Cheddar Biscuits with Chive Butter


Chives are the first herb to come up in the spring, and their delicate flavor pairs well with these biscuits. A little bit of Parmesan cheese makes the flavor of Cheddar cheese really pop; try it next time you make mac and cheese!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
12 servings


Chive Butter:

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cheddar Biscuits:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons cold butter

  • 1 ¼ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Beat softened butter, chives, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl until well-combined and smooth.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  3. Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Cut cold butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles oatmeal. Add Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese; toss to coat. Stir buttermilk into flour mixture until dough is just-moistened.

  4. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and gently knead until dough comes together, about 6 to 8 times. Roll dough into a 9-inch square (1/2 inch thick) with a floured rolling pin. Cut dough lengthwise into 4 strips and crosswise into 6 strips. Place biscuits on a baking sheet and brush tops with beaten egg.

  5. Bake biscuits in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool until warm, at least 15 minutes. Serve with chive butter.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute hot sauce for the cayenne pepper, if desired.

Chive butter can be made 2 days ahead and kept chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before using.

Biscuit dry mixture (with butter and cheeses, but not buttermilk) can be made 2 days ahead and kept chilled, covered

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
15g Fat
18g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 67mg 1%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.