Cheese Biscuits


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This cheese biscuit recipe yields golden brown biscuits with tender, flaky layers, and so much cheesy flavor. Made with three ingredients, I love how effortlessly they come together!

Looking for more homemade biscuits? Try my air fryer biscuits, coconut flour biscuits, or 2-ingredient biscuits.

cheddar drop biscuits.

Nothing, and I mean literally nothing, satisfies my savory cravings quite like freshly baked cheddar cheese biscuits. They were the highlight of my Red Lobster era (seriously!), and now, I can make them at home, and they’re even better. 

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. How to make cheese biscuits
  3. Recipe tips and variations
  4. Storage instructions
  5. More yeast-free bread recipes to try
  6. Cheese Biscuits (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • 3 ingredients. Yes, you read that right. Just self-rising flour, cheese, and milk are all that’s needed.
  • Cheesy goodness. This recipe is for all you cheese lovers out there. Use your favorite cheese and mix it up to change the flavor every time!
  • One bowl. So clean-up is done well before the biscuits are finished. 
  • Versatile. I like my biscuits plain with a little butter, but you can serve them alongside any main course or turn them into the ultimate biscuit egg sandwich!
cheese biscuits.

Ingredients needed

  • Self-rising flour. If you don’t have self-rising flour on hand, you can easily make your own with all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt (or just make my homemade self-rising flour recipe). Use gluten-free self-rising flour if needed. 
  • Cheese. I’m partial to the flavor of cheddar biscuits, but you can use extra sharp cheddar cheese, Edam, parmesan, or any salty shredded cheese you prefer. The only cheese I don’t recommend is mozzarella, which tends to burn. 
  • Milk. Needed to smooth out the dough. Any milk works. I used unsweetened almond milk, but any type of dairy or dairy-free milk will work. If you want an extra tangy taste, use buttermilk.

How to make cheese biscuits

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Prep. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F, grease a baking sheet, and line it with parchment paper.

Step 2- Combine ingredients. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and stir to combine. 

Step 3- Shape and bake. Using a ¼ cup scoop, pour the biscuit batter onto the baking sheet, forming a dome shape. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and fluffy. 

Step 4- Serve. Remove the biscuits from the oven and serve immediately or cool completely before storing.

red lobster cheddae biscuits.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Do not over-mix the dough, just mix enough until everything is combined.
  • Remember, these are DROP biscuits, so they aren’t supposed to look pretty or uniform in size and shape.
  • For ultra-cheesy biscuits, add two full cups of cheese. You only need one to mix the ingredients, but two takes them up a notch!
  • Make them larger. In my house, I LOVE using biscuits in place of rolls or burger buns. If you feel so inclined, use a ⅓ cup scoop to shape the biscuits. 
  • Brush them with garlic butter. I like to mix garlic powder and melted butter together, then brush it over the biscuits before baking. 
  • For vegan and/or dairy-free biscuits, use dairy-free shredded cheese.

Storage instructions

To store: Store biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. If you want to keep them fresher for longer, store them in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

To freeze: Place cooled biscuits in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months.

cheese biscuits recipe.

More yeast-free bread recipes to try

vegan cheese scones

Cheese Biscuits

5 from 493 votes
This cheese biscuit recipe yields golden brown biscuits with tender, flaky layers, and so much cheesy flavor. Made with three ingredients, I love how effortlessly they come together! Watch the video below to see how I make this in my kitchen!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 2 cups self-rising flour gluten-free, if needed
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese cheddar, tasty, or Gouda
  • 1 1/3 cups milk I used almond milk


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Lightly grease a baking tray and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and mix well.
  • Using a 1/4 cup or cookie scoop, pour biscuits onto the greased baking tray, forming a dome-like shape. Ensure you space them evenly as they rise and spread.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden on top and cooked through the center, but not overcooked- It should be fluffy.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy immediately or cool completely before storing in an air-tight container. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSodium: 95mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 15g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published April 2020, updated and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I really cannot believe I came across this recipe. I like biscuits a lot and cheese so much. So this is amazing combination. Crispy cheesy biscuits. Really amazing. Thanks for your creativity.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these this morning and they were very good. My Niece also approved. Will definitely make these again.

  3. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe. The bikkies are baking in the oven as we’re speaking. I used wholemeal spelt flour, baking powder and half original parmesan and half Swiss gruyere cheese. Absolutely delicious 😋 Very quick and easy to make 👍
    Thank you

    P.S.: It’s a bit more than just one bowl to clean, as I’m grating the cheese myself 😉

  4. 5 stars
    I haven’t made these delicious biscuits yet, but will as soon as I get the milk. You made all so easy to follow and I love that I can send this to my email as I don’t have a printer set up. I am tired of buying boxes of anything because of the ingredient list and all the preservatives listed too. Nothing tastes the same anymore. I hope to follow your baking and make much. I will enjoy visiting your site and I thank you for being there.

  5. 5 stars
    Do you think I could use a cheese sauce and mix it in vs cheese shreds? I prefer to make my own as I think it is healthier than the store bought vegan cheese.

    Also, what about leaving out the cheese and putting in spices like cinnamon etc to make these more of a treat?

    1. 5 stars
      I made these & topped then with the garlic butter prior to baking & THEY CAME OUT DELICIOUS! My family is hard to please but these were preferred over garlic bread. Ty for the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    I made these biscuits for our church retreat. We made 240 biscuits in an hour and everyone loved them! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this to go with some homemade spaghetti and they were amazing. I was a little nervous to see how they’d turn out but it was perfect. I did use two cups of medium cheddar cheese. I was wondering if I wanted to add garlic as well what would you suggest? Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    I made the recipe! It was great! I used gluten-free from H‑E‑B, that has flaxseed meal in it and the texture was really good. Light and fluffy. I also used nutritional yeast and put some species like garlic and oregano. That’s a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

  9. 5 stars
    Fabulous biscuits, great recipe and so easy to make! Another win from Arman. I’m on my second batch and they’re a WIN with the family. I’m using GF flour but you couldn’t tell they’re gluten free. Thank you!

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