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Cheddar Chive Buttermilk Biscuits

Cheddar Chive Buttermilk Biscuits

These tasty cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits are so easy to make and are the perfect side dish for dinner tonight! Easy and delicious!

These cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits are super quick and easy to make, and they taste fantastic. Soft, buttery drop biscuits filled with cheddar cheese and chopped chives, they are the perfect side dish to have with dinner.

cheddar chive biscuits

Plus they only take about 10 minutes to whip up, and 12 minutes to bake. If you need a side for dinner tonight and don’t know what to make, these cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits will only take minutes to make.

And they don’t require you to roll out the dough and cut it into biscuits, simply stir the dough together and drop it onto a baking sheet. They’re so easy and delicious, you will want to make them again and again.

easy buttermilk biscuits with cheddar cheese and chives

Is it better to use milk or buttermilk in biscuits?

Buttermilk is better in biscuits than milk as it adds a nice tang to the flavour of the biscuits, and it also gives a better rise.

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use milk, but mix it with vinegar to make a better substitute for buttermilk. Use one tablespoon of vinegar (or lemon juice) and then add enough milk to make one cup of buttermilk.

If you can use real buttermilk, it is better in these biscuits then the substitute. But milk with vinegar will be a decent substitute in a pinch.

easy cheddar chive biscuits

What are the most important steps when making biscuits?

The most important things when making these biscuits is to handle the dough as little as possible, and use very cold buttermilk.

For these cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits, you don’t need to roll out the dough and cut the biscuits out, so handling the dough as little as possible is quite easy. Just make sure to stir only until the flour is hydrated. Don’t over mix the dough.

easy buttermilk biscuits with cheddar cheese and chives

Usually you will want to use very cold butter for biscuits, so that when they hit the oven the cold butter melts and forms flaky pockets in the biscuits. For these drop biscuits though, melted butter is used. So you want to make sure the buttermilk is very cold.

This ensures that when you stir the melted butter into the cold buttermilk, it solidifies into small clumps and then you get the same effect when the biscuits go into the oven, but with a quicker recipe procedure.

easy cheddar chive biscuits

How to make Cheddar Chive Buttermilk Biscuits:

  • Make sure your buttermilk is very cold so that the melted butter solidifies into small clumps when stirred into it. This is what gives the biscuits their soft, flaky texture when they bake.
  • I like to use an ice cream scoop, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, to portion out the biscuits and drop them onto the baking sheet.
  • These biscuits take 12-14 minutes to bake, but start with 12 as they bake fast in the high oven temperature and if you over bake them the bottoms will be quite crispy.
  • We prefer sharp cheddar cheese in these as it gives the most cheddar flavour, but you could use a different type of cheese if you prefer.

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cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits
Yield: 10 biscuits

Cheddar Chive Buttermilk Biscuits

cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits

These tasty cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits are so easy to make and are the perfect side dish for dinner tonight! Easy and delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.  
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  
  4. Stir in the cheddar cheese and chives.
  5. In another bowl, stir the melted butter into the buttermilk.  Continue stirring until the butter starts to form solid clumps in the buttermilk.  
  6. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. It will look too dry at first but keep stirring and it will come together.
  7. Spray an ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray and use it to scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet.  
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.  
  9. Brush the biscuits with another 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter and serve them warm.


If you don’t have any buttermilk, you can substitute one cup of milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.  

I like to use a 3 tablespoon sized ice cream scoop (or cookie scoop) to make these drop biscuits, but you can also use a 1/4 cup sized dry measuring cup.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 biscuit

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 581mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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