Monday, June 29, 2020

Lemony Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom Thumb. All opinions are 100% mine.

Need a quick & easy dessert to indulge a creamy craving or celebrate a special moment? Fix this strawberry shortcake milkshake in minutes with fresh strawberries, ice cream, milk, lemon zest + juice, vanilla extract, and shortbread cookies. The combination of sweet, bright, cold, creamy & buttery flavors is heavenly!

Lemony Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes
One of my favorite summertime treats is a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (who am I kidding...2-3 scoops) topped with fresh seasonal fruit like peaches, strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries.

If I'm feeling fancy, I'll bake a mini fruit crisp using oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon & butter as a topping then lay a big scoop of ice cream on it before digging in.

Other times, it's ice cream cookie sandwiches or homemade chocolate covered strawberries because it's the perfect excuse to eat a bunch of fresh fruit (no sharing allowed). 

But usually the quick, no heat whatsoever option wins. Especially when I've been outside for several hours and need something to cool down.

Which makes a thick, creamy & COLD milkshake the perfect option! All you have to do is combine your favorite dessert ingredients in a blender with milk & ice cream and you have a decadent treat with little effort.

Anything with strawberries, whipped cream & lemon is heaven in my book, so I decided to make a milkshake inspired by my strawberry shortcake & lemon curd parfaits.

Ingredients for Lemony Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes with Open Nature Scandal-less light ice cream

Strawberry Milkshakes with Lemony Upgrade

But instead of using broken up scones (or sweet biscuits), I went with crumbled shortbread cookies. I almost always have a box on hand (they're my favorite cookie), so why not keep it simple? I also skipped the lemon curd so the lemon flavor wouldn't overpower the strawberries here.

It's surprisingly easy to do even if you're using ripe strawberries! My first test batch of milkshakes used double the lemon juice & a bit more lemon zest and ended up tasting like a lemon pie. Super delish, but not what I was going for here. :)

Instead, I added only a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice in with the sliced strawberries, then topped the blended shakes with lemon zest & coarse sugar (mixed together) for a punch of bright citrus flavor + sweetness.

This combo is SO frigging good!!

Sweet juicy strawberries, creamy vanilla ice cream, buttery cookies & fragrant sugary lemon on top.

Does it get any better than that? Maybe a chocolate & peanut butter version. (Note to self: try that combo soon!)

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes

As you can see from the picture above, the cookies aren't just for garnish.

Like my pumpkin pie milkshake (which uses a whole slice of pie), the shortbread cookies are blended right into the milkshake to add a bit of thickness and a mild buttery flavor reminiscent of regular strawberry shortcakes.

With all the ice cream, milk, cookies, and lemon-sugar garnish, you'd expect this milkshake to be intensely rich, almost to the point of needing a nap after drinking one, right?

Well, it's not! It's intensely satisfying taste-wise (fruity & creamy with back notes of vanilla) and surprisingly filling. But after drinking a big ol' glass, I felt good.

This makes me extremely happy, as I can count on one hand the number of times I've ordered a shake at a restaurant and didn't regret it afterward. (They're typically sugar & calorie bombs.)

Making Easy Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes

Open Nature® Scandal-less Light Ice Cream

What makes this milkshake different? The ice cream!

I used Open Nature's Scandal-less light ice cream, which is sweetened with a mixture of erythritol (sugar alcohol), cane sugar & stevia, and also has milk protein concentrate added so there are 19 grams of protein per pint.

The reduced sugar content + extra protein creates a more balanced treat that makes you feel good when you eat it. Or in this case, drink it. :)

More Features I Love About Scandal-less Light Ice Cream:
  • no artificial colors or flavors
  • a clean ingredient deck
  • low-calories & fat (between 60-80% fewer calories and 40-50% less fat than regular ice cream)
  • high protein content (6 grams per serving)
  • between 240 and 370 calories per pint

And even though erythritol is the primary sweetener, it tastes JUST like regular ice cream. I grabbed their vanilla and sea salt caramel ice cream this time around was super impressed with both.

I almost always use maple syrup, honey & coconut sugar in my recipes these days, so I'm sensitive to the taste of natural sugar-free sweeteners. I didn't notice it at all, so I look forward to keeping a pint or two stocked in my freezer all summer long!

Lemony Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes

Where to Find Open Nature Scandal-less Light Ice Cream

If you're looking for affordable high-quality ice cream & frozen desserts, the Open Nature Scandal-less light ice cream I used for these milkshakes is available in the Dallas, Texas area exclusively at Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores.

Need ice cream that's dairy-free? Open Nature also has non-dairy frozen desserts made with almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, and coconut milk + fruit sorbets.

Or regular ice cream options for kids? Signature SELECT™ has a new unicorn cotton candy ice cream + several other classic flavors to keep everyone happy.

TIP: Do you live in the Dallas area and don't want to go inside to shop? Tom Thumb also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop!

Note: Live outside the Dallas area? I shopped at my local Tom Thumb store, but you can also find Open Nature & Signature SELECT products at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, and Vons. Or ONLINE, if that's your preferred method for shopping.

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Yield: 30 oz (Two large milkshakes OR 4 smaller milkshakes)
Lemony Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes

Lemony Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes

Prep time: 10 MCook time: Total time: 10 M
Need a quick & easy dessert to indulge a craving or celebrate a special moment? Fix this strawberry shortcake milkshake in minutes. The combination of sweet, bright, cold, creamy & buttery flavors is heavenly!


  • 1 lb. of fresh strawberries, hulled & quartered (about 3 cups prepared)
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons of turbinado sugar (or your favorite coarse sweetener)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 4-5 shortbread cookies + extra for topping
  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream (I used Open Nature Scandal-less Light Ice Cream)
  • whipped cream, for topping (optional)


  1. Stir together the lemon zest + sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine the strawberries, lemon juice, honey, milk, vanilla extract, cookies, and ice cream. Pulse a few times until it's blended & has reached your desired consistency (i.e. slightly chunky or smooth). If it's too thick, add more milk a few tablespoons at a time.
  3. Pour the milkshake into two glasses (or four if serving smaller portions) and top each shake with whipped cream, a bit of the lemon-sugar mixture, and a crumbled shortbread cookie. Serve immediately while cold.


To make this more creamy, use canned full-fat coconut milk, whole milk, half & half, or heavy whipping cream instead of lower-fat milk/dairy-free milk.
If your strawberries aren't very ripe and you have a bit of extra time, macerate them first. Combine the hulled & sliced strawberries in a bowl with honey & lemon juice (use the same measurements from above) and let them sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes before making the milkshakes. This will extract some of the berry juices & bring out the strawberry flavor.
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Adapted from myLeftover Pumpkin Pie Milkshake and Strawberry Shortcake & Lemon Curd Parfaits
Need a quick & easy dessert to indulge a creamy craving? Fix this strawberry shortcake milkshake in minutes with fresh strawberries, ice cream, milk, lemon zest + juice, vanilla extract, and shortbread cookies. The combination of sweet, bright, cold, creamy & buttery flavors is heavenly!

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