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The Super-Simple Biscuit Recipe I’ve Made Every Week This Month

updated Jan 23, 2020
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I always thought of biscuits as a complicated, weekend-only kind of buttery treat. That is, until I met the biscuit recipe that’s so easy, so versatile that you can really make it whenever. That’s not hyperbole: I’ve made these drop biscuits four times in less than a month. They have never not been amazing. They have always, always been exactly the right thing for the situation. Here’s why you should make this recipe immediately.

Why This Biscuit Recipe Is the Best Biscuit Recipe

This biscuit recipe has a lot going for it. For starters, it’s a one-bowl recipe. There’s no kneading or rolling or mussing or fussing to it. You start with the dry ingredients, cut in the butter, then add the milk. And that’s it. Seriously.

Then there’s the fact that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now: It’s just five ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and milk. Put those together and you have biscuits that can be ready in less than 30 minutes, from start to finish. In other words, these biscuits deliver instant gratification.

But, perhaps the most compelling thing about these biscuits is that they are… flexible. What I mean is that I have used slightly different ingredients every single time I’ve made them and they have always turned out well. For example, I’ve used white flour, wheat flour, and a mix of white and wheat flours. I’ve also used milk, sour milk, buttermilk, half and half, or some combination of all of the above. And I’ve used regular salt and flakey Maldon sea salt. Again: always good.

When You Should Make This Biscuit Recipe

Okay, spoiler: The answer is pretty much always. There’s really never a bad time to make these biscuits because they are easy and delicious and everybody loves biscuits. (Seriously, who doesn’t want biscuits?) But, here are four times I have made these biscuits and it turned out to be the best idea:

  • When your friend is having a hard time and needs comforting food
  • When you are having people over for dinner and dinner is soup
  • When your new beau stays over for the first time and you want to impress him
  • When you have nothing for dinner at all and are ravenously hungry

Get the recipe: Quick Drop Biscuits

At Kitchn, our editors develop and debut brand-new recipes on the site every single week. But at home, we also have our own tried-and-true dishes that we make over and over again — because quite simply? We love them. Kitchn Love Letters is a series that shares our favorite, over-and-over recipes.