There’s nothing like fresh bread with dinner, but I don’t know anyone who has time to make a fresh yeast rolls every night. So for the nights when you’re short on time, these Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits have you covered. They’re the easiest of easy dinner side dish because there’s no kneading, shaping, or cutting. Just mix, drop, and bake!
Originally posted 5-30-12, updated 1-3-19.
What is a Drop Biscuit?
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.
Can I substitute the Heavy Cream?
Biscuits need a good amount of fat to stay tender and fluffy. Usually biscuits use butter, which needs to be worked into the dry flour mixture. This recipe uses heavy cream, which provides all the fat normal present in butter, without the need to spend time working that cold butter into the flour. It’s quick and easy! But if you try to substitute it with something lower fat, like whole milk, almond milk, or oat milk, you’ll end up with a dense and gummy biscuit.
What to Serve with Drop Biscuits
I like to serve these Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits with any type of soup, stew, or chili, but they’re also amazing with a little slather of butter and a drizzle of honey! That honey-pepper-rosemary combo is TO DIE FOR.
Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour ($0.21)
- 2 tsp baking powder ($0.08)
- 3/4 tsp salt ($0.03)
- 1 tsp dried rosemary ($0.10)
- 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper ($0.03)
- 1 tsp sugar ($0.02)
- 8 Tbsp cold butter (salted) ($0.88)
- 1 cup milk ($0.33)
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Roughly chop or crush the rosemary to prevent large, sharp pieces. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, rosemary, pepper, sugar) until well combined.
- Take the butter out of the refrigerator just prior to using it. Slice the butter into pieces, then add them to the dry ingredients. Work the butter into the flour mixture until no large pieces remain and it looks a little like damp sand. I use my hands for this, but you can also use a pastry cutter.
- Starting with 3/4 cup, add just enough milk to moisten the mixture into a thick, slightly sticky dough (see photos below). There should be no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl, but the dough should not be so wet that it appears glossy. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop 8 dollops of the biscuit dough onto the paper (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup each).
- Bake the biscuits in the fully preheated 400ºF oven for 18-22 minutes or until they are golden brown on the edges. Serve warm.
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How to Make Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits – Step By Step Photos
Begin preheating the oven to 400ºF. Chop or crush 1 tsp dried rosemary, so there aren’t any large sharp pieces in your biscuits.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp salt, the crushed rosemary, about 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper, and 1 tsp sugar. Stir until these ingredients are well combined.
Cut 8 Tbsp of cold butter into chunks, then add them to the flour mixture. work the butter into the flour mixture (either using your hands or a pastry cutter) until no large pieces remain and the mixture looks a little like damp sand.
Starting with just 3/4 cup, add just enough milk to the flour mixture to make a slightly sticky dough (should be between 3/4 and 1 cup total).
There should be no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl, but the dough should not be so wet that it looks glossy.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and drop dollops of the biscuit dough onto the baking sheet. Each dollop should be about 1/3 to 1/2 cup in volume.
Bake the Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits for 18-22 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the edges. Serve warm!