Homemade Cheddar Biscuits

Super buttery, flaky, and easy homemade cheddar biscuits! Skip Red Lobster and make these biscuits at home. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Remember when we established that there are a few types of Thanksgiving people? Like, some people are turkey people, side people, pie people? Well, who are these turkey people? Must be a very small portion of the population because we all know the BEST part about Thanksgiving is the pie. And coming in second are the SIDES.

As far as Thanksgiving sides go, tradition reigns supreme in this family. The typical line-up includes green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and apple sausage stuffing. I hope that they’ve found a spot on your Thanksgiving table too!

Super buttery, flaky, and easy homemade cheddar biscuits! Skip Red Lobster and make these biscuits at home. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Biscuits are a quick bread like my banana bread, no yeast bread, and Irish soda bread. I LOVE making them because they’re quick, don’t require any yeast, and satisfying all your carb cravings. Remember when we discussed my buttermilk biscuits at length? I had extra large nerd glasses on that day because not only did I go into deep detail about biscuit making– I had a lot of fun doing so.

Today we’re making biscuits again, but this time we’re adding garlic, cheddar, and even more butter. These homemade cheddar biscuits are too good to be real. No. They’re too good to be LEGAL. They taste similar to Red Lobster’s version, which easily rival The Olive Garden’s breadsticks.

Um, remember when I told you I’m not a bread person? Lies.

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Here’s how things will go down. (Excluding your pant size, unfortunately.)

This is my go-to recipe producing tall biscuits with a million layers of flakes inside. It’s easy, quick, requires minimal ingredients, and guarantees biscuit success. Today we’ll add a cup of sharp cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Mingling with butter, buttermilk, and a little honey, cheese and garlic feel right at home. Once the biscuits come out of the oven, we’ll brush them with melted butter, garlic, and parsley. All good things here.

I have 2 quick tricks for flaky biscuits and 2 quick tricks for tall biscuits. First, flakes!

Cold Fat = Flakes

For flaky layers, use cold fat. This is very important. When little crumbs of butter melt as the biscuits bake, they release steam and create little pockets of air – this makes the biscuits flaky on the inside while remaining crisp on the outside. You don’t want to butter to melt BEFORE hitting the oven because then there would be no steam. No steam means no pockets of air. No pockets of air means no flakes.

Fold + Flatten = Flakes

For the flakiest cheddar biscuits ever, fold and flatten the dough. Folding and flattening creates layers of flakes. Turn the scrappy, shard-y looking dough out onto a work surface and mold it together with your hands. Form into a rectangle, then begin folding. Let me show you.



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Turn the folded dough horizontal:

How to make cheddar bay biscuits on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Then press it down into a rectangle and repeat the folding process 2 more times before cutting into circles.

Now let’s move onto the tricks for tall biscuits.

No Twisting = Super Tall Biscuits

When cutting the dough with a biscuit cutter, don’t twist the cutter. Twisting it will seal off the biscuit edges, preventing the biscuits from rising.

Snug as a Bug = Super Tall Biscuits

Biscuits rise up nice and tall when they’re pressed snuggly against one another. Arrange them tightly in a cast iron skillet or on a lined baking sheet/baking pan. A cast iron skillet helps produce a super crisp bottom, so I prefer it over a baking sheet or pan.

How to make cheddar bay biscuits on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make cheddar bay biscuits on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Before baking, brush the biscuits with a little extra buttermilk. Why? Helps achieve a slightly crispier crust.

After baking, brush with garlic butter. Why? Because yum. The garlic butter seeps down into all the crevices and, obviously, makes the tops extra buttery.

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Super buttery, flaky, and easy homemade cheddar biscuits! Skip Red Lobster and make these biscuits at home. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

So let’s get all this straight. There are 2 things we need to remember for flaky biscuits and 2 things we need to remember for tall biscuits. We’ll (1) use cold butter in the dough and (2) fold the dough together a few times to help guarantee lots of flakes. We (1) won’t twist the biscuit cutter and (2) we’ll place the biscuits super close together so they rise super tall in the oven.

And 2 things to remember for delicious biscuits: cheddar + garlic.

EASY! You got this!

Super buttery, flaky, and easy homemade cheddar bay biscuits! Skip Red Lobster and make these biscuits at home. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com


Homemade Cheddar Biscuits

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 3-inch biscuits
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These delicious homemade cheddar biscuits easily rival Red Lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits. Made in only 20 minutes, they’re a must try at dinnertime.


  • 2 and 1/2 cups (312g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder (yes, Tablespoons!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, very cold and cubed
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons (270ml) cold buttermilk, divided
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons; 60g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Place the flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt together in a large bowl or in a large food processor. Whisk or pulse until combined. Add the cubed butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or by pulsing several times in the processor. Mix/pulse until coarse crumbs form. See photo above for a visual. If you used a food processor, pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the cheddar cheese. Make a well in the center of the mixture, then pour 1 cup of buttermilk (240ml) on top, then the honey. Stir everything together until just about combined– do not overwork the dough. The dough will look like shreds and be very crumbly. See photo above for a visual.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently mold it into a rough looking rectangle using your hands. Use the photos above as a guide. Fold one side into the center, then the other side. Turn the dough so it’s long horizontally. Gently flatten. Repeat the folding again. Turn the dough so it’s long horizontally once more. Gently flatten. Repeat the folding one more time.
  4. Gently roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 3-inch circles. Re-roll any scraps until you have 9-12 biscuits. Arrange in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or close together on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. (Make sure they’re touching.)
  5. Brush the tops with remaining buttermilk. Bake for 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown on top.
  6. Remove from the oven. Combine the topping ingredients and generously brush over warm biscuits. Enjoy biscuits warm. Cover leftovers tightly and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Baked biscuits freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm to your liking before enjoying. You can also freeze the biscuit dough. Prepare the dough through step 3. Wrap up tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and continue with step 4. Also, after step 3, you may wrap up the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days before continuing with step 4.
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  3. Buttermilk: You can substitute whole milk for buttermilk if desired. Acidic buttermilk isn’t needed in order for the biscuits to rise since we’re using baking powder. However if you’d like the tangy flavor, which I highly recommend, you can make your own sour milk substitute. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup. (You need 1 cup in the recipe, plus 2 Tbsp for brushing– you can use regular milk to brush on top.) Whisk together, then let sit for 5 minutes before using in the recipe. Whole milk is best for the DIY sour milk substitute, though lower fat or nondairy milks work in a pinch. (In my testing, the biscuits don’t taste as rich or rise quite as tall using lower fat or nondairy milks.)
Super buttery, flaky, and easy homemade cheddar bay biscuits! Skip Red Lobster and make these biscuits at home. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com


  1. Thank you for breaking down the steps so clearly and explaining the reasoning behind each element of the biscuit-making process. You transform the recipe from daunting and delicious into doable (and delicious). L

    1. I truly love learning about baked goods and such– and I’m so glad you do too!

  2. Thank you Sally for your writing. I smiled and giggled so much in this post. I needed that. I’m going to try this recipe soon “because yum”! These look amazing!! I’ve got a box of the red lobster mix. I think I’ll make that and this and see if anyone can tell the difference. I’ll try to remember to report back on Thanksgiving. I truly appreciate your writing. Thank you! I hope you have a great week!

    1. So nice to read this comment this morning! Thank you so much for the kind words.

  3. Yummm! These look amazing! I would love to make these this week but every time I make biscuits without any egg in them the finished cooked product always has the consistency of a under baked dough even though they are completely cooked through! Do you have any idea of why this keeps happening and any tips to stop this from happening?

    1. Hi Raya! I know the issue you are referring to when it comes to baking biscuits. The culprit is overmixing/overworking the dough. The butter has broken down too much. You want nice chunks of butter in the dough so that it can help establish layers of flakes.

  4. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    I’m obsessed with cheddar biscuits. And these look absolutely amazing, Sally!

  5. These look so so good, Sally! A very happy first Thanksgiving with Noelle!

    1. So excited! Trying to find a Thanksgiving onesie/outfit. Seems like every store skips right to Christmas!

      1. Both Carters and Target have them! 

  6. I agree with the young lady above who states that you take the directions from daunting to doable. Your pictures and step-by-step instructions are also above and beyond helpful and really make the recipe approachable. Thank you from all of us who need the extra teaching.☺

    1. Thank YOU, Wendy! I appreciate it.

  7. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making my own biscuits!  Making breads always intimidates me a bit because there are so many steps.  I love how you break every thing down though!

  8. Hi Sally,
    Oh my, these look fabulous and definitely a recipe I will try. They will be a perfect addition for Thanksgiving dinner, and of course I will need to try out the recipe before hand. You know, just to taste, etc. Enjoy your new little turkey, and I’m glad to see Franklin is feeling better. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Loving the details about making biscuits, I guess I was a previous biscuit twister. I’m now a reformed one .  My biscuit loving college aged daughter, coming home for holidays, will be thrilled to know I’ve conquered my bread demons. Enjoy your first holiday with your new addition. 

  10. Can you make these without the skillet?

    1. Yep! A baking sheet– see the recipe 🙂

  11. These look SO good! My mom has a classic cheddar biscuit recipe we all love, but none of us ever thought about adding that brush of melted butter with garlic & parsley on top. DEFINITELY going to try that next time we make cheddar biscuits 🙂 I like how yours use a touch of honey instead of sugar though – there’s a 1/2 cup of white sugar in ours and it feels a little much. Maybe now I’ll try experimenting with the honey!

  12. Hi Sally,

    These look fantastic!!! I can’t wait to try them. Like everyone else, I really like how you break down the steps and educate about the why of certain baking steps. It is so helpful. I often watch the videos in the recipes to make sure I have the right consistency; so helpful. Thanks again. Enjoy your first thanksgiving with Noelle.

  13. Hey Stephanie! You’d lose some of the flavor, but you can use a non-dairy milk alternative.

  14. You had me at cheddar! These look incredible!


  15. Sally,  I am excited to try these!  They look fabulous!  I am loving your Cookie Addiction book and choosing new recipes for family gift baking!  My son (who just turned 23!! Don’t blink!)  was only 2 weeks old at his first Thanksgiving and I remember the deep level of thanks we had that year.  Enjoy your holiday!!

  16. Definitely will be making these biscuits. Thank you for the great tips.

    1. Enjoy, Ann!

  17. ERMAGAWD these look incredible!! I want to carb o load for a race I never plan on running with these babies! 

  18. Yum this looks so good. I will give a try. I have found a few others with cheddar cheese that are good but yours is making me drool. I found one that adds bacon and no garlic. They are wonderful for breakfast. You can put in more bacon slices or a slice of ham.

    1. Let me know how these compare when you make them!

  19. Hi Sally!

    These biscuits look great! I’m thinking about adding chives to mine to make them cheddar chive biscuits — how much chives do you think I should add to the recipe?


    1. I’d say 1/4 cup chives. YUM!

  20. Mmm…cheddar. They look so good 🙂

  21. My husband’s grandmother used to make the best cheddar cheese biscuits and of course she used no recipe, just a little of this, a smidgen of that and pinch of this and that! Your biscuits look absolutely perfectly delicious! Brushed with garlic butter.. Yum!! I appreciate your detailed recipe, instructions and illustrations! Thanks, Sally!

    1. I hope you get a chance to make them and they bring back good memories for your husband!

  22. Hi Sally. Can i make these with parmesan cheese. And how much do you think i need? Perfect for the hollidays.

    1. I don’t see why that wouldn’t work as long as you are using fresh grated parmesan and not the powdered kind. I would stick with one cup of cheese. Let me know how they turn out!

  23. Hi Sally, how much would be 1 cup of cheddar in grams?? Thank you very much for the help!

    1. Approx 125g

  24. shawnna griffin says:

    hey girl- these look amazing!

  25. These look wonderful could I make them my gluten free all purpose flour?

    1. I haven’t tried it, so I’m unsure of the results. I don’t have much experience with GF flour, sorry!

  26. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    ahhhh I love that buttery garlic topping, it puts the cheddar biscuits over the top!

  27. Laura | Tutti Dolci says:

    Gorgeous, I love those flaky layers!

  28. Hi Sally. They turned out great with parmesan cheese. Put them in the freezer for christmas. Will make them soon with cheddar. Thank you for the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving.

  29. Carolin Eichholz says:

    Wow, these look fantastic. I need to make them this weekend as a snack for my parents coming over. We had so many sweet treats these days I can’t wait for something more savory!

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