Tequila Strawberry Shortcake

filed under: Cakes on February 10, 2013

Folks from the south recognize this recipe immediately! These perfect homemade biscuits are kicked up a notch with the addition of cornmeal and the strawberries are infused with tequila for a REALLY amazing strawberry shortcake recipe!

Tequila Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

One thing that is uniquely different about this recipe is the addition of cornmeal. The cornmeal adds a slightly crunchy texture and a beautiful golden hue. It’s a really fabulous experience to have the slight texture of the biscuits and the smooth creamy whipped cream and strawberries. You need to try it just to know how awesome the combination is! If you want a traditional biscuit, try my Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits!

Tequila Strawberry Shortcake - Homemade Cornmeal Biscuit

Tequila Strawberries

I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to try this! (I am not a huge tequila drinker.) But this doesn’t taste like you are taking shots at the dinner table. 😂 The tequila adds something magical to the strawberries… just enhancing and magnifying their amazing sweetness and charm. If you don’t want to use tequila simply replace it with water.

Tequila Strawberries - Tequila Strawberry Shortcake

Whipped Cream for Strawberry Shortcakes

Here is a fabulous homemade whipped cream recipe. If you are using homemade whipped cream be sure to serve immediately after assembling.  For an even more decadent treat, warm the biscuits just before assembling!  The strawberries and cold whipped topping will almost melt into the toasty biscuit creating the most fabulous taste sensation. You will have the perfect Strawberry Shortcake!

Overhead View of Tequila Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Cornmeal Biscuits with Strawberries
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
33 mins

These perfect homemade biscuits are kicked up a notch with the addition of cornmeal and the strawberries are infused with tequila for a REALLY amazing strawberry shortcake recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cornmeal Biscuits with Strawberries
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cups (192g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (61g) yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 113g) cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 2/3 cup (163g) whole milk (I don't recommend skim milk for this recipe)
Strawberry Mixture
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick vanilla extract
  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tequila, can also use bourbon
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and vanilla; stir to form a soft dough. (If dough is dry, add additional milk by tablespoonfuls.)

  3. Drop dough by 1/3 cupfuls about 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet, forming 8 biscuits. Flatten each biscuit slightly into a 2-inch round.

  4. Bake about 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Strawberry Mixture
  1. About 30 minutes before serving, toss strawberries with granulated sugar and tequila in a large bowl. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.

  2. To serve, split biscuits. Place 1 biscuit bottom on each plate. Top each with about 1/2 cup strawberry mixture and whipped cream. Place the top of the biscuit over whipped cream and serve immediately.


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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Those biscuits truly sound perfect. Yum!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Katrina!

  • Bridget says:

    I love the idea of cornmeal biscuits for this dessert. I can just image all of the possibilities.. blueberries, blackberries, peaches…

    • Amanda says:

      Great idea Bridget!

  • Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com says:

    Biscuits are my fave! These look so good!!!! If I wasn’t making scones today I would make these! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Ooohhhhhh…. scones! That sounds delish!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    I love how unique this recipe is in the fall. What a beautiful shortcake!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    These look delightful! And gorgeous pics (as always), too!

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade says:

    I love the idea of cornmeal in the biscuits – I think it would add really nice texture. It’s a nice break from pumpkin!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    Biscuits are amazing at all times, but I love that you made a dessert with them! Never would have thought of that. I would definitely reach over a pumpkin pie for one of these. 🙂

  • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker says:

    Amanda these look gorgeous and McCormick sound like my kind of people. I’ve been putting booze into everything. This recipe is a must for summertime with some clotted cream ice cream

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    Desserts are my passion too!! 🙂 And these look so wonderful – love love love these!

  • Josey says:

    I love all these recipes

  • Sherrill Grawrock says:

    Instead of Tequila use some orange juice!

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