Simply Healthy Family: Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcake Stacks with Vanilla Bourbon Whip Cream


Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcake Stacks with Vanilla Bourbon Whip Cream

Summer isn't complete without a home made Strawberry Shortcake! Fresh strawberries are plentiful right now but I prefer using slightly thawed frozen strawberries for a cool summer evening dessert. These gluten free shortcake bars are held together with melted dark chocolate and vanilla bourbon whip cream. 

Perfect to enjoy on a hot summer night with your loved ones.

I am SO excited to share this give away with you guys!!! I'm partnering with several other amazing bloggers whom I admire to be able to share a HUGE prize package for one very lucky winner. 

Including this pretty KitchenAide stand mixer! The winner will get to choose between Green Apple, Ice, Aqua Sky, Cranberry, Metallic Chrome, or White. I'm totally In Love with this Green Apple one!! 

That's not all!! Included in the prize package is a $100 gift card to Sweetapolita!! They take sprinkles very seriously. Sweetapolita Sprinkles are premium, vibrant, candy-sweet sprinkles and one-of-a-kind sprinkle mixes, including the brightest of sprinkles, candy beads, sugar pearls, rock crystal candy, edible dragées, stars and more. Add instant magic to any dessert you bake, buy or make!

aaand.... a prize package from Rodelle Vanilla (vanilla extract, almond extract, baking cocoa)

A big huge virtual hug to Sharon from What the fork Blog for organizing this amazing give away and including me in the celebrations for her blog birthday! Make sure you check out her recipe for gluten free Coconut Cake! Also, don't forget to stop by the other talented bloggers sites for even more fabulous gluten free cake, cupcake and cocktail recipes! Links below.

Now,  don't get so excited about this give away that you forget about my 
gluten free, Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcake Stacks! They turned out so good and had everybody in the house wandering into the kitchen from the smell of warm shortcake fresh out of the oven, vanilla-bourbon scented freshly whipped cream and of course chocolate, strawberries and mint!

These may look fancy but it was super simple to assemble. I just mixed up the quick shortbread, spread it out on some parchment and rolled it flat with a rolling pin. Baked it for 20 minutes, let cool and cut into long bars. Layered with melted dark chocolate, strawberries and whipped cream and stuck it in the ice box to chill until after dinner.

TIME          10 MINUTES PREP,    60 MINUTES CHILL TIME                   SERVES         6



2 1/2 cups gluten free baking flour mix such as Bob's Red Mill
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup table sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup half/half

3 cups frozen (or fresh strawberries, hulled)
14 ounces dark chocolate bar
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup + 1/3 cup table sugar
1 teaspoon Rodelle bourbon vanilla (use regular if you please)

Parchment paper for lining cookie sheet

Pre heat your oven to 350F

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add eggs, oil and half & half. Stir to combine.

Measure out the parchment paper to the size of your cookie sheet. Put the parchment paper on a clean counter surface and dump dough out onto it. Flatten out with your hands and then roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness.

Slice the parchment paper with the dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and LET COOL COMPLETELY!!

Meanwhile, shave some of your chocolate bar using a vegetable peeler for garnish. Break the rest of the chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stir and microwave another 60 seconds until chocolate is melted.

Pour the heavy whipping cream into a bowl of your stand mixer (or by hand) and whip on high for 3-4 minutes. Add 1/3 cup sugar and whip another minute or two. It should be getting pretty thick by now. Slowly add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and whip just 30 seconds more.

When the shortcake is cool, cut into bars or squares and layer with melted chocolate, strawberries and whipped cream.

Garnish with fresh mint.

I recommend these products for this recipe

If you can't get enough of my favorite summer treat, check out this Strawberry 
Shortcake Ice Cream from Rodelle.

Rodelle Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Recipe

So many chances to win! The giveaway will run from July 18th to August 17th and the winner will be notified by email and published on Simply Healthy Family's blog and the other participating bloggers sites. 

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Don't forget to stop by these other very talented bloggers to check out what gluten free goodies they've whipped up!!!

Gluten Free Coconut Cake - What The Fork Food Blog

Gluten Free Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes - Gluten-Free Palate

Bourbon Tropical Peach Cocktail - Fearless Dining

Kir Royale Cocktails - The Heritage Cook

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes - My Gluten Free Miami

Gluten Free Cookie Cake - Flippin' Delicious

Summer Beer - Vegetarian Mamma

The Best Gluten Free Cake - gfJules

Insane Cupcake Recipes - Our Mini Family

Gluten Free Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes - Good Morning Cali

Mexican Dinner Rolls - Green Healthy Cooking

Cocktails and Mocktails to Enjoy this Summer A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Gluten Free Cookie Cake - A Mind "Full" Mom

Strawberry Lychee Panna Cotta - Brunch-n-Bites

Cucumber Moscow Mule - The Culinary Compass

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting - Only Taste Matters

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes - Veggie Balance

Virgin Watermelon Margarita - Coffee With Us 3

Elderflower Mojito - Home and Plate

Summertime Lemon Cupcakes - For the Love of Food

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Stacks - Simply Healthy Family

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake - Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Watermelon Mint Gin Fizz - Frugal Foodie Mama

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake - Raia's Recipes

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail - All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Grilled Spicy Pineapple Margarita - Lapetitchef

Gluten Free Fresh Apple Cake - My Gluten-free Kitchen

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  1. I just love strawberry shortcake, so add chocolate?? Yes!

  2. Delectable treat ! love it

  3. That vanilla bourbon whipped cream sounds absolutely amazing! I'm pretty sure I could sit on the couch and eat a huge bowl of it in 5 minutes flat! But who am I kidding...this entire dessert sounds awesome! Great work, can't wait to try!

    1. The whipped cream was SO good!! ;) thanks Sarah!!

  4. Oh my LORD! I would probably eat this shortcake in entirety with absolutely no regrets! So delicious!

    1. Totally Splurge Worthy Tina!! ;)

  5. Gosh..that's a fantastic stack! Really summery and tempting.

  6. I couldn't refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

  7. this strawberry shortcake looks delicious. Sent your blog link to my husband at work & he texts me back asking when am I gonna make this? loll..soon very soon.

    1. Awwww, so sweet! Thank you Priya!

  8. Yum! Those layers look fantastic! I love strawberry shortcake.. enough that I order it instead of cheesecake at the cheesecake factory lol. Adding chocolate is genius!

  9. There is nothing to not like about this wonderful looking mouth is watering! 😀

  10. Oh wow, this looks so decadent, I think I'll just request this for my birthday cake tomorrow night! Haha yum. Also, not gonna lie, would be super happy to get that Green Apple Kitchen Aid for a birthday present too haha ;) Thanks for sharing!

    1. LOL, thanks Laura!! ;)

  11. Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite dessert and chocolate on top of it? Drooling.. Looks so beautiful!

  12. Anonymous8/11/2016

    great post. Thanks

  13. Charlotte Herbert8/24/2016

    I just found this recipe, and the whipped cream sounds amazing. Upon reading the instructions, the vanilla extract isn't listed. At what point do you add it? Thanks!


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