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Biscuits with Black Pepper and Cheddar Cheese (or without!)

Yields16 ServingsPrep Time1 hr 30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time2 hrs

The Arkansas kid in me still loves biscuits. I have tried a variety of recipes, but now I have the one I'm sticking with.  Yes, it has an obscene amount of butter in it. But maybe you just shouldn't worry about it for this one thing? I adapted it from Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table cookbook, and I just love it. The black pepper and cheddar cheese make them savory additions to breakfast, brunch, or dinner. You can make the dough ahead and cut the biscuits up to 3 days ahead, then pop them in the oven when you absolutely need to have them. I think you'll love them!

 4 cups All Purpose Flour
 4 tbsp Baking Powder
 1 tsp Baking Soda
 1.50 tsp Kosher Salt (or 1 tsp regular salt)
 2.50 Sticks Cold Salted Butter, each stick sliced into 8 pieces then quartered
 2 Eggs, beaten
 1.50 cups Buttermilk
 1.50 cups Cheddar Cheese (or mix of Cheddar and Parmesan)
 2 tbsp Black Pepper, Course Ground

Mix together all dry ingredients.


Add cold butter pieces.


Using a pastry blender (or a couple of forks if you don't have that), blend the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is in pea-sized pieces.


Add in shredded cheese and black pepper and stir in.


Add beaten eggs and stir in.


Add buttermilk and stir in, then mix with hands. It should be sticky, but not wet. Add flour or buttermilk to dry out or moisten. Refrigerate from 1 to 24 hours.


Spread some flour on a clean surface. Take dough out of the fridge and flatten with hands until you have a circle/square/rectangle/odd shape that is a little more than 1/2 inch thick.


Cut with biscuit cutter/glass/measuring cup/knife.


Cook at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until tops are golden brown.


Take out and serve immediately! We you see how much butter goes into these, you know you don't need to addd butter. But just a little bit won't hurt, will it?

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Biscuit

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 272Calories from Fat 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16.8g26%

Saturated Fat 10.4g52%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 425mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 24.4g9%

Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 1.2g
Protein 6.7g14%

Calcium 19%
Iron 11%
Vitamin D 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.