Buttermilk Drop Biscuits are one of my favorite things to make! Easy to make, delicious to eat!


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And I’ve never been one to turn down the opportunity to make biscuits.

Or eat them, it seems.

They’ll be perfect to whip up for Father’s Day weekend! Or anytime, really!


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For my Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, I simply combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and then scoop them out with a large ice cream scoop onto a sheet pan that has been liberally coated with shortening, butter, or lined with a Silpat baking sheet. The shortening or butter adds a crunchy bottom to the biscuits, so that is my preferred method, but you decide what way works best for you!


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Then, I pop them into a preheated oven and let them do their magic.

That’s it. No rolling, no floured countertops, no doughy hands.

Isn’t that the best thing ever? Delicious buttermilk biscuits without the mess?!

I used my largest scoop when making these drop biscuits, so they were huge-ish. You can use whatever size you prefer for your biscuits based on the number of biscuits you want to serve. With this large scoop, I made six biscuits. Normally, I reduce the size and have a good dozen or 13 biscuits.


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These buttermilk drop biscuits are perfect with all sorts of dishes or right by themselves with a bit of butter and a drizzle of honey.

Here’s my Buttermilk Drop Biscuits Recipe. Make ’em soon!

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits Recipe

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits make a delicious addition to any meal! Get this simple, delicious family-favorite recipe for buttermilk drop biscuits!
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon butter very cold
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 475º F. Prepare baking sheet pan with shortening, butter, or a nonstick cooking mat.
  • Add flour, salt and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Cut shortening and very cold butter into dry ingredients of flour, salt and sugar.
  • Slowly pour milks into your dry ingredients. Mix lightly.
  • Using a large scoop or spoon, scoop dough and place onto prepared baking sheet pan about 2-inches apart.
  • Place into hot oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and brush lightly with the melted butter. 
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21 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Namaste Robyn,
    I have been a follower of your cooking blog & find it interesting despite coming from staunch vegetarian stock for generations.
    In this recipe for buttermilk drop biscuits you mention butter as well as shortening.
    To my sensibility ‘shortening’ always meant fat that was solid at room temperature – & that meant butter.
    So as a vegetarian could you advise as to what type of shortening I should use with my ‘self-inherited’ food restrictions?(am indeed very happy & contented) to have inherited such a legacy from my forebears)
    Would be grateful for some o your cooking wisdom tips.

    Thanks & Dhanyavaad ,


    1. Thanks Robyn.

      What is Crisco?What is the source of this fat?

      There are many ingredients unavailable here in Europe / maybe they are sold under another name.

      Could one try out this recipe using only butter?

      Thanks to Shiloa too for her tip.

      After all cooking is ‘experimenting’ & one can always try with different ingredients.


  2. The instructions say:

    Slowly pour milks and water into your dry ingredients. Mix lightly.

    I did no see any ingredients for water. I made the biscuits w/o, but wonder about this. Please advise. Thanks. LH

  3. I tried this recipe I’ve only made biscuits once in my life I did everything according to the directions and my biscuits didn’t rise at all they looked like pancakes so I started all over again and would u know they turned out the same way I’ll be damn what did I do wrong I’m just so upset right now as far as I’m concerned I will not be recommending this recipe to anyone I’m very sorry

    1. Hi Theresa,
      I’m so sorry it didn’t work well for you! One thing to double check is that you used self-rising flour.

  4. My biscuits didn’t rise either. This was the first time I actually rolled the dough as I usually mix everything by hands and make a patty and place in a black greased iron skillet like my grannie used to do. I think the dough needed more crusco and buttermilk. I did use self rising flour but Martha White brand!

    1. Bobbie,
      These are drop biscuits and don’t require rolling. I just use an ice cream scoop and scoop up dough and drop on my pan.

  5. Tried thanks also no rise in dough.
    Ratio of milk to flour seems off? Can you check on the amounts of flour to milk? Same pancake like results as other commentor.

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