These happened this weekend. Cheddar biscuits. mmmmmm.

Cheddar Biscuits |

Light, fluffy southern buttermilk biscuits filled with freshly grated cheddar cheese in every single bite. Mercy!

My husband invited our friend Walt over for breakfast Saturday morning so they could catch up. Little Buddy and I already had plans to take Miss Annabelle to our vet, so it would be a perfect time for them to chat about airplanes and all the things they love to talk about for hours without either of us monopolizing the conversation they were trying to have. We both have a habit of doing that without really trying. Heh.

I also knew these cheddar biscuits would be quick to pull together to go along with the rest of their breakfast.


Cheddar Biscuits |

As I was patting out the biscuit dough for cutting, Walt arrive and we started talking about biscuits. From how to make them, eat them, favorites from our childhood, and everything in between.

You know, I can talk about just about anything, but when the conversation starts on biscuits or cornbread, then it really is a conversation I get into.

As we were talking, Walt told me of his aunt’s biscuits from his childhood. His aunt made her biscuits with lard, but one of her tricks really reminded me of how my Grandmother would make her biscuits. It was a trick I decided right then and there to bring back for good!

His aunt and my Grandmother both would melt the fat, his aunt’s lard and my Grandmother’s Crisco, in the pan in a hot oven, remove the pan from the oven and then put the biscuits into the hot greasy pan. The biscuits sizzle just a bit as the bottoms fry just a touch in the hot grease. Then, put the pan of biscuits into the hot oven and bake until light and fluffy and lightly browned on top.


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Then, when you pull the biscuits out of the oven, top them with a bit of melted butter allowing it to run down the sides just a bit.

Oh my, they were scrumptious and just like the biscuits my Grandmother made. It’s just hard to beat a good biscuit, isn’t it?

Here’s the recipe for my Cheddar Biscuits. Be sure to give that little trick of my Grandmother’s and Walt’s aunt a try soon. You won’t want a biscuit any other way after that, I promise.

Cheddar Biscuits Recipe

Cheddar biscuits make a great addition to any meal! Full of grated cheddar cheese and a crisp bottom, these cheddar biscuits are a family favorite!
4 from 3 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 12
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shortening + more for baking pan
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • For the topping:
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  • Cut shortening and very cold butter into dry ingredients of flour, salt and sugar.
  • Slowly pour milk into your dry ingredients. Mix lightly. Fold in grated cheddar cheese
  • Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently pat into a round disc about 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough with a sharp metal or glass cutter.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of shortening to your baking pan and place into oven to melt, about 2 or 3 minutes. Once melted, remove from oven and tilt pan to make sure the bottom of the baking pan is well-coated.
  • Carefully place each biscuit into the hot grease on the baking pan. You'll hear a bit of a sizzle as the bottom of the biscuit fries a bit in the hot grease. Place the baking pan into the oven and bake until the biscuits have risen and are lightly browned, about 10 - 12 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
  • Serve warm.


If you do not have self-rising flour, please see my recipe on how to make self-rising flour
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I hope these biscuits happen in your kitchen soon! Do let me know how you like them!

Robyn xoxo

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37 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. These look delicious! I have a couple quick questions about the shortening. First, are there a total of 5 tablespoons of shortening (3 for the dough and 2 for the pan)? Second, is it okay to substitute butter for the shortening, and if I did so, how would it affect the overall taste and texture? Thanks so much!

    1. The shortening lends for a lighter biscuit than butter. I’ve found that butter makes the biscuit a bit more dense, but if you prefer that over shortening, you’ll just get a different texture and flavor than if using shortening. You can definitely substitute butter for the shortening in the pan though. It would be delicious there!

      1. I love the flavor butter gives but I agree that using butter tends to make biscuits more dense. I would suggest either using half butter and half shortning or the butter flavored shorting ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I just made these, and they were amazing, light and flakey and tons of flavor. Definitely on my new biscuit recipes

      1. You are welcome, Making stew for dinner and my son just asked for the biscuits I made last time, I said oh crapola which ones were they. So as I save everything onto pinterest, I found them. I then asked if they had cheddar he said yup, and I knew these were them. I better print it so I have it for next time, tough getting old and forgetting what I baked last time, as I am always baking something.
        I know they must have been great as he never asks for something more than once, so cheddar biscuits with stew.

  3. Best biscuits ever! We live at a higher altitude so some recipes come out very tough,this one came out perfect thanks again! 5 Stars!!!

  4. Talk about melt in your mouth biscuits! I’m drooling! Thank you for the recipe! I love the name of your site. My grandmother is a true believer in adding a pinch of sugar to any and every recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Just finished baking and they are amazing, I used a combo KA flour pastry blend, and they are even better than last time

  6. Hello Robyn. I just finished making the cheddar biscuits. All I can say is uuummmm, uuuummmmm good. These are absolutely delicious. We love sharp cheddar in my family, so that is what I used. My sister brought over some home made chili and I decided to bake the cheddar biscuits as a surprise to go along with her chili. She loves the cheddar biscuits. She brought her three year old daughter and even the three year old loves the cheddar biscuits. Wow! Thanks so much again and God bless you and your family:)

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