Homemade Drop Biscuits Recipe

Drop biscuits cut back on time, give a more rustic, imperfect look, and

taste just as good as the cutout ones.

Biscuits can be one of the most simple and satisfying comfort foods. They work up quickly since they don’t need to rise or cook for too long in the oven, and are perfectly pleasing as a side or part of the main course. Especially warming in winter, biscuits can be great with butter alongside your favorite soup or taking center stage in a breakfast dish like biscuits and gravy. You can spread fruit on them for breakfast or a snack, or use them as bread for savory sandwiches. Many pre-made mixes make it easy to quickly cook batches of biscuits, though making them from scratch only takes a few extra minutes of prep time. Drop biscuits are especially easy, since you can shape them freely without the process of rolling and cutting out exact sizes.

This recipe is a great alternative to the mass produced mixes and can serve as a family staple for both weeknight dinners and larger gatherings. Drop biscuits cut back on time, give a more rustic, imperfect look, and taste just as good as the cutout ones. Feel free to alter the amounts while maintaining proportions of the ingredients if you want more or fewer biscuits. You can also cut this mixture in half to make four biscuits in case you only want a few. Leftover biscuits, whether homemade or from a box, are never as good as fresh baked, so it is always best to try making only what you will need, if possible. Try some other variations with mixed-in ingredients, like bacon and cheddar, herbs, jalapeno and cream cheese, or sweet potato.

Homemade Biscuits Recipe

Makes 8-10 biscuits

Prep time: 10 minutes                       Bake time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F/230°C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, melt your 4 tablespoons of butter*. Then add the milk and stir to combine. The butter will cool into the small chunks in the milk, but don’t be alarmed- this is good and will help create little air pockets during baking.Biscuit1
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar to the bowl and mix together with a rubber spatula until everything is combined.
  4. Roughly divide the biscuit dough into 8-10 equal parts, depending on how large you want your biscuits. Drop the dough onto a baking sheet, spacing the dough balls at least an inch apart to allow for expansion.Biscuit2
  5. Bake the biscuits in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until the outside is a fairly uniform light golden brown.

* To save on dishes, I worked backwards and added my dry ingredients to the wet ones after melting the butter in my mixing bowl, and it worked just as well! I still obtained light and fluffy biscuits, which is mostly dependent on the leavening agents, not over mixing the dough, and having clumpy butter!

Jen Grauer

Jen Grauer

Jen Grauer is an intrepid ecologist and writer who loves experimenting with cooking and baking in her spare time. When not chasing after wild animals outside, she can be found testing out new recipes, exploring challenging books, and sharing her infectious enthusiasm with the world.
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