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rustic blackberry shortcake on wood board with blackberries as garnish
5 from 4 votes

Rustic Blackberry Shortcakes

Sweet, buttery,  tender rustic shortcakes overflowing with sweet local blackberries, and lightly sweetened whipped cream.  These rustic blackberry shortcakes are bursting seasonal flavor. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blackberry cobbler, blackberry recipes, blackberry shortcake recipe, drop biscuits, Rustic blackberry shortcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 656 kcal
Author Janet Barton



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted partially frozen, grated on a box grater
  • 1 cups buttermilk cold

For the Blackberries:

  • 6 cups blackberries picked over, rinsed and patted dry
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh squeezed

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream chilled
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make the biscuits:

  1. Set a rack in the center of the oven; heat to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease. Set aside

  2. Using a box grater, grate partially frozen butter onto a plate. Spread grated butter around the plate and return to the freezer. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Sprinkle chilled, grated butter over flour mixture and gently toss with your hands to coat the butter with the flour mixture. Using a fork gently stir in the buttermilk until the dough just holds together with no large, dry lumps.

  3. Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet in six equal mounds. Brush the tops with buttermilk; sprinkle with sugar. Bake until the peaks have begun to brown and the bottoms are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let rest for 1 minute and then transfer to a wire rack. While still slightly warm, slice them open with a serrated knife.

To make the blackberry filling:

  1. Set aside 2 cups of the berries. In a medium, nonreactive saucepan, combine the remaining 4 cups of blackberries, sugar, water, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Over medium heat, warm the berries until they begin to steam. Using a fork or the back of a spoon, smash some of the berries. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from the heat. Taste and add lemon juice and more sugar, if necessary. If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate.

  2. When ready to serve, reheat the blueberry sauce until warm and stir in the reserved blackberries.

To make the whipped cream:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whip until medium peaks form and the beaters leave tracks on top of the cream.

To assemble:

  1. Put the bottom half of each biscuit on a plate. Spoon on about a ½ cup of the blackberry mixture, additional fresh berries, and a dollop of cream. Cover with the biscuit top. Serve immediately, passing any remaining blackberry mixture at the table.

Recipe Notes

  • Blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries may be used in place or in addition to blackberries.
  • Do NOT overmix the shortbread mixture.  Handle the dough as little as possible to maintain a tender crumb.  
  • This is a very simple recipe I can't think of anything that can go wrong other than over mixing the shortcake dough.  
  • Enjoy!  😋
Nutrition Facts
Rustic Blackberry Shortcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 656 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 24g120%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 494mg21%
Potassium 511mg15%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1722IU34%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.