Easiest 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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There’s something wonderful about homemade biscuits. Warm, fresh from the oven tender biscuits, sliced and served with melted butter and and a spoonful of jam can make any morning a special one.

For those of us who cook for one or two, making a big batch of biscuits from scratch means that we’ll be eating biscuits for days to come. And I think we all can agree that biscuits are best when they’re eaten the same day as they’re baked.

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Homemade Biscuits

When my children were small, I used to bake biscuits all the time. I have a tried and tested biscuit recipe that was my go-to. The biscuits were so easy to make, they were perfectly flaky, and tasted incredible.

I’ve taken that family biscuit recipe and scaled down the ingredients and created this wonderful small batch biscuit recipe.

This recipe will yield about 4 biscuits depending on how large you make them.

They’re drop biscuits which means that you don’t have to roll the dough and press out the shapes. Just mix the batter and drop (with a spoon) the biscuit dough onto a baking sheet. In minutes the biscuits are ready.

Couldn’t be easier.

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How To Make Biscuits

The ingredient list for these homemade biscuits is short and you’re likely to have all of the necessary ingredients already on hand.

Ingredients In Drop Biscuits

You will need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • salt
  • butter
  • milk

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Drop Biscuits Instructions

Follow these simple steps for making the best drop biscuits:

Step 1

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

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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The Best Biscuits

Making biscuits from scratch isn’t hard to do. Just keep in mind these two biscuit making tips:

Use 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.

Properly incorporate the butter into the flour mixture

Cut the butter into small pieces and either use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients or use your hands to incorporate the butter into the flour. 

You want the flour to resemble wet sand.

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This truly is the only biscuit recipe you need. It takes just minutes to mix the dough and 12-15 minutes to bake.

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 buttermilk to get the dough to the right consistency.

Start with slightly more than 1/2 cup of buttermilk and gradually add more as needed.

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If you like this easy biscuit recipe, you might also like any of these small batch breakfast bread recipes:

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What To Serve With Homemade Biscuits

I think it goes without saying that biscuits with butter make a wonderful meal all by itself. 

As mentioned, serve them with eggs in the mornings or consider making them and enjoying them with any of these single serving recipes…

Beef stew

Minestrone soup

Baked Chicken Caprese

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Small Batch Biscuit Recipe

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How To Make Biscuits For One (Or Two)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 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 (200 degrees C) 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: 6.5% | Calcium: 8.8% | Iron: 8.5%
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    • 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!

  1. 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 🙂

    • 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

    • 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!

  6. 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!


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