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Soft and tender drop biscuits made with just 6 simple ingredients in less than 20 minutes. No rolling, cutting or yeast needed…it doesn’t get easier than this! 

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5 Ingredient Easy Drop Biscuits

This recipe is perfect if you’re in the mood for homemade biscuits but want an easier alternative. They taste equally as delicious as the original version, but don’t require any rolling or cutting. Similar to my easy Irish soda bread, just simply mix the dough, drop it onto a baking sheet and bake.

Several of you were asking me for a recipe that does not require yeast, so I wanted to get this one up for you in case you are out as well. These homemade drop biscuits are a great pantry recipe that uses every day ingredients you most likely already have on hand.

If you’re looking for a biscuit recipe that doesn’t require any rolling or cutting, this is it. They may not be as pretty, but they taste pretty dang good. I love having my oldest kids make them while I am prepping dinner. My whole family loves them.

These drop biscuits are super easy to make and perfect for when you want to make an additional side for dinner. They are so soft and tender. We love to spread homemade strawberry jam, cinnamon butter or simply butter with a little honey over top. These biscuits also work great for my biscuits and gravy recipe or a chicken pot pie with biscuits.

Baking drop biscuits on pan.

How to Make Drop Biscuits

MIX. Melt the butter in a small bowl, then pour in the milk and mix. Let sit for a minute, until the mixture looks a little clumpy. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Then add the buttermilk mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combined. Make sure NOT to over mix, or you’ll end up with dry biscuits.

DROP. Using a large cookie scoop (or 1/4 cup or a large spoon), drop the batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet about one inch apart. You should end up with 8 dough balls.

BAKE. Bake at 425°F until the tops are golden, about 11 to 13 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush melted butter over the biscuit tops.

Drop biscuits on pan.


  • Substitute the sugar with honey
  • Use whole buttermilk in place of milk for an extra tender biscuit
  • Mix in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and fresh herbs

Freezing and Reheating

Whenever I make these drop biscuits, I love to double the recipe and freeze half for later. Simply bake the biscuits according to directions and let cool completely. Then place in a freezer bag or container and store in the freezer. When ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer to thaw and microwave until warm, about 10 seconds.

Biscuit with butter and honey on white plate.

What to Serve with Biscuits

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Drop Biscuit Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Soft and tender drop biscuits made with just 6 simple ingredients in less than 20 minutes. No rolling, cutting or yeast needed…it doesn't get easier than this! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter , more for tops if desired
  • ½ cup milk , whole milk is preferred but also works great with 2%
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt ,regular or sea salt

For serving (optional): butter, honey, jam


    • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    • Melt the butter in a small bowl. Then add the milk and let it sit a minute. It should start to look a little clumpy.
    • In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Then add the buttermilk mixture and stir just until combined. DO NOT over mix or they will be dry. Then use a large cookie scoop, 1/4 cup or large spoon to drop the batter on the prepared baking sheet. Place 8 dough balls about an inch apart.
    • Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and brush melted butter over the top if desired.


    Note: You can also use buttermilk with this recipe if you prefer. I do love using it if I have on hand because it makes them extra tender but make sure to still add the butter. 
    Freezer instructions: These biscuits freeze great. Feel free to double the recipe and freeze half for later. Simply allow to cool and then place in a zip top bag or freezer container. When ready to eat, remove from the freezer to thaw and microwave for about 10 seconds, or until warm.


    Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: bread
    Cuisine: American

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