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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

These quick and easy cheddar bay biscuits are made from scratch and can be on the table in under 30 minutes. They’re brushed with garlic herb butter, taste just like the iconic biscuits at Red Lobster, and are way better than the boxed mix. These tender, cheesy biscuits will disappear lickety-split!

A basket of cheddar biscuits like the ones at Red Lobster.

These cheesy, garlicky biscuits are quick and easy! To make these biscuits, you need a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, a sheet pan, a pair of loving hands, and simple ingredients. They’re quick enough for a weeknight meal but tasty enough to serve on any occasion! 

I love serving these on cold winter evenings. The whole batch never makes it to the table. There’s always a pair of eager hands ready to grab one of these cheddar bay biscuits as soon as I get the garlic butter brushed on!

These biscuits are better than a box and still super easy! 

Keep reading for a rundown of everything you’ll need to make cheddar biscuits. Plus, step-by-step to help you prepare them. Check out the recipe card for the exact quantities and instructions!


All purpose flour, baking powder, salt, butter, shredded cheddar cheese, milk, garlic, and herbs measured out to make cheddar bay drop biscuits.

All-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt form the base of this biscuit dough.

Cold butter cut into cubes and cut into the flour gives these biscuits a very light and tender crumb. The butter has to be very cold! Don’t let this step intimidate you. It’s easy to do and only takes a minute or 2.

Shredded cheddar cheese adds a cheesy, savory flavor. It also helps keep the biscuits tender and moist. You can shred your own or use pre-shredded cheese.

Use enough milk to make a wet dough. This allows you to make easy-drop biscuits instead of rolling them out. 

Garlic herb butter made with melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and dried parsley

How to Make Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Home

Preheat the oven to 425℉ and prepare a sheet pan by lightly greasing it or lining it with parchment paper. Then, gather your ingredients. Make sure to keep the butter cold until you’re ready to make the dough.

First, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Then, add the cubes of cold butter. Use your fingers or a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour.

Showing pea-sized clumps of butter cut into flour.

Stop cutting the flour and butter once you have a crumbly mixture with a few pea-sized clumps left.

Now add the shredded cheddar cheese and mix it in.

Pour the milk over the mixture and quickly mix it in. Stop stirring as soon as the dry flour has been mixed. Do not overmix! It will make the biscuits tough. No one wants a tough biscuit!!

Use a spoon to drop the biscuit dough onto a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet. It will make about a dozen biscuits with 1/4 cup mounds of dough.

Bake at 425℉ until golden.

Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter. Then stir in the garlic and onion powders, salt, and parsley.

Brushing fresh cheddar bay biscuits with garlic herb butter.

Brush the hot biscuits with the garlic and herb butter.

A fresh cheddar biscuit with melted garlic herb butter.

Serve warm. Warning, not all biscuits will make it to the table! They are irresistible! You’ll be smacking hands off these before you can load them into a basket!

How to Serve Cheddar Bay Biscuits

The best time to serve these garlicky, cheesy cheddar bay biscuits is ANYTIME! They are irresistible any time of day. Serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They make a delicious starter before dinner or a hot and savory snack. 

  • Serve them for breakfast with eggs and your favorite breakfast foods.
  • Enjoy them for lunch with a green salad or a bowl of soup. Try them with creamy vegetable soup or kale tahini salad!
  • Serve them in a basket as a starter course before supper.
  • Serve them as a side with your favorite combination of meat and vegetables.
  • Make them as a hot afternoon snack on a cold day.
  • Channel your inner Red Lobster and serve them with your favorite seafood dishes. 
The inside of a homemade tender cheddar biscuit.

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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

A fresh homemade cheddar biscuit just like the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

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These homemade cheddar biscuits taste like the cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster. These tender, cheesy drop biscuits are quick and easy!

  • Author: Mandi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 biscuits 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


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For the Cheddar Biscuits

  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup milk

For the Garlic Herb Topping

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley


Preheat the oven to 425℉. Lightly grease a sheet pan or line it with parchment paper.

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the cold butter into cubes and add to the flour mixture.
  3. Use your fingers or a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour. Mix it in until it forms pea-sized clumps.
  4. Add the cheddar and stir it in.
  5. Pour the milk over the mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix until barely combined. Do not overmix!
  6. Drop ¼ cup spoonfuls of the biscuit dough onto the prepared baking sheet. It will make about 12 biscuits.
  7. Bake at 425℉ for 14-16 minutes, until golden.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the topping. Mix the melted butter, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley in a small bowl.
  9. Brush the topping over the hot biscuits as soon as they come out of the oven.


Serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 1 biscuit
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 1.2 g
  • Sodium: 292.9 mg
  • Fat: 13.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.5 mg

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