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The Best Cheesy Garlic Biscuits For Every Meal

These savory homemade cheesy drop biscuits are fitting for every meal of the day, baking up hot in a matter of minutes, and reminiscent of the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits we all know and LOVE!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best hangover food, biscuits, bisquick red lobster biscuits, cheddar bay biscuits, drop biscuits, ham and cheese sandwich, red lobster biscuits
Servings: 12 biscuits
Calories: 260kcal
Cost: $0.09 per biscuit

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  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons unsalted butter very cold, cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk very cold

for the garlic butter tops

  • 1/2 cup butter may be salted or unsalted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1/4 cup parsley fresh chopped or 1/8 cup dry


The Method

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

prepare the biscuit batter

  • In a food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt until well mixed. Alternatively, if you are not working with a food processor, sift flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt at least three times into a large bowl.
  • Add the cold butter cubes to the food processor. Pulse to cut in the butter. Mixture is ready when it resembles pea-sized crumbs or slightly finer. Alternatively and if not working with a food processor, cut in cold butter using the tines of a fork until mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs or slightly finer.
  • Remove the flour mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the cheese, garlic powder, dry ranch salad dressing mix, and the buttermilk just until moistened.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheet(s). OPTIONAL ** top with a few shreds each additional of cheddar. Bake for 14 to 17 minutes until nicely golden. Due to variations in ovens/oven temperatures, I recommend testing for doneness at 11 minutes by inserting a toothpick.

prepare the garlic butter

  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan along with garlic powder, dry ranch salad dressing mix, parsley (if using), and the black pepper. Whisk to mix and to dissolve the dry ranch.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush onto baked biscuit tops just before serving.


2 1/2 cups of any ready-made baking mix such as Bisquick may be substituted in this recipe; if you substitute Bisquick, omit the first five ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, Kosher salt, and unsalted butter cubes. Follow the instructions as specified and reduce baking time to 7 to 9 minutes and golden.


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.