Browned Butter, Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip Shortcakes

July 12, 2012 · 30 comments

Assembled Strawberry Shortcake

When my workout board has the same number of pins as my food board, my life will be balanced.

It’s a theory I developed in my brain, on Hunter’s morning walk. And, it seems fairly reasonable, when it comes to the secrets of a happy life realm.

Now, logic would totally say, I’d come home and pin the heck out of treadmill interval workouts (I secretly love these) and do in your basement exercises, for this stretch of my life I’m living without a treadmill.

Instead, I ate strawberry shortcake. For breakfast. I kind of don’t even know what happened.

Ready to Bake Shortcake

Shortcake happened. I know that much.

I like making shortcake with a basic biscuit recipe, and adding a little extra sugar. This time, I went with brown sugar…which pairs with browned butter (in a happy, balanced world).

Here’s the deal. When the fat you add to biscuits is cut in as a solid, you can roll out a dough and use a fancy biscuit cutter (or a drinking glass) to make perfect cirlces. But, when the fat is in liquid form (like melted, browned butter), you just whisk it into the dry ingredients and you’re left with drop biscuits. Drop biscuits and all their imperfections don’t bother me. They’re a no pressure situation…which I’m into.

Also…mini chocolate chips made their way into this drop biscuit dough too. Go big or go home, was kind of my attitude here.

And, there’s an extra sprinkle of brown sugar on the top before the bake zone…it’s fancy.

(I know. There’s a handful of components here. But they’re simple things to do. And we’re layering flavor. Just go with it.)

Strawberries and Shortcakes

These shortcakes are the perfect vehicle for fresh strawberries and Cool Whip. They tastes like summer. Plus browned butter.

Get into this. I have workouts to pin…and think really seriously about completing.

Browned Butter, Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip Shortcakes

2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, browned
1/4 cup brown sugar, plus 1 teaspoon for sprinkling
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
(fresh strawberries and Cool Whip)

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Brown butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. (Essentially, you’re just melting the butter, stirring it and watching until it turns a shade of golden brown.) Whisk 1/4 cup brown sugar into browned butter. Add brown butter/sugar mixture to dry ingredients and whisk. Add the milk, a little at a time, and continue whisking until a smooth dough begins to form. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with additional teaspoon of brown sugar. (I made six shortcakes out of this dough.) Bake in a preheated 425° oven for 12 minutes. Let cool before slicing and assembling strawberry shortcakes.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! July 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

What a great recipe – shortcakes for breakfast! Now this is something I would support 100%. These look SO good.

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Denise Dean July 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

looks yummy, PS I have a brand new treadmill and will barter for blog lessons or food!

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Baking Serendipity July 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I love this deal!

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The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time July 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

I like the idea of pinning exercise instead of actually doing it. I need to go create that board. :) What a fantastic idea for shortcakes. It’s no secret that I’m not a chocolate fan, but since I live with them, I like to feed their cravings. This is a perfect way!

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Cassie July 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

Definitely all about balance. I love these!

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love2dine July 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

Lovely photos and great recipe.

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Oh, I love these! Brown butter and chocolate chips in shortcakes? Yes, I need these!

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Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings July 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hi, Thanks for visiting my blog! Because of that visit, I am now here on your WONDERFUL site full of baked goodness! I have a weakness for sweets (oh ok, for savouries, too), so I love the stuff you have here!

Choc chip shortcakes? SOLD!

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Monet July 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I love your theory and I LOVE these beauties. Wow! I’m drooling. I can’t wait to make these (and eat them while watching old episodes of Mad Men)

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MissMessy July 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

need these in my life :)

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Cinnamon @ eatpraytri July 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

You never cease to amaze me.

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Joy July 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

The shortcakes look wonderful. I would never think of adding chocolate. This is a great great idea.

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Kitchen Belleicious July 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

brown butter- choc chic, brown sugar! Those are my middle name! This dessert is incredible

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Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian July 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Oh my! This looks amazing!
My board on pinterest is definitely overflowing with food recipes and not so much with exercise pins. I have to work that!!

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake July 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Yum; these look fantastic! My husband’s birthday is Saturday & I’m thinking this might make the perfect surprise breakfast!

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Jen @ Savory Simple July 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

This is the story of my life. A very high food to exercise ratio. But it’s because of recipes like this one!

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts July 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I think I’d have these for breakfast too. And lunch. And dinner. Or all 3.

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Karyn - Pint Sized Baker July 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

These look wonderful! I could so go for these right now!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Stunning! Browned butter and brown sugar…*swoon*

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Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} July 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I’m all about balance as well. pinning workout plans while eating cakes. talking about the perfect life!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I love everything about these! So much goodness in a single bite!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Is there enough room at your parents house for one more? I want to come eat at our house!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

You are like my long lost sister, Sarah. :) I like your approach: go big or go home! These shortcakes are going to be made today. Yum!

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. July 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Haha! Perhaps I need to be pinning more exercise posts too.

But, for now, these shortcakes look pretty flipping good!

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Emily @ Life on Food July 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

Strawberry shortcake is not my favorite. Yes, I will eat it but I am not head over heals in love with it. These however look like something I would jump right on the couch for…mini chocolate chips and brown butter. Yep, I would be just like Tom Cruise.

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Baker Street July 15, 2012 at 6:38 am

Brown butter anything makes me weak in the knees! These chocolate chip shortcakes look incredible! Consider this bookmarked :)

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

At least you have a workout board. I’m all about food. :(

And these are interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever had shortcake but if I had to have one, browned butter sounds the best way to go!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog July 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

These shortcakes look so good. I love that you put a delicious spin on the average shortcake. Yum!

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Anita at Hungry Couple July 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Oh, my… :)

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