Ready to learn how to make the best homemade cheddar biscuits you’ve ever tasted? Move over Red Lobster, YOU are now able to make your own cheddar biscuits recipe at home any time you want, and you don’t need to be a baker to pull it off! I’ll walk you through the step-by-step instructions below, and you’ll be savoring perfect cheddar biscuits in no time.
Do you love Red Lobster cheddar biscuits? If so, you’re going to love these homemade cheddar biscuits even more! Also known as Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits or just Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits, these buttery, flaky biscuits are the perfect addition to any dinner table (or let’s be honest, any time of the day as a snack). These are the perfect biscuits to add to any family meal in place of your classic dinner rolls recipe. Your family will appreciate the upgrade, trust me!
With just under 15 minutes bake time, you’ll have copycat Red Lobster biscuits, warm and ready to serve at home. Copycat recipes don’t always live up to the hype, but these surpass it! There is nothing like opening up that cheesy, buttery, warm biscuit, fresh out of the oven, and now you can have them any time you get the craving! Keep scrolling for the step by step instructions to making these cheese biscuits.
Why You’ll Love These Homemade Cheddar Biscuits
- Moist, flavorful biscuits.
- Perfect flaky biscuits to replace regular dinner rolls
- Simple ingredients.
- Ready in just 30 minutes!
- Easy recipe, even with zero baking experience.
What You’ll Need to Make Homemade Cheddar Biscuits
You only need simple pantry ingredients to make the perfect fluffy cheddar biscuit at home, and I am going to show you the easiest way below. Keep scrolling for the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card below.
- All purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Garlic powder
- Baking powder
- Butter: cold
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Herb Butter Glaze:
- Garlic: minced
- Parsley: minced
How to Make Cheddar Biscuits
Get ready to be obsessed with this Red Lobster Copycat recipe, and don’t say I didn’t warn you! This simple recipe is ready in just 30 minutes. Get the full recipe in the recipe card below.
Prep oven. Preheat oven to 400º.
Mix dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour sugar, salt, garlic powder, and baking powder.
Prep butter. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I usually like to slice the butter before adding to speed the process up.
Add cheese. Stir in cheese.
Add milk. Add buttermilk and stir until dough comes together.
Roll biscuit dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to about ½ inch thick.
Arrange on baking sheet. Cut into 2 ½ inch rounds and arrange on a prepared baking sheet with a little space between each for airflow.
Bake. Bake in center of the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes until biscuits are beginning to brown.
Prep glaze. While biscuits bake, melt 3 Tablespoons of butter with garlic and parsley.
Add glaze to biscuits. When biscuits are done, remove from oven and brush with herby butter.
Tips for the Best Cheddar Biscuits
- Fresh parsley is best. However, if you don’t have fresh parsley, you can replace it with 1 tablespoon of dried parsley.
- Use sharp cheddar. I like to use sharp cheddar, but mild will also work depending on your taste preference.
- Use cold butter. For a perfectly buttery biscuit, use cold butter.
- Use buttermilk. Buttermilk makes these biscuits perfectly moist and is recommended over whole milk. I cannot guarantee the same results if you don’t use buttermilk.
Substitutions & Variations
- Add Bacon. If you want to make these into a more savory biscuit, you could a small amount of bacon bits to the biscuit mix before rolling out the biscuits.
- Spice it up. Add red pepper flakes or a little garlic powder on top of your baked biscuit while it’s warm.
Cheddar biscuits are a popular type of biscuit that originated in the United States, particularly in the southern region. They are commonly associated with Southern cuisine and are often served as a side dish or appetizer in restaurants and homes.
The exact origin of cheddar biscuits is not well-documented, but they are believed to have evolved from traditional buttermilk biscuits. Buttermilk biscuits have been a staple in Southern cooking for centuries, with recipes dating back to the early American colonies. These biscuits were typically made with flour, leavening agents like baking powder or soda, salt, and buttermilk.
The addition of cheddar cheese to biscuits is thought to have emerged as a variation or adaptation of the classic buttermilk biscuit. Cheddar cheese was widely available in the United States, and its addition to the biscuit dough added a rich, savory flavor and a delightful cheesy texture.
Red Lobster, a popular seafood restaurant chain in the United States, played a significant role in popularizing cheddar biscuits. Their “Cheddar Bay Biscuits” became a signature item on their menu, starting in the 1990s. The delicious combination of cheddar cheese, garlic, and butter in their biscuits gained widespread recognition and contributed to the popularity of cheddar biscuits across the country.
Since then, cheddar biscuits have become a beloved part of American cuisine. Numerous variations of the recipe can be found, with different seasonings, herbs, and additional ingredients being incorporated. They are often served as a side dish with seafood, soups, stews, or enjoyed on their own as a flavorful snack.
If you have freshly baked cheddar biscuits, they can be left at room temperature for a few hours, usually up to 2 hours, depending on the temperature and humidity of your environment. After that, they should be stored properly to maintain their quality and safety.
Refrigeration helps to extend the shelf life of cheddar biscuits and maintain their freshness. When refrigerated, they can typically last for about 3 to 4 days. To refrigerate cheddar biscuits, place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out and absorbing odors from other foods in the refrigerator.
Cheddar Bay biscuits, popularized by Red Lobster, are widely loved for several reasons, which contribute to their deliciousness:
Cheesy Flavor: Cheddar Bay biscuits are packed with cheddar cheese, which gives them a rich and savory flavor. The sharpness and tanginess of the cheddar cheese add depth to the biscuit, making it incredibly tasty.
Buttery and Moist Texture: The biscuits are generously brushed with a garlic butter glaze, which adds a luxurious buttery flavor and keeps the biscuits moist. The buttery coating creates a slightly crispy exterior while maintaining a soft and fluffy interior, making them incredibly satisfying to bite into.
Garlic and Herb Infusion: Cheddar Bay biscuits are seasoned with garlic and herbs like parsley or dill, enhancing their flavor profile. The garlic adds a savory note and the herbs provide freshness and complexity, making the biscuits even more aromatic and appetizing.
Light and Fluffy Interior: The biscuits are typically made with a combination of flour, baking powder, and other leavening agents. The proper balance of ingredients and the baking process result in a light, airy, and tender texture inside the biscuit. This contrast between the crispy exterior and fluffy interior contributes to their overall enjoyment.
Versatile and Complementary: Cheddar Bay biscuits pair well with a variety of dishes. They are often served as a side with seafood, soups, stews, or even enjoyed on their own. The combination of the cheesy, buttery, and savory flavors of the biscuits complements a wide range of main courses, making them a versatile and satisfying addition to any meal.
These factors, along with the familiarity and popularity of Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits, have contributed to their widespread appeal and reputation as a delicious and comforting treat.
To keep Cheddar Bay biscuits warm, there are a few methods you can try:
Towel or Bread Basket: Wrap the freshly baked biscuits in a clean kitchen towel or place them in a bread basket lined with a cloth napkin. The towel or basket will help insulate the heat and keep the biscuits warm for a short period of time, usually up to 20-30 minutes.
Warming Drawer: If your oven has a warming drawer function, you can use it to keep the biscuits warm. Set the warming drawer to a low temperature, usually around 150°F (65°C), and place the biscuits inside. This method is ideal for maintaining warmth for a longer duration, but be careful not to leave them in for too long, as they can dry out.
Oven: Preheat your oven to a low temperature, around 200°F (93°C). Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and cover them loosely with aluminum foil. The foil will help retain moisture and prevent them from browning further. Put the biscuits in the oven and keep the door slightly ajar to allow any excess moisture to escape. Check them periodically to ensure they don’t overcook or dry out.
Electric Food Warmer: If you have an electric food warmer or a warming tray, you can place the biscuits on the tray and set the temperature according to the manufacturer’s instructions. These appliances are designed to keep food warm and can be a convenient option for maintaining the ideal serving temperature.
Remember, it’s important not to keep the biscuits warm for too long, as they can eventually dry out or lose their optimal texture. It’s best to serve them shortly after baking for the best taste and quality.
Storing and Freezing Homemade Cheddar Biscuits
To store cheddar biscuits, it is recommended to place them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. This helps to prevent them from drying out and keeps them from absorbing odors from other foods. If you live in a particularly humid area, you can also include a piece of bread or a small slice of apple in the container to help retain moisture.
For longer-term storage, it is best to refrigerate or freeze cheddar biscuits. When refrigerated, they can last for about 3 to 4 days. To refrigerate, place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Before consuming, you can warm them up in an oven or microwave to restore their freshness.
If you want to store cheddar biscuits for an extended period, freezing is the best option. Properly wrapped or sealed, they can be frozen for up to 2 to 3 months. To freeze, wrap each biscuit individually in plastic wrap or place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow them to thaw at room temperature or reheat them in an oven.
Remember to always use your best judgment and inspect the biscuits for any signs of spoilage, such as mold growth, unusual odor, or changes in texture, before consuming them.
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Homemade Cheddar Biscuits
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoons baking powder
- ½ cup cold butter
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup buttermilk
Herb butter glaze:
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tablespoons parsley minced
- Preheat oven to 400º.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour sugar, salt, garlic powder, and baking powder.
- Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I usually like to slice the butter before adding to speed the process
- Stir in cheese.
- Add buttermilk and stir until dough comes together.
- Turn onto a floured surface, and roll to about ½ inch thick.
- Cut into 2 ½ inch rounds and arrange on a baking sheet with a little space between each for airflow.
- Bake in center of oven for 12-14 minutes until biscuits are beginning to brown.
- While biscuits bake, melt 3 Tablespoons of butter with garlic and parsley.
- When biscuits are done, remove from oven and brush with herby butter.
- You can replace fresh parsley with 1 Tablespoons of dried parsley
- I like to use sharp cheddar, but mild will also work depending on your taste preference.
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