Drop Biscuits Recipe So Easy

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This Drop Biscuits recipe that is always considered a treat at my house, met with the same zeal as a dessert even though it is just a bread.


Similar to Hoe Cake

A variation on my Mama’s hoe cake, she often mixed up the same batter and made drop biscuits instead. When I first served hoe cake to my in laws, hot from the oven with generous helpings of homemade apple butter, they declared it a hit. They loved the crispy outer layer and soft as clouds biscuit inside. But the next day when I made them drop biscuits with buttermilk and they assured me that the drop biscuits with apple butter were their new favorite.


Recipe Ingredients:

  • Self rising flour
  • Vegetable shortening (I like to use Coconut oil these days but use what you want)
  • Buttermilk (you can use regular milk if you like)
  • Some vegetable oil for the pan

Isn’t it amazing how all of the best Southern recipes have the fewest and most simple of ingredients?


Now take your ugliest baking sheet, one with a bit of a lip around the edges, and pour some vegetable oil on it.

You just need enough to coat the bottom.

Use Your Ugliest Baking Pan 🙂

You know that really ugly baking sheet you have that you make sure you don’t use when company comes? That is the one we want for this. Mine is so old and ugly I covered it in foil so you wouldn’t see! Bless it’s little heart, its a workhorse of a pan though! I normally do not cover my pan in foil so don’t feel that you have to.

Place that baking pan in your oven while it preheats to get the oil good and hot.


Measure your flour into a bowl.


Add your shortening.


Cut your shortening into the flour by repeatedly pressing down with a fork and stirring it up a bit as you do so.

Long Tined Fork Does Just Fine

I’ve mentioned before that you can buy a fancy pastry cutter for this but I find a long tined fork works just as well and I don’t have one more thing to keep up with. Simple is better here at Bountiful.


It’ll look like this when you are done.


Now pour in your buttermilk.

I used the very last bit of milk I had for these drop biscuits! Been so busy lately I haven’t had time to get groceries.


Stir it up until you have a batter that is just a little softer than regular biscuit batter.

It will be lumpy but that is perfectly fine so don’t go frettin’ over it.


Drop globs by large spoonful onto heated baking sheet.

The oil should be hot enough to sizzle a little bit when you add the batter.


How Do I Get The Tops Crunchy?

Tilt your pan a bit until some of the heated oil pools in the corner and spoon a bit of that oil over each biscuit.

This will get us nice and crunchy tops!

Here are our drop biscuits all ready to go.

These are pretty good sized ones and this recipe ended up making about eight of them.

If you make them a little smaller you could get a dozen.

Bake at 425 until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

Drop Biscuits with Buttermilk

Serve warm with butter, jelly, or homemade apple butter! YUM!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits
Calories: 191kcal


  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk any milk will do
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening I used coconut oil but use what you like


  • Preheat oven to 425. Pour a thin layer of oil to cover the bottom of a large baking pan and place in oven to heat.
  • Cut shortening into flour well. Pour buttermilk in and stir until wet – add a little more milk if needed.
  • Drop by large spoonfuls onto well heated pan and spoon a bit of hot oil over each one.
  • Bake for ten to fifteen minutes or until browned.


Calories: 191kcal
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Sausage Biscuit with Cheese Southern Style

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe Light and Buttery

Pimento Cheese Biscuits

Garlic Cream Biscuits with Bacon Gravy


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  1. Momma’s drop biscuits were made with bacon greas, plain water and flour and baking powder, she would just mix it up in the bowl, wetter than rolled, then she turned it out into whatever pan she had, baked it in a 450 F oven for w0 minutes, cut it up in chunks and you ate every crumb. I liked lots of crusty so she would thin out a section on the end for me, and the thick middle and other end were for her and my brother, nothing like them, with lots of butter, crunchy and delicious.

  2. I read this recipe and the subsequent comments with great interest. I am not from the South but I married a wonderful Kentucky girl (the city mouse meets and marries the country mouse) and it was her “Mama” who introduced me to some wonderful southern home cooking. My wife has died of ALS and her Mom is in an Alzheimer’s facility so, ironically/sadly, now that I’m a widower and have come to really enjoy cooking, I regret that I didn’t take the time to ask my mother-in-law how she made her dishes or ask for recipes (if she even had any). So it’s nice to find sites like this one that share these types of foods. I’m going to try this cat head biscuit recipe but using my cast iron skillet instead of a baking sheet as I only need to make 2-4 biscuits. I know “Mamaw” always used hers and I wish I had gotten that skillet after she moved out of the house. Decades of seasoning and family meals in that piece of iron.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  3. Christie… I love the stories about all of the mothers, spoken so lovingly to me about the families in your site! But, not all of us have such great memories of mom’s cooking!
    My mother could not cook, would not cook to save her life !!!!
    And she lived till I was old enough to appreciate her and her love for me!
    That being said… SHE could not COOK !
    Holidays at our house were filled with a bucket of chicken from Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant along with the all the dry rolls and the standard accompanying sides. We felt blessed,… manna from heaven dropped on us because … Mama could not , would not cook !
    So I learned at a very young age to read cook books and dream about what really good home cooking tasted like! All because mama could not cook…!!!
    Now a word in her favor… Mama could drive !!!
    She was the transportation for my 3 sisters and me to all kinds of events all over the eastern seaboard of the U. S.
    I learned to cook in scouting, met my wife in college and fell in love with my mother-in-law first!…( who could cook!)… before.. I really fell in love with her daughter.
    Toni and I grew to love one another, together across dining tables full of great southern home cooking.
    To this day, I dig through the volumes of cherished family recipes inherited from my in-laws, always remembering , with a loving heart, and my mom’s twinkling eyes…remembering… Mama can’t,… won’t, …don’t …cook!
    “No let’s see where this road goes… Mama would say!”


  4. No milk? I make fried bread with just self-rising flour and enough water to make it doughy! Drop into a hot skillet with a little oil; flip when crispy and drain on paper towels. My kids love it! Crisp on the outside, tender and moist on the inside. Mmmmm!

  5. Mama always served biscuits with honey, but I never did get to the point where I liked it. I just didn’t see the big whoop. Then one day at a flea market, I discovered a booth selling blueberry honey (not artificailly flavored) where the bees had pollinated on blueberry bushes. Who knew that I loved honey! – just not clover honey. It’s like liquid gold to me now and I put it on my biscuits just like Mama did.

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  6. I love the fact you bring back so many beautiful memories for so many of us. Most folks now days look at you all crazy eyed when you mention CAT HEAD biscuits (those folks are the crazy ones cause they sure don’t know what they’re missing) my momma always made good ol’ cat head biscuits to go with most meals unless cornbread was the bread. Thanks Christy for always bringing back the memories of so many peoples good ol’ country childhood which no matter how poor you thought you were, you were actually the wealthy folks around due to the endless love of family.

  7. My dad is 93, has dementia, but remembers his grandmother making him catheads for breakfast before he went to school. I’ll make him some tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe, Christy!

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