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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


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!


  • 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


  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.


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

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