If you haven’t heard, it’s soup season. ;) And what’s better to go with a warm and cozy bowl of soup than a warm and tender drop biscuit? Drop biscuits are incredibly easy and you can change up the flavors to go with your meal. This week I used my homemade ranch seasoning to make a really simple ranch-flavored drop biscuit. They’re a little tangy, a little herby, and absolutely delicious! I know you’re going to love them, so make sure to put these Ranch Drop Biscuits on your menu.
What Are Drop Biscuits?
Drop biscuits are a really simple type of quickbread with a free-form dough that is just dropped by the spoonful onto a baking sheet rather than being rolled and cut like a traditional biscuit. They have a wonderfully rustic shape that creates tons of nooks and crannies in the top, perfect for brushing with butter.
This particular drop biscuit recipe is even easier because we use heavy cream in place of butter, so there is no need to use a pastry cutter or to do the tedious work of cutting butter into the flour. You just stir, scoop, drop, and bake!
Can I Substitute the Heavy Cream?
Heavy cream is vital to this recipe because the high-fat content of the cream is what replaces the butter that is traditionally used in biscuits. The fat is what keeps the biscuit soft and tender. Without it, your biscuits will be dense and rubbery. Labels can vary from brand to brand, so just look for cream labeled heavy cream, whipping cream, or heavy whipping cream. Any of those types of cream will have an adequate amount of fat to make the biscuits work well.
Use Homemade or Store-Bought Ranch Seasoning
What Else Can I Add?
As mentioned above, you can add all sorts of delicious flavors to drop biscuits. If you want to add even more to these Ranch Drop Biscuits you could stir some fresh sliced green onions or shredded cheddar cheese to the dough (add with the dry ingredients).
Ranch Drop Biscuits
Homemade Ranch Seasoning*
- 2 Tbsp buttermilk powder ($0.15)
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley ($0.05)
- 1/4 tsp dried dill ($0.03)
- 1/4 tsp onion powder ($0.02)
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp lemon pepper ($0.02)
- 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
- 2.25 cups all-purpose flour ($0.35)
- 1 tsp salt ($0.05)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder ($0.06)
- 1 tsp sugar ($0.02)
- 1 pint heavy cream ($1.55)
- 2 Tbsp butter (for topping, optional) ($0.20)
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the ranch seasoning (buttermilk powder, parsley, dill, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, black pepper). Set one teaspoon of the ranch seasoning aside to mix with melted butter and brush over the finished biscuits.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and the remaining ranch seasoning (if you do not plan to brush melted butter over your baked biscuits, just us all of the ranch seasoning in the biscuit batter). Make sure the dry ingredients are evenly combined.
- Add the heavy cream to the dry ingredients and stir until a sticky batter forms. Make sure no dry flour is left on the bottom of the bowl.
- Spoon the batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet in about ¼ cup dollops. The batter does not need to be shaped or smoothed in any way. You should get about 12 biscuits.
- Bake the biscuits for about 18 minutes, or until they are puffed and golden brown on top.
- After baking, melt the butter in a small dish, then stir in the reserved ranch seasoning. Brush the ranch butter over the top of the biscuits just before serving.
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How to Make Ranch Drop Biscuits – Step by Step Photos
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. If you’re using homemade ranch seasoning, combine the ingredients for the seasoning in a bowl (2 Tbsp buttermilk powder, ½ tsp dried parsley, ¼ tsp dried dill, ¼ tsp onion powder, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp lemon pepper, ⅛ tsp black pepper). Whether using a homemade ranch seasoning or store-bought, set aside 1 tsp of the seasoning to combine with melted butter to be brushed over the biscuits after baking.
Combine 2.25 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp baking powder, and the remaining ranch seasoning in a bowl. Stir until very well combined. If you don’t plan to brush melted butter over the biscuits after baking, you can just add all of the ranch seasoning at this time.
Add one pint of heavy cream into the bowl of dry ingredients.
Stir the heavy cream into the dry ingredients until it forms a shaggy ball of dough. It might be very sticky and that’s okay.
Scoop and drop the dough into 12 portions onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (about ¼ cup each). If they’re a little uneven in shape or size, just pinch some off of one and press it onto another. The free-form shape makes them very forgiving! The more texture the better.
Bake the ranch drop biscuits in the preheated 400ºF for about 18 minutes, or until they’re puffed up and golden brown on the edges.
Melt 2 Tbsp butter and then stir in the reserved teaspoon of ranch seasoning.
Brush the ranch butter over the biscuits just before serving!
I garnished with a little chopped parsley for the photos, but it’s not needed for flavor. :)