Strawberry Basil Shortcakes with Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle #FreshTastyValentines

by Erin

Watch out, traditional yet delicious strawberry shortcake, there’s a new kid in town and it’s got basil, chocolate, and balsamic in it’s arsenal.

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It may not be berry season, but if you are like me and are not a chocoholic then Valentine’s Day desserts are all about the berries! If you placed a chocolate and berries in front of me, I will almost always choose the berries. That is of course, unless there is peanut butter stuffed inside of the chocolate. Then I will have a dilemma. But I digress.

I’ve always thought of shortcakes as a great fruity dessert alternative for Valentine’s Day. I even made chocolate shortcakes once to appease the masses and then dolloped them with some amaretto whipped cream. Oh yea, it was splendid.

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This time around, I decided to go out on a limb and try something a bit more unexpected than booze in your whipped cream. Not only did I add chopped basil to the shortcakes and topped them off with a sprinkle black sea salt (my latest obsession). Annnnnd then I layered the berries with some chocolate-hazelnut spread (BTW today is #WorldNutellaDay). And since it is Valentine’s Day I  added chocolate to some balsamic vinegar and drizzled it on top of the finished product. Am I crazy? Maybe, if crazy tastes like my taste buds throwing a party.

As for the berries, while I do not necessarily stick strictly to strawberries (e.g. lavender peach shortcakes), my choice was made easy when I got to try out the KitchenIQ strawberry slicer. I was slicing up those berries all the livelong day. Shortcakes for everyone!

KitchenIQ Strawberry Slicer

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Makes 8 biscuits



1/4 cup sugar

1 Tbsp chopped basil (I used Gourmet Gardens lightly dried)

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 Tbsp chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp chilled heavy whipping cream

1 tsp black or regular coarse sea salt

1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (try homemade)

1 pint strawberries, sliced (I used Driscoll’s)

Whipped cream


1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette

1 tsp chocolate extract (or dark cocoa powder)


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the sugar and basil to a medium bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the basil into the sugar until fragrant. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine. Add the butter, then use a pastry cutter (or your fingertips) to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1 cup of the cream, just until the dough begins to clump together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gather together. Press into a rectangle 1-inch high and cut into squares. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  3. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream and sprinkle them with salt. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops of the biscuits are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate balsamic. In a small bowl whisk together the balsamic and chocolate extract (or powder).
  5. To assemble: Cut one of the biscuits in half. Spread the bottom with one tablespoon of chocolate hazelnut spread, then a few strawberries. Place the top half of the biscuit on top and finish with whipped cream, chocolate balsamic, and a basil leaf for garnish.

Source: Adapted from my Meyer Lemon Shortcakes.

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary product from Gourmet Garden and Kitchen IQ but was not otherwise compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook February 9, 2016 - 9:52 am

This sounds incredible! Love all the flavors you’ve got going here.

Summer February 7, 2016 - 9:29 am

I am really feeling tempted to try these! The look so good ♥

Sarah February 6, 2016 - 2:58 pm

I love strawberries and balsamic. There is no way chocolate could not improve that. So great.

Debra Eliotseats February 6, 2016 - 2:26 pm

I can’t wait to use this tool when we have fresh strawberries. I love basil with berries! Great recipe!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm February 6, 2016 - 8:48 am

These are right up my alley Erin, the balsamic chocolate vinegar takes it right over the top!!

Carrie @ poet in the pantry February 5, 2016 - 11:37 pm

So many of my favorite flavors combined into one delightful dessert! It’s like you reached inside my mind and baked exactly what I love!

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere February 5, 2016 - 4:53 pm

Oh my yum. I just want a plate of these for dinner!

Caroline | carolinescooking February 5, 2016 - 9:38 am

These sound so delicious – I love basil and strawberry together so can imagine how great these are already!

Amanda E February 5, 2016 - 9:09 am

Yum! I love all of these flavors – nothing like a fresh strawberry with a basil leave inside of it! This dish just brings it to a whole new level

Haley February 5, 2016 - 9:08 am

These shortcakes are good by themselves!! I convinced myself that I could think of them as scones. :D

Rebekah @ Making Miracles February 5, 2016 - 8:38 am

My oh my – what a special treat!! These look fantastic!


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