Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

June 9, 2009

Cheddar Biscuits

The last time I made biscuits I was quite taken aback by the results. How could biscuits be soft on the inside? Here, cookies equal biscuits, so I just could not fathom why biscuits elsewhere would be any different. I was a little upset because I had followed the recipe to the T, yet they didn’t turn out to be quite like I’d imagined (from Jill O’Connor’s Sticky Chewy, Messy Gooey). So, when I went to the States a few months ago, one of the things on my agenda was to try some Southern style biscuits. When I had them, I was RELIEVED! My biscuits were just fine by this definition.

Cheddar Biscuits

Today I had some cheese at hand – extra sharp cheddar, even! These drop biscuits were so, so easy to make. The baking in the oven is the only thing that takes up the time. Mix the dry ingredients together, slice in the butter, blend in the grated cheese, bind it together with liquids, spoon them on a Silpat and bake for 15 minutes. Brush with butter and they’re done!

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

These biscuits were sumptuous. Salty and cheesy with a hint of garlic, these were so good that my dad asked me to make him another batch. And these are certainly not something that would normally be categorised under his type of foods. So the fact that he asked for me turned out to be the ultimate compliment. I know I will be baking another batch pretty soon.

They taste best when served warm, fresh out of the oven. But in case you are left with some and they’re sitting out for a couple of hours, just refresh them by gently heating them in the oven for 2-3 minutes.

The only thing I’d do a little differently is add some more garlic powder or maybe even fresh garlic for a more pronounced garlicky flavour. Yum.

Cheddar Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits Recipe

Adapted from: Food and Whine
Yield: 12 large biscuits or 18 small ones

2 cups/250g all-purpose flour (unbleached or regular)
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup/75g butter, cold, cut into chunks
2 Tbsp. canola or any flavourless, odourless vegetable oil
1 heaping cup/ 6-7 oz. /150-170g grated cheddar cheese (sharp flavoured is best, I used extra sharp)
1/2 – 2/3 cup or 120-160ml milk (I didn’t need more than 1/2 a cup)

For brushing on top:
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes or 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder.
  2. Add the cubed butter. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut butter into flour until it is coarse, pea-sized (doesn’t need to be fine).
  3. Add oil, grated cheddar cheese and the milk. Stir till well combined and holds together.
  4. Make sure to keep adding milk a bit at a time, just until the dough is moistened and you can no longer see any raw flour.
  5. Drop approximately 1/4 cup portions of the dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet or a Silpat using an ice cream scoop or large spoon.
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes in a preheated oven at 400F/.
  7. While biscuits are baking, melt 3 tablespoons butter is a small bowl with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and the parsley.
  8. When biscuits come out of the oven, use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Do this a few times – it’s fun to watch all the butter getting absorbed into the biscuit! Use up all of the butter. Serve warm.

{ 132 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alexandra November 10, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Damn these were good! I run urban hiking tours and offer my hikers biscuits as snacks. Honestly, this is the first truly good recipe I’ve found. I will *definitely* use this recipe again. Delicious!


2 aliyah November 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM


These cheese biscuits looks really great and would love to make them for a family gathering.

Can you make the dough a few days in advance before baking?

Thanks in advance for yourhelp


3 bigaahncey December 26, 2012 at 7:13 AM

I made these for Christmas n they were delicious….but I put the dried parsley n the dough n I didn’t put the butter on top they were buttery enough an extra sharp Cheddar is definitely the move.But I don’t think u need the salt if ur gonna use extra sharp Cheddar I thought they were a little salty…..I would definitely use an recommended this recipe 2 others minus,the salt or just a1/2 tsp.


4 Becky January 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Thank you for the recipe, the first one that i found that turned out great.!


5 Jodie January 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

This recipe was delicious and turned out perfectly, I added 1 tsp of smoked paprika to the melted butter mixture for brushing. It tasted great! It added a little bit of that cheddar cheese colour to the tops! Enjoy!


6 Rissa February 3, 2013 at 9:19 PM

These Cheddar cheesy biscuits were absolutely amazing. Om nom nom is exactly how to describe this wonderful recipe <3 I only substituted the garlic powder for fresh garlic and fresh parsley if got on had. Thanks so much. Made it into my cookbook :D


7 Shivani April 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Omg, I first had these at Red Lobster in the US and have been trying to recreate them ever since! Made them last night and they turned out perfect!

Never letting go of this recipe :) If you have a minute, take a look at my (amateur) food blog: and let me know what you think!


8 SIne Jones May 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Since locating this recipe 2-3 years ago on Purple Foodie, I make them for my Mother’s Day Brunch and Xmas breakfast. My family LOVES them!! Red Lobster has nothing on these babies and I stay firm to the recipe.


9 VMS June 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I tried out these biscuits. Though from outside it looked exactly like yours from inside it dint cook well. Waw not flaky as your pictures?


10 Cook Chelle March 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I made these and they came out excellent my husband and son loved them!! Thank you for the recipe


11 Manisha March 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Made today..turned out awesome..Never letting go of this recipe :) If you have a minute, take a look at my (amateur) food blog: let me know what you think!


12 Kim June 13, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Made these tonight exactly as written… My family could not get enough. Thanks for an excellent recipe. I will be making these again many times I’m sure.


13 Emily June 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Can you use american cheese instead of cheddar cheese?


14 Ella January 24, 2015 at 12:29 AM

I made these and they turned out perfectly! Fluffy and light- I didn’t add the brushing at the end and I also used garlic salt for the garlic and the salt. I am going to use this for a sweet recipe next time- omitting the cheese and garlic and substituting dates and spices.


15 Anne Pollock Noble April 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM

These are yummy


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