Air Fryer Strawberry Shortcake

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This air fryer strawberry shortcake is so easy to make in a traditional air fryer or a Ninja Foodi and it tastes absolutely delicious!

The real time saver for this recipe is the use of refrigerated biscuits instead of making them from scratch or a mix and of course, making them in an air fryer.

While the end result isn't a traditional strawberry shortcake it is yummy, quick, and easy and a perfect treat for busy days. If you love shortcuts and money saving recipes you might just love this one for a Copycat McDonald's Mocha Frappe!

beautiful freshly stacked air fryer strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries sliced and glazed in a simple strawberry syrup atop a white plate

Strawberry Shortcake in an Air Fryer

Air Fryer Strawberry shortcake stacked and topped with fresh strawberries and cool whip on a pioneer woman plate with freshly picked strawberries in the background

I am a dessertie. That's like a foodie who loves desserts. I also always look for shortcuts and ways to make things faster and better and that's why I decided to use an Air Fryer for this recipe. It's a strawberry shortcake shortcut.

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Wash Strawberries

The first thing you'll want to do is prep the strawberries.

For this recipe I'll be using 1 quart of fresh strawberries. One quart of fresh strawberries will yield roughly 4 cups of sliced berries.

Let's start by cleaning the strawberries to remove any grime.

Fill a large bowl with four parts water to one part white vinegar (example: 4 cups water to 1 cup white vinegar). Place the berries in the bowl so that they are completely submerged in the vinegar/water mixture and soak for 20 minutes.

Fresh Strawberries in a colander

Use a colander (I love this enamelware colander!) to rinse the strawberries thoroughly under cool water and allow to drain.

Simple Strawberry Syrup

Now that the berries are washed we're going to make a simple strawberry syrup with them.

cutting board filled with freshly sliced strawberries with a sharp knife in the background

Remove the berry stem and slice the berries into even pieces.

Place berries in a bowl and top with ¼ cup of sugar using more or less to taste. Toss gently to evenly coat.

Place the berries in the refrigerator and allow to chill while making the "shortcakes".

Canned Refrigerator Biscuits in the Air Fryer

Grands biscuits made in an air fryer stacked and ready to be cut in half for strawberry shortcake

If you don't have an air fryer you can bake the refrigerator biscuits in the oven following the directions on the label. If you do have an air fryer the directions are below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Grands refrigerator biscuits or similar
  • Oil Spray

Instructions:

  1. Spray the air fryer basket with oil so that the biscuits won't stick.
  2. Lay the biscuits in a single layer on the air fryer basket. Leave room between biscuits.
  3. Air fry at 330 degrees for 6 minutes.
  4. Gently loosen biscuits and flip if desired.
  5. Continue to air fry another 2 to 3 minutes until the biscuits are evenly browned and cooked through.
  6. If baking smaller biscuits cook for 5 minutes and then another 2 minutes.

How to Make the Finished Shortcakes

Air Fryer Shortcake on a pretty Pioneer Woman plate

Gently pull each biscuit apart and place on plate.

One half of an air fryer strawberry shortcake with Cool Whip on top
grands biscuit made in the air fryer broken in half, topped with cool whip and freshly sliced strawberries covered in a simple syrup glaze on a plate

Top with cool whip or homemade whipped cream and strawberries.

air fryer strawberry shortcake on a plate ready to be served

Top with the other biscuit half and more whipped cream and strawberries.

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Air Fryer Strawberry Shortcake

Indulge in guilt-free sweetness with our delicious air fryer strawberry shortcake recipe. Discover a healthier twist on a classic dessert!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Chill time for strawberries:20 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 can Grands biscuits
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 1 quart Strawberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Spray Oil

Instructions

How to Prepare Strawberries and Strawberry Syrup

  • Let's start by cleaning the strawberries to remove any grime.
  • Fill a large bowl with four parts water to one part white vinegar (example: 4 cups water to 1 cup white vinegar). Place the berries in the bowl so that they are completely submerged in the vinegar/water mixture and soak for 20 minutes.
  • Use a colander to rinse the strawberries thoroughly under cool water and allow to drain.

How to Make a Simple Strawberry Syrup

  • Remove the berry stems and slice the berries into even pieces.
  • Place berries in a bowl and top with ¼ cup of sugar using more or less to taste. Toss gently to evenly coat.
  • Place the berries in the refrigerator and allow to chill while making the "shortcakes".

How to Make Canned Refrigerator Biscuits in the Air Fryer

  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil so that the biscuits won't stick.
  • Lay the biscuits in a single layer on the air fryer basket. Leave room between biscuits.
  • Air fry at 330° degrees for 6 minutes.
  • Gently loosen biscuits and flip if desired.
  • Continue to air fry another 2 to 3 minutes until the biscuits are evenly browned and cooked through.
  • If baking smaller biscuits cook for 5 minutes and then another 2 minutes.

Assemble the Shortcakes

  • Gently pull each biscuit apart in twos (a top and a bottom) and place the bottom of biscuit on a plate.
  • Top with cool whip or homemade whipped cream and strawberries.
  • Top with the other biscuit half and more whipped cream and strawberries.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $6.00

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  1. And I thought air fryers were just for french fries!!! Who knew!!