Mini Strawberry Shortcake Poppers

 Strawberry Shortcake Poppers - homemade mini strawberry shortcakes recipe with SECRET ingredient!

These cute Mini Strawberry Shortcake Poppers have a SECRET ingredient in the recipe that will surely surprise your friends and family. I was going to wait and try out this recipe later this week, but then my friend Mary at Food Floozie mentioned that today was National Strawberry Shortcake Day! Since I had strawberries in the house today I figured it was fate and I was meant to try out this recipe today! I’m so glad I didn’t wait any longer although these shortcakes are so darn cute that I can’t stop popping them into my mouth!!!

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I loved reading about all of your favorite spring dishes and desserts when many of you entered my Snappy Gourmet Spring Giveaway recently so thank you for all the inspiration!! Many of you mentioned that Strawberry Shortcake was one of your favorite dishes and it’s one my faves too. I thought I’d put a fun twist on this favorite dessert.  If you’re looking for more shortcake recipes, I also posted a recipe recently for some yummy Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream if you missed it.  And if you missed out on my spring giveaway, no worries, you can enter my SNAPPY GOURMET SUMMER GIVEAWAY now!

These Mini Strawberry Shortcake Poppers would be great for a party or summer BBQ! Have you figured out what the SECRET ingredient is yet?? I’’ll give you a clue…these shortcakes will explode and pop in your mouth with flavor! Did you guess Pop Rocks??? If you did, you’re right. If you didn’t guess right, it’s ok, I probably wouldn’t have guessed Pop Rocks either.  :)

Sounds crazy I know, but the Pop Rocks really are subtle and add a fun twist to this popular dessert. I made my shortcakes bite-size so you can pop a whole one right in your mouth, but you can make any size you want. Once you pop one of these babies in your mouth…wait for it…wait for it….wait for it…there you go, there’s the “pop”!

To start, place the dry ingredients in a food processor and process just until mixed.  If you don’t have a food processor, follow the directions at the bottom of the recipe to do this in a bowl.

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Blend in your butter but make sure your butter is cold and cut into small cubes.

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Drizzle the milk in (throught he top of the food processor) JUST until the dough starts to form.  Don’t over mix the dough or your biscuits will be tough.  I just used fat free milk (because that’s what we usually have around) but you could use any milk or half&half or cream.

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Pour the dough onto a lightly floured work surface (I like to use my silpats).  You can roll it out or just use your hands because the dough is soft.  Form into a rectangle about 3/4-inch in thickness.  Just don’t overwork or press on the dough much.  Be gentle! :)

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Cut the dough into rounds using a round biscuit or cookie cutter.  I cut mine into rounds about 1-inch in diameter but you could use any size (your yield and bake time will vary though).

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If you don’t have a round cutter you can drop the dough onto the baking sheets (middle) or bake in a mini muffin pan (right).

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Place your cut out biscuits onto lined baking sheets.  I like to use silpats or parchment paper but you could probably spray a baking sheet with cooking spray if you had to.  Lightly brush some milk on top of the biscuits and sprinkle sugar on top.Mini Strawberry Shortcake Poppers Recipe |

While the biscuits are baking you can chop up your strawberries.  Yum!  If you like your fruit sweet, you can sprinkle a little sugar on the strawberries.

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The biscuits will be golden brown on the bottom when they’re done.  Cool on a wire rack so that the bottoms don’t continue to bake.  Don’t worry if some of them come out a little crooked looking.  Once you cut them in half and assemble, no one will ever know!

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If you want to “drop” the biscuits or use a mini muffin pan this is what they will look like after baked…

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Get your Pop Rocks ready!  Depending on HOW much you love Pop Rocks you may only need a couple of small packets or you may need a lot more!

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When the biscuits are cool.  Cut them in half horizontally, then top with whipped topping/cream, Pop Rock, strawberries, and the top of the biscuit.

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I love that these are bite-size and you can pop the whole darn shortcake in your mouth!!!

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Cute, aren’t they??

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Mini Strawberry Shortcake Poppers
5.0 from 1 reviews
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: Makes about 36 shortcakes
Miniature strawberry shortcakes with a surprise ingredient!
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ¾ cup milk, divided
  • 1½ cups defrosted whipped topping or sweetened whipped cream
  • 6 small packets strawberry Pop Rocks
  • 1½ cups strawberries, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or silpats.
  2. Place flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt in food processor and pulse a few times to mix (If you don’t have a food processor, follow directions below).
  3. Add chopped butter to processor and process until just combined and small crumbs.
  4. Drizzle ⅔ cup milk (reserve remaining milk) into processor through top while processor is running and process until dough JUST comes together.
  5. Place dough on floured work surface and pat dough to form a rectangle about ¾-inch in thickness.
  6. Cut dough into rounds about 1-inch in diameter (or see notes below about alternate shapes/sizes). Reform dough as necessary with scraps being careful not to overwork dough and re-cut into rounds.
  7. Place cut biscuits onto prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush tops of biscuits with milk and sprinkle remaining sugar on top. Bake biscuits at 400 degrees F. for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool biscuits on wire rack.
  8. To assemble, cut biscuits in half horizontally. Place a dollop of whipped topping/cream onto bottom round, top with Pop Rocks, then strawberries, and cover with biscuit top.
SNAPPY TIPS: If you don’t have a food processor you can mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl, cut in butter with 2 knives, then stir in milk until just combined. If you don’t have a round biscuit/cookie cutter you can drop dough onto baking sheets or use a mini-muffin pan. Adjust baking time as needed. The amount of strawberries, whipped topping/cream, and Pop Rocks may vary depending on your personal preference.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: You can use any cut fruit in place of the strawberries, and any flavor of Pop Rocks. If you like your fruit or shortcake on the sweet side, add a little sugar to the fruit before assembling.

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  1. These are just adorable!

  2. Yum yum yum! I’m printing out the recipe now!

  3. Oh these look amazing! Love the pop rocks addition!! I can’t wait to get fresh strawberries here – strawberry shortcake will be the first thing we make!

  4. Those look sooooo delicious and cute!
    Love the ‘popper” idea!

  5. O MY CUPCAKES!!! Simply divine, and cute, and yummm, another way to celebrate strawberries. I made homemade preserves, strawberry, and jalapeno and what a taste. The actual strawberry picks up the jalapeno taste, and it is teasing you, oh yes it is…blessings to all, redraven.

  6. These are sooooo cute, and look delicious. It’s hard to say no to shortcake. Can’t wait to try them.

    • snappygourmet says:

      Thanks Teri! It is VERY hard to say no to shortcake as I’ve popped more than my fair share of these “poppers” in my mouth!!! haha! :)

  7. nicole s. says:

    I haven’t had pop rocks since I was a kid! I should introduce to my toddler ASAP to see the reaction :)

    • snappygourmet says:

      Beware Nicole, I hadn’t had pop rocks since a kid either then gave some to my kids (VERY fun to see their reaction by the way) and now I’m addicted to them! LOL

  8. It looks so cute and delectable! I never thought of putting pop rocks in a cake… Sounds interesting!

  9. Joan Slusher says:

    Pop Rocks….who would have thought of such a thing. You are so good Lisa. We continue to enjoy your posts. I am learning so much. Love this one.

  10. [email protected] Bitsy Paper says:

    I just featured this recipe on Fun Friday Finds on my blog. I’d love for you to stop by.

  11. Pop Rocks, that’s AWESOME! So creative. These are DARLING!

  12. Lynne from PA says:

    I just LOVE these – you’re so clever!

  13. Very creative Lisa! Can’t wait to try there as my kids love pop rocks!

  14. Richard White says:

    I’ve not actually tasted them because I am not that into deserts but they are brilliant for leaving in people’s beds. I cooked them and left them in my parents bed on a night they came in late and they totally freaked out!!! I also left them in the bed of a friend of mine (Phillip Wand) and he is not usually fazed by anything but when he saw these he was like “what?????”. It was hilarious. I wanted to leave them in the bed of my Aunt Julia’s but she keeps her bedroom locked and so I had to leave them on the landing. Not a bad effect, but not as good as the bed.

    Thank you SOOOOO much for this recipe, its brilliant and I can’t wait to read more from you!!

  15. Shannon says:

    I found this a couple months ago and so excited to enter it in our family bake off for the forth of July! Clever idea and love the idea! Kudos!

  16. kiara jinzan says:

    Used blueberries and YUM!!

  17. Now when you said poppers, I had no idea they really “popped.” What a darling idea! I’d love to do these for 4th of July!

  18. deborah massaro says:

    Just wondering if strawberry poppers can be prepared ahead of time and how to store them

    • They’re best the same day but if you need to make ahead I would make the biscuits ahead and store in a covered container and same with strawberries. Then just assemble shortly before serving. If the Pop Rocks are out for awhile they won’t “pop” so best to assemble as close to serving as possible.

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