Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
I'm a human being on planet earth. I've lived hundreds of lifetimes. In this incarnation I'm here to advance medicine.

Strawberry shortcake holds a special place in my heart – for many years in a row I requested it for my birthday dessert when my mom offered to make anything I’d like.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

I put a different twist on this one, using leftover defrosted peanut butter biscuits that I froze after making them for the Peanut Butter & Co. All-Star Recipe Blog.

Yep. Peanut butter biscuits. With rich peanut butter “cream” and juicy strawberries.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

The inspiration for peanut butter cream came from the various vegan cashew cream recipes that circulated the blogosphere a few years back.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

I soaked organic unsalted peanuts in water overnight to soften them.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

The peanuts were then pureed with water, vanilla bean paste, agave nectar, and…

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

… unsweetened peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes
Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

I pressed the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to ensure as smooth a finished product as possible.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

I could easily have eaten the whole batch like so:

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

But, I restrained myself and reserved most of it for the shortcakes.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

The tender biscuits are the perfect vehicle for the rich and slightly sweet peanut butter cream, and the strawberries add the essential freshness that makes this dessert so lovely.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

The assembled shortcake is less sweet than most desserts, but is delicious nonetheless.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

The best aspect of this recipe is that you can make the individual components to enjoy separately or combine them for a delicious and healthy dessert.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes
NamePeanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cooking Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Estimated Nutrition per Serving

Calories: 485 calories

Protein: 10 grams

Carbohydrates: 42 grams

Dietary Fiber: 3 grams

Sugars: 12 grams

Fat: 32 grams

Saturated Fat: 13 grams

Cholesterol: 55 milligrams

Sodium: 559 milligrams

Potassium: 290 milligrams

Vitamin C: 39% of the Daily Value

Calcium: 11% of the Daily Value

Iron: 15% of the Daily Value


1. Prepare the Shortcakes

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Add the cold cubed butter and peanut butter. Use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to work the butter and peanut butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Gradually pour in the milk and stir until just combined. Do not overmix; the dough should be slightly lumpy.

Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making 4 equal portions.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the shortcakes are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.

2. Prepare the Strawberries

While the shortcakes are baking, place the sliced strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Toss gently to coat the strawberries and set them aside. The sugar will macerate the strawberries, releasing their natural juices and enhancing their flavor.

3. Assemble the Shortcakes

Once the shortcakes have cooled, slice each one in half horizontally.

Spoon a generous amount of whipped cream onto the bottom half of each shortcake.

Add a layer of macerated strawberries on top of the whipped cream.

Place the other half of the shortcake on top, creating a sandwich.

4. Garnish and Serve

Finish off your Peanut Butter Strawberry Shortcakes by drizzling a bit of honey or a sprinkle of crushed peanuts on top for extra flavor and texture.

Serve these delectable treats immediately, and watch as your guests savor every delightful bite.

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