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Drop Biscuits

These drop biscuits are light, fluffy, and super buttery. They only take 20 minutes to make, so they’re perfect with any weeknight meal! 

A wooden tray full of biscuits, with a bowl of butter in the background


Biscuits are one of my favorite side dishes. They’re a great way to make any dinner better. And this easy biscuit recipe is one of my favorites. The texture is tender, moist, and airy, and the flavor is rich, creamy, and buttery. You can eat them plain or with butter, or use them to soak up the sauce from your entree. 

These biscuits are also great for a weekday meal because they’re so easy to make. They barely take any time or effort, and you can throw them together while the rest of your dinner finishes cooking. Trust me: you’ll love these biscuits! 

Why You’ll Love These Buttery Drop Biscuits

Here are a few reasons why you need to try these soft, moist biscuits. 

  • Buttery flavor. Everybody loves butter, and these biscuits have a strong butter flavor. The secret is that the biscuits have butter in the dough and brushed on top of them after they come out of the oven. 
  • So easy. This is one of the easiest recipes I know. It only has 6 ingredients, and they’re all general ingredients that you probably already have on hand. The biscuits only take 20 minutes from start to finish and they’re in the oven for most of that time. They’re a great weekday recipe because of how easy they are to make. 
  • Go with everything. These drop biscuits go with pretty much any kind of food. Whatever you’re making for dinner, chances are these buttery biscuits will make it even better. 

Ingredients Needed

Here’s a list of the ingredients that you’ll need to make these quick, fluffy biscuits. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the article to see the exact amounts for each ingredient.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Milk – You can also use buttermilk if you prefer.
  • Butter – Make sure to use unsalted butter.
A plate with a biscuit on it broken in half, with a tray of biscuits in the background.

How to Make Drop Biscuits

Here’s how to make perfect drop biscuits in just 20 minutes.

  • Prep. Preheat your oven to 450F and lightly grease a baking sheet. 
  • Mix the dry ingredients. Add the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder to a bowl, and whisk together.
  • Add the wet ingredients. Pour in the milk and the melted butter, and stir until the dough has just combined. 
  • Make dough balls. Use a pair of spoons to scoop balls of dough onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake. Put the drop biscuits in the oven and bake until just golden brown. This should take about 10-12 minutes.
  • Brush. Remove the biscuits from the oven, and brush them with melted butter. 

Tips and Variations

Here are some tricks and variations for making these quick and easy biscuits.

  • Barely combine the dough. It’s very important to not overbeat the biscuit batter. When adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix until they’re just combined, and then stop immediately. 
  • Don’t crowd. Make sure to leave about 2 inches in between each dough ball on the baking sheet. That gives your drop biscuits room to expand in the oven. It also ensures that the hot air can get around them and bake them evenly. 
  • Customize the flavors. These biscuits have a perfect creamy, buttery flavor. But you can add some additional flavors if you want. You can add ingredients like cheese and bacon to the biscuit dough, or sprinkle seasonings like cracked pepper and herbs on top of the biscuits. 
A wooden serving tray full of biscuits.

Serving Suggestions 

You can serve these easy biscuits with pretty much any dinner. Here are a few of my favorite entrees to serve alongside these buttery biscuits.

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Biscuits

These fluffy biscuits can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, or in the fridge for 1 week. Reheat in a toaster oven on medium, or in a 350F oven for 5 minutes.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen? 

Definitely! This is a great recipe to freeze. Double bag these drop biscuits in airtight plastic bags and place them in the freezer for up to 4 months. Thaw or defrost before reheating, or reheat straight from the freezer in a 350F oven for 10 minutes. 

More Homemade Bread to Make 

I’m a huge bread fan. If you are too, then you’ve got to try some of my other favorite bread recipes.

Yield: 12

Drop Biscuits

Easy Biscuit Recipe - these are the perfect homemade biscuits. Light, fluffy, tender, buttery, and delicious. Make in minutes any night of the week. 

These easy drop biscuits are light, fluffy, and super buttery. They only have a handful of ingredients, and take just 20 minutes to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbls baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk (buttermilk works too)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 2 Tbls butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease or spray a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix in the butter and milk until just barely combined. 
  3. Using 2 spoons, scoop and drop balls of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Leave about 2 inches between each biscuit. 
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden brown. 
  5. Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted butter. 


  • Store in an airtight bag at room temperature for 2 days, in the fridge for 1 week, or in the freezer for 4 months (double bag if freezing).
  • Reheat in a toaster oven on medium, or in a 350F oven for 5 minutes (10 minutes if frozen).
  • Adapted from Allrecipes

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 27mgSodium 176mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Good afternoon,

I tried the recipe so easy and they came out so gooood! I will be using this recipe quite frequently! Delicious!

Thank you, Donna

Sean Sullivan

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Great recipe with detailed instructions that even I could follow! My daughter really enjoyed these.

Kimberly Michels

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

My husband and son loved them.


Friday 28th of May 2021

Instead of the shortening,I use butter.Keep it frozen and then grate right into dry ingredients.Blend gently with your fingers.Saves so much time and work.Easy recipe,tender biscults that raise nice and taste good.

Erin S

Friday 28th of May 2021

There is no shortening called for in this recipe.


Monday 24th of May 2021

Yummy! I added 2tbls of extra fine sugar instead of 1 but these are delicious.

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