Garlic and Cheese Biscuits

When you don’t have time to bake a loaf of bread, or even run to the store to grab one from the bakery, these biscuits should hit the spot!  They are reminiscent of those from a national seafood chain, but can be made in the convenience of your own kitchen.

Garlic and Cheese Biscuits

I don’t exactly know where the original recipe came from, though I’m sure it came from some “copycat” recipe site back when I was in junior high.  I was mildly obsessed with the biscuits from that chain, and needed to figure out how to make them on my own… as the nearest restaurant was over an hour-and-a-half drive away.

Regardless, this recipe is quick and delicious.  It doubles wonderfully, and I’m sure it would also triple just as well.  However, 6 biscuits seems to be just right for our little family, so I stick to these measurements most of the time.

I often do not have baking mix on hand.  I have used this “baking mix substitute” so often, that I really don’t even think twice about it.  For one cup of baking mix, combine one cup of all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of shortening.  Mix that together really well so that the shortening is not in one big clump.  And you’re good!  You’ll never need to buy baking mix again!  Though I’ve never tried this substitute while making pancakes, so I can’t speak to its versatility…  I digress.

Mix together the baking mix (or substitute), cheese, and garlic.

Baking Mix + Garlic Powder


Add the milk.  Stir it with a wooden spoon.  It will come together, but it will be crumbly.


Knead it just a little.  Don’t overwork the dough, or the biscuits will not be tender… instead they will be tough and chewy.  Shape it into a little rectangle.  Cut it in half lengthwise, then in thirds.  Shape the six biscuits lightly into rounds, place on a baking sheet, and brush with some butter.  You may want to grease the sheet, just so the cheese doesn’t stick.  I haven’t ever had this problem, so I don’t.

Ready to Bake

Bake until puffy and golden.  Brush with more butter and enjoy!

Ready to Eat

For an extra garlic kick, add some garlic powder to the butter before brushing on the biscuits.

Garlic and Cheese Biscuits

Yield: 6 biscuits

1 cup baking mix (or baking mix substitute, as described above)
1/2 cup shredded (sharp) cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon (rounded) garlic powder
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Stir baking mix, cheese, and garlic together in a bowl. Add milk, and stir until dough forms. Knead one or two times. Shape into a small rectangle, and divide into six pieces. Lightly form into biscuits. Place on a baking sheet and brush with half of the melted butter. Bake at 475 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until light golden brown. Brush with remaining butter after baking. Serve immediately.

7 thoughts on “Garlic and Cheese Biscuits”

  1. I must admit–I’ve never used shortening. Do you use Crisco or its equivalent? If I don’t have shortening, can something else be a substitute?

    1. I usually use Crisco, because I have a hard time buying store-brand (never know what could be in it…). You could try substituting butter 1:1, but it will give you different results, both taste- and texture-wise.

      Another option is lard, but I really doubt that’s in most people’s kitchens!

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