Fresh Cherry Shortcake recipe

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6 cups Bing cherries, pitted and halved
6 tablespoons white sugar
2 lemons, zested
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup frozen butter
1 egg, beaten
½ cup cold half-and-half, or more as needed
1 egg white
1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup chopped almonds
6 cherries with stems

Nutrition Info

643 calories
carbohydrate: 85.1 g
cholesterol: 86.7 mg
fat: 30.6 g
fiber: 6.9 g
protein: 12.3 g
saturatedFat: 13.8 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 556.4 mg
sugar: 45 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Combine 6 cups cherries, 6 tablespoons sugar, and lemon zest in a bowl. Allow cherries to rest for 2 to 3 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk egg and half-and-half in a small bowl, stir into the flour mixture with a fork until dough is moistened with large clumps. Add a teaspoon more half-and-half to the bowl if dough won't come together.

  4. Roll tennis ball size scoops of dough and place on prepared baking sheet. Press each ball down lightly to form 1/2-inch discs. Brush dough with egg white and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

  6. Slice each cake in half horizontally. Layer a generous portion of halved cherries, almonds, and whipped cream between cake halves. Top with another dollop of whipped cream, almonds, and a whole cherry.

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Recipe Note

I had a big bag of fresh Bing cherries and wanted a fresh and different dessert for the July 4th weekend. Integrating unique spices, this twist on the traditional shortcake dessert is delish.

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