January 28, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Strawberry shortcake - mmmm.... where do I even start?! Fresh, sweet & juicy strawberries layered between soft & crumbly shortcake topped up with rich & creamy whipped cream .. yummmm... every bite is a pure pleasure!

Yesterday, I was at Whole foods and just couldn't stop myself from bringing home a bag of fresh & ripe strawberries! Since then, I have been looking to bake some kind of a dessert with those bright red wonders! I was totally happy when I pinned down on this simple recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Cookies - the recipe that has all the flavor & texture of strawberry shortcake in a cookie! As expected, cookies turned out to be tasty & super flaky with a burst of flavor in every bite!

With Valentine's day around the corner, try these cute li 'l cookies "with a heart" and surprise your loved ones! There is no better way to show them your love and appreciation than to cook something delicious with all your heart. This recipe will be a sure delight for your family & friends!

Basic Info
Complexity - Medium
Prep time - 20 mins
Cook time - 15 - 20 mins
Serves - 15 - 18 cookies

Fresh Strawberries - 1 cup (hulled & diced into bite-size pieces)
Fresh Strawberries - 4-6 nos (slice and shape them into thin hearts)
Granulated sugar - 1/4 cup + 1.5 tbsp
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 3 tbsp (cold, unsalted)
Heavy cream - 1/3 cup
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

Preheat the oven to 375 deg F. Line a baking sheet (that can hold upto 18-20 cookies) with parchment paper.

Combine diced strawberries, 1.5 tbsp of granulated sugar, vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Set aside for atleast 20 mins. This helps in bringing out the flavor of strawberries.

Whisk together the flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix in the butter to the flour mixture until coarse crumbs are formed. Stir in the heavy cream until the dough starts to come together, then gently fold in strawberries.

Flour mixture should look like this after adding butter & heavy cream.
Take about a small golf-sized dough and drop onto cookie sheets evenly spaced apart. Gently press the heart-shaped strawberries on top of the cookies. Sprinkle with sugar. 

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy them warm/cold with a scoop of ice-cream! Yummm!!!

  • Cookies tastes great on the same day of baking but the texture becomes soft as it cools.
  • A scoop of your favorite ice cream (or) a dash of fresh whipped cream on top takes these cookies to the next level.

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