Baking Powder Cheddar Biscuits

Baking Powder Cheddar Biscuits

What better side dish to go with a cheesy frittata than cheesy biscuits? These cute little biscuits are so easy to throw together and taste just like your grandma used to make – light and flaky! The original recipe is from a Williams Sonoma handout I got at one of their technique classes and I was intrigued when I saw that the title was Classic Baking Powder Biscuits. I like classic recipes. I like to think that this is the way biscuits have been made for hundreds of years and I’m just following in my grandma’s footsteps by making these for dinner. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but it makes me feel good while I’m mixing them up.

Baking Powder Cheddar Biscuits

I made a slight recipe change by adding cheese to these. I thought it would add a little extra flavor and I was right! These were the perfect accompaniement to our frittata dinner the other night. And I promise, they’re almost as quick as bisquick! Just a few extra steps and you can have homemade biscuits on the table in no time.

As a side note, I mixed these up while the frittata was baking. When the frittata came out of the oven, I just let it rest on the counter while I turned up the oven and put these in. When it came time to eat, the biscuits were hot out of the oven and the frittata was still hot enough to eat on the counter.  Perfect!

Baking Powder Cheddar Biscuits

*Note: I made these again a couple days ago and they were not quite as well shaped. They were decidedly more rugged looking. I think I prefer them a little messy – makes them look more authentic.

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Baking Powder Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. fine sea salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1⁄4-inch dice
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2⁄3 cup milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450. Lightly butter a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, making sure the butter stays cold and handling the mixture as little as possible. Stir in the cheese and milk with a spoon just until all the liquid has been absorbed. (Overhandling will make the biscuits tough). With lightly floured hands, work the dough briefly until it barely holds together in a flaky ball.

Drop by heaping spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes (depending on the size of the biscuits). Serve warm with butter.

Makes 10-12 biscuits.

adapted, slightly, from Williams Sonoma

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24 Responses to “Baking Powder Cheddar Biscuits”

  1. 1

    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 7, 2011 @ 2:59 am

    Ahhh I love me some cheese! Yum!

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    thesavingmomparents — January 7, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    That is so true about classic recipes. My favorite cookbook is one I got from my grandma that was old recipes handed down through all her church ladies. Only problem is that some of them didn't put all the right measurements or left out an ingredient because they didn't want everyone else to cook their special dish. Love old those ladies :) Thanks for the recipe. ~Jessica

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    Jenn — January 7, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I love cheese in my biscuits!! YUM! These look delicious!! I do love classic recipes too..there is just something wonderful about them!

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    LifeasKristina — January 7, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    These look incredible-love your blog!

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    happywhennothungry — January 7, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    I just posted about biscuits too! I love how cheesy yours are. They look delicious!

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    Angela Pritchett — January 7, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    I would love these with one of your comforting soups too.

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    asideofsimple — January 7, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    Cheese and bread…it doesn't get much better, does it?

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — January 7, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Oh man, there's just nothing better than a delicious warm biscuit!

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    Cassandra — January 7, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    This looks great and so easy, I'll have to try these!

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    StephenC — January 7, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    Gosh, I used to make biscuits like this years ago; and I mean years (35 maybe). And yet I've been thinking about biscuits lately. Thanks for the prompt.

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    Maria — January 7, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    Homemade biscuits are the best! Love the cheese in these!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — January 8, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    These biscuits would pair with so many dishes and I'm thinking soup :) How delicious they look!

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    C&C Cakery — January 8, 2011 @ 1:44 am

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I'm one of those bakers who still shy away from yeast bread – I've got the hang of it, yes, but sometimes everything falls flat (literally). These biscuits look so light and fluffy! I'm really excited to try them next time we're in need of some cheesy yumminess.

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    Sandra — January 8, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    Delicious and beautiful biscuits! I love the photos!

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    Amy at TheSceneFromMe — January 8, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Yummy! They would go good with some soup too on this chilly day!

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    Torviewtoronto — January 9, 2011 @ 12:50 am

    delicious biscuits looks yummy

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    Elizabeth — January 9, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    I made these tonight and they are delicious. And easy! The texture is perfect. A friend of mine posted your recipe for Cookie Dough Truffles on Facebook before Christmas and I've been following you ever since. So many delicious things. Thanks for all your hard work!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 9, 2011 @ 5:32 am

    Elizabeth – I'm so glad you liked these! Thanks so much for your comment – definitely made my night! :)

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    kitchenarian — January 9, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    It is the perfect season for biscuits. Well, any season is good for biscuits in my opinion. These look delicious. You can never go wrong by adding cheese. Yum!

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    Kim — January 9, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    Tonight I am making your vegetable Frittata and biscuits. Thanks Megan.
    Kim

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    Kristen — January 9, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    All you have to say is “cheese” and I am all over the recipe. Add some kind of bread and I am your friend for life. Those biscuits sound wonderful.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — January 10, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    Hey lady! Just gave you the Stylish Blogger Award over on my site because I think you rock! Come by and check it out – hope you'll share 7 things with us all :)

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    fashionfitnessfoodie — January 11, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    These remind me of Red Lobster's biscuits!! I'm adding these to my “must make” list :)

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    cookingwhims — January 11, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    a) i love biscuits–these look fabulous
    b) we have the same name
    c) we both love cooking and baking
    d) :)

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