Biscuit Recipes You Need To Try At Least Once

There are good meals, and there are great meals. One way to elevate your weekday food situation to the latter is by serving up a heaping basket of biscuits alongside your meal (or for your meal, if we're talking breakfast). Let's be honest: You can smell them now, can't you? Nothing quite compares to the aroma of freshly baked biscuits wafting from the kitchen. It almost doesn't matter what else is on the table — you already know you can't wait to dig into the biscuits.

The only downside to that batch of buttery biscuits is the effort that goes into preparing them. There's the mixing, the rolling, using the cookie cutter, and hoping the whole concoction will turn out just right. Making biscuits from scratch can be kind of intimidating, and it might seem like a lot of work that you just don't have the time for.

We're here to help. We've perfected some biscuit recipes that you're going to want to keep on standby. Whatever you're making — whether it's a full breakfast spread or a hearty chili — these biscuits are going to take your meal to the next level.

Copycat Cracker Barrel biscuits

One of the best things about Cracker Barrel is their warm biscuits, and if you go there just for that delicious hot apple side and some biscuits, we're not going to judge. We're right there with you, so that's why we've perfected our own copycat Cracker Barrel biscuits, and they're easier to prepare than you might expect. There's hardly any kneading and no need for a mixer. Plus, it takes just a handful of ingredients, including Bisquick, and about 20 minutes to bake up a batch of biscuits just like the ones you'd get at your local Cracker Barrel. Have apple butter at the ready.

Buttermilk biscuits

There's just something about buttermilk biscuits. Sure, they're great served alongside a meal, but what about those times you're just feeling like enjoying an indulgent snack? Heat one up in the microwave for a few seconds, add some butter, honey, or jam, and you've got complete perfection.

If that sounds like you, then check out our super simple buttermilk biscuit recipe. You'll need just about a half hour — including 15 minutes of bake time — to make these delicious biscuits, and we also share some tips to help ensure you're getting the amount of rise you're looking for.

British scones

Don't let the name of this recipe for British scones fool you. According to Kate Shungu, chef and writer behind the food blog Gift of Hospitality, who developed this delicious recipe, "British scones aren't traditionally very sweet, since jam gets spread on top. They're more like a Southern biscuit than many American scones."

This recipe is all the comfort you'd expect in a warm breakfast treat. It's quick to make, and when it comes time to choosing toppings, it's even better when paired with some fresh jam and a dollop of clotted cream.

5-ingredient garlic cheddar biscuits

If there are three magic words that everyone wants to hear in response to the question, "What's for dinner?" it's likely "garlic," "cheddar," and "biscuits." Fortunately, with our 5-ingredient garlic cheddar biscuits recipe on hand, you can make this a reality any day of the week. There's not even any rolling involved, just a quick portioning out of the dough and some time in the oven. That's it! Keep this recipe handy, because once you make it, it's going to be requested again and again.

Biscuits and gravy

Most days, it seems like there aren't enough hours to get everything done, and that can make breakfast tough. Sometimes, you just need to treat yourself, and our biscuits and gravy recipe is the perfect way to do it.

This recipe isn't as complicated as you may think. Start with the biscuits, and while they're in the oven, we'll tell you how to whip up a delicious sausage gravy to go alongside it. If you're going to treat the family with this one on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you won't have to get up hours ahead of everyone else. Simply set aside enough time to have your morning coffee, and you can cook at the same time.

3-ingredient biscuits

What if we told you that you could make some delicious biscuits with just three ingredients and 20 minutes of your time? Sounds too good to be true? It's not, so long as you have our aptly-named 3-ingredient biscuits recipe on hand.

There are a few tricks to this one, but don't worry — it's still pretty simple. Keep your ingredients super cold while you're working with them, don't spend too much time mixing, and really, that's all. This is actually one of those recipes where spending too much time on it might ruin your final product.

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits

When we mention Red Lobster, what do you think of? It's their cheddar bay biscuits, isn't it? Even before the lobster, you're thinking of those buttery-on-the-outside, crumbly-on-the-inside, warm biscuits. Fill up on those before the actual meal, and, well, that's not going to be the first time someone's done that.

Fortunately, with help from our copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits, you can make a version of these amazing biscuits right at home — no dressing up and going out required. And don't worry — they're actually surprisingly simple to prepare.