Baking Powder Drop Biscuits are the BEST, especially when Gramma makes them. Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfect with soup, chili, stew and butter!
Homemade drop biscuits in under 30 minutes from start to finish. No-kneading, no rolling, just pull off chunks of dough, drop and bake. Zero rising, zero shaping. It doesn’t get easier than this. The best biscuit recipe ever.
I enjoy baking bread. When time permits, I love making tomato olive bread from scratch. It reminds me of my baba and all her wonderful food. There is just something to be said about the simple and delicious recipes we grew up with. Her noodle casserole will always be a favourite in our house.
Now my grandkids are making their list of recipes that gramma makes the best. Hence the name of this recipe. Perfect homemade biscuits every time. And I even have a secret ingredient.
RECIPE and INSTRUCTIONS for these drop biscuits from scratch can be found at the bottom of this post.
You don’t have to spend endless hours in the kitchen to create great-tasting food. In fact, some of the best dishes are made in little time with simple ingredients. Like this recipe! My grandson says gramma can make biscuits in a snap. She is like magic in the kitchen. My granddaughter gave me a hug the other day and said I will NEVER be fired.
Easy Baking Powder Biscuits Need:
Super simple ingredients that everyone has in their panty.
- baking powder
- smoked paprika (affiliate)
This old fashioned vintage biscuit recipe has a twist. Smoked paprika! It adds a wonderful colour and a very subtle flavour. It almost makes you think these are cheddar biscuits (minus the extra calories).
If you love cheese, give these savoury cheddar muffins a try.
You can certainly omit the paprika if you wish. These biscuits will turn out perfect however you choose to make them.
Feel like experimenting? You can replace the smoked paprika with dried dill, thyme, rosemary or even seasoning blends like Greek and Mexican. Find YOUR special ingredient.
How To Make Drop Biscuits From Scratch
This super easy biscuit recipe will quickly become a staple in your house. With the simple ingredients and little time required to make these, those rolls of store-bought dough will be on your shopping list less often.
- Prepare your baking sheet and preheat the oven (see recipe card for full details).
- Combine the wet ingredients in a measuring cup or small bowl. Set aside.
- Add all your dry ingredients into a large bowl, and whisk.
- Add the COLD butter to the dry ingredients and blend.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
- Using a spoon mix until combined into a soft dough. I like to use my hands (yes they do get messy).
- Drop piles of dough onto your prepared baking sheet. Just pull off chunks. Make them as large as you like. We happen to like BIG biscuits in our house.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are have a crunchy top and are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
You did it! These are the easiest biscuits to make, homemade, from scratch, baked by YOU! I promise your family will LOVE them as much as we do. Next, you will need to try this homemade gravy since biscuits and gravy are the perfect match.
Questions And Answers
This recipe calls for COLD butter (like right out of the fridge).
Cut the butter into small pieces. I like to use a pastry blender. You can use 2 knives or a food processor.
You can also use your fingers. Press the butter and flour together until it resembles wet sand.
It acts as a leavening agent. It combines sodium bicarbonate with tartaric acid. This produces a carbon dioxide gas that inflates baked goods.
You can as long as there is enough citric acid to create the chemical reaction needed.
You can also DIY baking powder at home. Check out this informative article.
Drop biscuits do not rise as much as other types of biscuits. They contain more liquid than the rolled variety. The dough is very moist and cannot be kneaded.
YES! In fact, I usually make a double batch and put them in the freezer. I like to store them in freezer bags. They will last for several months.
To warm them, wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven at 350ºF for about 10 minutes.
In my house (especially when the grandkids are here) they don’t last long. However, they WILL last for 2-3 days on the counter either in a freezer bag or a sealed container.
Biscuits Are Great With:
- Most importantly butter!!
- Soups, stews and chilis, you know the ultimate comfort foods.
- Great with chana masala (another quick and easy recipe).
- The perfect side to a delicious zoodle noodle salad (perfect for a light meal).
- Try it with this poached egg recipe (great for brunch or dinner).
Now that you know how easy these are to bake from scratch, give this delicious scones recipe a try. It’s like making sweet biscuits. Perfect for your afternoon coffee break, breakfast, or added to the brunch menu.
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Homemade Drop Biscuits
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 5 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter (cold out of the fridge, cut into small pieces)
- 3/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 425º F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
- In a measuring cup, or small bowl combine all the wet ingredients.
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and give it a good mix.
- Cut the butter into small pieces. Add the COLD butter to the dry ingredients. Blend in using either 2 knives or a pastry blender. It should resemble wet sand when your are done.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, mix into a soft dough. I like to use my hands (they will get messy).
- Drop piles of dough onto your prepared baking sheet. Just break off little dough balls with your hand. You can make these as large or small as you wish.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes until golden and crunchy on top. (Smaller biscuits will require less time).
- Remove from oven, and place biscuits on a cooling rack.