Horizontal closely cropped image of one whole cheddar garlic biscuit and one that has been cut in half and spread with butter, on tissue paper printed to look like newsprint.

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 biscuits 1x


Ready in just 30 minutes, our cheddar garlic biscuits are exactly what you need to round out your evening meal. They’re bursting with savory, cheesy flavor.



  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (or a 50:50 combination of white and whole-grain spelt)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups tightly packed grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse kosher salt, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, pepper, garlic powder, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt.
  3. Add the butter and, using a pastry cutter or two forks or knives, work it into the dough. The mixture should look like coarse sand.
  4. Add the cheese and stir to thoroughly incorporate it into the dough.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add to the dough and stir until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  6. Use two tablespoons, a small ice cream scoop, or a 1/4-cup measuring cup to scoop the dough in equally sized portions, and drop it in mounds one by one onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  7. Bake in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a biscuit comes out clean.

  • Category: Biscuits
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Baked Goods

Keywords: cheddar, garlic, biscuit