Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

My niece always has strawberries on the brain. Whether it’s ice cream, cupcakes, cereal, on all on their own, she loves strawberries, and who can blame her? They are the essence of summer, and they go well in just about any dessert. When we decided to bake together this past weekend, I immediately thought of the beautiful strawberry shortcake cookies that Michelle made a few weeks ago. It turns out that Michelle found the recipe on Jen’s blog, and then I saw it a few other places. Once we made the cookies, I found out why they were so popular!

strawberries

We started with some beautiful fresh strawberries, which I chopped.

niece

Isabella had a few very important jobs, including stirring the strawberries and sugar and helping me integrate the butter and cream into the dry ingredients.

baking

We used our hands. Smile Then it was time to add the strawberries.

strawberry shortcake cookies

We rolled the cookies and flattened them out while Harrison watched.  There may have also been some dancing.

my nephew

The cookies came out super moist and soft, bursting with sweet strawberries and nice and crumbly like a buttery shortcake.

strawberry shortcake cookies

strawberry shortcake cookies

They were the perfect treat to go along with our outdoor dinner, and spending the afternoon baking with my niece was just what I needed to feel a little better after a few bad weeks.

I spent the whole weekend sick. . . I still have a sore throat and lots of aches, fever, and congestion. But, if I had to be sick, it was nice to be home with my family. I love them!

What is your favorite thing to make/bake with family?

 

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies Recipe

12 oz strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (2 cups)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
coarse sugar, for topping the cookies

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, stir together the strawberries, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the sugar then set aside.  In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest and remaining 7 tablespoons of sugar.  Rub the zest into the sugar with your fingertips until moist and fragrant.  Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the zest/sugar mixture and whisk to combine.  Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have coarse crumbs.  Add the cream to the bowl and stir until the dough starts to come together.  Finally, gently stir in the strawberry mixture.
Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) to portion the dough onto the prepared baking sheets spacing the cookies about 1 1/2 – 2 inches apart.  Sprinkle with the coarse sugar.  Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.  Transfer the pans to wire racks and let the cookies cool.  The cookies are best the day they’re made, but can be kept in an airtight container for 1 day.

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  1. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    These sound really amazing! I’ve never heard of a shortcake cookie!

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  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    They look like mini scones! I’d totally put ice cream on them.

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  3. Shannon’s avatar

    Those kiddos are adorbs!

    I love anything strawberry and shortcake cookies sound out of this world, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    So cute!! These cookies look perfect for summer. Kudos to the adorable sous chefs!

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  5. Daisy’s avatar

    oh man you’re sick :( feel better soon. I love that you baked with your niece (so gash darn cute they both are!!)

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  6. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I am putting these into my summer baking list! When I am home with my sisters, I love making ice box cakes and pancakes with them.

    Hope you feel better soon!!

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  7. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks’s avatar

    MMM! I’ve never had strawberries in cookie form before. These would be a huge hit with my family – they are strawberry fanatics. Totally going to bookmark this recipe, thanks!

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  8. Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant’s avatar

    Oh man those look AWESOME.

    Cooking with kids is so fun. It really strips outside influences from the experience and puts you back in touch with the essentials – playing with your food, getting your hands dirty and licking the spoon when you’re done.

    PS your niece is ADORABLE.

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  9. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    No lie, I have a printout of a very similar recipe on my fridge right now – I need to make these!

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  10. Megan’s avatar

    Such cuties!! These cookies sound delicious, and I have a feeling I’ll be trying them this summer. Love how you found little jobs for Isabella too.

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  11. Charlene’s avatar

    Looks like you had the cutest helpers in the kitchen! The cookies look delicious too!

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  12. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies as much as I did! I hope you feel better soon!

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  13. Kerstin’s avatar

    Awww, how sweet you baked with your niece :) And the cookies look super addicting!

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  14. Terri’s avatar

    The cookies look awesome, I can’t wait to try them! And your neice and nephew are SOOO cute!

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  15. Raija’s avatar

    delicious!

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  16. alicia’s avatar

    These sound so good. Your niece and nephew are adorable.
    Personally, where cooking with family is concerned, I will never get tired of helping my mom roll meatballs, or being her official taste-tester. She thinks I have a more ‘discerning’ palate than my father – so I get first bites!

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