Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Desserts  |  Published May 15, 2021  |  Updated May 27, 2021  |  By Tawnie

strawberry cookies on parchment paper

Nothing screams summer more than these Strawberry Shortcake Cookies!

These cookies are super fun and easy to make (especially if you’ve made some of my cookie recipes before like these Cookies n Cream cookies or giant chocolate chip cookies you’ll have no problem with this recipe!).

Strawberry shortcake cookies are a Spring and Summer must-make dessert but really can be enjoyed year round because my recipe uses freeze-dried strawberries and not fresh.

cookies stacked on top of each other

Freeze dried strawberries are great to have stashed in your pantry and bake deliciously into your favorite baked goods like pancakes, scones, muffins or you can top them on yogurt or oatmeal too.

They plump up a little when they bake into the cookies and have a surprisingly yummy chewy texture. But if that’s not your thing you can easily grind them into a fine powder in a food processor and then add them into the cookies.

You’ll love these cookies because…

  • They are full of strawberry flavor
  • They are cake-y and soft
  • They are HUGE
  • They are loaded with white chocolate chips, chunks of Golden Oreos AND freeze dried strawberries.
  • They bake beautifully and are freezer friendly
  • ….you’ll love them because they’re cookies, need I say more?! 😍

Ingredient Notes

These cookies have your usual cookie ingredients like butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, flour and eggs. There are a few ingredients I add that set these apart:

strawberry cookie ingredients in small glass bowls
  • Cake Flour: (spooned and leveled): If you know me and my cookies, you know I love adding cake flour with all-purpose flour to make the perfect cookie!
  • Strawberry Emulsion: Instead of using fresh strawberries, using this emulsion helps to add a robust punch of strawberry flavor. I like to use it in place of strawberry extract for a stronger strawberry taste.
  • Golden Oreos: You’ll be obsessed with the flavor these add to the cookies!
  • Freeze dried strawberries: Freeze drying removes water but retains nutrients in the strawberries.
  • White Chocolate Chips: I love using the Ghirardelli white chocolate. The morsels are always velvety smooth!
  • Corn Starch: key ingredient to making thick, big cookies.
strawberry cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl

Step by Step Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: All-Purpose flour, cake flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugars.
  4. Then add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract
  5. Gradually add in dry ingredients.
  6. Add in the chopped Oreo pieces, strawberries, white chocolate chips and strawberry emulsion.
  7. Portion the cookie dough into 6 large cookies. Flatten each dough ball just a little.
  8. Bake and then let rest on the cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
step by step photos of making cookies

Expert Tips

  • Let the cookies rest: If your cookies are turning out too gooey, let them rest longer. I recommend at least 15 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. They are even better if you let them sit and enjoy the next day. Your cookies aren’t ruined, just let them rest!
  • Use a mix of both All-Purpose flour and cake flour: I’ve tested without cake flour and the cookie is just a little more dense. It’s still delicious, but I just love the cake-y center when using a combination of both flours.
  • Spoon and Level: Make sure to spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife instead of scooping the flour with your measuring cup.
  • Flatten the cookies just a little, not a lot: Don’t flatten out these cookies too much before you place them into the oven so your cookies stay be nice and thick! I keep mine looking like a big baseball!
strawberry cookies on parchment paper


Can I use fresh or frozen strawberries?

I have not tested this recipe with fresh or frozen strawberries. I would imagine it changing the texture quite a bit.

Can I freeze the cookies?

– Yes, these strawberry shortcake cookies freeze beautifully! Freeze them once they have cooled in a Ziplock baggie, Stasher bag, or freezer friendly container.
– They will freeze for up to 3 months.
– To thaw, I like to leave them out on the counter for 30-60 minutes. Or to speed things up you can pop them in the microwave for ~30 seconds

Can I make them gluten free?

To make them gluten free: Replace both the All-Purpose flour and Cake flour with: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour .

Can I use a hand mixer if I don’t own a stand mixer?

Yes! Mixture may seem crumbly, keep mixing.

How do I prep my baking sheet?

I use the gold baking sheets from Williams Sonoma and I don’t need to use anything on them, I place my cookies straight on the pan! However, parchment paper or Silicon baking mats are very common and work well.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies are filled with strawberry flavor thanks to the freeze dried strawberries and strawberry emulsion! These cookies are huge, have a soft, cake-y center and are perfect for Spring and Summer!
4.80 from 78 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 6 large cookies


  • 1 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cake flour
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cubed (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (dark or light)
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk (no white)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 15 Golden Oreos, roughly chopped
  • 1.2 oz. freeze dried strawberries (34 grams)
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. strawberry emulsion


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: All-Purpose flour, cake flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cold butter with the white sugar and brown sugar. Cream for up to 4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Then add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients and then add in the chopped Golden Oreo cookies, freeze dried strawberries, white chocolate chips and strawberry emulsion. Mix just until combined.
  • Shape dough into 6 large cookies and place on a cookie sheet. You can use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper if you prefer.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Enjoy!!



  • Make smaller 2-3 oz. cookies if you prefer, adjust baking time as needed.
  • I crush the Oreos by placing in a baggie and use my fists to break into chunks. Easy peasy!
  • Freeze cookies in freezer safe baggie for up to 3 months.
  • Homemade cake flour: to make homemade cake flour, you’ll need 14 Tbsp. All-purpose flour and 2 Tbsp. corn starch. Mix these together and sift them twice to get them fully mixed and aerated. This will make ~1 cup flour. You only need 3/4 cup for this recipe.
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1 year ago

What can you use in substitute for golden Oreos?? Graham crackers??

1 month ago
Reply to  Krolls Korner

I just made these with nilla wafers and they’re amazing I was out of golden oreo’s. They’re less sweet with the nilla wafers.

1 year ago

I can’t get my hands on freeze dryer strawberries without paying an arm and a leg. But my local bulk food store sells dried strawberries. Would they work?

1 year ago
Reply to  Lauren

I buy freeze dried Strawberries at the Dollar Store. Good Luck!

HannahGrace Bailey
1 year ago

What brand of emulsion did you use?

Ashley Sims
1 year ago

Can I freeze dried strawberry powder? Would you recommend to same amount or a different amount?

Jane Martin
1 year ago

Can I use strawberry extract instead?

1 year ago

These strawberry shortcake cookies look incredible, Tawnie! I love how I can use freeze-dried strawberries too, I’ve always got some in my pantry! Can’t wait to try it!

1 year ago

The combination of golden Oreos, freeze dried strawberries and white chocolate is ridiculously good. My kids love these cookies!

1 year ago

Yum! I love the idea of a strawberry shortcake in a cookie form. Perfect for the strawberry season.

1 year ago

Such a wonderful combination of flavors packed into these cookies! I love the photo with the melted white chocolate chips too. Yum!

1 year ago

I love to eat freeze-dried strawberries on their own, but I now have a chance to make these great cookies. WOW! I cannot wait to give them a try!

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