This easy drop biscuit recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients and is the perfect addition to any meal! Enjoy these homemade drop biscuits with a little sausage gravy or cut them up to use as the bread in your favorite sandwiches! They’re light, fluffy, and delicious!
I’m a big fan of biscuits and gravy. It’s kind of my favorite thing to order when I go out for breakfast, if it’s on the menu.
After my husband came up with amazing sausage gravy recipe, I knew I needed some biscuits to go along with it.
While I love traditional biscuits (you know the classic biscuits that are a perfect circle and have all those flaky layers), I really just wanted to be able to make biscuits fast.
These homemade biscuits are perfect because you basically just mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients together then plop them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake.
There’s no rolling, cutting, chilling, or any of that stuff that takes so long when you’re making typical biscuits.
And they’re still fluffy and delicious (kind of like cheddar bay biscuits but without the cheddar)! And they’re so good with that sausage gravy I mentioned earlier! And they make great options for sandwiches – add a little bacon, egg, and cheese and yum!
This is the easy biscuit recipe I was looking for, and I know you’re going to love it too! Maybe they’ll even become one of your favorite recipes!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Simple ingredients – you just need five ingredients for this recipe and I can almost guarantee you’ll have all of them in your house already!
- No cut dough – unlike traditional biscuits that you have to roll and cut out with a biscuit cutter, these are just dropped right onto the baking sheet as is. They take way less time and are still as tasty!
- Great flavor – even though the ingredients are simple, that doesn’t mean these are bland or flavorless. On the contrary actually, the butter and hint of salt makes these full of delicious flavor!
- Milk – I recommend using whole milk to give these the most rich flavor possible. If you don’t have whole milk, you can use heavy cream or regular milk in a pinch.
- Butter – you’ll need both unsalted and salted butter for this recipe. Keep the unsalted butter nice and cold until you’re ready to make these so that it cuts into the biscuit dough and turns into coarse crumbs. The salted butter you’ll want to melt so that you can brush it on top of the biscuits once they come out of the oven!
- Flour – just use standard all-purpose flour for these!
How to make drop biscuits
There’s really not a lot to this recipe, but that’s why it’s one of our favorites! If you do want to complicate it a bit, check out my expert tips section at the bottom of this post for fun variations you can make on these to mix up the simple drop biscuits.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
Use a pastry blender (or a pastry cutter) to cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Cut until butter is in pea sized balls but don’t over mix.
If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can also use a butter knife to cut the butter into the mixture. If you do this, I recommend cutting the butter into small cubes before adding to the flour. This will help speed up the process so it doesn’t take forever!
The next step is to add the milk to the flour mixture and stir until just combined with a rubber spatula. You should end up with a sticky dough – that’s okay, that’s what you’re looking for.
Next, use a large cookie scoop (or ice cream scoop) to drop biscuit dough 2-3 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the biscuits start to brown lightly. Remove from the oven before they get completely golden brown and let them cool for five minutes.
Once they’re cooled slightly, brush the top of each biscuit with melted butter.
Let biscuits cool slightly before enjoying warm. These are great as a side dish, with biscuits and gravy, or delicious as the buns for a sandwich of your favorite ingredients!
Change it up with different variations. Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to the biscuit mixture for cheese biscuits. Add one tsp of garlic powder to the butter that gets brushed on for garlic biscuits. Or you can do both and have garlic cheddar biscuits!
Make them sweet. Brush with honey butter instead of regular butter when they come out of the oven. Or brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. You can then use them with your favorite dessert sauces like this homemade strawberry sauce or for strawberry shortcake.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
Freeze biscuits in a freezer bag for up to six months. To thaw, simply remove from the bag and allow to come to room temperature before enjoying.
If you don’t incorporate the butter into the flour mixture well, you will likely end up with uneven pockets of butter distributed throughout the biscuits, instead of having them all evenly mixed around. Make sure that when you’re mixing in the butter, you cut it in until all of the mixture is in small pea-size pieces.
Biscuits are great as a side dish for your favorite dinner (such as this glazed ham) or with your favorite breakfast options. Just serve with something like these egg breakfast muffins along with a cup of milk and some fresh fruit for the perfect way to start the day!
More Easy Baked Goods
If you’re looking for delicious baked goods to add to your next meal, try one of these yummy recipes the whole family will love!
- Pineapple bread – a sweet quick bread full of tropical flavor, this one will make you feel like you’re on vacation!
- Ice cream bread – a super fun 3-ingredient funfetti bread that starts with ICE CREAM!
- Cranberry orange bread – the best quick bread for the holidays, this is one of the most popular recipes on my site!
- French toast casserole with cream cheese – a simple french toast casserole that combines bread, milk, and cream cheese for a decadent breakfast dish!
- Strawberry cream cheese danish – an easy homemade version of a bakery favorite!
Homemade Drop Biscuits
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups milk
- 2 TBS baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 TBS salted butter (melted to brush on tops)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 TBS baking powder, 2 tsp salt
- Then use a pastry cutter to cut butter into the dry ingredients. Cut until butter is in pea sized balls. Be sure you don't over mix it.1 cup unsalted butter
- Add the milk to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. The dough should be thick and sticky.2 cups milk
- Use a large cookie scoop to drop biscuit dough 2-3 inches apart on baking sheet.
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until the biscuits start to brown lightly. Remove them from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes then brush tops with melted butter.4 TBS salted butter
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