Drop Biscuits are simple, delicious buttery biscuits that only take a couple ingredients and just minutes to throw together. They can be used for just about any occasion, so they are a great option when you need a quick, go-to bread or biscuit recipe!
Oh, Drop Biscuits, where have you been all my life? It seems like I’m always forgetting about the bread with any meal. The main course and the sides are all ready to go, but I’ve completely forgotten to buy some bread at the store. And, surely, it’s too late to make some from scratch? Right? And surely I don’t even have the ingredients, right? WRONG!
These Drop Biscuits use just a few simple ingredients that I bet you already have laying around your kitchen. And they take just minutes to prepare!
What Are Drop Biscuits?
I had never really heard of Drop Biscuits before. A Drop Biscuit is simply made from “dropping” the dough from a spoon onto the baking pan before inserting into the oven. This is in contrast to having to roll them out and cut them into biscuit shapes before baking. So quick and easy! They come out golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside, while deliciously warm and soft on the inside.
How To Make Drop Biscuits?
First, gather up the few simple ingredients that you’ll need. They are:
- FLOUR – Regular, all purpose flour. Be careful when measuring your flour. A common mistake it to pack it into your measuring cup. The safest way to make sure you are using the correct amount is to weight it using a kitchen food scale. Or, at least spoon it into your measure cup and flatten the top. Use gluten free flour if you want to make this friendly for gluten-free diets.
- BAKING POWDER – Will cause our Biscuits to rise and give them their tender, fluffy texture.
- SUGAR – We use a tablespoon of plain, white sugar in this recipe. Not all drop biscuit recipes use sugar and you can omit (or reduce this) if you’d like.
- SALT – Baking with salt always gives your recipes more complexity and depth of flavor. Helps balance out that sugar.
- BUTTER – COLD unsalted butter. In order for this recipe to work. You really need to keep it cold and work it in with a pastry cutter or a couple of forks.
- BUTTERMILK – This recipe tastes best with buttermilk. But you can sub with whole milk, 2% or any other milk if you’d like. Whatever milk you use, make sure that it is nice and cold so that it doesn’t warm up your butter.
What Can You Use Drop Biscuits For?
They can taste great just on their own, but the options of dressing them up are almost endless.
- CLASSIC – butter and jam. You CAN’T go wrong with some warm biscuits with melted butter and jam on them!
- SOUPS – Great to sop up any yummy soup, stew, chowder or chili.
- BREAKFAST – Right at home next to some eggs and bacon. Or, better yet, use them to make Biscuits and Sausage Gravy!
- DESSERTS – Yep! You can use Drop Biscuits for dessert! Top them with warm pie filling (apple pie!!!). Pile some strawberries, ice cream and whipped cream and use them for Strawberry Shortcake. Or even use the dough as a base for an easy apple cobbler recipe. For an even easier Apple Cobbler, check out this Bisquick Apple Cobbler!
- OTHER TOPPINGS – Apple butter, honey, sugar and cinnamon, peanut butter.
Notes, Tips and Variations
- SILICONE MAT – This will help prevent the biscuits from sticking and give their bottoms a nice golden firmness.
- USE A CASSEROLE DISH – We made these on a baking sheet. But you can also grease up an 8X8 casserole dish and drop them all in there together. They will bake together and all the butter will stay in the biscuits. Yum!
- ADD CHEESE – After you mix the wet and dry ingredients, you can carefully incorporate some shredded cheddar cheese into the biscuits to give some added flavor. You can also add any seasonings you think might be yummy, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, etc…
- PREHEAT OVEN – You really want that butter to be as cold as possible when it goes into the oven. So, have your oven totally preheated and ready to go so that your dough isn’t sitting on the counter, warming up. If you need to, you can keep the dough in the fridge. But you REALLY don’t want it sitting out to long in any environment.
- USE A SCOOPER TO DROP THE BISCUITS – You can get away with just using a large spoon. But we recommend using a scooper to help you drop those biscuits!
- DON’T OVERMIX – When you stir the wet and dry ingredients together in a bowl, you want to do so until the mixture JUST incorporated. That keeps these biscuits light and fluffy!
I hope you enjoy these easy homemade drop biscuits. Let me know how they turn out in the comments section!
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Quick And Easy Drop Biscuits
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter 1 stick cold and cubed
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add flour, baking powder, sugar and salt to a food processor and process for 5 seconds or until mixed through. Add butter and process until fine crumbs form, about 10 seconds. Add buttermilk and process until a dough forms on one side of the food processor.
- Drop dough, using a 3 tablespoon portion scoop, onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Comments & Reviews
Hi. Can you use brown sugar instead of white?
I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why not.
Ms Smith says
Do you have a roll recipe like this.?
Not yet, but I will work on that this week! Thank you for the suggestion!
Not a recipe that worked for me! I usually do hand mixing when making simple biscuits, but I decided to try and ended up having to make another batch with a different recipe and stuck with more dishes
I thought I goofed this up. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and the dough never got so thick that it bulked up to one side. I baked them anyway and they turned out perfect. Made them for strawberry shortcake.
That is one of our favorite ways to use this drop biscuit recipe! Thank you for sharing!
I just made these. grated the butter and worked it into the butter with my hands. I didn’t use buttermilk, but whole milk and just stirred it till it was all incorporated. These turned out great and very tasty. Also I didn’t add salt because I have salted butter. I’ll definitely have this as my go to recipe.
That is great to hear!
Seems easy enough..I believe I will do this
Love love love, yes totally didnt have time and needed biscuits to go with our Hangover hamburger soup although not hungover. Just wanted a quick easy biscuit and BAM, your receipt did the job. Very much appreciate the sharing of this receipt. Major yummy and easy breezy. I did not add salt as i dont have non salt butter and used 2% milk because didnt have buttermilk. Also dont have the mixer but my bowl and my hands. Sliced/diced the frozen butter and worked great.
Biscuits are great. Thanks for sharing.
I couldn’t get the mix to ball up on one side of the processor bowl. Guess I should have added a little more flour? So I kept mixing and finally gave up and baked them anyway. They looked more like cookies, but my husband really liked them. (I’m gluten free so I couldn’t taste them, but boy did I want to). They looked and smelled so good.
I’ve actually never made biscuits in my life ~ the idea of making bread has always been intimidating to me ~ but these turned out fantastic! I didn’t have a food processor, or buttermilk, but decided to give it a whirl anyhow. I used 2% milk, and chopped the cold butter into little pieces, working quickly to knead all the ingredients together with my hands.
I also added some shredded cheddar/jack cheese right before the kneading was complete. I plopped them by hand onto an ungreased Teflon cookie sheet, and baked the recommended time. The whole thing came together very quickly, and these were delicious. Really can’t believe how perfect they turned out – when they came out of the oven, they had little golden peaks, and I sprinkled them all with a garlic salt/parsley mixture for some added flavor.
This was my first making biscuits, everything time i tried to make biscuits it never worked. I tried your recipe and they came out great. Thanks
These were delicious. After trying many biscuit recipes, I’ve finally found one that is super quick, easy, and delicious. Thanks for this recipe!
Yep! This one is SO EASY and perfect for so many occasions!