Baking Powder Shortcake Biscuits

Baking powder shortcake biscuits piled in a white serving bowl.
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These sweet and tender shortcake biscuits are light and crisp, perfect to use in your favorite strawberry shortcake recipes. Or, enjoy them all on their own, warmed and drizzled with strawberry sauce or honey.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (cold)
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk


  1. Prep your tools. Line a small 12×7 baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk shortly to combine.
  3. Cut in the butter. Cube the butter and add into the flour mixture. Continue chopping with a pastry cutter until the consistency resembles a streusel and crumbles are visible.
  4. Add the buttermilk. Create a hollow space in the middle of the streusel and pour in the buttermilk. Mix a few times with a spoon or a spatula until lumps form. Then knead 2-3 times with your hands, just until the ingredients combine. Do not over knead the batter.
  5. Shape the dough. Flour your working surface and transfer the dough. Shape it into a 1 inch thick rectangle.
  6. While shaping the rectangle, work the dough with generously floured hands.Β  Cut the dough into 6 equal parts, layer them on top of each other and gently press down. Then, re-shape into a 1 inch thick rectangle and repeat twice more.
  7. Cut out the biscuits. Cut the dough using a 2.5 inch diameter cookie cutter.
  8. Re-shape and cut out more shortcakes from the leftover dough. The dough should yield around 6-8 shortcakes.
  9. Chill. Layer the shortcakes in the pre-prepared baking tray and freeze for 20 minutes.
  10. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400Β°F.
  11. Bake. Transfer the shortcakes to an oven-size baking tray and insert directly into the pre-heated oven, bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and cool completely on the baking tray.

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