Tequila Strawberry Shortcake

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!

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!

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 simple replace it with water.


This is not your grandma's shortcake recipe!

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!

Cornmeal Biscuits with Strawberries

This is not your grandma's shortcake recipe!

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 18m
  • Total Time: 32m
  • Serves: 8



  • 1 1/2 c (192g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c (61g) yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c (1 stick, 113g) cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 2/3 c (163g) whole milk (I don't recommend skim milk for this recipe)

Strawberry Mixture

  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick vanilla extract
  • 4 c strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 c (50g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp. 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.

I found this Strawberry Shortcake recipe on McCormick Gourmet and am sharing it with permission.



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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Those biscuits truly sound perfect. Yum!


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

Rachel @ BubblyNatureCreations.com

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


    Ooohhhhhh…. scones! That sounds delish!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

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

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

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

Liz @ Virtually Homemade

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

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

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

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