Crusty Cheddar Garlic Pepper Biscuits my Way

Biscuits aren’t fancy but believe me, these biscuits are as about as flavorsome as you can imagine a biscuit would be ~ crispy on the outside and smooth on the inside.  

Over the years, I’ve tried many variations of this biscuit and never achieved a “great” crusty top layer until by accident recently.  Here’s how it went:

Normally, in recipes for cheese-garlic biscuits, the biscuits are baked and then brushed with the garlic butter when they come out of the oven.  But, one evening in a rush, I brushed them with the butter mixture when I realized they needed more baking time ~ they just weren’t the golden brown they should have been and I was afraid they may not be baked through on the inside.  

So back in the oven they went and when they came out and I bit into one, Voila!  I was shocked!  They were a beautiful golden brown, tender inside with a very crusty, cheesy, garlicky top!

We swore they were the best!  Make the batter, drop the biscuits and bake a while.  Pull them out of the oven; brush with a butter, garlic, pepper and parsley mixture.  Then return the biscuits to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or so.  They’re perfectly delicious and you won’t be able to stop at one!

Cheddar Garlic Pepper Biscuits

For biscuits:

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
3 tablespoons butter, cold
1¼ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk OR ½ cup sour cream whisked with ½ cup milk

For basting:

2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Dash salt


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Mix flour, baking powder, garlic powder and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
Cut in the shortening and cold butter into the flour mixture using a fork, pastry blender or your fingers until the dough resembles coarse crumbs.
Mix in cheese.
Stir in buttermilk until just moistened.  Do not overmix.
Drop dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about ¼ cup for each biscuit.  Or, use a kitchen tablespoon and heap it extra large.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Stir together melted butter, garlic powder, salt, pepper and parsley in a small bowl.  With a light hand, brush over warm biscuits.

Bake for another 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve immediately
Makes 12 biscuits

They are so crunchy delicious that they will become your “go-to” biscuits like they are mine!!!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and recipes. 


  1. Pam these biscuits look awesome and delicious, have a nice weekend! gloria

  2. Years ago I was quite adept at maing baking powder biscuits. I should summon up the courage to do it again. Maybe you've given me the inspiration.

  3. Looks and sounds good! Have a great weekend, Pam!

  4. Okay, I've read this posting about 4 times. I'm going to get some refrigerator biscuits and reproduce it. I will report back.

  5. You can tell it's a pretty good recipe when one salivates while reading it over, eh? YUM!

  6. I love biscuits and often wish I'd grown up back in the days when they were made every morning for breakfast - of course I'd weigh a ton. I really love garlic cheese bicuits and these sound delicious.

  7. I make cheddar garlic biscuits ALL the time; they're a huge hit around here -- but these definitely look better! I'll try this recipe next time; thanks so much.

  8. I have never had any lick with biscuits, but these are relly tempting; would love to succeed just once.

  9. Yum do you ship? I will take 2 dozen to go asap!! these sound like one everyone will go nuts for thanks !

  10. Cheese and garlic biscuits are divine! Add a seriously crunchy topping and I'm a happy Witch!

  11. I just love when I accidentally come upon something like this - thanks a million for letting us in on the secret!

  12. Those would have been GREAT with the chili we just ate. I like the idea of using the sour cream combo instead of buttermilk.

  13. You had me at the title. These sound so good.

  14. What a great looking biscut. They sound delicious!

  15. Who needs fancy when you have something as delicious as this in the oven? Can't go wrong with cheese and a buttery biscuit!

  16. Biscuits are on the brain! I love this savory recipe! I usually just brush mine with garlic and butter. I like the addition of the pepper and parsley.

  17. angicoock, thank you!

    Gloria, thanks and you have a great weekend also!

    Stephen, looking forward to hearing your results. Bet they'll be good!

    kitchen flavours, thanks and a good weekend to you!

    Corgidogmama, great to see you're back! Have a good weekend!

    Larry, I love biscuits too and what a treat they'd be for breakfast now!

    Sara, hope you try it with great results.

    BigAppleNosh, thank you!

    Rita, this is an easy recipe to try!

    Claudia, thanks! Wouldn't that be great if we could ship back and forth! :-)

    Andrea, I always like it when there's a happy witch around!

    Brownieville Girl, yes! You just never know when it will happen.

    Chris, thanks! I've found that sour cream is great in baking biscuits and corn bread. It holds together very well with next to no crumbling.

    Buttercup, great! Have a good weekend!

    Words Of Deliciousness, thanks! I can see why you think they're delicious. ;)

    Joanne, yes. Sometimes, simple and plain is a great thing!

    Linda, kind of funny! Thanks!

  18. Ohhhhh how I wish I could have carbs! These look AMAZING! =D

  19. They look great! Love the topping!

  20. ummm ummmm ummmm! They look fantastic.

  21. Pam, These biscuits look and sound sooooo good! What's not to love about this recipe?!! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


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