Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream (GIVEAWAY)

Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream

Restraint and Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream.

Restraint. Moderation. Poise. There are times I possess these characteristics. A pebble hurls at my windshield and leaves a mark the size of a bullet hole; although my skin is boiling, I resist the temptation to scream at the pebble. My child sprays air freshener all over the walls so the bathroom smells like oranges for days on end; I take a breath (and choke on citrus fumes) then composed, I deal with my spawn and the bathroom.

Restraint is something most adults practice regularly. There are plenty of things I can resist completely, or at least use judgement to experience in moderation…

Shortcakes are not one of these things.

Truth be told, I am a complete and unabashed shortcake addict. If they are around, I will hoard them like bars of gold. It’s the tender buttery layers, the slight note of sweetness, the crumbly texture that lays somewhere between good shortbread and fluffy biscuits. After all, Shortbread + Cake = Shortcakes. My two favorite thing combined, how could I NOT love them?

Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes

I have absolutely no defense against their beguiling aroma and crusty golden top. I will literally eat them until they are gone. Three shortcakes left? Not anymore. Like the “bad boy” that irrational young girls swoon after; shortcakes are dangerous, and I love them for it.

So, I make them and I make them, with very good excuses of course. “Recipe Development” or “Tweaking” are common justifications for such behavior. “I’ve got to perfect this recipe”, I tell myself… lies.

The fact is, shortcakes are where all my restraint, moderation and poise go out the window. And if you’ve never experienced REAL shortcakes or GOOD shortcakes, this may be the recipe that breaks your resolve as well. *smile*

Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream, words cannot fully describe the wonder of this recipe.Simple blackberry shortcakes would do ME in on their own. Yet with the addition of bourbon to the shortcakes, and then again to the whipped cream, these babies are truly threatening.

This is a dessert I might trade my wedding ring for… and if not supervised, possibly one of my children.

Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes are down-home buttery, ozzy-boozy, blackberry-lious! The way the deep perky flavor of the blackberries plays with the essence of bourbon is absolutely irresistible. I refuse to tell you how many of these I ate after this photo-shoot; it’s embarrassing.

Just know, I share this recipe with confidence that if you make it, you will want to kiss my face.

Blackberry Bourbons Shortcakes with Whiskey Whipped Cream

Cook’s Notes:

Shortcakes are squatty sweet biscuits that can be cracked in the middle to provide a top and bottom. As a member of the “quick bread” family, it’s best to use very cold ingredients, and to WORK FAST, so the dough goes in the oven cold. This allows the cool butter clumps to work their magic and produce light flaky layers. You can make shortcakes ahead, and put them into the fridge until ready to bake. It’s also important to cut as many shortcakes as possible out of the dough the first time. The more you gather and re-flatten the dough, the tougher it gets.

How to Make Shortcakes Step 2

How To Make Shortcakes Step 3

Macerating (squashing) some of the berries creates a thicker for flavorful sauce for the rest of the berries. Use the back of a large spoon, or simply smash them with your hand–it’s more fun!

Blackberry Shortcakes-Blackberry Sauce

Whiskey curdles cream if you’re not careful. For the whiskey whipped cream, make sure to add the whiskey to the heavy cream immediately before whipping. Whip it in the food processor for just a few seconds for loose cream or a little longer for stiff whipped cream.  I personally like it loose for this recipe.


Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream


For the Bourbon Shortcakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour + extra for cutting
1 Tb. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
8 Tb. cold butter, cut into cubes
1 egg + 1 egg white
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 Tb. bourbon
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 Tb. Turbinado sugar

For the Blackberries:
1 quart fresh blackberries
2-3 Tb. sugar

For the Whiskey Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
3 Tb. bourbon
3 Tb. sugar


For the Bourbon Shortcakes: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in the food processor. Pulse a few times, then add the butter cubes. Pulse a few more times until the butter is broken into pea-sized chunks.

Whisk one egg, cream and bourbon together, then pulse into the dry mixture, until it just comes together.

Dump the dough onto a floured work surface. Quickly press with your hands until it is 1 ¼- 1 ½ inches thick.

Using a 3 inch cookie cutter cut out 8 shortcakes—try your best to get them all in one cut. Dough gets tougher the more you play with it.

Lay them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush them with egg white and sprinkle with almonds and turbinado sugar.

Pop in the oven immediately. The goal is to works fast enough to get them in the oven while the butter is still cold—that’s what creates the light flaky texture. Bake for 12 minute, then cool for at least 5 minutes before trying to move.

For the Blackberries: Smash one handful of blackberries to leash the juices. Toss the smashed berries with the whole berries and sugar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Whiskey Cream: Wipe out the food processor, then add the cream, bourbon and sugar. Puree into the desired consistency in reached. Stir to make sure the loose cream on the bottom is whipped.

I’m excited to announce That Villeroy & Boch has graciously offered One Gorgeous Whiskey Carafe and Your Choice of 2 Whiskey Tumblers as a Pre-Father’s Day Giveaway. This heavy crystal bar-ware would make a stunning gift for the man in your life–or for yourself!

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100 Responses to “Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream (GIVEAWAY)”

  1. #
    Nelly Rodriguez — May 31, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I shared on FB!


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    Nelly Rodriguez — May 31, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I’m subscribed to your feed :)


  3. #
    Erin — May 31, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    Wow these look mouthwateringly delicious! So picture perfect!


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    Linda — May 31, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Sommer, you have perfected the ultimate shortcake recipe! What an amazing combination of flavors, the presentation is gorgeous and the cakes look like the taste is to die for! I’m a huge fan of Villeroy and Bach, my favorite tumbler is the Islands Whiskey.


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    These shortcakes look great! I like the highlands whiskey tumbler. What beautiful glassware!


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    Heather — May 31, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    1) These look unbelievably delicious. The way you are with shortcakes is the way I am with desserts made with booze. :)

    2) You are hilarious!

    3) I like the Islands Whisky Tumbler. :)


  7. #
    Joyti — May 31, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    I don’t have much resistant when it comes to berries or shortcakes either. YUM.
    And yours sound particularly delicious.


  8. #
    Laura — May 31, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    the Highlands Whiskey Glasses are sexy!! love this recipe, have to try it!


  9. #
    Laura — May 31, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    I “liked” you on FB


  10. #
    Laura — May 31, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    I shared the recipe/giveaway on my FB page!


  11. #
    PolaM — May 31, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    Wow these look goooood!


  12. #
    carolinaheartstrings — May 31, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Tumbler #2. This recipe looks fantastic. Wonderful pictures.


  13. #
    kateiscooking — May 31, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    I love the Highlands Whiskey Tumbler.


  14. #
    kateiscooking — May 31, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    I already follow you on Facebook


  15. #
    Chris and Amy — May 31, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    We love the Lowlands Whiskey Tumbler…but we love the idea of those boozy shortcakes more!!! :-)


  16. #
    pachecopatty — May 31, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    Shortcakes are one of my all time favorites, the sweet biscuit, luscious fruit and flavored whipped cream, wow, I’m far away in my own little dream world now;-)


  17. #
    67 — May 31, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    I, too, LOVE shortcake! But there’s booze in these!! YES! :) That’s two boozy delicious recipes in a row that you’ve given us – THANK YOU!


  18. #
    Melissa (My McDonald Meal) — May 31, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Hey! It was great meeting you at BlogHer Food! Can’t wait to stay connected.
    Love this recipe and seeing how I live in KY- THE home of Bourbon, I’d love to whip up a batch of these. As for the tumblers- I like #3. This would be a perfect father’s day gift! Thanks for the chance.


  19. #
    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — May 31, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    Ooooh, more whiskey! My husband and I are both lovin’ your whiskey-infused recipes. Drop dead photos, Sommer!


  20. #
    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — May 31, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    I Stumbled your post :)


  21. #
    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — May 31, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I already Like you on Facebook, and hubs really likes Kentucky bourbon!


  22. #
    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — May 31, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    Oh, yea – went to V&B and like Tumbler #2, as well as all their dinnerware you’ve been featuring :)


  23. #
    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — June 1, 2011 @ 12:43 am

    Magnificent! I mean just read the name again and you got me salivating!


  24. #
    Magic of Spice — June 1, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    These are stunning and I can just imagine these beautiful fresh flavors…shortbread is one of the greatest inventions :)


  25. #
    Tiffany — June 1, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    I don’t think I’d have restraint, moderation, or poise with that whiskey cream around!


  26. #
    Nivedita — June 1, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    Lovely recipe !!!
    The Scotch Whisky – Single grain glass would be my choice !!!!


  27. #
    The Food Hound — June 1, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    I’m so glad to get this recipe- I’m bookmarking it! I have made COUNTLESS disappointing shortcake recipes, so the last time I made strawberry shortcake, I actually just used shortbread. Flavor was great, but it needed that biscuit-like texture. Love everything about this! Self-restraint, shmelf-restraint :)


  28. #
    5 Star Foodie — June 1, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    I love the idea of adding bourbon to the shortcakes and the cream, and so delicious with all the blackberries, this is an excellent dessert!


  29. #
    Denise — June 2, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I like the Islands Whiskey Tumbler


  30. #
    sweetlife — June 2, 2011 @ 2:45 pm




  31. #
    Beth — June 3, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    I am seriously dying to try those shortcakes! Wow!
    I’m Canadian, so I can’t qualify for the giveaway — but good luck to everyone else!


  32. #
    Nive — June 3, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    I like the ‘Nosing Goblets’…Thanks for this giveaway….


  33. #
    Nive — June 3, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    I subscribe via email and by feed….


  34. #
    Donald — June 3, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    Being born and bred in Kentucky, I know there is nothing like bourbon for drinking or cooking, and I prefer the Old Fashioned Tumbler


  35. #
    G J — June 3, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    Have to go with the Highlands Whiskey tumbler


  36. #
    Jean — June 4, 2011 @ 3:41 am

    Oh, I LOVE the Lowlands Whiskey Tumbler!!!


  37. #
    Johanna Kramer — June 4, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    I was planing to infuse Gin with the blackberries I picked up from the market this morning…not anymore, this recipe looks awesome. P.S. I like the Islands tumblers


  38. #
    Roxana GreenGirl — June 4, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    These shortcake are so hard to resist. Love berries, especially in a dessert like this.

    I pick Tumbler No 1


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    Roxana GreenGirl — June 4, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Like you on Facebook


  40. #
    Roxana GreenGirl — June 4, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    Following you on Twitter and tweeted about this amazing giveaway!/GrinGarl/status/77222125471154176


  41. #
    Amanda Thompson — June 4, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    I like the Islands Whisky Tumblers best!


  42. #
    Amanda Thompson — June 4, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

    I subscribe via email :)


  43. #
    Hollie Kerslake — June 5, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    What a fantastic recipe and fun giveaway – I like Tumbers #3 the best, although all three are beautiful. I can’t wait to try this recipe out! :)


  44. #
    Mark@SeasonWithSpice — June 5, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    No. 3 is my favorite. Thanks Sommer!


  45. #
    SMITH BITES — June 7, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    well . . . i always did like the ‘bad boys’ in school . . . what can i say? restraint ain’t in my vocabulary . . .


  46. #
    Stevie — June 28, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    This dessert or breakfast or brunch or snack or lunch or dinner… sounds really good. I could enjoy it for every meal, relentlessly, with no problem. What kind of bourbon do you prefer for this? And would you serve little bourbon cocktails on the side as you see to indicate in the first two pics? I think that I would.


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