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Maple-Thyme Biscuits


Maple syrup and fresh thyme give these fluffy biscuits their irresistible flavor. Serve with Mustard-Maple Glazed Ham for a crowd-pleasing Easter feast.

  • Yield: Makes 16

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, chilled
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk, well shaken
  • Butter, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees with racks set in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, mix together maple syrup and thyme sprigs; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and let maple syrup glaze cool to room temperature.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, baking soda, and thyme leaves. Add butter and cut into flour mixture using a pastry cutter or blend using your fingers until pea-sized lumps remain.

  4. Make a well in the center and add buttermilk. Stir using a fork or wooden spoon until large clumps form; do not allow a dough to form in the bowl. Turn mixture out onto a lightly floured work surface, and using lightly floured hands, knead two or three times just until a dough forms.

  5. Pat dough into a 1-inch-thick square. Using a sharp knife, cut 2-inch-square biscuits and transfer to prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Brush tops with maple syrup glaze; reserve remaining glaze for serving. Transfer to oven and bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve warm with butter and remaining maple syrup glaze.

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  • TheKingOfDomisticArts
    30 JUL, 2010
    These biscuits where great. This one is a keeper.
  • Possiblim
    18 APR, 2010
    Martha spoke of what I assume is this recipe when on the premire Emeril Lagassi Show, but she told emeril that the bisquits had Thyme, Maple Syrup and Honey (from Martha's own bees). It sounds wonderful, but I'm wondering if the Maple Syrup amount is perhaps halved and the other half using honey? Martha HELP! :-) - Deb
  • 8zowaski
    1 APR, 2010
    Martha said that to test for baking soda freshness, you put some baking soda into water and it will foam. Not so--- To test for functionality, add some baking soda to vinegar and it will foam.
  • nichol03
    31 MAR, 2010
    I made the biscuits and I couldn't taste much of the sweet syrup. You would have to brush a lot on after they were baked too. It's basically just a really good buttermilk biscuit recipe and I didn't have one before! Tastes like Cracker Barrel biscuits.
  • toodygoodshoes
    31 MAR, 2010
    I also noticed Martha didn't use the maple/thyme mixture on the show and assumed it was brushed on the biscuits, but I came here for the recipe to be sure.
  • tulachase
    31 MAR, 2010
    I don't think she's rude to guests. She is gracious; Who dioesn't interrupt occasionally. I know I do and I think it is an ADD thing, not intentional. I am worse the older I get and have no intention of being rude and I don't think Martha does either. But you are right, someone does need to prompt as needed as we all forget from time to time.
  • SewVeryTall
    31 MAR, 2010
    I came here because she didn't use the maple syrup on TV too. I kept hoping they would mention it before the show ended, because someone HAD to notice it between the guest star, producer, director, the audience, etc. It would really help the show if Martha would hire even one person who isn't scared to point out her errors, like on this recipe AND how rude she is to guests, cutting them off mid-sentence!
  • ISew4U
    30 MAR, 2010
    You're right! There was no mention of brushing the tops of the biscuits with the remaining syrup! No wonder they turned such a lovely color on TV! Remember, test to be sure the baking powder is "fresh" or toss it!
  • lemonjuice
    30 MAR, 2010
    I noticed that as well. I am wondering if a heaping tsp of salt might be TOO much. Interested to hear before I attempt to make.
  • laneo3
    30 MAR, 2010
    The show did not really explain the final step of brushing on the maple syrup. Don't forget to do that or your biscuits will not be as good.