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 475Β°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.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Tell Joshua how lucky he is having a wife who enjoys trying new recipes!!
    Biscuits look delicious! πŸ˜€

  2. 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 πŸ™

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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 πŸ™‚

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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! πŸ˜€

  16. 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.

  17. I love biscuits but I am scared of them. I can eat too many and they go right to my hips. Thanks for the answer on the book, I will do that this weekend!

    And I am like you, I love to keep making new things and I let out a groan when hubs wants something I have already made. Hah, poor boys.

  18. Ha ha, I am like you in wanting to continue to try new recipes, but I do crave some of the tried and true now and again. I know hubby sure does as well. These biscuits would easily become a favorite. They look wonderful!

  19. my goodness- your biscuits look flawless. wow. now i want to bake some biscuits for my family πŸ˜€

    what a lucky hubby!

  20. These look very tasty, my hubby LOVES his biscuits, I should definitely make these for him. I know what you mean about never making the same thing. I rarely make the same thing twice, there are too many things to try out there!

  21. YOu guys are just like me and Sir Pickypants. I’m always looking for novelty and he would just like something tried and true and simple.

    I love making drop bisuits because they are way less intimidating than rolled. I’m always afraid of overworking rolled biscuits. Drop biscuits give you a lot more room for error. Maybe the consistency isn’t quite the same, but that’s okay. They still taste good.

  22. Hey! I was just thinking about this CI recipe! I love biscuits but haven’t made them in a while. They have another cut biscuit that uses a different technique that I love. The CI magazine that I recently bought has this drop biscuit recipe and so many others I want to try! Your biscuits look fantastic!

  23. These biscuits look delicious – especially the first picture with the honey drizzled on top! I love that they are quick to make also.

  24. oh, the rusticity of it all. (i think i just made a new word.) great biscuits–the perfect vehicle for jelly, honey, what-have-you.

  25. You sure stepped Buttermilk biscuits up to a whole new level, eh? You are doing such fabulous work in the kitchen darling, you really are talented.

  26. We were lucky enough to have Jen and Blake from Hell’s Backbone Grill prepare their biscuits in our kitchen at Kimball. They are a true favorite!
    Since we have unused buttermilk in the fridge, I may make a batch as a treat before teaching my class this evening.

  27. I was going to say that I’d seen this recipe and wanted to try it…but I was distracted by those banana cupcakes. I love Nutella!

  28. Mmmm I love biscuits. I’ll have to save these 3 recipes. πŸ˜‰ And I love that these ones are drop biscuits. I hate when you have to try and roll out the dough because I’m paranoid about overworking it.

  29. I don’t know if I already wrote a comment on this recipe?? If yes, the result is so good I have to do it again!!!
    MY husband served the biscuits with his chili yesterday, was the 2nd time we made this recipe, and they were even better than the first time. This recipe is a winner!!! Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

  30. I’ve always wanted to try making biscuits but have been afraid to try. This recipe was extremely easy and the results were spectacular! Not one biscuit was left. Thanks for posting.

  31. I make these all the time! Love them! Been following you for over 10 years! Thanks for all you do.
    Amber- Nashville
    @ambercarlsonrealtor on instagram

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