Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream

Restraint and Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream.

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.

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100 comments on “Blackberry Bourbon Shortcakes with Whiskey Cream

  1. Parsley Sageposted May 30, 2011 at 6:50 am Reply

    Heh. Any dessert that could make you consider giving up your firstborn for is one that I MUST try. I’m not a baker so I’ll be printing this and taking it to a friends…with my best puppy dog eyes. ‘Make this for me?’ I’m sure it will be a success. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m an international so I can’t enter your giveaway but I wanted to says ‘awesome!’ none the less :)

  2. Kateposted May 30, 2011 at 6:50 am Reply

    The Highlanders Whiskey Thumbler looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to try the shortcakes. Thanks!

  3. Nancyposted May 30, 2011 at 7:01 am Reply

    Hello! first of all, this recipe looks decadent and I can’t wait to try it! And it would have to be Tumber #2 for me…Thanks!!

  4. Maris (In Good Taste)posted May 30, 2011 at 7:04 am Reply

    Tumbler #2
    This is such a a nice change form the usual strawberry shortcake!

  5. Sommer Jposted May 30, 2011 at 7:13 am Reply

    I confess, i’ve nver eaten a blackberry before. I’ve actually only started eating blueberries and raspberries recently….this looks so darn good, I should pop by blackberry…cherry soon :)

  6. Alisonposted May 30, 2011 at 7:22 am Reply

    It’s gotta be the Islands Whiskey Tumblers for me. I’m all about the peaty single-malts. I’ve got a bottle of Compass Box Peat Monster that would love to be decanted in a proper vessel.

  7. Valerieposted May 30, 2011 at 8:04 am Reply

    It looks delicious!! can’t wait until my diet is over to make some at breakfast time!!

  8. PurpleLarkspurposted May 30, 2011 at 8:31 am Reply

    I like Tumbler No. 2.
    This recipe looks amazing!

  9. PurpleLarkspurposted May 30, 2011 at 8:32 am Reply
  10. PurpleLarkspurposted May 30, 2011 at 8:33 am Reply

    I follow you via Twitter. I am @purplelarkspur

  11. Cookin' Canuckposted May 30, 2011 at 10:05 am Reply

    I had a little chuckle over the air freshener on the bathroom walls. This gorgeous shortcake, however, looks like the best way to calm one’s nerves. Very inventive!

  12. Nisrine M,posted May 30, 2011 at 10:47 am Reply

    I’m finding your dessert delightful, fresh and summery, I mean sommery :). Can I come have some?

  13. Monetposted May 30, 2011 at 10:51 am Reply

    This is simply stunning. The title alone made me drool, but then your photographs pushed me over the edge! The almonds, the vibrant berries, the cream….just lovely! Thank you for sharing with me today! I hope you are having a lovely holiday. Have a week full of good food, laughter and love!

  14. Becky, a girl Guided by Cookbooksposted May 30, 2011 at 11:13 am Reply

    Oh dear. Oh my god. i had NO idea it was possible to put booze into whipped cream. this made my day. wow.

  15. Rachelposted May 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Oh man, Sommer! I already love shortcakes way too much since discovering your strawberry shortcakes with homemade whipped cream a couple of years ago! (We’re having them tonight, as a matter of fact!) This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait for some big, juicy blackberries so I can try this out! Thanks for all the amazing and addicting recipes!

  16. Pat Rposted May 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm Reply

    I like the Highland’s Whiskey Tumbler…………..beautiful goblets and decanter.

  17. Pat Rposted May 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm Reply

    I posted on Facebook

  18. Sharronposted May 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm Reply

    I like the highlands whiskey tumbler the best. Blackberries are my favorite fruit so wil definitely try these! Thanks!

  19. Steve @ HPDposted May 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Had me at “bourbon”!

  20. Steve @ HPDposted May 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm Reply

    I’ve had some success on biscuits, scones, and shortcakes by freezing the butter, then grating it like you would cheese. If you’re using a food processor, then just freezing and cubing buys you a little time.

  21. Evan @swEEtsposted May 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm Reply

    How did you know we have so many blackberries that we don’t know what to do with them! These shortcakes looks to die for. When can I expect my batch?? :)

  22. Adrianaposted May 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm Reply

    I guess we caught you red-handed! The almond topped shortcakes are gorgeous and the whiskey cream is so scrumptious!

  23. marlaposted May 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm Reply

    No one could resist these amazing looking shortcakes. Love berries any which way – especially in a dessert like this. Beautiful giveaway!

  24. jennifurlaposted May 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm Reply

    I had to LOL when you said deal with your “spawn” HAHAHAHAHA. This treat is amazing :)

  25. Shirleyposted May 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Good god, those look amazing!! Perfectly summery.

  26. Annaposted May 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Wow Sommer….that looks beautiful, craving those big time now. :-)

  27. Aldyposted May 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Shortcakes! Beautiful, Sommer. I can imagine the whole flavors mixed together. This goes on my must-try list :)

    Have a wonderful week,


  28. Lizposted May 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm Reply

    They are all gorgeous but I think the scotch whiskey single malt are my faves!

  29. Lizposted May 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm Reply

    I am a follower x 3 already~

  30. Lizposted May 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm Reply

    I will tweet your WONDERFUL give away! PS…those shortcakes are incredible!

  31. Brendaposted May 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this–perfect summer dessert! I like the Islands Whiskey Tumblers too.

  32. elle marieposted May 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm Reply

    I am so jealous by the fact that you have fresh fruit like that on hand… note to self: must replenish whiskey! Can I use clotted cream instead of heavy cream?

    • Sommerposted May 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm Reply

      I’ve never tried whipping clotted cream, but I’m pretty sure you could because it has such a high fat content.

  33. Janposted May 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Love that you spiked the whipped cream with booze. It makes whipped cream even better!

  34. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbsposted May 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Amazing shortcakes! I love the Islands Whisky Tumbler.

  35. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbsposted May 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm Reply

    I aready follow you on Facebook.

  36. Angie's Recipesposted May 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Blackberries shortcakes ;-)) wow…that looks magnificent!

  37. Nganposted May 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer,

    The Whisky Tumbler is my favorite. Another recipe I have to try!!

    Thank you!

  38. Priya Sreeramposted May 31, 2011 at 2:45 am Reply

    stunning looking shortcake, good work sommers

  39. pamposted May 31, 2011 at 4:33 am Reply

    Oh, my husband would love this!!! I like the Highland’s Whiskey Tumbler! And I can’t wait to try this recipe. Luckily my children are all grown and safely away, because I’d hate to be tempted to trade one (or two, or three) away for this!

  40. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yumposted May 31, 2011 at 5:36 am Reply

    Definitely love the whiskey tumbler! BUT I am mostly commenting because need to make those blackberry cakes ASAP! They are beautiful and I can just sense through the screen how crumbly and delicate and buttery those shortcakes are. Yummmm!

  41. brandiposted May 31, 2011 at 7:22 am Reply

    Woah – I need these for dessert tonight! :) And I see a new green colander in that picture ; )

    I LOVE the Islands Whiskey Tumblers. They have such a fun shape!

  42. brandiposted May 31, 2011 at 7:24 am Reply


  43. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted May 31, 2011 at 7:24 am Reply

    Sommer – you did it again! What a wonderful combination of flavors. I’ll save this recipe and try very hard to come up with an excuse to make it soon! Glad all the strawberries are gone or I would have been having strawberry shortcake for breakfast.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win – I would love the American Bar – Straight Bourbon glasses – they are beautiful!

  44. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted May 31, 2011 at 7:25 am Reply

    I subscribe by email!

  45. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted May 31, 2011 at 7:26 am Reply

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  46. Nelly Rodriguezposted May 31, 2011 at 9:03 am Reply

    Love the Nosing Goblet!

  47. Nelly Rodriguezposted May 31, 2011 at 9:05 am Reply

    I tweeted!

  48. Nelly Rodriguezposted May 31, 2011 at 9:06 am Reply

    I shared on FB!

  49. Nelly Rodriguezposted May 31, 2011 at 9:06 am Reply

    I’m subscribed to your feed :)

  50. Erinposted May 31, 2011 at 9:46 am Reply

    Wow these look mouthwateringly delicious! So picture perfect!

  51. Lindaposted May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am Reply

    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.

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

  53. Heatherposted May 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm Reply

    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. :)

  54. carolinaheartstringsposted May 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm Reply

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

  55. Joytiposted May 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm Reply

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

  56. Lauraposted May 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm Reply

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

  57. Lauraposted May 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm Reply

    I “liked” you on FB

  58. Lauraposted May 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm Reply

    I shared the recipe/giveaway on my FB page!

  59. PolaMposted May 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Wow these look goooood!

  60. kateiscookingposted May 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm Reply

    I love the Highlands Whiskey Tumbler.

  61. kateiscookingposted May 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm Reply

    I already follow you on Facebook

  62. Chris and Amyposted May 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm Reply

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

  63. Melissa (My McDonald Meal)posted May 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm Reply

    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.

  64. pachecopattyposted May 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm Reply

    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;-)

  65. Priscilla - She's Cookin'posted May 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm Reply

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

  66. Priscilla - She's Cookin'posted May 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm Reply

    I Stumbled your post :)

  67. Priscilla - She's Cookin'posted May 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm Reply

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

  68. Priscilla - She's Cookin'posted May 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm Reply

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

  69. Kulsum at JourneyKitchenposted June 1, 2011 at 12:43 am Reply

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

  70. Magic of Spiceposted June 1, 2011 at 8:23 am Reply

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

  71. Tiffanyposted June 1, 2011 at 11:23 am Reply

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

  72. Niveditaposted June 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm Reply

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

  73. The Food Houndposted June 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm Reply

    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 :)

  74. 5 Star Foodieposted June 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm Reply

    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!

  75. Deniseposted June 2, 2011 at 8:50 am Reply

    I like the Islands Whiskey Tumbler

  76. Deniseposted June 2, 2011 at 8:53 am Reply
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  78. Bethposted June 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm Reply

    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!

  79. Niveposted June 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm Reply

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

  80. Niveposted June 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm Reply

    I subscribe via email and by feed….

  81. Donaldposted June 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm Reply

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

  82. G Jposted June 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Have to go with the Highlands Whiskey tumbler

  83. Jeanposted June 4, 2011 at 3:41 am Reply

    Oh, I LOVE the Lowlands Whiskey Tumbler!!!

  84. Johanna Kramerposted June 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm Reply

    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

  85. Roxana GreenGirlposted June 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm Reply

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

    I pick Tumbler No 1

  86. Roxana GreenGirlposted June 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm Reply

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  88. Amanda Thompsonposted June 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm Reply

    I like the Islands Whisky Tumblers best!

  89. Amanda Thompsonposted June 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm Reply

    I subscribe via email :)

  90. Hollie Kerslakeposted June 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm Reply

    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! :)

  91. SMITH BITESposted June 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm Reply

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

  92. Stevieposted June 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm Reply

    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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