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Recipe for Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Recipe for Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

I love testing out different recipes. I think Joshua gets sick of it though. He is always begging to make some of his favorite recipes that we have made in the past, but I usually shoot him down because I want to try something new. So we rarely eat the same thing twice. If we do it is at least a month later.

I love homemade biscuits and have been testing out different recipes. So far we have posted two of our favorite recipes, one from Pinch My Salt and one from Hell’s Backbone Grill. They are both really good, just different.

Well, we tried another new recipe and we loved this one as well. This one came from Cooks Illustrated. It is a drop buttermilk biscuit, so it was super easy to make. The texture was a little more “hearty” than soft and flaky. The biscuits were also a little “thicker” than the others. They were VERY good! I loved the added texture that came with this biscuits and the rustic feel. I enjoyed mine with a drizzle of warm honey.

If you are a biscuit lover, give all of these a try. We love them all. I might have to do a blind taste test to find out my favorite. They are all so tasty!

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

(Printable Recipe)

2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup cold buttermilk
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (about 5 minutes), plus 2 tablespoons melted butter for brushing biscuits


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475°F. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Combine buttermilk and 8 tablespoons melted butter in medium bowl, stirring until butter forms small clumps.

2. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just incorporated and batter pulls away from sides of bowl. Using greased 1/4-cup dry measure, scoop level amount of batter and drop onto parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet (biscuits should measure about 2 1/4 inches in diameter and 1 1/4 inches high). Repeat with remaining batter, spacing biscuits about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until tops are golden brown and crisp, 12 to 14 minutes.

3. Brush biscuit tops with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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84 Responses to “Recipe for Buttermilk Drop Biscuits”

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  1. Balance, Joy and Delicias! — March 20, 2009 @ 5:08 am

    Tell Joshua how lucky he is having a wife who enjoys trying new recipes!!
    Biscuits look delicious! 😀

  2. Erica — March 20, 2009 @ 5:08 am

    Drop biscuits=fab! Love the idea of having homemade bread products with out tons of work! They look great.

    Sorry about belly- will email you later today :(

  3. Kristen616 — March 20, 2009 @ 5:15 am

    Oh yum, these look delicious! I haven’t made biscuits in a while, I’m due!

  4. VeggieGirl — March 20, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    I like testing recipes too :-) Glad you liked this one!!

  5. lesley — March 20, 2009 @ 5:23 am

    Those look SO delicious!!

  6. sugarlens — March 20, 2009 @ 5:31 am

    My husband says the same thing although I definitely don’t cook as much as you do.

    But I agree with Balance, Joy and Delicias, Joshua is lucky to have a wife who likes to cook!

  7. Foodie with Little Thyme! — March 20, 2009 @ 5:33 am

    Wow lots of butter. I bet they do taste good.

  8. Heather — March 20, 2009 @ 6:15 am

    ohhh. those sound amazing! i love biscuits, i’ll definitely try to make these :)

  9. Sara — March 20, 2009 @ 6:16 am

    These look like the ultimate buttermilk biscuit!

  10. Rosa's Yummy Yums — March 20, 2009 @ 6:23 am

    Fantastic! These drop biscuits look so good!



  11. Allie — March 20, 2009 @ 6:42 am

    At least Josh isn’t stuck eating tv dinners or take out all the time. I love the drop biscuits!

  12. RecipeGirl — March 20, 2009 @ 6:52 am

    OH MY GOSH>> This is totally ME talking!! I never make the same thing twice.. hardly ever! How funny. Maybe us food bloggers are all alike?

    These sound yummy!

  13. Maria — March 20, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    Thanks everyone! Josh is a good sport, but sometimes he just wants his favorite cookies, etc:)

    RecipeGirl-Glad you do the same thing. I just love trying new recipes!

  14. Teanna — March 20, 2009 @ 7:11 am

    Did you drizzle those with honey?? I just learned the wonders of biscuits and honey! Yours look so delicious!!! I think I may make them this weekend!

  15. Elyse — March 20, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    Oh yum! I love honey on my biscuits. What a divine idea! And these biscuits look totally awesome; I can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  16. Maria — March 20, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    Teanna-Yes, honey is a must with biscuits! I hope you try them!

    Elyse-I hope you enjoy them. Thanks again for all of your help!

  17. stephchows — March 20, 2009 @ 8:03 am

    These looks so delicious!! Great photos!

  18. A_and_N — March 20, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    Wow the crust on those biscuits look fantastic Maria! the thing I love about biscuits is that they dont take too much time to bake :)

  19. Dawn — March 20, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    My hubby gets fussy at times too and wants boring same old same old, but at least your Josh likes way more new things than mine!
    I love buttermillk biscuits with some sausage gravy…Mmm

  20. Bren Herrera — March 20, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    i will take exactly 24 of these!


  21. Chris — March 20, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    honey is the best on biscuits!!! :)

  22. Chris — March 20, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    sorry… i commented with my fiance’s account (this is kara by the way)

  23. Mary — March 20, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    These biscuits are amazing. Treadmill here I come.

  24. Pam — March 20, 2009 @ 9:29 am

    I love biscuits with honey and butter. Yours look fantatic.

  25. Carrian — March 20, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    These look delicious! I love cooks illustrated!

  26. Josh — March 20, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    All I want is some FRIED CHICKEN! I gotta get my chicken on!

    I love Maria’s cooking and am very grateful for all of her Yummy food!

  27. Flourchild — March 20, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    What great looking biscuits. I love the honey drizzled on top picture, it looks great! Josh should feel very blessed to have such a great wife, Im sure he does!

  28. pinkstripes — March 20, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    Those look wonderful. I haven’t made biscuits in awhile and I do have buttermilk I need to use…

  29. The Blonde Duck — March 20, 2009 @ 10:41 am

    I can only try something new about once a week. Ben’s a creature of comfort! So am I, honestly. But I get so excited at people’s creations I can’t help myself!

  30. Cathy — March 20, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    I’ve got buttermilk I need to use up! These look perfect!

  31. 5 Star Foodie — March 20, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    Those biscuits look fantastic! So much fun to try new recipes!

  32. Natashya — March 20, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    They look awesome – love buttermilk biscuits!
    Hubby has the same complaint – he rarely if ever gets repeats. Oh well!

  33. Reeni♥ — March 20, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

    Biscuits and honey, yummy!! I love that their the drop kind too, quick and easy-peasy.

  34. Lisa — March 20, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

    I am like you and hardly ever make the same thing in a month. These look delicious!

  35. Bunny — March 20, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    I love the picture of the biscuit with honey on it!!

  36. Steph — March 20, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

    I made these before and for a non biscuit lover, I have to admit they were pretty good!

  37. How To Eat A Cupcake — March 20, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    I LOVE biscuits!! These look fabulous. And the honey is such a nice touch! I used to dip Hardees biscuits in honey when I was little! 😀

  38. Esi — March 20, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

    I love buttermilk biscuits warm and dripping with one (just like your picture). Testing recipes is so fun!

  39. Jennifer — March 20, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    OK, this one is on my list to make this weekend. I will alter an few things and let you know how it goes. By the way, new contest involving PEEPS on my blog. This one shold excite your hubby and lil one.

  40. Burp and Slurp~! — March 21, 2009 @ 7:45 am

    this is awesome, especially with maple syrup on top! I’ve got to try these!

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