Cheddar Drop Biscuits

16 biscuits

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


  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • Pinch cayenne pepper

  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

  • 6 ounces sharp white cheddar, shredded

  • 1 ⅓ 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.

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