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Cheddar Drop Biscuits

Sharp white cheddar and chives add extra flavor to these simple drop biscuits.

  • Yield: Makes 16 biscuits
Cheddar Drop Biscuits


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 8 ounces sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk, well shaken
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees with racks in upper and lower third positions. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper. Work butter into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or your fingers until butter is incorporated and pea-size lumps remain. Stir in cheddar, then buttermilk and chives, just until dough comes together.

  3. Using two spoons, drop 1/4 cup quantities of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart.

  4. Bake in oven until golden brown, 12-14 minutes, rotating baking sheets once.

Reviews (3)

  • fjurg 21 Oct, 2012

    Very nice flavor and texture. Next time I think I'll add a little garlic powder to the dough.

  • Bmasteller 17 Nov, 2011

    The flavor of these was a big hit with my daughter. They spread too much for a biscuit, though. Next time I'm going to back off a lot on the buttermilk.

    - I did. 2nd time I didn't have chives available, and used two dashes of dried minced onion instead. Still awesome! They still spread a lot. I'm going to make a still drier dough next time.

  • donnadove 25 Oct, 2011

    Wonderful cheesy flavor. Crisp on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside. I've made them 2 times since the show aired and it's one of the best biscuit recipes I've made.