Posted on: October 12, 2021 Posted by: Joven Comments: 0

Delightfully warm and savory cheese biscuits are a perfect snack or baked side dish. These American-style cheese biscuits are light, slightly crisp, tender, and loaded with tangy cheddar cheese. You won’t be able to eat just one! Here I share an easy cheese biscuit recipe with step-by-step instructions and photos to make a batch in a snap.

cheese biscuits served on a black bowl

About These Cheese Biscuits

I first had American-style cheese biscuits after trying a recipe from Simplyrecipes. One taste of that cheesy, soft biscuit and I was hooked!

While we know biscuits to be sweet or savory, crispy and crunchy baked goods here in India and much of the world. However in the United States a biscuit is a savory soft snack. They tend to have a slightly crumbly and soft inside that’s somewhere between a scone and bread.

(And in fact, they call biscuits “cookies” in America – so it can get a bit confusing.)

I just had to make my own version of American cheese biscuits – and they turned out to be a huge success! In fact, we ate an entire batch in only two days.

My tried-and-true cheese biscuit recipe makes perfect bread-like biscuits that are a bit crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shredded cheddar cheese is evenly distributed throughout, so each bite has just the right savory flavor.

The terrific cheesiness and light, fluffy texture of these biscuits are great to enjoy anytime of the day as a snack. Or bake them to serve as a mouthwatering appetizer or side dish alongside your favorite comfort foods. They’re so good you’ll want to keep them in your kitchen at all times, just in case you have a craving!

cheese biscuits in a black bowl

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Cheese biscuits

Making dough

1. In a mixing bowl, add 200 grams of all-purpose flour.

all-purpose flour in pan

2 Add the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or red chili powder)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper (or black pepper powder) to taste
ingredients for cheese biscuits

3. Mix very well with a spoon or a wired whisk. You can also sift the dry ingredients with a sieve if you want.

making cheese biscuits dough

4. Now add 100 grams cold butter (roughly one stick of butter, or 3/4 cups) which has been chopped into cubes. The butter must be cold to get the right tender flaky biscuit layers.

adding cold butter

5. Use your fingertips to mix the butter with the flour mixture until the whole mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

If the butter starts to melt while mixing, place the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes and then start again.

Note that you can also use a stand mixer to mix the butter in the flour.

making cheese biscuits dough

6. Add 100 grams (1.5 cups) of cheddar cheese to the bowl. You can also use vegetarian parmesan cheese instead of cheddar cheese, if you prefer.

adding cheddar cheese

7. Mix well with a spatula or spoon.

mixing with a spoon

8. Add ½ cup of chilled buttermilk. If you have fresh curd (yogurt), then dissolve 2 tablespoons of the chilled yogurt in ⅓ cup cold water to make buttermilk.

adding ½ cup chilled buttermilk

9. Mix to combine and bring the entire mixture together. But do not knead. If the butter starts melting, then cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for about 15 to 20 minutes.

If the dough looks sticky and moist, then sprinkle on some flour and lightly mix again. However, if the dough looks dry, then add a splash of more chilled buttermilk or cold water.

cheese biscuits dough in a bowl

Making cheese biscuits

10. Before you bake the biscuits, first preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes. Once the oven is nearly done preheating, place the dough on a floured surface.

cheese biscuits dough on a rolling board

11. Use a rolling pin to gently roll the dough into an 8 x 8 inch square or rectangle.

rolling the dough

12. Then cut into 2 x 2 inch squares. If the butter starts to look melted, then again, cover and place the cheese squares in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.

cutting cheese biscuits dough into biscuits

13. Then place the cheese squares on a greased or parchment paper-lined baking tray. Sprinkle the biscuit squares with some sea salt or edible rock salt (pink salt), or black salt.

cheese biscuits placed on greased baking tray

Baking cheese biscuits

14. Place the baking tray in the preheated oven.

baking tray in the preheated oven

15. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden. Timing varies from oven to oven, so do keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t become too brown.

baking cheese biscuits

16. Remove the baked cheese biscuits from the oven. Let them sit on the baking sheet for just a minute or so, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. If you leave them on the baking tray too long they become moist on the bottom due to heat evaporation.

Once they have cooled completely on the wire rack, store cheddar cheese biscuits in an air-tight container. You can also serve them warm or at room temperature.

baked cheese biscuits placed on wire rack

17. Enjoy the cheese biscuits as a delicious tea-time snack. You can also have them with your breakfast.

cheese biscuits served on a black plate

Cheese Biscuits Variations

  • I have used cheddar cheese in this recipe. However, you can use shredded parmesan cheese instead, or a 50/50 blend.
  • Feel free to add different spices to change the biscuit taste. For an Indian flavor you can add some carom seeds (ajwain) and cumin seeds. Make them even more savory by adding garlic powder and a pinch of onion powder.
  • Or prepare them as Italian-inspired cheese biscuits by making with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, plus a bit of dried oregano and basil in the dough.
  • Want a fresh pop of flavor? You can also add some chopped scallions (spring onions), fresh rosemary or thyme leave, or minced garlic to the recipe.


What should I serve with cheese biscuits?

Enjoy these tender biscuits as a snack with coffee or tea. They are also delicious to have as a dinner side dish! Try them with Mushroom Pasta or Tomato Soup.

How long will these homemade cheese biscuits last?

They will keep well for up to 4 or 5 days. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. However, they’ve never lasted for more than a day or so at my house!

What type of cheese I can add in this recipe?

You can make these biscuits with cheddar cheese or vegetarian parmesan cheese. You can also use an equal amount of both.

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These yummy cheese biscuits have a crisp texture on the outside and are soft on the inside like bread. These cheese biscuits are made with cheddar cheese, butter, all purpose flour and spices.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 45 mins

Servings 25 cheese biscuits


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This Cheese Biscuits post from the archives (January 2012) has been republished and updated on 12 October 2021.

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