Easy Homemade Drop Biscuits

How to make homemade drop biscuits that are buttery, light and fluffy on the inside and golden brown on the outside. Make these with five ingredients and in less than 30 minutes!

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Making Homemade Drop Biscuits

These drop biscuits are ridiculously easy to make. Once you make them, I just know you’ll be itching to make them again and again. The entire process can be done in under 30 minutes and they taste fantastic. If you love this recipe, try our Easy Cheese Drop Biscuits!

Brushing melted butter onto homemade drop biscuits

If you are not in the loop, drop biscuits are a quicker, simpler version of traditional biscuits (see our buttermilk biscuits recipe).

Instead of rolling out and cutting into shapes, all you need to do for drop biscuits is spoon (or drop) mounds of dough onto a baking sheet and bake. No patting out, no rolling and no cutting required.

The ingredients are very simple and pretty much the same as traditional biscuits. You’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk

Can I use self-rising flour? I like to make my own blend of flour, baking powder and salt, however, self-rising flour should be successful in this recipe. Most store-bought self-rising flour blends already include baking powder and salt. Keep in mind that results may vary from brand to brand since the amount of salt and baking powder can be different. We use self-raising flour to make our Southern-style chicken and dumplings.

The Method

The process for making them is simple. Here are the basic steps (the full recipe is shared below and we have provided a quick video above that walks you through each step).

Step 1, Start by whisking the flour, baking powder and salt together, and then add small cubes of cold butter. It’s important that your butter is very cold, we don’t want it to melt or warm up before hitting the heat of the oven.

How to make drop biscuits step 1 - adding cold butter to flour

Step 2, Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour mixture. Alternatively, use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour. You can see us use both methods in the video. Another option is to use a food processor to pulse the butter into the flour mixture. We do this when making our all-butter homemade pie crust.

How to make drop biscuits step 2 - cutting the butter into the flour

Step 3, When the butter and flour mixture looks like coarse crumbs, you can add the milk. We use whole milk (although, reduced-fat would probably be fine). Slowly pour in the milk while you mix with a fork. The key is to mix until a dough forms, but not to over do it. Watch us do it in the video, it only takes 30 seconds or so of stirring.

Drop biscuit dough ready to be baked

The drop biscuit dough will look shaggy and might be a bit sticky. That’s okay, it is supposed to look that way! From here, we simply drop mounds of dough onto a baking sheet (or into a cast iron pan) and bake.

The biscuits take 10 to 15 minutes to bake, and then right after taking them out of the oven, we brush a little extra melted butter on top. It’s just the right thing to do!

The biscuits will be light and fluffy in the middle and golden brown on top. I love serving them warm straight from the oven.

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Homemade Drop Biscuits

Easy Homemade Drop Biscuits

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These drop biscuits are ridiculously easy to make. Once you make them, I just know you’ll be itching to make them again and again. The entire process can be done in under 30 minutes and they taste fantastic.

Makes 8 biscuits

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You Will Need

8 tablespoons (115 grams or 1 stick) cold unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, see notes

1/2 cup (118 ml) cold whole milk, plus more as needed

Directions

    1Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (see notes for using a hotter oven). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Alternatively, set aside a medium cast iron pan for baking the biscuits in.

    2Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together until well blended.

    3Remove one tablespoon of butter and set aside (this will be melted and brushed onto the biscuits once they are baked).

    4Cut the remaining 7 tablespoons of butter into small cubes. If you are not immediately moving on to the next step, place the butter back into the refrigerator to keep cold.

    5Scatter the cold butter cubes over the flour mixture then use a pastry blender or your fingers to cut or rub the butter in until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs (see photos or video for reference).

    6Using a fork, gently stir the milk into the biscuit mixture until the dough comes together. It will be a bit sticky and look shaggy. If the dough is too dry, add a little more milk, a tablespoon or two should do it.

    7Drop mounds of dough, about 3 tablespoons in size, onto the prepared baking sheet. Dough mounds should be about an inch apart from each other. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the biscuits are puffed and starting to turn brown on top. If some butter pools out around the bottom, it’s okay.

    8Meanwhile, melt the reserved tablespoon of butter. When they come out of the oven, gently brush the butter onto the top of each biscuit. Serve warm.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Salt: I love my biscuits to be well seasoned with salt, which is why I choose to add 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt. If you don’t like your salt level as high, stick with 1/4 teaspoon instead.
  • Oven temperature: These can be baked at 400° F and at 425° F. I find that 425° F gives the biscuits a nicer golden brown crust on top, but some ovens vary and can be temperamental. If your oven runs hot, stick with 400°F and keep an eye on the biscuits as they bake. I check the biscuits at 10 minutes and stay close by until I am happy with the color on top.
  • Vegan variation: Use a cold vegan stick butter and non-dairy unsweetened milk.
  • Measuring the flour: Flour should be spooned and leveled in the measuring cup. Use a spoon to add the flour into your measuring cup, and then use a flat edge to scrape the top of the cup flat. This method of adding flour to your measuring cup makes sure that you do not add too much flour to the dough.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 biscuit (1 of 8) / Calories 199 / Total Fat 12.3g / Saturated Fat 7.5g / Cholesterol 32.1mg / Sodium 155.9mg / Carbohydrate 19.6g / Dietary Fiber 0.7g / Total Sugars 0.8g / Protein 3g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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48 comments… Leave a Review
  • Marsha January 18, 2024, 7:59 pm

    Light, fluffy and so satisfying! Love how easy these were and everyone loved them.

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  • Thomas Kolb October 13, 2023, 2:46 am

    I could have done better with a pastry cutter or shredded frozen butter. Awesome recipe wi make bake again and again.

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  • Thomas Kolb October 13, 2023, 2:43 am

    Estimated prep time is only if you have everything already portioned out and ready to cook. Actual prep is more like 10 plus minutes if you have to start from scratch. Cook time in my oven at 400° took about 16 minutes (I watched then from 11 minutes on) next time will try the higher recommended temp. They turned out very nice. Buttery, flaky, and with a nice golden crust on top. They’re literally on a cooling rack for my biscuits and gravy for tomorrow. I got a 7 net biscuits from this recipe. I’m glad it’s a smaller deal as it’s just the two of us.

    The dough that came together as expected, gooey and sticky, etc. I did pre-chop and then freeze the butter niblets about 1/2” size prior to prep. It was a bit difficult getting those frozen butter pieces to combine into the flour initially, but it came together rather nicely. Next time I’ll either grate the frozen butter or use a pulse method in a food processor. I will use this recipe again for certain. The recipe is spot on. Its nice not having to use yeast ir eggs or fat specific ingredients. Next time I might cut my biscuits instead of using the drop method. Thank you so much.

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  • Shelly kahler June 1, 2023, 10:19 am

    Excellent recipe! Put a couple of tablespoons of sugar and didn’t have buttermilk. My husband loved them and asked if I would make strawberry shortcake using this recipe. It really is an amazing. Thank you so much!

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  • David April 29, 2023, 12:49 pm

    I substituted buttermilk and they were amazing. Some Popeye’s Chicken restaurants used to make buttermilk drop biscuits, back in the day, and these taste just like them.

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  • Katy March 13, 2023, 9:17 pm

    These biscuits were so good and so simple! Buttery, tender, crisp. I halved the recipe and used oat milk. Quick and delicious!

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