Ham and Cheese Biscuits

$4.80 recipe / $0.80 each
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.54 from 13 votes
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Last weekend my mind drifted to my 5-Ingredient Freezer Biscuits, as it often does on lazy Sunday mornings, and that got me thinking about breakfast sandwiches. It was only a split second before I started to wonder what would happen if I baked a layer of ham and cheese inside my 5-Ingredient Freezer Biscuits. I tested those Ham and Cheese Biscuits idea today and let me just say, best. Idea. Ever.

But make no mistake, these breakfast biscuit sandwiches are super rich and indulgent, so save this recipe for a special occasion. While they are delicious, they are not something I could (or would suggest) eating every single day.

Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Six Ham and Cheese Biscuits on parchment, a hand tearing one in half.

Prep Ahead

Just like the original freezer biscuits, I’m sure you could assemble these, freeze them, and then bake one, two, or three as needed straight from the freezer. I haven’t tested any frozen Ham and Cheese Biscuits yet because I just went ahead and baked ’em all today, but just like with the original plain biscuits, they will probably need a few minutes more in the oven when baked from frozen.

I brushed a little butter on top of my Ham and Cheese Biscuits after baking, but I’ll be honest, I don’t think they needed them. The biscuits themselves are so fluffy and rich that the butter on top was almost too much, so I didn’t write that into the pricing. ;)

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Ham and Cheese Biscuits

4.54 from 13 votes
These Ham and Cheese Biscuits are a super indulgent, yet super easy treat for your weekend breakfast or to serve guests. 
These Ham and Cheese Biscuits are a super indulgent, yet super easy treat for your weekend breakfast or to serve guests. BudgetBytes.com
Servings 6
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 40 mins


  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour (plus a little for dusting) ($0.26)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.05)
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar ($0.02)
  • 4 tsp baking powder ($0.16)
  • 1 pint heavy cream* ($1.69)
  • 6 slices cheese ($1.03)
  • 12 slices deli ham ($1.59)


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Stir until they are very well combined.
  • Pour the heavy cream into the bowl and stir until all of the flour is moistened and a thick ball of dough forms.
  • Scrape the biscuit dough out of the bowl onto a well floured surface and press it down into a rough rectangle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a rectangle about 8x11 inches and about 1/2-inch thick. Cut the rectangle into 12 pieces.
  • Stack one slice of cheese and two slices of ham onto 6 of the biscuit squares, then top with the remaining 6 biscuit squares. Place the Ham and Cheese Biscuits onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and transfer to the preheated oven.
  • Bake the Ham and Cheese Biscuits for about 25 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown on top. Serve hot.

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*Only heavy cream (35-38% butterfat) can be used for this recipe. Whole milk or half and half will not produce the same results.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 551.25kcalCarbohydrates: 41.15gProtein: 18.35gFat: 33.37gSodium: 851.88mg
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Close up of a hand holding a Ham and Cheese Biscuit

Six Ham and Cheese Biscuits being brushed with melted butter

Step by Step Photos

Biscuit Dry Ingredients in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a large bowl combine 2.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 Tbsp sugar, and 4 tsp baking powder. Stir them together until they are very well combined.

Add Heavy Cream to Dry Ingredients

Pour one pint of heavy cream into the flour mixture.

Biscuit Dough Mixed

Stir until all the flour is moistened and a sticky shaggy dough forms.

Flattened Biscuit Dough in a rectangle

Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and press it down into a rough rectangle.

Biscuit dough cut into 12 squares

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a flatter rectangle, about 8×11 inches and about a half inch thick. Use your hands to shape the corners and make the rectangle more even. Cut the rectangle into 12 squares.

Top biscuits with ham and cheese slices

Stack two slices of ham and one slice of cheese on each of six of the squares, then top them with the remaining six squares. Place them on a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper.

front view of unbaked Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Here’s the side view so you can see how thick/thin the biscuits were rolled out. They puff up QUITE a bit, so you want them fairly thin.

Baked Ham and Cheese Biscuits on baking sheet

Bake the Ham and Cheese Biscuits in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until they are puffed up and golden brown on top. The total baking time will vary with how thick your biscuits are, so just keep an eye on them. I would start checking at about 15 minutes just to be safe and add 3-5 minutes as needed until they are nice and golden brown on top.

Close up of one Ham and Cheese Biscuit

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  1. Made these for my family and loved them!! Only complaint was that that can be a little heavy for breakfast. Perfect for brunch or morning tea though! Question… I’m thinking of making this for our youth group, about 30-35 people, do you think if I cooked them closer together they would still come out okay? I was thinking I’ll need to get at least 12 on a pan to cook them in the oven. Might have to cut them apart and the ham not as crispy, but I think they’d still be good! Right? Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    1. It will probably work! The only thing you have to be careful with when placing them closer together is that if they’re too close there won’t be enough airflow between them and you may get a little steam trapped, causing them to be a bit moist or gummy around the edges, rather than golden brown.

  2. Could you tell me please what the uk equivalent of “heavy cream “ is? We have single and double cream, Creme fraiche and soured cream. Thanks

    1. They’d probably freeze okay. Try freezing one first to make sure you like how they reheat before freezing the whole batch. :)

  3. Very good biscuits but I found them to be a bit thick. I’d roll them out thinner next time. Tops sliding off too, so I’d swap ham on top and cheese on bottom as another reviewer did. My husband doesn’t like tea biscuits and he said he likes these. Always a win. 

  4. I love how simple these are and easy enough to make in a big, family batch. I put the cheese on bottom then ham and didn’t have any problems with the tops slipping. They do feel like they’re missing something like a sauce, as their a bit dry and need a little extra flavor. When they came out, I peeled up the top biscuit and put honey and mustard on and that did it for me! I wonder though if you could bake it that way…?

    1. That sounds delicious and I think it wouldn’t hurt it at all to try it that way. Let us know!

  5. These were so good! My top biscuits kept sliding off, too, so next time I’ll try toothpicks like the other reviewer mentioned. Everyone in our family loved them.