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Drop Biscuits

Light and flaky, rich and buttery, these easy Drop Biscuits are a quick way to add a special homemade touch to any meal.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Sides
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword buttermilk, drop biscuits, easy, homemade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 174kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I prefer White Lily brand)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup very cold buttermilk
  • 8 tablespoons warm, melted, salted butter (plus additional 2 tablespoons melted for brushing)


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together 8 tablespoons of warm melted butter with the cold buttermilk (you should see little clumps of butter form, which is good).
  • Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and fold together just until everything is combined (do not over-mix).
  • Spray a ¼-cup scoop with cooking spray and use the scoop to drop the batter 1 ½ -inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the 475 degree F oven until the tops are golden brown – about 12-14 minutes.
  • Brush the biscuits with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes before serving.


  • Add Cheese: A cheddar drop biscuit is a great companion for a bowl of chili or soup! Fold ½ cup (2 ounces) of grated cheddar into the dough before scooping and dropping. You can also use Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or even Parmesan cheese in this recipe.
  • Herbs and Scallions: A ¼ cup of thinly sliced green onions would be a nice addition to this dough. Try sprinkling some fresh minced rosemary, thyme, dill, or basil into the dough as well.
  • Green chilies would be a fun addition for a Tex-Mex meal.
  • Diced pimentos and some grated cheddar will give the biscuits even more Southern flare.
  • Sweet Drop Biscuits: Add more sugar -- about ¼ cup -- and a dash of cinnamon. Use these as a dessert with fresh berries and whipped cream for shortcake.
  • Recipe slightly adapted from America's Test Kitchen.


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg