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The Best Cheddar Biscuits

Skip the store-bought biscuits and preheat your oven for this quick-fix recipe for The Best Cheddar Biscuits.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Servings 9 biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, cold, plus more for brushing biscuits
  • 2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Grate the butter on the large hole of a box grater. (Alternately, dice it into small cubes.)
  • Add the butter to the bowl with the flour, and using your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the texture resembles small pebbles.
  • Add the buttermilk, shredded cheddar cheese and chives, and using a spatula, mix together the ingredients just until combined.
  • Lightly flour your work surface then turn out the dough. Using your hands, gather and knead the dough just until it is cohesive. (Do not overknead the dough.)
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it’s 1/2-inch thick. Fold it into thirds (like a letter) then rotate the dough 90° and roll it out again until it is a 10x6-inch rectangle that’s 3/4-inch thick. 
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the rectangle into 9 rectangular biscuits. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet then brush the tops of them with buttermilk. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Bake the biscuits until they are golden brown and no longer doughy, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the biscuits from the oven and serve.
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