin’ Season {Strawberry Shortcake Recipe}

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There are a few things each spring that get me excited … thunderstorms, flowers, warm rays of sun on my toes in the morning and my favorite, fresh strawberries. And let me tell you, Illinois grows some of the best strawberries around. They may not be big, but they’re packed with juice and leave you craving more all year long.

Since I was a little girl my mom has been taking me to Jeffry’s Orchard, a local family owned farm that produces fresh fruit and vegetables all year long. Next to the fall apple cider, the spring strawberries are my favorite. They’re exactly what we went searching for last weekend and found more than enough to satisfy the craving.

rows of strawberry bushes

If you wonder why I choose to break my back bending over strawberry bushes just to come home covered in a rash and itching like crazy, the price will answer that. These big basket, plus another not shown, contains about 12 quarts of strawberries. After visiting the farmer’s market I discovered 12 quarts of strawberries would cost me about $48. How much did I pay picking them myself directly from the farmer? ….. $15. That’s it, $15! Plus I get to pick each individual strawberry, check it for perfection and make sure not a single one would go to waste.

fresh picked basket of strawberries

{ Just in case you needed a closer look. }

lots of strawberries

{ Strawberry monster, watch out, they’ll get them right out of your basket }

strawberry picking monster

While most of the strawberries we picked got cleaning, de-stemmed and vacuum sealed in freezer bags, we did save a fresh batch just for my favorite strawberry dessert … strawberry shortcakes.

bisquick strawberry shortcake dessert

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Bisquick Strawberry Shortcakes
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Original Shortcake Recipe:
Type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 4 cups strawberries, quartered
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ⅛ cup vanilla bean sugar
  • or ¼ cup white sugar + 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 2⅓ cups Original Bisquick Mix
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 2 cups whipped cream (or 1 tub of Cool Whip)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Clean and remove stems from strawberries and cut into quarters. Add to large mixing bowl.
  3. Sprinkle sugar (and vanilla if used) over strawberries and lightly squeeze with hands to release some of the juices.
  4. Please strawberries in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine Bisquick mix, milk, 3 TBS sugar until a ball of dough forms.
  6. Divide dough into 6 balls, they shouldn't be perfect, and arrange on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 - 30 minutes until tops begin to brown.
  8. Split warm shortcakes in half building two layers of strawberries and whipped cream and finally sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


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  1. says

    Looks delicious! Great deal on strawberries! I used to love picking them when I lived more south. No places close by now. Your daughter is too cute, love the strawberry face!! :)

  2. says

    Oh that looks so amazing! There is nothing like fresh strawberries (except maybe fresh watermelon). I wish I had some of those yummy strawberries today when I made my strawberry shortcake cupcakes!

  3. says

    Sigh. I am reminded every time I see a recipe or photo you take how much I love your blog. LOVE your blog. And this recipe looks delicious. I’m curious to see if there are any strawberry patches around here.

  4. says

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. I bet you didn’t know that my favorite dessert in the entire universe is strawberry shortcake! I will most definitely try this out. Thank you for sharing!

  5. says

    We had the same thing on our minds – Strawberries! I love that this recipe uses Bisquick. I have a ton in my cupboard.

  6. Amber says

    Oooh fresh strawberries! Love the photo of your little one, so cute. I need to try this recipe, looks delish!

  7. says

    Recipe looks great! I’m saving it :)

    What is vanilla bean sugar? I’ve never heard of it. Where do I get it?

  8. Cheryl Greenleaf says

    Does this bring back memories or what! It’s been years since I’ve had Bisquick Shortcakes. Yum!!!