Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

This is not your average strawberry milkshake. Today’s strawberry shake is loaded with all the flavors of a great strawberry shortcake recipe. Strawberry “Short-Shakes” are a true summer sensation!

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One of my all-time favorite summer treats is a classic strawberry shortcake recipe.

Since childhood, I’ve loved the combination of buttery shortcakes, ripe summer berries, and sweet cream. However, I recently made a discovery that might change how I look at strawberry shortcakes forever.

I call it a Strawberry Short-Shake!

This strawberry milkshake incorporates all the flavors and textures of a classic strawberry shortcakes recipe, without all the work.


I filled my strawberry shake with fresh sweet berries, crumbled shortbread cookies, creamy vanilla ice cream made with Real California Milk, and vanilla extract to intensify the flavors. Then I topped the strawberry milkshake with whipped cream, toasted almonds, and more crumbled shortbread cookies.

Adding a little sugar and vanilla to the fresh strawberries before blending in the ice cream helps brighten the berries so the fresh strawberry flavor is front and center.

The shortbread cookies provide amazing buttery texture, and the ice cream and whipped cream offer the quintessential sweet-cream appeal of both strawberry shortcakes and strawberry milkshakes.

Sigh… this Strawberry Short-Shake is by far the best strawberry shake I’ve ever made.

I think I’ll go whip up another one!

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Did you know June is National Dairy Month?

In honor of Dairy Month this June, Real California Milk is hosting a fun Pinterest Contest with fantastic prizes!

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Here’s How To Enter:

  1. Create your very own dairy-inspired Pinterest board titled So Very California Dairy.
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That’s it!

Each week in the month of June, one lucky contest participant will be randomly chosen to win a $60 Williams Sonoma Gift Card.

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Strawberry Milkshake

Yield: 2 shakes

Prep Time:5 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Easy Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Recipe


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk, if needed
  • 6 shortbread cookies, divided
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds
  • Whipped cream


  1. Place the strawberries, vanilla, and sugar in the blender. Pulse until the strawberries are fine and juicy.
  2. Add the ice cream and blend until smooth. If the shake is too thick, add the milk and blend again.
  3. Crumble 4 shortbread cookies into the blender and pulse to combine.
  4. To serve, pour the shake into two glasses, then top with whipped cream, toasted almonds, and a fresh strawberry. Garnish each glass with a shortbread cookie, or crumble the cookie over the top!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Real California Milk. All dairy-loving opinions are my own.


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37 comments on “Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

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  3. Mateaposted June 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Yum! Milkshakes are always welcome with me!

  4. Ilona @ Ilona's Passionposted February 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm Reply

    Very yummy!

    Rating: 5
  5. Chelseaposted June 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Just wanted you to know that I featured these on my blog today for National Strawberry Shortcake day! They look so good!

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  7. shelly (cookies and cups)posted June 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness gracious! I could drink 15 of these!

  8. Des @ LIfes's Ambrosiaposted June 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm Reply

    I have always stayed away from strawberry shortcakes because of the work. This makes it so much easier to get all the deliciousness. Thank you!!

    Rating: 5
  9. Robin @ Simply Southern Bakingposted June 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Oh my! A drinkable strawberry shortcake! Hold me back!

  10. Nutmeg Nannyposted June 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Oh, I adore this :) I just love strawberry milkshakes and this one is awesome!

    Rating: 5
  11. Juliaposted June 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm Reply

    I love strawberry shortcake…I think in a milkshake I would like it even more! Yum!

  12. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted June 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm Reply

    So fun and summery–I love it!

  13. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted June 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Such a fun combination, the cookie topping sounds great.

  14. Marlyposted June 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply

    This looks so rich and delicious. I can’t help saying this, but using some coconut milk would be an awesome way of veganizing it! Yum!!

  15. Angieposted June 3, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

    OMG!!!! This looks so delicious!

  16. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 3, 2013 at 7:27 am Reply

    strawberry is my favorite flavor for shakes and this looks divine!!

  17. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted June 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm Reply

    What a great concept shake for summer, Sommer!

  18. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted June 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply

    I adore this! LOVE all things strawberry shortcake. And the name is too cute!

  19. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted June 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Love this ice cream flavor! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this flavor before and it makes me happy.

  20. Diane {Created by Diane}posted June 2, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

    looks delicious and I just LOVE those straws!

  21. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted June 2, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    Love strawberry shortcake shakes!

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  23. Trish - Mom On Timeoutposted June 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Strawberry shakes are the best and I love how unique this one is! Gorgeous photos :) Pinned!

  24. nessaposted June 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm Reply

    So creative!

  25. katieposted June 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm Reply

    this looks so good!!! I love strawberry shortcakes so I can only imagine this as a milkshake! yum!

  26. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted June 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous and delish looking shake. I could use a sip of that as we speak.

  27. Belinda @zomppaposted June 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm Reply

    I have visions of strawberry shortcake!!

  28. Paula - bell'alimentoposted June 1, 2013 at 10:22 am Reply

    i would love to be sipping this on my deck right NOW.

  29. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted June 1, 2013 at 9:23 am Reply

    Ohmigosh, I LOVE the short-shake name! You are the cutest :)

  30. marlaposted June 1, 2013 at 9:16 am Reply

    Awesome contest & great shake recipe!

  31. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted June 1, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    Prettiest shake ever, love the strawberries!

  32. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 1, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

    I would say this is the ultimate summer shake!

  33. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted June 1, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

    What a fun shake Sommer! Love how pretty it is to :)

  34. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted June 1, 2013 at 8:05 am Reply

    This is going to happen at my house soon! Beautiful!!!

  35. Leslieposted June 1, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

    Love love love the name!!!! This sounds like the absolute perfect shake.

  36. Leah | So, How's It Taste?posted June 1, 2013 at 7:03 am Reply

    I love strawberry shakes! This one sounds especially delicious!

  37. Tieghanposted June 1, 2013 at 6:17 am Reply

    What a hun shake Sommer! It is so summery and cute and well it has got to be DELICIOUS! I want one of those for breakfast!