Parmesan-Black Pepper Drop Biscuits

There is nothing better than having warm fresh buns, bread or biscuits at the dinner table. Due to the time involved, that is often saved for the weekend. We’re always looking for quick and easy dinners, including accompaniments. Enter the wonderful world of drop biscuits! By simply dropping the dough instead of rolling and cutting, these can be made in around 15 minutes ~ just the amount of time you need to sear your meat, set the table, make a salad, catch up on your blog reading…or whatever you need to do. The result is fresh warm biscuits in no time. How nice is that!

From the original recipe, I used Parmesan cheese instead of Asiago cheese, as I was trying to use up what I had on hand.  Either way is really good.  I added garlic powder, which definitely enhances the flavor in these biscuits.  I have tried using whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour and found the whole wheat pastry flour yielded subpar results.  Light butter or regular butter work fine, but I’m always happy to shave off some calories if the light version works in a recipe.
Parmesan-Black Pepper Drop Biscuits are versatile, quick and easy to make.  Great for a weeknight dinner, a last minute side or simply just because you’re craving warm biscuits.
Parmesan-Black Pepper Drop Biscuits
Yields: 8 biscuits
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons light butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese (or Asiago cheese)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in medium bowl.
  3. Into flour mixture, cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 knives) until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cheese and toss well to combine. Add buttermilk and fold until just moist.
  4. Drop dough into 8 equal mounds on lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until edges are browned.

Adapted from Cooking Light


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  1. These look tasty! I love that they can be made quickly and do not have to rise. I was looking for bread to go with my spaghetti tonight, but I think I’ll go with these instead!

  2. I don’t like biscuits too much, because they tend to be too dry for me, but I love your flavoring here! They look great 🙂

  3. Yes, we always are looking for something we can make in a very short time. These biscuits look great, perfect for dinner or breakfast…!!!

  4. Love how quick these are! And they sound completely fantastic too!

  5. These would be soo good with soup!!

  6. Drop biscuits are awesome and they are so quick how could you not want to whip them up for dinner. Yours sound amazing I would love the parmesan black pepper combo.

  7. These biscuits look delicious!

  8. I love the rustic look of drop biscuits and since my husband hoards black pepper, this recipe would be one that I am sure would please both of us. Love the parm cheese in there too!

  9. Garlic and black pepper! These are delicious. I MUST try these. 🙂

  10. LOVE the garlic and black pepper in these – delicious! I’d LOVE these with some soup!

  11. These look delicious, Alida! I love parmesan cheese 🙂

  12. Beautiful and they look homemade which I love the most! Love your recipe and photos too!!
    Wish you fantastic weekend!

  13. Oh, these look wonderful! I think I need to make some soup or something just so I can make these!

  14. The Hubs loves biscuits, and I love that these are from Cooking Light! Biscuits always remind me of Red Lobster 😉

  15. What a great flavor combination. I love anything with Parmesan cheese!

  16. I’m a huge fan of drop biscuits and can only imagine how your version must have smelled baking!

  17. i just love cheesy drop biscuits…i’m totally making these for tonight’s dinner!

  18. made these and they were delish! I did add a pinch of sugar – Just my family of 3 and all are GONE!