Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

Frozen butter is the trick to these light flakey buttery biscuits! To make cheese biscuits, add in 1-1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese to the flour mix before adding in the buttermilk. I separate into two balls, and refrigerate for 1 or more hours before cutting into biscuits, this give the gluten in the flour time to relax, and makes for a better biscuit. Although I have never tried this I'm quite sure the recipe may be cut in half, as there is quite a bit of dough to handle with the recipe, any leftover biscuits can be frozen. Don't forget frozen butter only, that's the trick to a light and airy biscuit!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  3. In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, grated cheddar cheese (if using) and baking soda; stir with a spoon to combine.
  4. Grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture; toss to combine.
  5. Make a hole in the center of the flour mixture.
  6. Add in the buttermilk all at once; stir just until moistened (do not overmix!).
  7. Divide the dough into two.
  8. Knead each dough piece gently, until dough holds together.
  9. Shape the dough into a semi-flat round ball. into a ball,.
  10. Wrap the balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about one or more hours, before cutting into biscuits.
  11. Flatten with hands on a lightly floured surface to about a 1-inch thickness (can be thicker if desired for a higher biscuit).
  12. Cut the dough with a biscuit cutter into round shapes.
  13. Place on cookie sheet.
  14. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  15. **NOTE** because of the butter content, these biscuits tend to spread out a bit while baking, not too worry though, they are still to die for LOL!
Most Helpful

Yes, the grating of frozen butter is a lot of work, and yes, they do spread out because of the butter (I actually put one of mine too close to the edge of the baking sheet and have a resultant mess to clean up, lol) but TRUST ME... they are SOOOO worth it. Flakey, tender, yummy! I'll gladly clean my oven for another batch of these :)

under12parsecs July 30, 2011

These make a great biscuit that would be a great addition to any meal. We loved them and will have them often!

Let's Cook Lisa! February 13, 2009

DELICIOUS!! If I can make these biscuits successfully, anyone can! I won't lie, grating frozen butter is NOT fun, but so worth it in the end (thanks for sharing this awesome technique). I followed the clearly written instructions exactly and added the optional cheese but I used the preshredded stuff and it just dissapeared and didn't lend much of a flavor so next time I will try with a better quality cheddar. Other than that, I found it easier to distribute the buttermilk if I mixed and kneaded it all and then divided the dough before resting it. Also, I used Chipfo's advice and cut these into squares. WILL make again, THANKS KITTENCAL!!

EM281 June 13, 2006