Buttermilk Drop Biscuits-buttery, tender, flaky, biscuits that are incredibly easy to make. These homemade biscuits can be made in about 25 minutes and go great with any meal!
Easy Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
We love making homemade biscuits because we love eating homemade biscuits. You can’t beat a warm, homemade biscuit, especially when that biscuit is dripping with butter and jam. YUM!
I don’t like slaving over making homemade biscuits though. That is why we LOVE this easy Buttermilk Drop Biscuit recipe from Cooks Illustrated. We have been making this recipe for years.
If you are intimidated by making homemade biscuits, you don’t have to worry with this recipe. There is no rolling, folding, or cutting involved. That is the joy of drop biscuits. They are SO easy to make and turn out perfect every single time.
And I promise these easy biscuits are just as good as fussy homemade biscuits because magic happens when you combine the cold buttermilk with melted butter. The small clumps of butter make the biscuits flaky and tender when baked in a super-hot oven. These biscuits are heavenly!
Drop Biscuit Ingredients
You only need seven basic ingredients to make these buttermilk biscuits. We always have these ingredients on hand, another reason we love this recipe so much!
- All-purpose flour-Make sure you don’t pack your flour when measuring. Scoop and level the flour. I have also made the biscuits with white whole wheat flour and kamut flour and they turned out great! I am sure you could use all-purpose gluten-free flour too. I like Cup4Cup.
- Baking powder and baking soda-You need baking powder and baking soda for this recipe. Check the expiration dates to make sure they are fresh.
- Sugar-You need granulated sugar to sweeten the biscuits a little.
- Salt-Don’t forget the salt. I like to use kosher salt.
- Buttermilk-Make sure you use COLD buttermilk. This is important for the butter to clump up when you combine the buttermilk and butter. Keep your buttermilk in the fridge until you are ready to use. You can also use homemade kefir to make these biscuits.
- Butter-Use melted unsalted butter. If you only have salted butter, you can use it, just reduce the salt in the recipe.
How to Make Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
Let’s get this biscuit party started!!
- Preheat the oven to 475°F. Yes, you do need the oven at a very high temperature. I promise the biscuits won’t burn. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, combine cold buttermilk and the slightly cooled melted butter. Stir with a spatula until combined and small clumps form. You want the mixture to be lumpy because those little butter clumps will create flaky, buttery biscuits. That’s the secret to these buttermilk biscuits!
- Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just combined and the biscuit batter pulls away from sides of bowl. Don’t over mix!
- Grease a 1/4-cup dry measuring cup. Fill the cup with biscuit batter and drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. The biscuit shape doesn’t have to be perfect, that is the joy of a drop biscuit. Repeat with remaining batter. You will get 12 biscuits. If you want to make the biscuits a little larger, you can. This recipe is very flexible. Sometimes we make 8 large biscuits, but usually 12. Make sure the biscuits are spaced out on the pan. They will spread a little.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven, on the middle rack, and bake until the biscuit tops are golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.
- Transfer biscuits to wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.
A warm biscuit is good by itself, but if you want to jazz things up, here are a few of our favorite biscuit toppings:
- Butter-you can never have too much butter! We like to spread a little or a lot of salted butter onto the warm biscuits:)
- Honey-you can’t go wrong with a drizzle of honey!
- Jam-spread your favorite jam onto the biscuits.
- Nut butter-I like peanut butter or almond butter on my biscuits. Is that weird? I don’t think so. Especially when you do peanut butter AND honey!
- Gravy-make a meal out of the biscuits and make biscuits and gravy!
What to Serve with Biscuits
Biscuits are great anytime of the day. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack! They also make a great side dish to the following:
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Baked Mac and Cheese
- Vegetarian Chili
- Breakfast Casserole
- Oven Fried Chicken
How to Store
The biscuits are best the day they are made. You can’t beat a biscuit right out of the oven! If you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in an air tight container on the counter for up to 2 days.
You can also freeze the biscuits. Let them cool and then place in a freezer container or bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
More Biscuit Recipes:
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Biscuits
- Greek Yogurt Biscuits
- Three Cheese Zucchini Drop Biscuits
- Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits
Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup cold buttermilk
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- For serving: butter, jam, honey, optional
- Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine cold buttermilk and the slightly cooled melted butter. Stir with a spatula until combined and small clumps form. It is ok if the mixture is lumpy.
- Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just combined and the biscuit batter pulls away from sides of bowl.
- Grease a ¼-cup dry measuring cup. Fill the cup with biscuit batter and drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. The biscuit shape doesn’t have to be perfect, that is the joy of a drop biscuit. The biscuits should measure about 2 ¼ inches in diameter and 1 ¼ inches high. Repeat with remaining batter, spacing biscuits about 1 ½ inches apart.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven, on the middle rack, and bake until the biscuit tops are golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.
- Transfer biscuits to wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with butter, jam, and/or honey.
Have you tried this recipe?
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Tell Joshua how lucky he is having a wife who enjoys trying new recipes!!
Biscuits look delicious! 😀
Drop biscuits=fab! Love the idea of having homemade bread products with out tons of work! They look great.
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Oh yum, these look delicious! I haven’t made biscuits in a while, I’m due!
I like testing recipes too 🙂 Glad you liked this one!!
Those look SO delicious!!
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!
Wow lots of butter. I bet they do taste good.
ohhh. those sound amazing! i love biscuits, i’ll definitely try to make these 🙂
These look like the ultimate buttermilk biscuit!
Fantastic! These drop biscuits look so good!
At least Josh isn’t stuck eating tv dinners or take out all the time. I love the drop biscuits!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
These looks so delicious!! Great photos!
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 🙂
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
i will take exactly 24 of these!
honey is the best on biscuits!!! 🙂
sorry… i commented with my fiance’s account (this is kara by the way)
These biscuits are amazing. Treadmill here I come.
I love biscuits with honey and butter. Yours look fantatic.
These look delicious! I love cooks illustrated!
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!
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!
Those look wonderful. I haven’t made biscuits in awhile and I do have buttermilk I need to use…
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!
I’ve got buttermilk I need to use up! These look perfect!
Those biscuits look fantastic! So much fun to try new recipes!
They look awesome – love buttermilk biscuits!
Hubby has the same complaint – he rarely if ever gets repeats. Oh well!
Biscuits and honey, yummy!! I love that their the drop kind too, quick and easy-peasy.
I am like you and hardly ever make the same thing in a month. These look delicious!
I love the picture of the biscuit with honey on it!!
I made these before and for a non biscuit lover, I have to admit they were pretty good!
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! 😀
I love buttermilk biscuits warm and dripping with one (just like your picture). Testing recipes is so fun!
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.
this is awesome, especially with maple syrup on top! I’ve got to try these!
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.
They look delicous! Very similar to what we call scones in the UK.
I love drop biscuits and these look fabulous, especially with the honey on top!
These look delicious, love the honey drizzle!!!
Those biscuits dripping in honey look really good!
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!
The biscuits look great. My husband adores biscuits with honey and he would thrilled to have these!
my goodness- your biscuits look flawless. wow. now i want to bake some biscuits for my family 😀
what a lucky hubby!
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!
These look fantastic and so easy with the drop technique! Another winning recipe.
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.
Yummy biscuits! They look fantastic!!
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!
These biscuits look delicious – especially the first picture with the honey drizzled on top! I love that they are quick to make also.
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.
is that a honey drizzle? DIVINE 🙂
What a great blog! I love all of your delicious recipes! Thanks for stopping by CNC! 🙂
MMMMM, those two pictures of the biscuit with honey dripping down are droolicious!
These look tasty!
After that finishing touch, these do indeed look yummy!
I know what you mean, my hubby like to have his old faves as well as try the newcomers.
These biscuits look lovely.
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.
Biscuits are a food category all of their own. Thanks for this recipe to try:D
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.
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!
These look great. I love buttermilk biscuits and these look fairly easy to make!
Mmmm I love biscuits. I’ll have to save these 3 recipes. 😉 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.
Yumm! They look delicious, I must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
I just tried this recipe last night and it was wonderful. Easy and tasty! Thank you for sharing.
Yea! Glad you enjoyed the biscuits.
Trying these tonight with the corn chowder (veganized!). My husband always asks why we can’t have meals more than once too. Truth of the matter is I usually forget which ones he really liked! I need to start making a list!
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! 🙂
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.
These were so good and so easy. I will definitely be making these again. Thanks!
Thanks for this recipe. These are so great! And so easy!:)
I make these all the time! Love them! Been following you for over 10 years! Thanks for all you do.
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These biscuits look amazing! I can’t wait to try them!
the result is so good I have to do it again!!!
These are the BEST biscuits I have ever made! They were easy and and fast to make. I am letting everyone know about this recipe.
Thanks for making my life easy 🙂
So happy you loved them! We make them all of the time!
Can you sub low fat milk? I never have buttermilk in house.
Another delicious recipe!
Hello , I have a fan assisted oven, what temperature should I bake the cookies at?
What can you use if you can’t find buttermilk?
You can make buttermilk. 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
These turned out great! I don’t usually have buttermilk on hand, but adding white vinegar to milk worked well. I could only fit 9 on my baking sheet, so I made them a bit bigger. So easy and delicious.
Delicious biscuits! So easy to make! I used leftover ham and we had ham and cheese biscuits. During this quarantine, I’ve been cooking a lot and your recipes don’t disappoint. Thank you!
I am so glad you are enjoying our recipes! Thanks!
I have been unable to find all purpose flour. Would I be able to make drop biscuits with white whole wheat flour? It’s the only flour I have right now.
Sure, the texture will be a little different, but still good!
These are the EASIEST and best biscuits I’ve had in a long time. I stuck the buttermilk in the freezer as I prepared the dry ingredients, and it made the melted butter congeal into perfect little blobs. I don’t see a reason to use any other recipe.
Glad you loved them! We make them all of the time!
I just made your drop buttermilk biscuits, wow !!! I have been looking for a recipe like this that I did not have to roll out and these are now my recipe to use. Thank you so much, am going to look for soup recipes next. I will use your site from now on when I want something special.
They are SO easy and SO good! Glad you think so too:)
Just baked these and served with butter and homemade strawberry jam. Delicious! Definitely a keeper.
Perfection! These biscuits were soft, flaky, & buttery. So easy to make with no crazy ingredients. Will definitely have to replace my “go to” biscuit recipe with these! Thank you!
They are the best! Glad you loved them!
These biscuits are amazing and so easy to make. Thank you so much for great recipe!
You are welcome!
These are my go-to biscuit recipe and especially since we have been sheltering at home they have been a source of comfort!
They are the best and so easy!!
Really good, and very easy. This would be a great recipe to teach kids. Fast and fun and delightful.
If I am using self-rising flour instead of all purpose flour, should I omit baking soda, baking powder and salt or if not, which should I still use? I made it once, love the biscuits, just wish they where a little taller. Would putting one of these ingredients back in do the trick?
After reading an article about how you can substitute greek yogurt for buttermilk, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I only skimmed it and completely missed the part about thinning it out so that you can get the right consistency. I ended up with a very dry shaggy dough, to which I added a splash of water and a little more yogurt – and kneaded it together just til it held. Then I just ripped off pieces into what appeared to be 1/4 cup size pieces and dropped them onto the sheet. I thought for SURE I had overworked the batter but even still – they were tender and delicious.
They turned out great. Nice and flaky. This recipe will be my go tfor drop biscuits.
Glad you liked the biscuits!
Easy and SO delicious. Almost impossible to eat just one!!
How clever to use the buttermilk to glob melted butter into little chunks, far better than using two knives or a pastry cutter on cold butter!
FINALLY a fool-proof biscuit winner! Fantastic crumb, fluffy fluffy fluffy, great flavor. This is my new go-to for biscuits. Thank you!!
Love these recipes I will be using a lot of them thanks so much.
Made these tonight. Delicious! Was looking for an easy biscuit recipe. Topped with melted butter out of the oven!
These are perfect. No rolling, no cutting and everything you want in a biscuit. OMG.
Thank you for your useful information
Easy and delicious. I paired with your jam recipe. Perfect combo!
My husband says “they’re just like Grandma’s” – which is shocking to me because this was so easy! I have two small boys and while I love to cook, I don’t have the time to make traditional biscuits. Now I can throw together biscuits anytime I want!
I will never roll out and cut biscuits again! These buttermilk drop biscuits are amazing. I whipped these up with only 30 minutes until dinner. They are so easy to make and come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Everyone raved about them. I’m going to share this recipe with everyone I know because it’s absolute perfection.
Delicious! I’m a southern girl and confess I prefer my dad’s 3 ingredient biscuits for breakfast (just SR flour, shortening and milk!), but these were perfect dinner biscuits. I will definitely make them again. 🙂
WOW!!!!! These are super easy to make and they taste awesome.
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Thank you for sharing.
My go to biscuit recipe now!
OMG Maria these were amazing and SO easy to make! I made these tonight with a turkey chili, they were a perfect pair .
I have made several dishes of yours. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us, we are huge fans!
I made These with Kefir and they were super yummy!
Kefir is a great swap for the buttermilk. Thanks for sharing!
These biscuits are amazing. After they were baked i melted some butter and added salt, pepper, garlic and parsley and brushed it on while they were hot straight out of the oven and it was amazing!. Ive also mixed shredded cheddar cheese in the batter and they came out so good. These biscuits are so versatile! Its my go to now.
You’ll never make Bisquick biscuits again! These are super easy and so yummy.
I’ve never made biscuits before but made these last night to go with a stew. Easy and good!!
The easiest biscuit recipe and the best:) Glad you loved them!
Came out so good! I cut my cold butter in and used plain yogurt instead of buttermilk because it’s just what I had. They were so fluffy inside with a nice crunch on the outside. Delicious! Thank you!
I made these for my wife on Mother’s Day, today. She thought I bought them at some restaurant. Very easy and good. I took some melted butter at the end of the cooking time giving each a nice little blanket of goodness. Bravo.
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This is now my go-to biscuit recipe for ALL biscuits! I’ve made them savory adding cheese and brushing them with melted butter mixed with parsley and garlic powder. I’ve made them shortcakes adding sugar and mini chocolate chips – heaven with strawberries. Experiment with what you like 🙂
So incredibly easy and delish. I bet they would have been better had I not forgotten the salt but still really good!!
Keeper for sure!!
And I just realized I forgot the baking soda and they still turned out fantastic!!! Talk about a fool proof recipe!! I need another cup of coffee!!!
We make them all of the time!
Delicious! I’ve made with buttermilk and kefir!
Yes, great with kefir too!
I’ve always made drop biscuits. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Easy, fast and so good. My 7 year old granddaughter. gives it a thumbs up.
Yay! Our favorite too!
What could I do to make these into cut biscuits? A little more flour?
I didn’t have my Cook’s Illustrated with me, so I was happy to find this reprint of their recipe.
Absolutely the BEST biscuits I’ve ever made (and I’ve been cooking for more than 50 years — folks tell me I’m quite good). So…a hearty beef stew with these big, fluffy biscuits on-the-side? Heaven! And if there are any leftover in the morning, these biscuits with butter and jam make the perfect breakfast.
They are our favorite too!
These biscuits are so quick and easy! Better yet they taste delicious and are not dry!
These are easy to make and delicious. I cook sausage patties and put them on the biscuits. Then I wrap each individual biscuit and freeze in a freezer bag. Then wrap in paper towel and heat in the microwave for a quick breakfast on the go. Very
These were so delicious but fell apart when I cut them. Thinking I should have let them cook a little longer?
Maybe cook a little longer or cool a little longer.
These biscuits are AMAZING!!! I make a batch just-for-me, sit down with butter and make a meal of these. Thanks so much for a great recipe!