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These light and fluffy 7UP biscuits are such a fun and delicious shortcut with just 4 simple ingredients! The combination of butter, sour cream, lemon-lime soda, and Bisquick yields rich, flavorful, and tender biscuits with minimal effort. Serve them for breakfast with country hamsausage gravy, or jam, or offer them at the dinner table alongside soupchilipot roast, or pulled pork.

Close up side shot of a bowl of 7up biscuits

Bisquick 7up Biscuits

As soon as I heard that you could make biscuits with Bisquick and 7up soda, of course I had to try them. It seems like such an odd combination, but trust me: this recipe actually works! Similar to baking a 7UP pound cake, the soda acts as a leavening agent, adds a hint of sweetness in the background, and provides the liquid to moisten the dough. The biscuits are softer and fluffier than a traditional buttermilk biscuit, and instead taste like a delicious cross between dinner rolls and angel biscuits. Perfect for breakfast, snack, brunch, or dinner!

Process shot showing how to make 7up biscuits

how to make biscuits rise high

If your ideal biscuits include tall, buttery, flaky layers, then you’ve come to the right place. After years and years of practice, I’ve learned a handful of simple ways to achieve those elusive mile-high treats — and most of the rules even apply to a batch of 7-up biscuits!

  • Cold ingredients are essential. While there isn’t any butter in this biscuit dough (it’s melted at the bottom of the pan), it’s still important to use cold soda and cold sour cream. This helps the biscuits rise high, rather than spread flat in the oven. Freeze the cut biscuits for about 15 minutes before baking for best results.
  • The oven must be very hot — in this case, 425°F. When the cold biscuit dough interacts with the high heat of the oven, the water in the sour cream heats rapidly and releases steam, pushing the dough upward. If an oven is set at a lower temperature (such as 350°F or 400°F), the fat inside the dough heats too slowly and melts before the biscuits can fully rise.
  • Folding the dough on itself multiple times builds visible layers.
  • Do not twist a round biscuit cutter — just punch straight down and pull it straight back out. Twisting the biscuit cutter seals off the edges of the biscuits and they therefore will not rise as high.
  • Arrange the Biscuits with Sides Touching. Place the biscuits in a baking dish or cast iron skillet so that they’re touching their neighbors as closely as possible. This will help them “climb” in the oven so that you get that great, tall lift!
Pouring 7up into a bowl

Ingredients

This is just a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for a batch of 7up biscuits. As always, specific measurements and complete step-by-step instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Butter: I use salted butter, but you can sub with unsalted butter if you prefer a less-salty biscuit.
  • Bisquick: an all-purpose baking mix that includes flour, leavening agents, cornstarch (a thickening agent), vegetable oil, salt and sugar.
  • Sour cream: use full-fat sour cream for the best flavor and texture. A full-fat plain Greek-style yogurt would probably work well, too.
  • 7UP soda: or substitute with another lemon-lime soda. Even diet 7UP or sugar-free sodas will work. The carbonation in the soda acts as a leavening agent that helps the biscuits rise, while the beverage also moistens the dough and adds a bit of flavor.
Brushing melted butter on a pan of 7up biscuits

How To Make 7UP Biscuits

This 7 up biscuit recipe originally came from the 7UP.com website, and I’ve just tweaked the process slightly for even better biscuit-baking results! They truly could not be easier…

  1. Pour melted butter into the bottom of a cast iron skillet or 8-inch square pan.
  2. Cut the sour cream into the Bisquick until pea-sized clumps form.
  3. Pour in the soda and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface. It will be stickier and softer than traditional biscuit dough, so make sure that your hands are well-floured as well.
  5. Fold the dough over onto itself 6-8 times, just until it comes together. This process will help add those flaky layers to the biscuits.
  6. Pat dough into a rectangle that’s about 1-inch thick. You don’t even need a rolling pin — just your hands will do the trick.
  7. Use a round biscuit cutter to punch out the biscuits. Re-roll the scraps until all of the dough is used.
  8. Place cut biscuits in the pan with the melted butter.
  9. Chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes while you preheat the oven.
  10. Bake the biscuits at 425°F until golden brown on top, about 20-25 minutes.
  11. Brush the warm biscuits with melted butter, and serve!
Breakfast table full of 7uup biscuits

Serving Suggestions

These easy biscuits are suitable for just about any meal, at any time of day. Serve them on their own for breakfast with a drizzle of honeyhoney butterstrawberry jam, or apple butter. Add eggs on the side, use them to make an egg sandwich with sausage, bacon or cheese, or stir up a skillet of sausage gravy. In Virginia, country ham biscuits are a classic snack!

On the dinner table, here are some entrées that go well with the biscuits:

Drizzling honey on a plate of 7up biscuits

Prep and Storage

While they’re best served warm, straight-from-the-oven, you can bake the biscuits up to 3 days ahead of time. Store leftovers in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature. You do not need to keep them in the refrigerator, but the fridge is fine if you want to store them for an extra day or so.

Reheat day-old biscuits by placing them on a baking sheet in a 300°F oven for about 10 minutes.

How to Freeze

Allow the biscuits to cool to room temperature, then wrap tightly in an airtight container or Ziploc freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter overnight or in the microwave for a few seconds.

Overhead shot of a table with a plate of three 7up biscuits

Recipe Variations

  • 7up biscuits from scratch: if you don’t have any Bisquick, you can make these 7up biscuits with flour instead. To do so, prepare your own homemade “Bisquick” using a recipe like this one, which is combination of all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and vegetable shortening.
  • Larger batch: if you’re serving a bigger group, double all of the ingredients and bake the 7-up biscuits in a 9×13 dish.
  • 7-up biscuits with ginger ale: for a slightly different flavor profile, swap out the lemon lime soda and use ginger ale instead.
  • Fold in some grated cheese for even more savory flavor.
Horizontal side shot of a bowl of 7up biscuits

Tips for the best 7UP biscuit recipe

  • Keep the ingredients as cold as possible to help the biscuits rise high.
  • This is a very soft dough, and can be quite sticky, so keep the counter well-floured, adding plenty of flour to your hands and biscuit cutter as well.
  • Use unsalted butter instead of the salted butter if you prefer a less-salty biscuit.
  • Don’t overmix the dough. It’s very soft, so use a gentle hand. Stir just until all of the ingredients come together and you don’t see any dry pockets of flour. Over-mixing will result in tough, dense biscuits.
  • In lieu of 7UP, you can also use diet 7UP (or other sugar-free soda), Sprite, or another lemon-lime soda.
Side shot of 7up biscuits on a plate on a breakfast table

More Biscuit Recipes to Try

Square side shot of a bowl of 7up biscuits

7UP Biscuits

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings 9 biscuits (using a 2-inch round cutter)
Calories 190 kcal
You only need 4 simple ingredients for these light and fluffy 7UP biscuits!

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup (half of a stick) melted butter, plus extra for brushing
  • 2 cups Bisquick all-purpose baking mix
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) full-fat sour cream, cold
  • ½ cup 7UP soda (or other lemon-lime soda), cold

Instructions

  • Pour the melted butter into an 8-inch baking dish, or into a 9-inch or 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  • Place the Bisquick in a large mixing bowl. Add the sour cream. Using a pastry cutter, fork, or two knives, cut the sour cream into the baking mix until little pea-size clumps form.
  • Pour in the soda and stir just until combined and there are no pockets of dry flour.
  • Turn the dough onto a well-floured work surface. Flour your hands and fold the dough over onto itself 6-8 times. Pat the dough into a rectangle that’s about 1-inch thick.
  • Use a floured round biscuit cutter to punch out the biscuits (do not twist the cutter). Arrange the biscuits in the pan with the melted butter. Re-roll the scraps and cut out additional biscuits.
  • Cover the biscuits with plastic wrap, and chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Bake the biscuits until golden brown on top, about 20-25 minutes. Brush the warm biscuits with 1-2 more tablespoons of melted butter.

Notes

  • 7up biscuits from scratch: if you don’t have any Bisquick, you can make these 7up biscuits with flour instead. To do so, prepare your own homemade “Bisquick” using a recipe like this one, which is combination of all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and vegetable shortening.
  • Larger batch: if you’re serving a bigger group, double all of the ingredients and bake the 7-up biscuits in a 9×13 dish.
  • 7-up biscuits with ginger ale: for a slightly different flavor profile, swap out the lemon lime soda and use ginger ale instead.
  • Fold in some grated cheese for even more savory flavor.
  • Keep the ingredients as cold as possible to help the biscuits rise high.
  • This is a very soft dough, and can be quite sticky, so keep the counter well-floured, and add plenty of flour to your hands and to your biscuit cutter.
  • Use unsalted butter instead of the salted butter if you prefer a less-salty biscuit.
  • Don’t overmix the dough. It’s very soft, so use a gentle hand. Stir just until all of the ingredients come together and you don’t see any dry pockets of flour. Over-mixing will result in tough, dense biscuits.
  • In lieu of 7UP, you can also use diet 7UP (or other sugar-free soda), Sprite, or another lemon-lime soda.
  • Recipe from 7up.com

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuitCalories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 386mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 238IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg
Keyword: 7 up biscuits with bisquick, 7up biscuit recipe, 7up biscuits, bisquick 7up biscuits
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Blair Lonergan
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