Cheddar, Herb, and Garlic Biscuits: the 5-minute meltdown.

Five minutes.

The amount of time it takes to, what? Eat a quick breakfast. Scan your inbox between meetings.

Run a mile, if you’re a pretty good marathoner.

Or, as I recently discovered, put together Cheddar, Herb, and Garlic Biscuits, from scratch.

Yup, 5 minutes – more or less. Keep reading, you’ll see what I mean.


Now, the clock isn’t starting until I’ve gathered my ingredients, OK?

Plus, I’d best get my oven going; it’ll take longer than 5 minutes to preheat to 425°F.

Here we have King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour, a nice, “soft” flour (8.5% protein, low gluten), perfect for biscuits. White Lily self-rising flour is 8%-9% protein, so we’re right in line with that iconic Southern flour – although White Lily is bleached, while King Arthur is never bleached.

Speaking of iconic: when a recipe calls for cheese, we always reach for the Cabot.

First, they’re fellow Vermonters; and we folks in this tiny state – 625,741 residents, but who’s counting? – like to stick together.

And second – well, what’s not to like? Here’s how our farmer friends up the road describe themselves: “Cabot Creamery is a 1,200+ farm family dairy cooperative with members in New England and upstate NY producing all natural, award-winning cheeses, including the ‘World’s Best Cheddar’, as well as a tasty variety of flavored cheddars.”

Seriously, Cabot’s Seriously Sharp is my all-time favorite cheddar.

So, flour and cheese are the two main ingredients in these tender biscuits; but we also like to add some Vermont cheese powder and garlic-herb blend, for enhanced flavor. And, of course, milk to hold everything together.

Ready… set…



The clock is ticking.

I chop 4 ounces of Cabot cheddar into smallish (1/2″ or less) cubes. And honestly, this is the single step that takes longest.


Next, I mix 1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) self-rising flour, and 2 tablespoons each of the cheese powder and garlic-herb blend. Using a scale really speeds the process.

biscuit1I whisk the dry ingredients; add the cheese; and toss to combine.

Stir in 2/3 cup cold milk.

No salt, no baking powder…? They’re already in the self-rising flour, which saves me a couple of steps.


I plop the dough onto my rolling mat (floured with all-purpose flour, not self-rising)…


…pat it into an 8″ x 4″ rectangle, and cut eight 2″ biscuits.

Lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Time elapsed?


Phew! Actually, I didn’t even particularly hurry; it wasn’t like Ethel and Lucy in the chocolate factory.

So, at 4:44, the prep time for this biscuit recipe checks in at under 5 minutes.

But here’s where the “more or less” comes in: though the recipe doesn’t call for it, I like to brush my biscuits with milk. It gives them a nice, golden crust.

Can I brush eight biscuits with milk in under 16 seconds? biscuit2

Not… quite.

The competitor in me is bummed, but hey – 5:01 to prepare biscuits from scratch is pretty darned good.

Into the oven they go.


Fifteen minutes later, I pull out hot, tender, garlic/herb biscuits, oozing melted cheddar.


Who can resist the crackly parts?


And inside: soft pools of cheese in an herb-flecked, tender biscuit.

Now, wouldn’t you rather make these biscuits than watch 5 minutes of “The Craziest Sports You’ve Never Heard Of!” on YouTube?

Please bake, rate, and review our recipe for Cheddar, Herb, and Garlic Biscuits.

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PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!


  1. YD

    Oh my…I must make these this weekend!
    Who doesn’t love Cabot’s Seriously Sharp? If they don’t, then they don’t know what they are talking about! Period.

  2. Margy

    My favorite Cabot cheese is the habanero chedder. My store doesn’t always have it so I snatch it up when they do. It would be great in this, served with chili.

  3. waikikirie

    Oh boy PJ…..I was going to start back at the gym and start watching what I eat this weekend….Dang….Can I freeze them before baking like other biscuits I’ve seen on this site??? That would help with portion control. I agree…Cabot is the BEST….and a little cheaper then other brands which is a plus!! My mouth is water at the gooey, cheesey “mess” on the pan. YUM. That would be my favorite part.

  4. Bethany Oliver

    Two of my favorite things… King Arthur Flour and Cabot Cheese. Seriously, if I have to buy products I prefer to buy them from companies with ethics and business practices like these two. I can’t wait to make these!

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Well we are happy that you enjoy both of our products and ethics! Please let us know how this recipe works for you. Jon@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Pizza seasoning could work or a combination of dried chives, onions, garlic, and parsley flakes. Jon@KAF

  5. anne r

    I don’t have self rising flour. What do I need to add to my regular KA flour? And the same with the herbs- what is in them.. I am very sensitive to herbs and need to add what I can use.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      You can make self rising flour by adding 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt per cup of flour. Also, feel free to use any combination of dried herbs that you like. Happy baking! Jon@KAF

  6. annemarie

    Add precooked crumbled crispy bacon to this and… oh my……

    Out west Cabot is unheard of… we use Tillamook cheddar

    1. MaraGratia

      Tillamook vs Cabot… That is what I was thinking. I would love to taste the two side by side and see how they compare!

      These look amazing.

    2. PJ Hamel, post author

      Personally, I just recently tried Tillamook, and I prefer Cabot Extra-Sharp or Cabot Hunter’s. I really like that EXTRA-sharp flavor; as well as the somewhat crumbly texture. Maybe the Tillamook I tried was a milder version? But it wasn’t nearly as flavorful, plus its texture was more “processed cheese” than crumbly aged cheddar. In the end, it’s all personal taste; I know they’re both very fine cheeses. PJH

    3. Sue Julian

      In California, we buy Cabot cheese at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and at Raleys, BelAir, and Nob Hill. In these last 3stores the cheese is distributed by Kraft in a green package. There’s no cheese better than white sharp cheddar!

    4. MaryJane Robbins

      My husband would beg to differ, he’s a fan of the extra sharp ;). I like their regular sharp myself. ~ MJ

  7. Ann Blessing

    I really enjoy the recipes and always read the comments so as to get all of the suggestions. These cheese biscuits are a must for breakfast.

  8. Betty

    I made these last week. PJ, you are right – these are SO easy, mix up quickly, came out beautifully and tasted great. I never really had used your self-rising flour before but will make these again very soon.

  9. YD

    I just have to come back and comment again. I made these on Saturday, was going to be biscuits with some kind of entree for dinner but we ended just eating the biscuits and didn’t even make dinner! They are so delicious!
    I didn’t have any of the ingredients on hand, so I made my own self-rising flour, herb-garlic mix, used extra cheddar cheese. I will need to get some of the cheddar cheese powder, I bet it will make the biscuits even cheddary(is that a word?). I am going to make another batch of these tonight and add bacon to it.

  10. "Jane"

    Having no self-rising flour, I tried substituting all-purpose flour, using another biscuit recipe on the KAF site which is made with all-purpose flour. I used the amount of milk called for in this recipe. They were not a success–too dry and dense. Another time I would add more milk to compensate for the additional dry flavoring ingredients.
    Also, I used Monterey Jack instead of cheddar. I found that the cheese did not melt properly, which probably also added to the dryness. Before I try them again I will make sure to have cheddar on hand.
    Any suggestions would be welcome–I really do want to try them again.

    1. PJ Hamel, post author

      Jane, if you use AP instead of self-rising flour, then you need to add more liquid, since AP flour is higher protein than self-rising. Biscuit dough should really be fairly sticky; use flour on your work surface to help you gently shape/cut the biscuits, but you don’t want to mix in too much extra flour. A softer dough will make moister, higher-rising biscuits. And yes, cheddar would probably melt better, which would give you the impression of moistness. Better luck next time, eh? 🙂 PJH

  11. Frank Comstock

    There’s another reason for using Cabot cheddar in biscuits or for any other reason. Cabot’s cheeses are lactose free. For those of us with lactose problems, Cabit and McAdam (made by Cabot, I think) are the only major brands of block cheddar cheese that are lactose free. Besides, Cabot makes great cheeses!

  12. Adele Keyes-RAines

    I feel sorry for the parts of the country that are unable to purchase Cabot Cheeses. But I am sure they have their own local ones to use. And fortunately, they do have King Arthur Flours to use.

    As a bride I made cheese biscuits with AP flour many years ago. For the shortening, I used bacon fat. My husband didn’t know there was heaven on earth until he ate the first and then proceeded to finish all of them off. I always have Cabot cheeses in my home. I do have some self-rising flour on hand and I will be making these biscuits tonight for my son. The SR flour makes the process on biscuits so much easier and quicker.

  13. Melanie Cramer

    I will definitely convert this recipe to a GF version….

    And – yes: If someone says there is too much cheese in this… then they shouldnt be served food in your home to begin with! LOL!!!

  14. Carol

    Oh these would be g-r-e-a-t with Cabot’s Horseradish cheese. We love that cheese – so……….can’t wait to try it. And maybe time to bake some beans to go with the biscuits.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      To substitute for each one cup of self rising flour, use 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt. Happy baking! Laurie@KAF

  15. sandy

    I made these for my grandsons. I did not add the herb blend, but used the Vermont Cheese Powder and the cheddar. I was surprised at how quickly they went together. They were so good and they were so beautiful. I made them to go with a chicken chowder dinner. It is starting to get chilly here in PA and this is a great combination for a cool night.


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