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Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits are a little bit of heaven right here on earth. They’re light, fluffy, and perfectly crispy on both sides. Slice them in half, add a dab of butter, and nothing else seems to matter.

These made-from-scratch biscuits are perfect for mornings when nothing else will do but a flaky piece of goodness and a hot cup of coffee…or tea…as the case may be.

Put on your apron, grab a grater, and get ready to be a true southern cook!

What You’ll Need

The best drop biscuits start with the best flour. In my opinion, White Lily (ad) is the only flour that produces excellent results every time. Their soft winter wheat creates a light and airy biscuit.

In addition to all-purpose flour, you’ll need baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, and buttermilk. That’s it! Just 6 ingredients will send you to biscuit heaven in less than 35 minutes.

Step by Step Instructions

Start by greasing a round pie plate with butter. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Use a whisk to mix it together. Grate the cold butter with a cheese grater into the bowl.

Mix the butter into the flour until dough is crumbly. Use one hand to keep from working the dough too much. Pour buttermilk in the middle of the bowl and gently mix into the flour with one hand until barely moistened. 

Sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough, and gather all of it to make a mound. Pinch the dough into 8 equal pieces and drop it onto the greased pie plate.

Place one piece of dough in the middle, and then work around the pie plate making sure the biscuits are touching. Pat down each biscuit slightly and brush the tops with melted butter. 

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes until biscuits are golden brown.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

If you’ve ever made southern biscuits, you’ll appreciate this easy recipe. There’s no rolling pin allowed. These little mounds of deliciousness are drop and go! They’re also quick and practically fool-proof.

The prep only takes 15 minutes, and they bake quickly in the oven. You’ll never need to go out for biscuits again after you make this homemade treat.

Serving Suggestions

Drop biscuits are best when served warm with butter and jam, but here are some great southern recipes that just scream for made-from-scratch biscuits…

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golden brown biscuits in a glass pie plate on a floral napkin

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits are a little bit of heaven right here on earth. They’re light, fluffy, and perfectly crispy on both sides. Best biscuits ever!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I use White Lily) ad
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 stick cold butter
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter to brush tops of biscuits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Grease a round pie plate with butter.
  3. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Use a whisk to mix it together.
  4. Grate the cold butter with a cheese grater into the bowl.
  5. Mix the butter into the flour until dough is crumbly. Use one hand to keep from working the dough too much.
  6. Pour buttermilk in the middle of the bowl and gently mix into the flour with one hand until barely moistened. 
  7. Sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough, and gather all of it to make a mound. Pinch the dough into 8 equal pieces and drop it onto the greased pie plate.
  8. Place one piece of dough in the middle, and then work around the pie plate making sure the biscuits are touching.  
  9. Pat down each biscuit slightly and brush the tops with melted butter. 
  10. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes until biscuits are golden brown on top.

Notes

Use cold butter and cold buttermilk for best results.

Try not to over mix the dough. Gently use your hands to bring the dough together.

  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Mix by Hand
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: buttermilk drop biscuits, drop biscuits, breads, southern biscuits, buttermilk biscuits, southern

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4 Comments

  1. Michelle

    These were really great!

  2. I made these for breakfast this past weekend and they turned out great! I love how easy they are to make.

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