Easy Small Batch Biscuit Recipe

These drop biscuits are so easy to make and are the best tasting, soft and buttery biscuits! Ready in 20 minutes, this small batch recipe delivers the perfect number of biscuits to serve one or two people. Easy step by step instructions included in the recipe.

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Homemade biscuits are a breakfast favorite at my house and this simple biscuit recipe is one you’ll find yourself using over and over again.

This easy small batch recipe is adapted from the biscuit recipe I used for many years when my kids were growing up.

Homemade Biscuits

The ingredient list for this biscuit recipe is short and you’re likely to have all of the necessary ingredients already on hand.

It takes just minutes to mix up the biscuit dough and under 15 minutes to bake the biscuits.

Enjoy these biscuits with beef stew, a bowl of minestrone soup or in the morning with a dab of melted butter and homemade jam.

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Drop Biscuit Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • salt
  • butter
  • milk

How To Make Drop Biscuits

Step 1

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking or cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Step 3

Toss 3 tablespoons of cold butter (chopped) into the dry ingredients. Working quickly using your fingers or a pastry blender, rub or cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse sand.

Step 4

Add the milk and stir just until the dough comes together.

Step 5

Using a large spoon, drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.

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Tips For Making The Best Biscuits

The secret to excellent biscuits is cold butter.

It’s true, room temperature butter is not what you want.

When making biscuits, you want it cold because the butter creates steam as it melts in a hot oven. The steam from the melting butter expands between the layers of dough. This creates pockets of air which will give you a flaky biscuit.

To incorporate the butter into the flour mixture:

Either cut the butter into small pieces and keep in the refrigerator or in the freezer until ready to use, then use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the mixture when ready.

The second method is to use you fingers to blend the butter and the flour together. Basically, press the butter and flour together with your fingers until the flour mixture resembles wet sand.

Buttermilk Biscuits

You can substitute buttermilk for regular milk in this biscuit recipe.

Buttermilk is slightly thicker than regular milk so you will need to use a little more to get the dough to the right consistency. Start with slightly more than 1/2 cup of buttermilk and gradually add more as needed.

This is truly the only biscuit recipe you need. This biscuit recipe will yield 4 drop biscuits.


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Biscuit Recipe

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How To Make Biscuits For One (Or Two)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Breakfast
Keyword: bread
Servings: 4 biscuits
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter , cold, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Toss butter into the dry ingredients. Working quickly using your fingers or a pastry blender, rub or cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse sand.
  • Add the milk and stir just until the dough comes together.
  • Using a large spoon, drop spoonfuls of the batter onto baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 182mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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38 thoughts on “Easy Small Batch Biscuit Recipe”

  1. Planning to make these biscuits tonight to go with a pot of beef stew. Since I am just cooking for myself after 45 years of cooking for my husband and children, it’s nice to have recipes that are “downsized” so I don’t have a lot of waste. Hoping these turn out good, and thank you for the recipe!

  2. Hi, I am so glad that I found this site cooking for one. This morning I wanted a biscuit but, did not want to make a whole batch, this recipe was quick, easy and delicious.Thanks

    1. I’m so happy you found us too! Thanks so much for letting me know that you enjoyed the biscuit recipe. Hope you find many more recipes that you love. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. 5 stars
    I halved this recipe (but not the sugar) and made one good size biscuit. I sprinkled it with sugar and used it for a single strawberry shortcake. Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    Awesome Recipe it worked wonderfully I actually added cheese to mines but it’s definitely a great idea for one person or if you like shearin for two. Thanks again for the tips!

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed the recipe, Iris. I love your idea to add cheese, I’ll have to do that next time.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome. I’ve been making biscuits for a long time and always end up with too much dough. This is perfect for two portions and it tastes great. I didn’t even have milk and had to use water, but it still tastes fantastic. Don’t know why I’ve never thought to add that bit of sugar… It makes such a difference. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Chrysta! Now that my kids are growing up and going away to college, I don’t need to make big batches of foods we enjoy. It’s nice to be able to prepare smaller portions.

  6. I totally agree – sometimes you just need a good biscuit to start your day! And I normally end up making way to many so this recipe is perfect! Pinned and yummed! And trying ASAP friend 🙂

    1. Now that my kids are moving out and on with their lives, I don’t have a need to bake “in bulk”. Smaller portion sizes work great for us. Thanks, Amy!

  7. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    This recipe is so fabulous, Joanie! I’m always looking for recipes for one or two people! Pinning for later!

  8. Heather / girlichef

    There is nothing like a biscuit warm from the oven with butter and honey…mmmm…. I love that you are sharing a small batch recipe – SO handy!

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