Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Shortcakes

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Mother’s Day is on Sunday and we don’t have any special plans, but I really don’t need special plans. My guys spoil me every day. I am one lucky mama and wife. Ok, maybe I will ask for a day off from changing diapers or folding laundry, but I really don’t need to be showered with gifts. A hug and a smooch from Caleb is the best gift…and I will take a kiss from Josh too:)

Josh did ask me if he could make dinner on Mother’s Day and I told him to go right ahead. He asked if I had any special requests, but I told him to decide. I trust him. I did put in a request for dessert, Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Shortcakes. We made these heavenly shortcakes a few weeks ago and I can’t get them out of my mind! I want them again and there is no better day than Mother’s Day to enjoy a delicious dessert!

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Today we are teaming up with our friends at KitchenAid to “Cook for Mom” and to spread awareness about the Cook for the Cure program. This recipe is not complicated, so all of you dads and kids out there can make these shortcakes for mom. I don’t want to hear any excuses:) Let mom relax while you take over the kitchen. Mom deserves a day off. Mother’s day is a day to “Cook for Mom.” Josh and I made this dessert together the first time, but on Sunday I will be reading a book with my feet propped up:)

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For this recipe, we jazzed up the strawberries by adding a little balsamic vinegar and fresh basil. I am telling you, this combination is a winner! You have to try it. Plus, the balsamic basil strawberries go so well with the ricotta shortcakes. I let the strawberries hangout with the balsamic and basil while I bake up the shortcakes. This allows them time to get all juicy and flavorful.

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I am always looking for new ways to use up ricotta cheese. It is cheaper to buy the big tub, so I do, and then I am forced to make ricotta everything. I love making ricotta muffins, scones, pancakesFrench toastcalzones, baked pasta, and cookies. This time I used up our ricotta to make shortcakes and I am always going to buy the big tub of ricotta so I HAVE to make ricotta shortcakes. These babies are light, tender, and melt in your mouth. SO good!

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I cut the shortcakes in half and topped the bottom with a big spoonful of balsamic basil strawberries. I plopped the other half of the shortcake on top and added a glorious whipped cream.

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I whipped up the whipped cream in our shiny Raspberry Ice KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Isn’t she gorgeous? And the best part, for every pink KitchenAid product purchased, a portion will go towards raising money to fight breast cancer. Mom, needs a pink KithchenAid Mixer, don’t you think? We all do:) Check out KitchenAid’s complete pink line of products. I love them all!

For more than a decade after introducing its first pink product to help raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, KitchenAid is celebrating a huge milestone, more than $9 million raised to date through its Cook for the Cure® program benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. AND in 2013, KitchenAid will donate $450,000 or more to Susan G. Komen® through the Cook for the Cure® program to support the fight against breast cancer.  That makes me love KitchenAid even more. For more information about the Cook for the Cure program, visit KitchenAid’s website. It is such a great program!

“Cook for Mom” this year by surprising her with a special dessert, Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Shortcakes. She will be impressed that you made her such an elegant and beautiful dessert! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Shortcakes

Light and tender ricotta shortcakes with balsamic basil strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream!
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For the Balsamic Basil Strawberries:

For the Ricotta Shortcakes:

Whipped Cream:


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, and basil. Stir until well combined. Set aside while you make the shortcakes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Add the butter pieces to the flour mixture and toss with a fork just until the butter is coated with flour. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or your hands, cut the butter into the flour until you have a mixture of pea-sized or slightly larger clumps of butter and flour.
  • In a small bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and ricotta cheese. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until just combined. Don’t overmix the dough. Turn out the dough onto a well floured space and gently and shortly knead the dough. If the dough is too sticky, you can add a little bit of flour as you knead. Pat the dough down into a disk, about ½ inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 rounds, using a biscuit or cookie cutter.
  • Transfer the shortcakes to the prepared baking sheet and brush with milk or heavy cream. Bake for about 12-15 mins, or until the scones are light golden brown. Let cool on a wire cooling rack.
  • While the shortcakes are cooling, make the whipped cream. Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  • Cut the shortcakes in half. Spoon the balsamic strawberries over the bottom half of the shortcake. Place the top of the shortcake over the strawberries. Top the shortcakes with whipped cream and serve immediately.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love balsamic vinegar, reduction, the whole thing is right up my alley and I’m sure just lovely with the strawberries and look at those fluffy shortcakes. So pretty, Maria!

  2. Ohh, I love a savory strawberry dish and your shortcakes look delish! I love it!!

  3. These are so beautiful! Strawberry shortcake is probably my favorite dessert!

  4. My Mom is not a sweets person AT ALL. But she loves strawberry shortcake, and I know she’d be a huge fan of this! Maybe I’ll whip it up for a post- lunch treat!

  5. Balsamic and strawberries is such a great combo! Hope you have a great mother’s day 🙂

  6. Yum! I might have to come to your house for Mothers Day so Josh can bake this up for me. Pete isn’t this advanced in the kitchen!

  7. I’m always ready for strawberries! This is perfect. I hope your guys treat you to a special meal and carefree day! 🙂

  8. I think I’m in love. I didn’t know it, but this recipe was just was I was looking for this Mother’s Day! My mom and I both love strawberries- and I love the fluffiness that ricotta lends to everything it’s in. Thanks so much 🙂

  9. Ricotta shortcakes! What a great idea, and I just happen to have a half of a container in the fridge. Sounds delicious! Happy Mothers Day, Maria.

  10. Oooh, I want some of these! Strawberry and balsamic is such an amazing combination-amazing recipe, Maria!

  11. These look just lovely Maria- I’m sure any Mama would be thrilled to have a plate of these on Sunday 🙂

  12. If I’m the mom to a cute 90-pound bundle of Labrador, can I still celebrate Mother’s Day with one of these? He’s kidna like a 4 year old… 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day Maria!

  13. I LOVE strawberries and balsamic, such a great combination!! I don’t know why I didn’t think to add shortcakes to the mix before!

  14. This would be perfect to serve up on Mother’s Day. Not to mention how gorgeous it is.

  15. I swear we must be related! Between this and the coconut macaroons – we are two for two on posting the same recipes on the same days. Yours look fabulous!

  16. My best friend just had a baby and I think this would be super fun treat to make for her!

  17. I agree no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to have a good dessert! Have a wonderful one, Maria!

  18. I was just telling someone how I wanted strawberry shortcake for Mother’s Day. =) Great minds! Love your version.

  19. These look really gorgeous! I wish my hubs would make them for me this weekend… even though Im not a mom 😉

  20. Maria,
    These look so pretty, and I bet the flavor combination is terrific. I’m getting interested in adding unexpected herbs–the other day was mint on a chicken soup, and it was great–so I can see how basil would work in a dessert.


  21. I love that these shortcakes use ricotta instead of cream! Such a nice change from the norm.

  22. These look beautiful! I love how vibrant the colors of the strawberries are! Would be perfect for this Sunday 🙂

  23. The strawberries, basil and balsamic alone sounds amazing!! My mom makes an amazing strawberry short cake, I’ll have to make this version for her on Sunday!!

  24. I love your twist on traditional shortcakes, Maria! These look so easy and delicious!

  25. Foo you think I could substitute Greek yogurt if I don’t have ricotta? Or cottage cheese or is that pushing it?

  26. These look wonderful! Strawberries and balsamic go SO well together!

  27. Strawberry anything but really balsamic strawberries! Amazing! Happy early mother’s day!

  28. This is beautiful! Strawberry/balsamic is one of my favorite flavor combinations. And that Raspberry Ice KitchenAid is my dream mixer!

  29. WOW! I think I could just eat a bowl of the strawberry topping. Yum! These are perfect for spring!

  30. These shortcakes look so delicious, I need to try them with the balsamic strawberries.

  31. It is nice that you have a good time celebrating Mother’s Day. And the balsamic strawberry ricotta shortcakes is a good idea of a dessert during this special day. If the balsamic vinegar is not available, is it okay to use ordinary vinegar or apple cider vinegar as the alternative ingredient for this recipe?

    1. I have only tried balsamic. If you don’t have it you can just do sugar and basil. I don’t think plain vinegar would be good, but that is just me:)

  32. I love the combo of strawberries and balsamic! These shortcakes sound so delish!

  33. This is a fabulous dessert! I think I am in love. I love balsamic on strawberries, but have never made a shortcake like this.

  34. These look divine!! 🙂 Love desserts outside the box like this. Yum!

  35. yum! these look so good. I love easy desserts and I agree… these are definitely perfect for any dad or children to make for their mom!

  36. These are the prettiest strawberry shortcakes I have ever seen! They look amazingly delicious and perfect for Mother’s Day!

  37. Just bought all the yummy ingredients to make these for my mama tomorrow! Since it will be just for the two of us, can I just simply split the ingredients in half?

  38. okay, 1. this would have been perfect for mother’s day, and 2. these photos are GORGEOUS!

  39. Yum! I love strawberries and balsamic vinegar. I just did a post on Mother’s Day on brie crepes with a strawberry balsamic reduction. I have some ricotta sitting in my fridge, just waiting to be turned into shortcakes. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the great recipe. It looks amazing!

  40. These look so great – can’t wait to try them! I love your use of ricotta – your ricotta muffins are a total game changer, in my opinion. Last weekend I made your Almond Coffee Cake for brunch (rave reviews!), and I subbed out some of the yogurt for ricotta. It was a great choice!

  41. I’d like to make this for a family dinner that I have to travel to. Suggestions for making some or all of it ahead?

    1. You can make the shortcakes ahead of time and keep the strawberries n the fridge. Keep the shortcakes covered on the counter. Enjoy!