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posted: 06/04/19

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These Fast Easy Biscuits are buttery soft and so delicious. Drop biscuits that come together in about 20 minutes and are perfect on the side of so many different recipes!

up close picture of fast easy biscuits in a basket lined with a red and white cloth napkin

This easy biscuit recipe is an old one here on Simple Joy, but it is getting a photo face lift so that I could include some of the step by step photos. I haven’t made them in a while, and it’s like my kids forgot that they existed and suddenly I am the hero. They are definitely my children if carbs make them fall more deeply in love with someone. And if making a drop biscuit recipe that takes me about 20 minutes makes me their new favorite parent, I will take it every time.

Why This is the Best Drop Biscuit Recipe

Love this recipe for so many reasons, but besides being so fast, these are the top ones:

  1. These biscuits rise perfectly.
  2. They are soft, moist, and don’t crumble.
  3. The balance of baking soda and baking powder is perfect so they don’t taste bitter.

Key Ingredients for Easy Drop Biscuits

There isn’t a lot to this very easy homemade biscuit recipe. To call it simple is an understatement. But here are the three key ingredients:

  • Cold Buttermilk
  • Hot Melted Butter
  • Flour that isn’t packed

Tips to Make These Drop Biscuits Turn Out Perfect

Let’s talk about each key ingredient before we get started.

  1. Cold Buttermilk:  When you pour the cold buttermilk into the hot butter, it will cause the butter to clump up. Those clumps of butter in the final biscuit, create pockets of steam in the batter that leads to fluffier biscuits.  Please note:  I’ve made theses using low fat buttermilk, and did not get the same results. I recommend using full fat buttermilk.
  2. Hot Melted Butter:  As with the cold buttermilk, you need the butter to be hot in order to get that clumping.
  3. The flour in this recipe needs to be scooped into the measuring cup and then leveled off. If you scoop from your container, you will end up with too much flour and a denser biscuit recipe.

How to Make Easy Homemade Biscuits

Start by whisking together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

clear glass bowl with flour being whisked for easy biscuit recipe

Next, combine the hot melted butter with the cold buttermilk. You want to leave your buttermilk in the refrigerator until you are ready to combine them.

cold buttermilk being poured into hot melted butter to make easy biscuits

The butter should clump up when you add int the cold buttermilk. If it doesn’t, your biscuits will still be great, they just won’t be as fluffy.

bowl of melted butter and butter milk with red whisk for drop biscuit recipe

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour. Look at those beautiful steam causing lumps!

pouring buttermilk mixture from one glass bowl into a flour mixture in another glass bowl to make easy drop biscuits

Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture.

stirring buttermilk mixture into flour mixture to make easy drop biscuits

After you have it all mixed together (Be careful not to over mix!!), spray a 1/4 cup measuring cup with cooking spray and use it to make 12 similar sized drop biscuits. (See the video in the recipe card.) Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

12 raw biscuits on a parchment lined baking sheet

After they come out of the oven, you can eat them right away. But . . . . why not smother those easy biscuits with some melted butter??

easy biscuit on a parchment lined baking sheet, being brushed with melted butter

How Long Will These Biscuits Keep

If you add melted butter to the top of these, you will want to eat them the same day. If you don’t, they will keep in a sealed container for a day or two. Though they are so good, I wouldn’t doubt that they will disappear quickly.

If you want to freeze them:

  • don’t brush them with melted butter.
  • flash freeze them by placing them on wax paper in a single layer for an hour and then put them in an airtight container in the freezer.

fast and easy drop biscuits being picked up by a metal spatula off a baking sheet

easy homemade biscuit being broken in half
fast and easy drop biscuits being picked up by a metal spatula off a baking sheet
5 from 3 votes

Fast Easy Biscuits

Serves: 12 biscuits
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
These Fast Easy Biscuits are buttery soft and so delicious. Drop biscuits that come together in about 20 minutes and are perfect on the side of so many different recipes!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk cold
  • 8 TBSPS melted butter cooled slightly (plus 2 more TBSPs for brushing)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicion mat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
  • In a smaller bowl whisk the buttermilk and melted butter. It will start to clump together, as the cold buttermilk drops the temperature of the butter.
  • Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients just until it starts to pull away from the side.
  • Using a well greased 1/4 cup measure, drop just less than a quarter cup of batter onto the baking mat keeping an inch and a half between biscuits. You may have to bake in two batches.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes until they are golden brown
  • Once you finish baking, brush with melted butter, transfer to a cooling rack and serve warm.
Calories: 172kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 8g (12%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 20mg (7%) Sodium: 351mg (15%) Potassium: 3mg Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 250IU (5%) Calcium: 10mg (1%) Iron: 0.4mg (2%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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  1. Sarah says

    5 stars
    I think I have made these 4 times in the past 2 weeks since finding your site! The whole fam loves them!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So happy to hear that Sarah!

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