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Drop Biscuits

Tender, Butter-Studded Biscuits Without All the Fuss

Flaky, multilayered biscuits are unbeatable, but when I want to whip up a batch of biscuits in a flash, the supersimple drop biscuit comes into play. These biscuits — essentially a dump-and-stir operation, aided by the heat of a cast-iron skillet — are a useful addition to your baking arsenal for days when a buttery treat needs to come together with minimal effort.

These are best warm (or reheated) and are tangy enough to be enjoyed plain, thanks to a hefty dose of buttermilk. They're extra special when drizzled with honey or split in half and spread with jam or a hearty pat of butter.

Drop Biscuits

Drop Biscuits


If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, bake the biscuits on a buttered half-sheet pan — cooking them on cast iron aids in browning but isn't imperative.

Easy Drop Biscuits


  1. 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  3. 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  5. A heaping 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) butter, chilled and cut into small pieces, plus more for the pan
  8. 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F, and lightly butter two large cast-iron skillets, or bake the biscuits in two batches, wiping the skillet clean and then greasing it again between batches.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the buttermilk and gently toss the liquid and dry ingredients with the fork just until everything is blended and a soft, sticky, loose dough forms.

  3. Form biscuits by loosely shaping dough into blobs with two large spoons and dropping the blobs onto the prepared skillet, spacing them about an inch apart. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until browned on top.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry
Join The Conversation
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 4 years
Very easy! I subbed in more baking soda since I didn't have cream of tartar. Turned out great. Thanks for the great recipe!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I made these just last night. I put parmesan cheese in them and ended up eating until I felt sick. However I couldn't get the butter mix to clump, I sat in fron of the TV stirring until my wirsts were sore! I ended up just chucking the mix in with the dry mix anyway and they came out a bit doughy but delicious! I came out with small buns instead of cookies, but they were so crispy it was like eating fresh bread.
rochliz rochliz 9 years
I just made them , they are DELICIOUS!! Thanks for the recipe.
Stephanym Stephanym 9 years
You've outdone yourself I made these a few weeks ago and they're amazing! I L-o-v-e baking!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love KFC ones :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'm still drooling...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
oh man i LOVE biscuits!
ReRe ReRe 9 years
O oh, my stomach is growling!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
they remind me of scones! mmmmmm delicious
michichan michichan 9 years
they seem better sweet biscuits to me.
emalove emalove 9 years
Biscuits are delicious!
emperatriche emperatriche 9 years
I bet adding a bit more sugar would make for a start of a fantastic strawberry short cake. But other wise, some biscuits and gravy sounds right in this cold weather.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Those look oh-so-delicious! Crumbly, buttery, moist.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Wow! These look fantastic!
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
My grandma us to make the best drop biscuits. I Miss them sooooooooo much!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
looks yummy yummy!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
easy peasy biscuits. i hate when people say easy peasy.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
I think I could do these!
MsWalton MsWalton 9 years
yummy!! i'm a biscuit fanatic!!!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
They look yummy!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mmmm :drool:
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Now I want biscuits and gravy. :drool:
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
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