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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe from Scratch with Cinnamon-Sugar Biscuits

You're gonna love this strawberry shortcake recipe from scratch. Flaky homemade biscuits are laced with cinnamon and sugar. Top with sweet strawberries and whipped cream for a light summer dessert.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Lisa B.



  • 2 pints fresh strawberries washed, hulled, sliced
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick cold butter, grated
  • 3/4 - 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place strawberries in a medium bowl.
  • Slice vanilla bean down the center with a sharp knife. Open the bean to reveal the seeds. Using a spoon, gently scrape the seeds from the inside of the vanilla bean.
  • In a small bowl, combine vanilla seeds with the sugar.
  • Pour sugar over strawberries, stir to combine, then allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or up to eight hours.
  • In the meantime, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add grated butter and stir until butter is well-incorporated.
  • Add milk and stir, adding more milk as needed, until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and comes together.
  • Pour dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead ten times. Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Combine cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar mixture over rolled out dough, spreading to within about 1/4-inch of the edge. Bring the long edges of the dough into the center, as if you were tri-folding a letter. Then fold in the short edges.
  • Roll the dough out again to 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat the above steps one more time.
  • Roll the dough out again to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits and place on a greased cookie sheet, about two inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden.
  • To prepare the whipped cream, whisk whipping cream on medium speed of an electric mixer. Add sugar and vanilla. Continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  • To serve, place a warm biscuit on a plate. Drizzle strawberries over the biscuit. Top with whipped cream.