Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar

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Strawberry season is upon us! Are you looking to up your strawberry shortcake game? This Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar is an easy recipe that makes a lovely presentation. Instead of pound cake, this recipe uses homemade biscuits with brown sugar along with real whipped cream. You’ll love this twist on a classic!

Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake 

Not many things say Summer like strawberry shortcake. There are a lot of variations out there so it can be just what you like. Sometimes the strawberries are chopped, sometimes they aren’t. I’ve eaten it with flavored whipped cream and plain sweetened whipped cream. You can serve it with cake, or with biscuits.

My very favorite happens to use biscuits instead of cake. Especially when those biscuits are homemade. Those buttermilk biscuits soak up the strawberry juices like nothing else can, and their buttery flavor is perfect with the whipped cream. While we’re at it, why not put the whole thing in a jar? 

We are making strawberry shortcake in a jar from scratch, and you won’t believe how easy this is!

closeup of strawberry shortcake in a jar

Strawberry Shortcake In Jars

Yep, strawberry shortcake in Mason jars! Why not?! This is the same strawberry shortcake you’re used to, with all the usual flavors but served in its own lovely little jar. For another dessert served in jars, try these refreshing Mojito Cheesecakes In a Jar!

I love desserts that can be served this way. Why?

  1. They are stored in the same container they are served in.
  2. The jars can be repurposed for other uses.
  3. Portability. This is fabulous for picnics!

Ingredients For Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar

Fresh Strawberries- Any fresh strawberries will do, whether they are from the grocery store or a roadside stand. These berries are much smaller than what you find in the grocery store, so I was able to leave them whole. Your berries may be larger, so you might want to cut them in half or in quarters. I used berries that I picked myself from Bells Farm, a local farm near my home. If you want to know more about using local produce in your cooking and how this site can help, visit the About Page!

fresh strawberries and sugared strawberries

Granulated Sugar- A little granulated sugar is all you need for the berries! It’s a good idea to let the berries and the sugar sit for a little while so they get nice and sweet. This can be done while the biscuits cool and the cream is being whipped. 

Heavy Whipping Cream- If all you have is regular whipping cream, you can use it here. I find the heavy cream gives the finished product more body, so use it if you have it.

Make sure the cream is very cold. Leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the whipped cream. It’s also a good idea to put your bowl you’ll be using for whipping the cream in the fridge too.

Of course, we can’t forget those biscuits!

Drop Buttermilk Biscuits

Biscuits are often a part of strawberry shortcake, and I prefer the flavor and texture of them over cake. These biscuits have a little light brown sugar in them, which I love because it adds some depth. 

These buttermilk drop biscuits are really easy to make! Because they are a drop biscuit, there is no rolling the dough and cutting and rerolling the scraps. 

The reason for drop biscuits instead? You are going to be cutting the biscuits into pieces before assembling the dessert, so there is no need to have perfectly round biscuits.

This is a pretty standard buttermilk biscuit recipe with the addition of light brown sugar. I normally leave sugar out of biscuits entirely, but in this case I think the added sweetness is nice. 

bowl of flour with butter and a pastry blender

Drop Biscuit Ingredients

All Purpose Flour- regular all purpose flour is all you need here. No need to use anything fancy. I prefer unbleached all purpose flour.

Baking Powder- You will need this to help the biscuits rise.

Baking Soda- You’ll need this along with the baking powder because of the acid in the buttermilk.

Light Brown Sugar- Brown sugar provides a nice toasty flavor to these biscuits and it adds depth. If you only have dark brown sugar, feel free to use it.

Salt- You don’t need much!

Unsalted Butter- What’s a biscuit without butter? You want your butter as cold as possible!

Buttermilk- Low fat or full fat buttermilk will work the same here. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, measure out about ¾ of a cup of milk, and add 2 Tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice to it, and let it sit in the refrigerator for about a half hour, then make your biscuits.

How To Make Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Cut the butter into the flour.
  3. Add the liquid.
  4. Spoon onto sheet pan and bake.

Tips For The Best Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

  • Make sure your buttermilk and butter are cold. This makes for loftier and flakier biscuits!
  • Don’t forget to pop the sheet pan with your biscuits into the freezer for a few minutes prior to baking. This means cold ingredients! For more info, please see my chorizo biscuits and gravy post.
  • You can use either a food processor, pastry blender, or two knives to cut the butter into the flour.

How To Make Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar

This is very much the same process as making any other strawberry shortcake with biscuits, except that rather than serving the berries and whipped cream between halved biscuits, you are cutting the biscuits into cubes and layering everything in the jars. 

It’s similar to making a lasagna, trifle, or any other layered dish. Just add your biscuits, then whipped cream, then strawberries, and repeat until all your jars are filled. 

strawberry shortcake in a jar process photo
photo of adding strawberry shortcake ingredients to jars

Equipment You Will Need

I love it when a recipe is easy, and does not require a gadget I don’t already own. This is one of those recipes!

Strawberry Shortcake Jars- I used pint size (16 ounce) jars for this dessert. I was able to get two layers each of biscuits, strawberry, and whipped cream in a jar this size. If you use a smaller size jar, your dessert servings will not be as large, but it also means you could serve more people by using a larger number of smaller jars without doubling the recipe.

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer- Don’t fret if you don’t own a stand mixer! A handheld mixer and a large mixing bowl will do the job making whipped cream. 

Sheet Pan- I recommend a rimmed baking sheet for this recipe, just in case your biscuits leak some butter as they bake. This way you won’t have melted butter dripping onto the bottom of your oven.

What to Serve With Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar

These are perfect to serve at a barbeque, take on a picnic, or any other gathering. They are a nice and refreshing light dessert. Want more strawberry goodness? Serve my Easy Strawberry Basil Lemonade alongside! 

If you want to jazz up this recipe, you could even try replacing the fresh strawberries with Pickled Strawberries if you make a large enough batch. If you want to try this, then make at least a double batch of them to have enough.

Here are some other suggestions to serve with this dessert:

How To Store Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar

One thing I really love about this dish is that it comes in its own storage container. They will keep for three days in the fridge, anything more than that and the biscuits get a bit soggy. Unless you don’t mind soggy biscuits.

I hope you love this recipe, and thank you for stopping by! If you’d like to try other desserts on the blog, check out Desserts and Baking for more recipes.

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four jars with strawberry shortcake
Yield: 4 Servings

Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Why not serve your strawberry shortcake in a jar? This easy dessert is a twist on a classic. Lovely for picnics and barbeques, with all the strawberry goodness you could ask for!

Ingredients

For the Biscuits with Brown Sugar

  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) cold Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup Buttermilk

For the Strawberries

  • 1 pint of Fresh Strawberries (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar

For the Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup of very cold Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar

Instructions

Prepare the Strawberries:

  1. Cut the tops off the strawberries, and leave whole if they are small or cut in half or quarters if they are large.
  2. Place the strawberries in a large bowl and add the two Tbsp of granulated sugar and let sit while you make the biscuits.

Make the Biscuits:

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the 1 cup of flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp baking soda, 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, and 1 tsp salt. Stir well to combine.
  2. Cut the 1/2 stick of unsalted butter into thin slices and add to the bowl of dry ingredients.
  3. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter pieces are pea sized.
  4. Add the butter milk, starting with 1/2 cup. Use a fork to stir. If the mixture still seems dry, add more buttermilk one tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms a soft shaggy dough (it shouldn't be too wet).
  5. Using a large spoon, divide the dough into four pieces and drop onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the dough to get nice and cold.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and place in the oven on a lower rack. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the tops are light golden and the center springs back when lightly touched. Check after 10 minutes, then every 1-2 minutes after to avoid overbaking.
  8. Once biscuits are done, remove from the oven to allow to cool while you make the whipped cream.


Make the Whipped Cream:

  1. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or a large bowl and a hand mixer with whisk attachment, mix the cream and 2 Tbsp of granulated sugar on medium high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. This could take a few minutes, but keep checking by stopping the mixer and turning the whisk attachment upside down. If the cream stands straight up on the end of the whisk, you're at the right place. Don't over whip or you will end up with butter!


Assemble the Strawberry Shortcake:

  1. Make sure your jars are clean, either by washing by hand or in the dishwasher. You will use one biscuit for each jar. Cut the biscuits into cubes about a half inch to one inch in size. Place half the cubes of each biscuit into the bottom of the jars.
  2. Add a spoonful of whipped cream on top of the biscuit cubes. You may need two or three spoons of whipped cream to cover the biscuit pieces.
  3. Next, add a few strawberries on top of the whipped cream.
  4. Repeat these steps until you reach the top of the jars. If you are careful about dividing your ingredients, you should run out at the same time you reach the top of your jars.

Notes

If you want, you may use store bought cake instead of biscuits.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 927mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 3gSugar: 25gProtein: 6g

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12 Comments

  1. Love the idea of a strawberry shortcake in a jar! It’s so cute and easy to make. I’ll have to try it out with my girlfriends this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks so delicious and yummy. Such a unique recipe! Plus the best part is, that it’s in the jar for easy keeping. Loved it!

  3. Loving this strawberry shortcake! It is perfect eating out of the jar! It ensures I don’t eat the whole dish!

  4. My kids loved your strawberry shortcake in a jar! I never made a dessert like this, and loved it, thanks!

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