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.
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.
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.
Drop Biscuit Ingredients
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.
- baking powder
How To Make Drop Biscuits
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking or cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease.
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.
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.
Add the milk and stir just until the dough comes together.
Using a large spoon, drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
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.
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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- 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.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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