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Shortcake Biscuits

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Recipe donated by: Denise Gerlach

In memory of: Virginia Falcsik

Homemade Shortcake Biscuits


  • 3 cups flour (plus more for rolling dough)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla (if using for shortcake)
  • Coarse sugar (if using for shortcake)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine in large bowl: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar.

Cut softened butter and shortening into the mixture using a pastry blender (or you can work it into the dough using two butter-knives, continually criss-crossing them into the dough) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add milk (and vanilla, if using) at once; stir until just moistened.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Lightly roll and pat into a square, about 12 x 12 and 3/4 of an inch thick.

Dip a biscuit cutter (or the rim of a small juice glass) in flour; use to cut biscuits into desired shape (about 2 inches across). Reroll the scraps and repeat.

Place biscuits one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Top with a light sprinkling of coarse sugar if using for shortcake.

Bake 10 – 14 minutes or until golden brown.

For shortcake: Allow biscuits to cool; top with your favorite fresh fruit and a little whipped cream.

For biscuits: Serve warm!

For both: Wrap leftovers tightly; they’ll keep for a day.

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