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Our small batch biscuits recipe is a perfect example of biscuits for two, ideal for whenever the craving strikes. This quick biscuit recipe comes together in just 5 minutes of prep and bakes in 15 minutes, leaving you with warm, buttery biscuits in no time. Enjoy them for breakfast, dinner, or alongside your favorite soup – these tender treats are a delightful addition to any meal.

After trying this easy biscuit recipe, explore more with our herb-filled Buttermilk Biscuits, luxuriously buttery Butter Swim Biscuits, and the herb-infused Biscuit with Sausage Gravy.

Why You’ll Love This Biscuit Recipe

  • Effortless: No rolling or cutting required—just drop and bake!
  • Quick: Ready in 20 minutes from start to finish.
  • Versatile: Pairs beautifully with a wide range of dishes.
  • Scalable: The recipe doubles easily for when you have more mouths to feed.

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Watch How To Make This Recipe

biscuits on a white plate sliced in half and topped with jam.

What Are Drop Biscuits?

Biscuits are a classic American side dish, known for their flaky, soft texture. Drop biscuits, a fuss-free variant, save you the time and effort of rolling and cutting. Just drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet, and you’re good to go.

Ingredients

flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, salt and milk on a table.

Recipe Variations

Feeling creative? These biscuits offer a blank canvas for culinary artistry.

  • Cheese & Herb Biscuits: Add shredded cheese and herbs like chives or parsley.
  • Spiced Variation: Include a pinch of cayenne pepper for a bit of heat.
  • Blueberry Biscuits: Add fresh blueberries for a sweet twist.
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How To Make Biscuits For One Or Two

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch of biscuits. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Get the oven ready: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). To prevent sticking, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.
dry ingredients for biscuits in a mixing bowl.
  1. Mix the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
biscuit mix with pieces of butter mixed in.
  1. Cut in the butter: Add cold, chopped butter to the dry ingredients. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, work quickly to rub the butter into the flour until it looks like coarse sand.
biscuit dough in a mixing bowl.
  1. Add the milk: Now, pour in the milk and stir it just until the dough comes together. You don’t need to overdo it here, just mix until there are no dry bits left.
four unbaked biscuits on a baking sheet.
  1. Shape the biscuits: Grab a large spoon and scoop out portions of the dough, dropping them onto your baking sheet. Leave some space between each biscuit for them to expand in the oven.
baked drop biscuits on a baking sheet.
  1. Bake until golden: Pop those biscuits in the oven and bake them for 10-12 minutes, or until they’re nice and golden brown. That’s your cue to take them out and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Cold Butter Is Key: To achieve flaky biscuits, you must use cold butter. The steam generated when it melts in a hot oven creates pockets in the dough, making the biscuits airy and flaky.
  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing the dough will develop too much gluten, making your biscuits tough rather than tender. Combine the ingredients until they just come together.
  • Use a Preheated Oven: Always put your biscuits into a fully preheated oven. This immediate high heat helps the biscuits rise quickly, setting the structure and locking in flakiness.
  • Space Wisely: Make sure to space the biscuits close but not touching on your baking sheet. This helps them rise upwards rather than outwards, ensuring a taller, fluffier biscuit.

Serving Suggestions

These biscuits are versatile and pair beautifully with a variety of dishes. From savory to sweet, the options are endless.

four drop biscuits on a blue and white towel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze biscuits?

Yes, just make sure to thaw before reheating.

What is the best way to incorporate butter into the flour mixture?

There are two effective ways to blend butter into your flour mixture for perfect biscuits. First, you can dice the butter into small pieces and chill them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to mix. Then, employ a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour. Alternatively, you can use your fingers to manually blend the butter and flour. Simply press the mixture together until it takes on the texture of damp sand.

How do I make buttermilk biscuits?

If you’re using buttermilk instead of regular milk in this biscuit recipe, keep in mind that buttermilk is thicker. To make buttermilk biscuits, you may need a bit more than the 1/2 cup called for with regular milk. Start by adding about 1/2 cup of buttermilk and increase gradually until you reach your desired dough consistency.

Can I use self-rising flour in this biscuit recipe?

Yes, you can. Self-rising flour contains flour, baking powder, and salt.
While it’s hard to predict the exact ratios of flour to baking powder to salt, you will most likely still get great results. Just be sure to leave out adding any additional baking powder and salt until you’ve seen how it turns out with your particular brand of self-rising flour.
To get the best results, I recommend following the recipe using all-purpose flour.

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What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

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Small Batch Drop Biscuits

4.83 from 41 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 biscuits
If you've ever wanted to make a small batch of biscuits, this recipe is for you. See how quick and easy it is to make fluffy & delicious biscuits for one (or two). 

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter , cold, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ cup milk
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Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Cold Butter Is Key: To achieve flaky biscuits, you must use cold butter. The steam generated when it melts in a hot oven creates pockets in the dough, making the biscuits airy and flaky.
  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing the dough will develop too much gluten, making your biscuits tough rather than tender. Combine the ingredients until they just come together.
  • Use a Preheated Oven: Always put your biscuits into a fully preheated oven. This immediate high heat helps the biscuits rise quickly, setting the structure and locking in flakiness.
  • Space Wisely: Make sure to space the biscuits close but not touching on your baking sheet. This helps them rise upwards rather than outwards, ensuring a taller, fluffier biscuit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 379mg, Potassium: 84mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 325IU, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 1mg

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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101 Comments

  1. Sadie says:

    These are very good biscuits and take no time to make. They’re nice and crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. The crumb is a bit more dense than some of the biscuits I’ve made. The dough is versatile. I added grated parmesan cheese and basil to the dough and served with a dollop of red pepper jelly.

  2. Joan Weber says:

    They are delicious! I used oat flour instead. It made about 9 biscuits!

  3. Kristie G. says:

    These are so, so good! I must make these at least once a week! If there are any leftover biscuits I just pop ‘em in the toaster oven the next morning. Did I mention these are so good? 😄

    1. Michelle Roach says:

      Just wow!! Thanks for making a simple recipe that is perfect!

  4. Ruth Manderson Hoernig says:

    5 good sized biscuits, quick and easy.
    Buttermilk with about 1 Tbsp of water.
    400 degrees for 10 minutes, turned up to 425 and cooked 2 more minutes. Really good recipe.

  5. Tammy Peppe says:

    Delicious! I made the 2x recipe resulting in 6 large fluffy biscuits and baked for 15-16 minutes. Definitely could have just made the 1x for two people.

  6. NinaNJ says:

    These are phenomenal – fluffy, delicious and easy to do. Thank you, Joanie!