This recipe for Easy Drop Biscuits is a long time family favorite. These biscuits are the perfect addition to breakfast, brunch or dinner.
Making biscuits from scratch can be intimidating because it can take a couple tries to master getting the dough just right. This recipe for drop biscuits is the Cliff’s Notes version of biscuit making.
What do I need to make drop biscuits?
- baking powder
- unsalted butter
- milk or buttermilk
How to make homemade drop biscuits:
Begin by whisking together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large mixing bow.
Then add cold butter that’s been cubed into small pieces into flour. Until the mixture looks like sand.
Once you’ve cut the butter into the dough add the milk and stir with a fork until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl.
Next, using a medium cookie scoop, 1/4 cup measuring cup or regular spoon scoop up the dough and drop it on a cookie sheet. The scoops don’t have to be perfectly round. Just make the that they are smaller than three tablespoons in size.
Finally, place the biscuits in a 450º oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CUT IN BUTTER?
When a recipe says you have to cut the butter into dry ingredients it means quickly breaking cold butter into small pieces so that the butter does not melt. Traditionally this is done with a pastry blender or two forks.
HOW DO YOU CUT BUTTER INTO FLOUR?
To do this there are three common methods:
- Using a pastry blender to mash and divide the butter into small pieces and the dough resembles pea sized crumbs or sand
- Using two forks pulling in opposite directions until the butter is cut into small pieces and the dough becomes crumbly.
- You can use a food processor and pulse the mixture until the dough becomes a crumb like mixture
My Notes and Tips:
- First, I recommend cutting the butter into small cubes. It will make it easier to blend it into the flour mixture. Cutting the butter into larger pieces won’t ruin the recipe but when you are cutting in the butter you will have to work harder to reach the desired consistency with the dry ingredients.
- My second tip is to not overthink the process. This recipe is really easy and unlike making loaves or bread or rolls there’s no time spent rolling or kneading dough.
Serve these drop biscuits with butter, honey, jam or jelly. These are also amazing smothered in gravy or with a couple slices of bacon to make the ultimate breakfast sandwich.
Happy Baking Y’all!
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Easy Drop Biscuits
This recipe for Easy Drop Biscuits is a long time family favorite. While this is a from scratch recipe it's easy to put together and there's no need for rolling and cutting. Just mix the dough, drop it on the sheet pan and bake!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed
- 1 cup buttermilk or whole milk
Preheat oven to 450º
In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Add cold, cubed butter to bowl and cut in the butter until the dough forms into pea size crumbles.
Pour in the milk and stir with a fork until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl.
Use a medium cookie scoop or regular spoon scoop up the dough and drop it on a cookie sheet. The scoops don’t have to be round any shape will do. Keep the scoops less then three tablespoons in size.