This easy drop biscuit recipe only requires 5 simple ingredients! In under 30 minutes you can have homemade drop biscuits on your table!

Easy drop biscuits in a cast iron skillet after being baked. One is being picked up to be eaten.

Drop Biscuit Overview

Drop biscuits are just like classic butter biscuits, except there is no rolling required. Just scoop out the dough onto a pan and bake! No mess, no fuss! 

These biscuits can be made with buttermilk or regular milk and come together so quickly with ingredients you likely already have on hand. In less than 30 minutes, you can have homemade drop biscuits for dinner! 

Drop biscuits in a cast iron skillet after being baked.

Drop Biscuits vs Traditional Biscuits

Drop biscuits are made with the same ingredients as traditional butter biscuits, just in different quantities. Traditional biscuits are usually fluffier and have a flakier texture, but there is a place for both in your repertoire!

I make drop biscuits by themselves as a side for dinner, or drop them over a casserole, or even a cobbler for dessert. You can eat them for breakfast with sausage gravy, to sop up your runny eggs, or simply with butter and jam. I can always find a use for them!

Ingredients in Drop Biscuits

  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour for these for the main structure of the biscuit. Remember when measuring flour to lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cups and level the cup off with a knife. If you have a kitchen scale, that is the most accurate way to measure flour. (Note: you can also make self-rising flour drop biscuits)
  • Baking Powder: Baking does most of the leavening in the biscuit. It gives the biscuit the rise and some fluffiness.
  • Salt: Salt is really what gives some flavor to these biscuits. It also helps with browning a bit.
  • Butter: Use cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces. You want the butter cold so that when it creates steam when it melts in the oven. This creates flakiness in the biscuits.
  • Milk: Milk is our moisture. It brings everything together and you want it cold so that it doesn’t start to bring down the temp of the butter. You can use regular milk, buttermilk, or non-dairy milk for these biscuits. 

That’s it! Now if you want a little bit of a sweeter biscuit you can add a few tabelspoons of sugar. You can also throw in some herbs or cheese or diced up jalapeno. the possibilities are endless! 

How to Make Drop Biscuits

Drop biscuits, like traditional biscuits, utilize require very cold butter and milk to keep their flakiness. It is also extremely important not to over-mix the dough so the biscuits don’t get tough. 

Step 1: Combine Dry Ingredients

Dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) in a bowl for drop biscuit dough.

Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. If you want to add any herbs or spices you would add those here. 

Step 2: Cut in the Butter

Add the pieces of cold fat into the dry ingredients and and use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter through. You can opt to pulse this in a food processor if you like, however be careful not to over process. 

Once the mixture is the texture of a coarse meal you are ready to move on to the next step. If you wanted to add in cheeses or other add-ins you would stir them in here before adding the milk. 

Step 3: Add the Milk

Drop biscuit dough in the bowl before being scooped

Now its time to add the milk and stir until we get a thick dough. Start with part of the milk and stir until incorporated. Add more milk until a very thick dough forms. 

Step 4: Scoop Dough

Use a large trigger scoop or a spoon to scoop large mounds of dough onto a baking sheet or into a greased cast iron skillet. You can make them as big or small as you like but I like really big biscuits. 

Step 5: Bake!

Baked drop biscuits in a skillet being brushed with melted butter.

Bake the biscuits until they are nice and golden brown. You can brush them with melted butter when they first come out of the oven if you like! A sprinkle of salt over the top would also be nice! 

Easy drop biscuits in a cast iron skillet after being baked
Yield: 8 Biscuits

Easy Drop Biscuits

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This easy drop biscuit recipe only requires 5 simple ingredients! In under 30 minutes you can have homemade drop biscuits on your table!


  • 240 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 14 grams (1 tablespoon) baking powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 113 grams (½ cup, 1 stick) unsalted butter, very cold and cut into small pieces
  • 170-240 grams (¾- 1 cup) milk or buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F/230°C
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour (240 grams/ 2 cups), baking powder (14 grams/ 1 tablespoon), and salt (1 ¼ teaspoons) together.
  3. Add the pieces of cold butter (113 grams/ ½ cup) and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or fork until the consistency of coarse meal. If you want to add any cheeses or other add-ins you can stir them in here before adding the milk.
  4. Add the smaller amount of the milk or buttermilk (170 grams/ ¾ cup) and stir just until combined. If the batter is very dry, add a little more milk until the consistency resembles a very thick batter. Do not over-mix. The batter will be quite lumpy.
  5. Drop large mounds (about ¼ cup each, I like to use a 2 ounce cookie scoop) onto either a parchment lined baking sheet or buttered cast iron skillet. The mounds can be touching on the sides.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with flaky salt if desired.


  • If you have self rising flour on hand you can substitute the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt with 2 cups of self-rising flour.
  • If you only have salted butter you can use that and leave out the additional salt in the recipe.

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