Easy Drop Biscuits

Need a quick, buttery, and flakey side dish for your weeknight meal? You'll love these easy drop biscuits! They're super simple to make and have the most addictive flavor. A fabulous pairing with any meal.

Easy drop biscuits on a black serving tray.
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Easy Drop Biscuits Recipe

While traditional buttermilk biscuits with all their flaky layers are irresistible, sometimes a classic biscuit recipe can just take a little too much time to make. You can skip all the steps of rolling out dough and using a biscuit cutter by making easy drop biscuits instead!

A drop biscuit is so much more simple and requires less technical skill than other more traditional biscuits. So if you're not much of a baker, yet still want fluffy biscuits at your meal, then you should give this easy biscuit recipe a shot.

Drop biscuits have come in handy more times than I can count. Oftentimes, I'm whipping up a a quick and easy meal like rotisserie chicken enchiladas and then I realize that I don't have a side dish to go with it!

That is when I turn to the easiest biscuit recipe for a quick way to make a side the entire family will enjoy. Not only can these be served as a side, but they're great for breakfast too!

Pair them with a breakfast casserole or some sausage gravy and you've got a delicious way to start your day. So let's get started and make some fluffy drop biscuits.

Easy drop biscuits on a serving plate with a napkin.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

The main reason I love this recipe is because it's so darn easy. But I also love it because:

  • It only takes about 20 minutes to make these buttery biscuits from start to finish. Quick and simple is the name of the game.
  • There are no artificial ingredients or flavors in homemade biscuits like there are in store-bought. Even though canned biscuits and frozen biscuits are quick, these are just as fast and taste way better!
  • Many recipes for drop biscuits are dry and crumbly. This easy drop biscuit recipe produces tender biscuits every single time — we don't have time for a dry and flavorless cardboard biscuit!

Ingredients

These simple ingredients are all you need to make easy biscuits. Check your pantry and fridge to see if you have everything on hand:

A table with ingredients for drop biscuits including flour, eggs, sugar, and butter.
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • granulated sugar
  • kosher salt
  • unsalted butter, melted
  • whole milk

Substitutions and Variations

While I have not personally tried it, you can use a gluten-free 1:1 flour substitute, such as King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour, to make gluten free biscuits.

You can use salted butter, just omit or reduce the the kosher salt called for in this recipe.

To make these southern biscuits dairy free, use a your favorite dairy free milk substitute. You can also turn these into buttermilk biscuits by using cold buttermilk.

Use this as a base recipe and change up the type of biscuit you are making with any delicious mix-in. Add shredded cheese and jalapeños for a jalapeño cheddar biscuits. Or, add rosemary with the cheese for a sophisticated rosemary biscuit.

Top these biscuits with garlic butter by mixing some garlic powder and melted butter together. I think butter is my favorite part about homemade drop biscuits!

Easy drop biscuits split in half on a black plate.

How to Make Easy Drop Biscuits

This is a great recipe to follow after a long day. It is really simple and requires minimal effort. Here's what you'll need to do:

Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, then set it aside.

Salt, sugar, baking powder added to the bowl of flour.
Melted butter added to the salt, sugar, baking powder, and flour.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

Milk added to the melted butter, salt, sugar, baking powder, and flour.
All ingredients mixed together to create easy drop biscuit dough.

Then pour the melted butter into the dry ingredients and stir gently. Add the milk to the butter and flour mixture and mix until the sticky dough comes together.

A baking sheet with biscuit dough balls on it.

Use a spoon or large cookie scoop to drop the biscuits onto the previously prepared baking sheet, then pop them into the preheated oven.

Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Easy drop biscuits on a black plate with a napkin.

Once done, brush with melted butter if desired and serve!

How to Store Easy Drop Biscuits

Place leftovers into an airtight container, or a plastic bag with all of the air squeezed out. Store at room temperature for 3-4 days. The longer they are stored, the more dry they will become.

You can also freeze leftover biscuits in an airtight container or freezer bag for about 2 months. Allow to thaw before reheating and serving!

What to Serve with Easy Drop Biscuits

These flaky biscuits go with pretty much anything! Eat them on their own with honey butter, jam, Instant Pot Apple Butter or gravy or use them as a side dish. You could even add a sausage patty and some eggs to make a quick breakfast sandwich.

Serve homemade biscuits with meals like sheet pan chicken and veggies or one pan chicken piccata. They're even great with hearty soups like taco soup and Italian wedding soup.

An easy drop biscuit split in half arranged on top of other biscuits.

Bread and pasta go together like two peas in a pod, so serve these easy biscuits with baked rigatoni or lemon ricotta pasta.

I've even been known to whip up a batch of easy drop biscuit with easy ground turkey stir fry because then I've got an extra hearty meal with very little clean-up. No matter what you choose, these biscuits are the perfect pairing!

Tips for Success

While this recipe is simple, there are a few things I can tell you to ensure success. Here's a few helpful tips:

  • When mixing the dough together in a large bowl, make sure you are scraping the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula so that all flour mixes into the drop biscuit dough.
  • Don't make the drop biscuits uneven sizes. Try to scoop even small clumps of dough to drop onto the rimmed baking sheet. They will all bake evenly and cook through in the middle.
  • If you are adding extra ingredients to your biscuits, it is important not to overload the dough! Make sure there is an even ratio of biscuit dough to mix-ins.
Easy drop biscuits split in half and stacked on top of each other on a black plate.

FAQ

What is the difference between drop biscuits and regular biscuits?

Traditional biscuits are made with a dough that is not near as moist and has to be kneaded, rolled out, and have biscuits cut with a biscuit cutter. The dough is more pastry like and requires more technical skill to create. Drop biscuits are made from a very wet dough that is not kneaded and not shaped. Instead, the dough is scooped up and simply dropped on the pan to bake! The texture and flavor of the two types of biscuits vary, but both are extremely tasty.

What makes drop biscuits crumbly?

If you end up with a biscuit that is dry and crumbly, you likely added too much flour or not enough whole milk. Make sure you are following the recipe exactly so that the biscuits turn out tender, moist, and full of flavor!

An arrangement of easy drop biscuits on a serving dish.

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Easy drop biscuits on a serving plate with a napkin.

Easy Drop Biscuits

You're going to love these buttery and tender drop biscuits. Serve them at any meal because no one will ever turn down a warm biscuit!
5 from 65 votes
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Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 12 biscuits
Author: Madison Wetherill

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup whole milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF (204°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside.
  • Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Pour in melted butter and gently stir. Add the milk and mix until dough comes together. Immediately drop biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet and transfer to the oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until biscuits are golden brown. Brush with melted butter if desired!

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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