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Harried Helicopter Mom Seeks Sweet Strawberry Lemonade Biscuit Diversion


These bright and cheery low-fat Strawberry Lemonade biscuits, which I served up with local orange blossom honey and a slab of melted, dripping butter, were just the ticket to a “we have to stay home and study AP US History” kind of Sunday.

They aren’t a scone, so they are not overtly sweet. Infact, most of the sweetness comes from the honey you slather on. But they are fluffy, a tad crunchy from the turbinado sugar they have sprinkled on top, and they literally burst with lemon and strawberry flavors as you bite into them.

These biscuits were actually a little present to myself since I knew the day ahead would be “so fun”. Kindly note sarcasm.

It’s been a bear around here the last two weeks. Between the two of ’em, my teenagers have been up to their eyeballs in monstrous projects and studying for AP Tests and finals, and I am either quizzing somebody or Googling research for the other kiddo. I am so tired of trying to simultaneously be taking both 8th and 11th grade. It’s a pain in my ______!.

If you toss the chopped strawberries in flour first, then they don't all fall to the bottom of the biscuit when they bake...try this with muffins or quickbreads too!

You would think helicopter parenting would end somewhere around middle school. But no, being a card carrying, badge wearing, annoying mom from he!!, I am proudly still hovering. 🙂

The biscuit dough is sticky and can easily form into drop biscuits

Stop rolling your eyeballs. No, I don’t do their projects for them and yes, you would think that magically these kids could get the work done without my foot being firmly planted on their backside, but around here, that just doesn’t happen.

Both kids are stellar students so there’s no complaining here about grades and such, BUT I think there’s no kid in existence who decides, “Hm, maybe I should get a jump start on finals and study AHEAD of time or finish my project early…or at least not at the stroke of midnight.”

If you find those kids, or have those kids, PLEASE DON’T SHARE that they exist with ME. I prefer to think of kids like that as urban legends, similar to unicorns and leprechauns. It works better for my psyche and definitely works better for my kids.

Luckily for me, I have good friends who all seem to be in the same boat, and who are all suffering from AP Finals’ emergency preparedness mode right about now. I am thinking a weekly daily happy hour is in order for us worn down and stressed out moms, don’t you? Maybe I’ll make more biscuits and deliver them to their doorsteps.

Hey, I think I am on to something…care packages for stressed out moms; just because.

Anyhow, even if you are not a stressed out mom (Greg, John and Jed come to mind), I think you will be more than happy to make these Strawberry Lemonade biscuits because they are just the perfect breakfast side note to scrambled eggs on one of these fine spring mornings, or perhaps with some tea  in the afternoon. Ah, yes, that would be perfect.

Low-Fat Strawberry Lemonade Biscuits

S&C’s own recipe
Makes 9-11 biscuits, depending on size
9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
3 tablespoons honey
1 T. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
zest from one lemon (no white pith…it’s so bitter)
1/2 t. natural lemon extract (this is optional BUT does add a punch of lemon flavor)
2/3 c. chopped strawberries
1 T. Turbinado sugar for topping the biscuit dough

To make the biscuits: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a cookie sheet with either a Silpat mat or parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour through salt and whisk together.  Cut the butter into small cubes and then place in the flour mixture. Honestly, the BEST way to combine the butter, is to crumble it between your fingers and mix it in with the flour. The batter should resemble course meal with bits of clumped butter.

In a large liquid measuring cup or small bowl, put in the buttermilk through the lemon extract. Whisk together. Then add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber scraper.

Chop hulled strawberries and toss them in 1 Tablespoon of flour to coat. Add the strawberries to the dough and gently stir them in. Using a medium-sized ice cream scooper, drop balls of biscuit dough onto prepared cookie sheet about 1.5 inches apart. Sprinkle each biscuit with a pinch of Turbinado sugar or regular granulated sugar for a little outside crunch.

Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until browned just a smidge and fairly firm to the touch.


61 thoughts on “Harried Helicopter Mom Seeks Sweet Strawberry Lemonade Biscuit Diversion

  1. Seems amazing… first of all hits my eyes… and I am sure so delicious too… Thank you dear Geni, with my love, nia

  2. These sure look good, Geni! Great that they’re low-fat and lemonade, yum!!

  3. These sound delicious! My girls are in a heavy work period too, and we could all use a relief from stress!

  4. Oh, Geni. I may not be a stressed out parent but I’m so undeserving of these delectable goodies. You’ve reminded me of all the term papers and projects that I handed over to Mom to type at the last minute. If it weren’t for our Moms, many of us would never have gotten beyond first grade. So, thanks to all the Moms. 🙂

  5. These look great, Geni. I made some strawberry biscuits last week and we all loved them!! I bet the additional lemon would be fantastic too.

  6. Strawberry lemonade biscuits! I have to try this recipe!
    I shouldn’t complain then when I help my 4th grader with his multiplication or division, huh! So you are warning me it gets worse as they get older, great…..looks like I’ll be having happy hour on a daily basis too!
    Hope you kiddo’s do well on the AP tests!

    • I would like to make them healthier with some addition of nonfat yogurt and eliminating more butter, but I was a little skeptical that it may turn out more like a fluffy scone than a dense biscuit so I kept in the butter. Hmmmm… thank you. Yes, you may be needing some more happy hours in your future. 😉

  7. I love how the strawberries are inside!

  8. Ending a long day here with you, Geni, your biscuits are making me want a cup of coffee, but it is far too late in the evening for that. I shall have to take them with me and dream of biscuits and butter. 🙂

  9. These look yummy, Geni! I do remember my Mom bailing me out and staying up late helping me with term papers! They remember, they really do!

  10. It has well good looks

  11. Think I should come over immediately and help you eat those.
    🙂 Mandy

  12. What a great and tasty idea for biscuits!

  13. I can see how these biscuits could encourage lots of studying! Especially when slathered with honey. Delicious!

  14. Oh, Geni, you give me a glimpse of my future – and I’m so not ready for it. 🙂 Deep breaths m’dear, you can get through it – and these biscuits helped, right? (I always find baking a good release of stress!). And I think you and I need to come up with an internet business of care baskets for stressed moms – it’s a completely genius idea, I tell you! We can include baked goods, aromatherapy, valium (just kidding), pedicure gift certificates, etc. I think we’d make a fortune! (Though the only people who’d buy them are probably moms for other moms.)

    • Ha! Why are you just kidding about the Valium? 😉 I do agree that moms would buy them for other moms though. We really get it, what it’s like to be worn down by the loves of our life we like to call our children.

  15. They look reeeeally good! Do you think they also work for stressed out students? I think an experiment is due in my kitchen 🙂

  16. Wow those biscuits look amazing! I made some Strawberry & Chocolate Chip muffins the other day, they were great – blogged about them too if you fancy snooping 🙂 . Strawberry makes it all a little healthier no…?! Will have to give these a go, thank you!

  17. Geni, these biscuit look so pretty with the vibrant strawberry color…like the lemon flavor…I would love to have one of this beauty with my coffee 🙂
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  18. You can’t put strawberry and lemonade int he same sentence and expect me not to make this or not comment lol. I would feel honored to try out this recipe.. especially since my mom would love this. This could be apart of our daily morning breakfast before shopping on the weekends 🙂

  19. Yum! These look so good, I’m all about any excuse to buy strawberries. They’d be the perfect snack to bring to work too.

  20. I am definitely not a stressed out mom! But you know I’ve heard things about Jed… Anyway, these do look fantastic.

  21. I am so trying these with my gluten-free flour!! Nom Nom Nom!!! 🙂

  22. I like this, not to sweet and fruity

  23. Happy Wednesday!

  24. I feel your pain. Teenagers and exams. You best add some rum to your morning coffee to go along with these awesome scones.

  25. Dear Lord Geni…I haven’t made scones in forever and my stomach is growling now. Perhaps a second breakfast is in order. 😉

  26. I can’t relate to the stressed out mom part, but I’m definitely still stressed work wise, etc, so these biscuits would make me very happy. 🙂 And they’re the perfect flavor combo…strawberry, lemon, honey. Can you say yum!?

  27. My mom isn’t very tech savvy nor is she very scholarly so I”m not sure that she could have helped me study even if she tried. Though these muffins would have definitely given me much more energy when cramming AP US flash cards into my head, that’s for sure! Yum!

  28. My husband loves strawberry shortcake- this sounds like a healthier, nicer version to try!

  29. Oh Geni! Seriously? Strawberry Lemonade Biscuits? I don’t think it could get any better. I would eat so many of these it wouldn’t even be funny. And I love that the helicopter mom in you is still flying overhead! I know I’ll be there too someday. I guess I should probably enjoy practicing handwriting and spelling easy words while I can. 😉

  30. my father loves loves loves his strawberry lemonade. I am so glad you did this post because I can’t wait to make these for him!

  31. ooohhh the strawberry biscuits do look sooooo good! I wish I could try them! haha… And yes you are right! I’ve always studied only at the very last minute before my exam, and that has carried on even until my university days! LOL. It is a baaaad habit for sure! But I find that I often do better and can concentrate immensely well when I start to feel the stress. It usually leads to highly productive full blast cramming!

  32. These sound like a must-make biscuit to me the next time I can get some good strawberries. And I agree, the best way to deal with “cutting” the butter in is to use your hands. Hope this weekend is less stressful for you and yours!

  33. I have been looking for a scone/biscuit recipe using strawberries. Yours look delicious. Would they keep good for a few days? I am always worried how well the strawberries would hold up in recipe like this.

  34. Gorgeous biscuits, Geni! I have some questionable strawberries in the fridge so I might just whip up a batch tomorrow!

  35. Very curious about these – not quite a scone, not quite a biscuit. I hope your helicoptering is going OK and you’re not too exhausted. I think I was one of those urban myth kids who studied ahead and required no assistance. But then straight after high school I also strapped a back pack on and moved to the other side of the world. And have kept doing that since. So perhaps that level of independence comes at a price? I know 15 years on from graduating my mum wouldn’t mind if I just sat still for awhile :). Hope the bake sale is going well too!

  36. I cannot wait until the farmers’ market has strawberries- and when they do, I will be making this asap!

  37. My daughter is in 2nd grade and I panic and call a state of emergency in her exams!
    For the sake of my sanity I don’t think of 8th or 11th grade!
    Those biscuits on the other hands sound like the perfect combination, strawberries and lemon…can’t get better than that

  38. this recipe is fabulous, thanks to much for sharing it…….:)

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