Easy Drop Biscuits

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Steaming hot easy drop biscuits topped with melted butter have proven irresistible to every member of my family.

I’ve made this recipe at least half a dozen times over the past few months and despite my best efforts to save some biscuits for breakfast the next day, it has yet to happen. The boys find my stash every single time.

Easy Drop Biscuits with a blue and white linen

Simple Drop Biscuits

While it doesn’t take all that long to roll out a batch of these much-loved classic flaky biscuits, sometimes we don’t have even that much time. That’s where these drop biscuits come into play.

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For the longest time, at least the first ten years of our marriage, I didn’t really make biscuits. I hadn’t yet figured out that one of the most important things when it comes to biscuit making is simply to not mess with the dough too much.

Feel free to read the embarrassing story of my first biscuit making attempt in this post, at least now I can laugh about it. Fortunately for all of us, my biscuit-making skills improved over time and the biscuit recipes here have proven reliable now for even the least experienced of cooks and bakers.

Heck, if my three-year-old can handle it, I’m pretty sure we all can. My little one in this video is in junior high now and it still makes me grin.

Easy Drop Biscuits on half sheet pan with blue and white linen

Have I mentioned how much I love the smell of warm biscuits fresh from the oven? Hand me a hot biscuit topped with melting butter and you are speaking my language.

Some of my most used kitchen tools are these cookie scoops and I put the large one to use for these drop biscuits. I was in a hurry one afternoon and decided to try it.

How to Make Drop Biscuits

Start by combining the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Give it a light whisk to combine.

To keep my biscuit-making as simple as can be, I use a grater to cut the butter in small shreds so it blends nicely. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and use a fork to blend it in until crumbs and little pea-sized pieces form.

Drizzle in just enough milk to bring it all together into a sticky dough. Use a scoop or a couple of large spoons to drop the biscuit dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes and serve warm.

Easy Drop Biscuits with blue and white linen in basket

Drop Biscuit Recipe

Take a look in the pantry for these items to make easy drop biscuits:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • sugar
  • butter
  • milk 
Easy Drop Biscuits blue and white linen

Biscuit Toppings

Top the warm biscuits with jams and jellies for a real treat. Perfectly sweetened and spiced jam with just a hint of cinnamon, this Homemade Peach Jam has been a staple in our home for about 15 years.

I tried a habanero peach jam for the first time a few years ago and fell for the unique flavor combination immediately.

Pumpkin butter and apple butter are thick, richly spiced spreads that are perfect on top of toast or muffins.

Tart cranberries and spicy peppers mingle in this sweet and spicy Cranberry Pepper Jelly. Everyone goes crazy for this spicy jam.

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Easy Drop Biscuits with blue and white linen in basket

Easy Drop Biscuits

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Steaming hot easy drop biscuits topped with melted butter have proven irresistible to every member of my family.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • cup butter grated
  • 1 cup milk plus more ONLY as needed


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Grate the butter and dump it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Use a fork to mix in the cold butter pieces until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with little pea size or smaller lumps throughout.
  • Gradually stir in milk – do not dump all the milk in at once! Add just enough milk until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. It should still look somewhat dry and be a bit sticky.
  • Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. (The medium scoop in this set is perfect for this.) Bake for 12-14 minutes in the preheated oven, until the biscuits are golden brown.


Calories: 138kcal · Carbohydrates: 18g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Trans Fat: 0.2g · Cholesterol: 16mg · Sodium: 243mg · Potassium: 139mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 191IU · Calcium: 66mg · Iron: 1mg
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Becky L Lawton says

    They’re delicious! I only added about 2/3 cup milk and that was still too much. Look for quite dry dough that pulls most flour away from the bowl. Then that’s enough.5 stars

  2. Rian says

    Love these! These biscuits are my go-to. They’re so easy to make and bake, and they’re delicious! Thank you for the fantastic recipe!5 stars

  3. Richard Johnson says

    Instead of drop biscuits I rolled dough and cut out , topped with hamburger gravy and I am so happy5 stars