Buttermilk baking powder drop biscuits: The foolproof method of making baking powder biscuits. Extremely cheap, as well!

Baking powder biscuits are an often forgotten baked good. And I think they deserve more attention than they get.

Gluten-free baking has become so popular, you often forget about simple, classic, flour-based recipes like baking powder biscuits.

But warm out of the oven, these biscuits are irresistible. Melt-in-your-mouth.

Buttermilk Baking Powder Biscuits: The Cost

These buttermilk baking powder drop biscuits are also super cheap to make. About $1.50 for 9 or 10 biscuits. 

And they’re easy to make and hard to screw up, if you follow a few recipe tips:

Baking Tips

Overworking the dough – even just a little bit – can make the biscuits tough.  Which is why this method of biscuit making – the drop method – is so great.

Instead of rolling out the dough, you simply take a glob of it and drop it on the pan. Hence drop biscuits.

The dough is mixed just until it comes together – no more.

And the biscuits turn out just how you like them: Soft and flaky on the inside, with a nice crunch on the outside.

Adding Flavor & Seasonings To These Biscuits

Flavor option: If you want a flavored biscuit, add one or all of the following:

  • A tablespoon (or more) of packed fresh chopped parsley and/or chives
  • A teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Buttermilk baking powder drop biscuits: Learn how to make these easy biscuits, which are cheap and delicious!

How To Serve Baking Powder Biscuits

Go ahead, try these for yourself. They’re cheap, they’re easy – so there’s really nothing to lose.

Buttermilk baking powder drop biscuits: The foolproof method of making baking powder biscuits. Extremely cheap, as well!

Buttermilk Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

Yield: 10 biscuits
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Remember: Don't overmix the dough! You don't want tough, chewy biscuits.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, plus additional to top biscuits


  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add the cold butter, and using a pastry cutter or fork, cut butter into flour until the dough sticks together when pressed together.
  3. Mix in buttermilk, just until the dough comes together. Do not overmix!
  4. Take 2 heaping tablespoons-full of the dough and drop onto baking sheet. Press down lightly. Using a pastry brush, brush on additional buttermilk to coat top.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until the tops are beginning to brown. Remove from oven. Best served warm - and best served the day of baking.

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