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posted: 04/11/21

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Cheddar Bay Biscuits are easy to make, and will be a huge hit with your family. My kids can’t get enough of this quick biscuit recipe.

close up of a cheddar bay biscuit

If there is one thing that makes my kids more excited to come to the dinner table, it is the enticing smell of freshly cooked bread. These little carb loving monsters are most definitely mine.

With how easy dinner rolls are to make, and how happy it makes them, I’m not sure why I don’t do it more often.

This amazing Cheddar Bay Biscuit recipe is going to have you making rolls for your carb lovers weekly. These taste just like Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits, and they are truly simple to make at home. We have tons of tips and tricks to make sure this recipe turns out perfect for you every time.

overhead of a bowl of flour with cubes of butter

How to Make Cheddar Bay Biscuits

  1. Preheat your oven: Before you start this recipe, preheat your oven to 450 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make buttermilk: If you are making your own buttermilk, it will need to sit for about five minutes, so be sure to do this right away.
  3. Whisk together dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder.
  4. Cut in the butter: Using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut in the butter. The mixture will be light and crumbly when you are done.
  5. Stir in the buttermilk and cheese.
  6. Scoop and bake: I like to use this cookie scoop (it holds 3 tablespoons) to make easy work of this recipe. Otherwise you can just use a spoon, scooping up large spoonfuls.
  7. Make the butter topping: The key to perfection in this biscuit recipe is the butter topping. Whisk together melted butter, garlic, garlic powder, and dried parsley. When the hot biscuits come out of the oven, brush them with this amazing combination.
  8. Serve hot: These biscuits are best when served hot, but I assure you we love them cold as well.
overhead of flour, buttermilk, and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl

Room Temperature Butter

For ease of cutting the butter into the dry ingredients, you want room temperature butter here. Room temperature butter is actually cold to the touch. Mind blowing, right? You should be able to dent it easily with your finger, but it shouldn’t be so soft that your finger pushes all the way through.

To easily bring your butter to room temperature, cut it into 1 inch pieces and leave it on the counter for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat up a drinking glass with boiling water, dump out the water and place it over the wrapped stick of butter for 5 minutes.

overhead photo of biscuits on a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper

Making Buttermilk

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute with milk and vinegar.

  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of vinegar (or lemon juice) into a 1 cup glass measuring cup.
  2. Then fill the measuring cup to the 1 cup (8 ounce) line with milk.
  3. Stir and let the mixture sit for five minutes.

This substitution works perfectly in this recipe.

What Cheese to Use

As always, I suggest buying a brick of cheese for this recipe. While it is tempting to save time with pre-shredded cheese, the taste and texture of cheese you shred yourself can’t be beat.

I take a lot of short cuts in the kitchen, but this time saver just isn’t worth it to me.

a red lobster cheddar bay biscuit on a cooling rack

Tips for Cheddar Bay Biscuit Recipe

As with all baking recipes, I like to include a few simple tips to keep in mind. Baking can be tricky but these will help guarantee success with any recipe.

  • Measure your flour properly. Resist the urge to scoop the flour from the container with the measuring cup. Instead use a dry measuring cup and scoop the flour from the container into it with a spoon. Now level off with the flat edge of a spatula. You can see this in action in my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie video.
  • Use fresh baking powder. Baking powder can go bad and thus be less reactive in your recipes. It should be replaced every 6 months. To test that it is still reactive, drop a little in some water. It should bubble right away.
  • Use room temperature butter. This was discussed above, but the proper softness of butter does make a big difference in recipes. Read above for more details.
  • Preheat your oven. This is a simple step, but one that if overlooked will really mess up a recipe. Here the biscuits are in the oven for a short amount of time, but if the oven isn’t completely hot when they go in, it will mean they don’t cook evenly.
overhead of a basket full of biscuits

What to Serve with Cheddar Bay Biscuits

These great biscuits would be perfect as the side to so many recipes. I have a roast coming in a few weeks that we enjoy them with, but in the meantime here a few other options:

close up of a cheddar bay biscuit
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Serves: 13 biscuits
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Cheddar Bay Biscuits are easy to make, and will be a huge hit with your family. My kids can't get enough of this quick biscuit recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup mild or medium cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup buttermilk read here to make your own buttermilk

Butter Topping

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture. It will be crumbly.
  • Add in the cheese and buttermilk. Stir together until just combined. Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop or a large spoon, scoop out the biscuits and place them approximately 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the biscuits are baking whisk together the ingredients for the butter topping. As soon as the biscuits come out of the oven, brush them with the butter topping. Serve warm.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
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