Red White and Blue Berry Shortcakes

red white and blue berry shortcakes on a parchment lined tray.

Red white and blue berry shortcakes feature easy to make, lightly sweetened drop biscuits, warm, juicy strawberries and blueberries, and fluffy homemade whipped cream. They're the best little desserts for the 4th of July and all of summer's patriotic holidays!



For the Berries:

  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

For the Shortcakes:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cold unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • coarse sugar for sprinkling (optional)
  • homemade whipped cream


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Place a large bowl and beaters (or the bowl of your stand mixer) in the freezer to chill for the whipped cream.
  2. Thinly slice strawberries and place in a small saucepan with 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Stir and bring to a simmer over medium low heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. 
  3. Place blueberries in another small saucepan with remaining 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Make the biscuits. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Working quickly, grate the cold butter into the bowl. Stir to distribute the butter throughout the flour. Gently stir in vanilla and milk until a sticky ball forms., careful not to over-stir.
  5. Drop biscuits by a large spoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar (optional). Bake 10 minutes, or until the tops are golden.
  6. Make the whipped cream.
  7. Assemble the shortcakes. Cut each biscuit in half. Spoon strawberry mixture onto one half of each. Spoon blueberries on top, then top with a dollop of whipped cream. Place the other half of the biscuit onto the top of each shortcake and serve.

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