Savory Cheddar Biscuits

Recipe by PJ Hamel

These tasty cheddar biscuits, ultra-tender thanks to the addition of both heavy cream and cheese, go together in a flash. Amazingly, they include just three ingredients: self-rising flour, cream, and cheddar cheese. Once shaped, they can be baked immediately, or frozen for a later date. This cheddar biscuits recipe is easy, versatile, and delicious — that's a win, win, WIN!

10 mins
15 to 18 mins
25 mins
12 to 17 medium (2") biscuits
Savory Cheddar Cheese Biscuits


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  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F with a rack in the upper third.

  2. To make the cheddar biscuits using a food processor: Place the flour, cheese powder, cheddar cheese, pepper, and chives into the work bowl of your food processor.

  3. Process until the mixture is smooth; the cheese will be very finely chopped.

  4. Add the cream, and pulse until the dough becomes cohesive. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface.

  5. To make the dough by hand: Toss the grated or cubed cheese with the flour. Add the pepper and chives, if using.

  6. Add the cream, stirring to make a cohesive dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface.

  7. Pat the dough into a disc 3/4" to 1" thick; the thicker the disc, the taller the biscuits and the lower the yield. (Dough patted 3/4" thick will yield about 16 to 17 biscuits; pat the dough 1" thick, you'll get about a dozen.)

  8. Use a 2" cutter (or the size of your choice) to cut rounds. Place the biscuits on an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1" apart for crisp edges. For soft-sided biscuits, place the biscuits closer together on the baking sheet.

  9. Brush the tops of the biscuits with cream or milk; this will help brown their crust.

  10. Bake the cheddar biscuits for 15 to 18 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and serve immediately.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Can you make these biscuits with light cream, half & half, whole milk, reduced-fat milk, or skim milk? Absolutely; the lower down the fat scale you go, the less liquid you'll need to bring the dough together — and, of course, the less tender your biscuits will be.
  • This is a great recipe to shape and freeze ahead for a later date. Place the shaped biscuits on a baking sheet, and freeze. Once they're frozen, transfer them to a plastic bag and replace in the freezer. Bake frozen biscuits (no need to thaw) in a preheated 425°F oven for about 25 minutes, until they're golden brown.
  • Don't have any self-rising flour on hand? Use 2 cups less 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour; and add 1 tablespoon baking powder, plus 1 teaspoon salt.