Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

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‘Sup you guys! I’m super psyched to be participating in my second Fiesta Friday Link-up. Last week was my first time and it was a real blast to get to look through all the wonderful goodies that everyone brought to the party. A huge thank you to everyone who came and checked out my Blueberry Crumble Muffins and made me feel so welcome. You’re all awesome, and I intend to make myself pretty comfortable at this here party. Jess is definitely here to stay.

Today, I have my mind on 90’s Nostalgia. Specifically 90’s cartoons. I know everyone probably says it about their own decade of their childhood, but I really do feel like the 90’s was just a really great period for children’s cartoon characters and tv shows. These days, little kids may not even know who Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck are. The chances of them recognizing the French cartoon Madeline are even slimmer. And I’d be very surprised to meet a kid under the age of 10 who knew who could give me the names of all the Power Puff Girls. All of the above is sacrilege, so far as I’m concerned.

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Do any of you guys have small children in their families or circle of friends that’s into the cartoon Strawberry Shortcake? I worked in a daycare at my church for several years with little girls that loved her, and my mom has kids in her Sunday school class that were huge fans of hers. Β Not that I blame them; SS is pretty cool so far as cartoons go. I even liked her when I was young. However, what I find to be interesting about the whole thing is that the SS of today is nothing like the SS us girls had when I was little. For one, they don’t even look alike.

My first exposure to SS was through a board game that me and my sisters loved to play together when we were little, called Strawberry Land. I found a picture of it online (much to my surprise), and maybe one of you guys who grew up during theΒ 90s, or had kids who did, may recognize it as well:

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See how much things can change in the space of 15 or so years? She looks nothing like the SS we see now, right? 90s SS always looked ready for a tea party, whereas today’s SS is somewhat tom-boyish, I think. But for me, this was SS- long hair, frilly dresses and curtsies. I actually kinda miss that game now that I think about it. There wasn’t much to it- I think the rules had something to do with color matching, but I don’t remember the details. Can I be perfectly honest? Β I just loved SS as a cartoon mainly because I thought the girls were all really pretty and wanted to look and dress like them every day of my life- big hair, tea party dresses, curtsies and all. Then, I also just liked the food aspect of it. Three cheers for childhood nostalgia.

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Okay, so now for the real strawberry shortcake aspect of this. I had some spare strawberries that were getting a little soft/mushy in my fridge that I really didn’t want to see go to waste. I went searching for some recipes to try out, and stumbled across this one on the blog Two Peas and Their Pod. They have a pretty solid reputation for good eats, so I decided to give these a try. I think they turned out okay. They are cookies- not ‘shortcake’ in the way that we think of flaky, crumbly cake that we think of with the real thing. However, the flavors are pretty good and I could see using these for strawberry ice cream sandwiches, or for a strawberry ice box cake as well. Overall, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but not a disappointment either.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Recipe Courtesy of Two Peas & Their Pod

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 7 tablespoons granulated sugar in a large bowl.

4. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, or rub in with your fingers, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cream until dough starts to come together, then stir in strawberry mixture.

5. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly apart. Sprinkle cookies with turbinado sugar, and bake until golden brown, about 22 to 25 minutes.

6. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.

 

 

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54 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

  1. This brings back memories… when my 29 year old was little, she loved Strawberry Shortcake. I think I might even still have the little dolls that she played with, and if I remember correctly, they smelled like strawberry, blueberry… etc. Happy memories.. πŸ™‚

    Now these cookies…Oh my goodness do they look delicious!! I know that this recipe will be making many happy memories to come!! Yum, just YUM. ❀

  2. Yum, yum and more yum, Jess! These look fabulous…I’m a huge fan of strawberry anything. Why I’ve never incorporated them in a cookie is beyond me. Your idea of making ice cream sandwiches out of them sounds perfect for the summer months! Now, if only those delicious Michigan berries would hurry up and ripen, I’d be really happy!

  3. Yay! So happy to know that you’ll stay here for long! πŸ™‚

    It’s good to bring back memories. Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were young? I have not seen SS that long and I am not sure I know her that much. Anyway, these SS cookies sound absolutely divine! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for bringing these to FF15. We’ll definitely enjoy these! πŸ™‚

    • Wow, what a TOUGH question, Jhuls. When it came to Disney movies, I was obsessed with Princess Belle. But otherwise, I would have to say that I loved Tweety Bird. Thanks for the compliments about my cookies, I’m just glad to be at the Fiesta πŸ˜‰

      • Tough, right? πŸ˜€ I love Cinderella when it comes to Disney movies. ❀ For others? Mmm, let me think? I also like Tinkerbell – still from Disney. Haha!

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  5. Ahhh, yes, Strawberry Shortcake! I used to have a little vinyl purse with her picture on it. It was hot pink and my most prized possession for years. Love the look of these cookies – they look so moist. Forget about the purse, just pass me the cookies, please!

  6. Wow, cookies made from real strawberries! Shortcake/shortbread whatever you’d call it (I’m not very sure about the difference between the two) it surely looks delicious!

  7. Psst, Jess! You may not know this about FF, but some of us come with REAlly big purses πŸ˜‰ I think your plate is empty! I don’t suppose you brought a “back-up” plate? :/

  8. Hi Jess – fabulous recipe to bring to the party – these are such a big hit with the gang! Glad to see that you are becoming a regular – the FF bunch are a rather lovely lot – who wouldn’t want to hang with them?! Enjoy the party – I hope you meet some more wonderful people this week!

  9. I am 41 Y.O. and I loved Strawberry shortcake and her fruity friends when I was a kid. In French, she is known as Fraisinette (fraise = strawberry). Your cookies look amazing, and I will try them as soon as our local strawberries are available…

    • Thank you Catherine! I love SS’s french name, it’s so adorable. I’m sure you’ll love the cookies once you get a chance to try them πŸ™‚

  10. These sound awesome!! Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite summertime desserts, but it’s not one that is very easy transportable – problem solved! Yum πŸ™‚

  11. I am obsessed with strawberry shortcake cookies! We make them every year after we go strawberry picking πŸ™‚ SO SO SO much better than strawberry shortcake!! Yours look delicious!

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