Fourth of July Delight: 13 Unique Takes on Strawberry Shortcake

Nothing says summer and the Fourth of July like strawberry shortcake! We think it is the quintessential summer dessert. While we are fond of classic biscuit-style recipes – and we have those for you, of course, and we also have some more creative versions for you! Thirteen in all from gluten-free, to vegan, and fruit other than strawberries, such as blueberries, apples and peaches.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcakes with Buttermilk Biscuits

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The combination of juicy, sweet fruit with rich, tender biscuits spells Summer for us; they are perfect for fourth of July get-togethers, or anytime you can get your hands on fresh berries. Get the recipe.

Muffin Pan Strawberry Shortcakes

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Looking for a simple, no-fuss strawberry shortcake recipe? Try Muffin Pan Strawberry Shortcakes. Unlike more complicated biscuit-style shortcakes, these use a simple cake batter to make light, tender little cakes. These are naturally egg-free. Top the cakes with berries and fresh whipped cream! Get the recipe.

Peach Shortcake

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This paleo peach shortcake is a great way to celebrate ripe stone fruit this summer before it’s gone. It’s perfectly crumbly and just slightly sweet like the real deal – you’d never know it was paleo. Get the recipe.

Easy Instant Pot Fireball Apple Shortcakes

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Looking for an Autumn Instant Pot dessert? Look no further – these Instant Pot Fireball apple shortcakes are a winning dish! It’s made with cinnamon apples soaked in Fireball whisky along with premade sponge cake dessert cups. This boozy apple dessert is a great Autumn or Fall recipe. If you love apples and warm, spicy flavours, you will love this Fireball whiskey dessert recipe. Get the recipe.

Hazelnut Shortcake With Berries

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Hazelnut Shortcake With Berries. Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

This shortcake features one large hazelnut filled shortcake topping with fresh berries that have been folded together with caramel sauce. Pass the whipped cream for an unusual dessert, or do half and half cream and yogurt to lighten the topping. Get the recipe for Hazelnut Shortcake With Berries.

Strawberry Shortcakes with Easy Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Drop biscuit shortcakes.
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The biscuits that my grandmother made were wonderful, but took a special touch, plus rolling and cutting perfect circles. I make them sometimes and when I do, I think of her, but these buttermilk drop biscuits are light, fluffy, buttery, flakey and everything else that is good in the world. Get the recipe.

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs

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I’m not one to reinvent the wheel for the sake of it. So I promise you that this dessert is more than just a skewered novelty (although it is super fun to make and eat!). But beyond the stick, I guarantee this dessert is special.

You see, when you submit strawberries to high heat, they char and soften into soft, jammy stickiness. Then you offer buttery, flaky biscuits some golden grill marks and the kiss of a smoky flame.  Add a rosy (no-cook) strawberry sauce for juicy freshness, then top it all off with a cloud of vanilla whipped cream. Get the recipe.

Apple Shortcake

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This Apple Shortcake has cornmeal buttermilk biscuits topped with caramel baked apples, cinnamon-cardamom whipped cream, and homemade salted caramel sauce! This unique dessert is so cozy and delicious! Get the recipe.

Easy Chocolate Shortcake

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Chocolate shortcake is a fun twist on traditional strawberry shortcake cake recipe. Chewy, chocolatey, fudge like and studded with chocolate chips. A chocolate lovers dream for chocolate strawberry shortcake! Get the recipe.

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This strawberry season, you are going to fall in love with this Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake recipe from scratch. Really it’s a strawberry shortcake cookie recipe, buttery, rich, nutty; this will become your new favorite homemade shortcake recipe. Get the recipe.

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

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Homemade vegan shortcake biscuits topped with fresh strawberries and whipped coconut cream. If you love strawberry shortcake then you’ve gotta try this vegan version. Served with whipped coconut cream and sweet strawberries. Get the recipe.

Keto Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry season means I am craving a good Keto Strawberry Shortcake Recipe.  Since berries are one of the fruits that are lowest in carbs, I knew I could tweak my 90-second bread recipe to make a shortcake base that would be perfect for fresh, flavorful berries all season long. Get the recipe.

Blueberry Shortcake

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This Blueberry Shortcake is a tender, flaky lavender biscuit topped with juicy fresh blueberries and vanilla bean whipped cream! Whether you’re headed to a picnic, a summer party, or just staying home, these beauties are the perfect treat all summer long! Get the recipe.

30 Dinners That Beat The Heat! Easy No Sweat Meals For The Family!

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Whether you are firing up the grill to keep the heat out of the kitchen, taking advantage of prepared proteins (like rotisserie chicken, or jarred tuna), or maybe using a smaller appliance, like an air-fryer, we have 30 dinner ideas that will get your family fed without breaking a sweat. And of course, some feature no cooking at all! Vegan and plant-based recipes, too.

READ: 30 Dinners That Beat The Heat! Easy No Sweat Meals For The Family!

20 Homemade Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Popsicles And Ices For Summer Fun!

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Ice cream and gelato get a lot of love, but sometimes we want an icy treat that is a bit lighter. Enter the world of Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Pops, and Ices! And trust us: if you think these cannot be as satisfying as ice cream, we suggest you try our Chocolate Sorbet right now. Dairy-free, yet rich and creamy. Twenty in all featuring pineapple, strawberries, espresso, papaya, lime, cherries, banana, coconut and all the flavors you crave.

READ: 20 Homemade Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Popsicles And Ices For Summer Fun!

18 Healthy Summer Snacks That Help You Beat The Heat & Sustain Energy

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We are big snackers around here, and in the summer, we do like lighter snacks – and they are even better if they help cool us down. Luckily, there are loads to choose from, both sweet and savory. Are your favorites listed? Or, which new-to-you one will you try first?

READ: 18 Healthy Summer Snacks That Help You Beat The Heat & Sustain Energy

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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