Strawberry shortcake for a socially distant summer

An illustration of a strawberry shortcake transforming into a stack of shortcake cookies.
(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)

Even though we can’t gather with friends and family because of rising COVID-19 cases this Fourth of July, we can still share one of the holiday’s signature desserts with loved ones. A strawberry shortcake piled with whipped cream and fresh fruit doesn’t travel well, but these cookies can be packed up and left on doorsteps, contactless-delivery-style.

Whipped cream and sweetened berries bake into mounds of buttery dough, and the sugared tops get crackly and the berries stay juicy in the tender centers. It’s like a mouthful of strawberry shortcake but without the plate and fork.


Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Time45 minutes
YieldsMakes about 30