Soft, tall, buttery, and flaky buttermilk biscuits filled with cheddar cheese and bacon. These Bacon Cheddar Biscuits are perfect for breakfast or even dinner!
I promise you’re not seeing things! I’ve had a few requests for some savory recipes on the blog, so today we’re going a little savory with these homemade bacon cheddar biscuits.
I’ve had the idea for these bacon cheddar biscuits ever since I shared my homemade buttermilk biscuits recipe. Because what’s not to love about anything with bacon and cheddar?
If you’ve ever felt intimidated when it comes to making homemade biscuits, I promise they’re not too difficult. I’ve broken everything down that you need to know along with step-by-step pictures so you can create super tall, flaky, buttery homemade biscuits!
How To Make These Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
To make these biscuits, you’ll start by whisking together some all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. You may notice that there’s a tablespoon of baking powder in this recipe and I promise it’s not an error! In order to get a good rise in your biscuits, you need a hefty dose of baking powder and baking soda.
Once the dry ingredients are well combined, you’ll cut in some cold cubed butter with a pastry cutter. Why cold butter? The cold pieces of butter will melt in the oven and create little steam pockets, which means a taller and flakier biscuit. If you don’t have a pastry cutter then a fork will work, but I love mine and use it all the time and it’s definitely easier than using a fork. Here’s a pastry cutter that’s similar to the one that I use.
Once you’ve cut in the butter, mix in some shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. I like to buy the blocks of cheddar cheese and shred it for these biscuits. The pre-packaged shredded cheese has a coating on it that keeps the cheese from sticking together but it also doesn’t allow the cheese to melt as well. To make this recipe a bit easier, I also buy the pre-cooked bacon and just heat it in the microwave and let it cool completely before using it.
Once the cheese and bacon are mixed in, gently stir in some cold buttermilk. Remember the colder your butter, the better!
Then, flatten the dough into a large rectangle (I promise it’s not as flat as it looks, it’s about 1/2-inch thick) and fold it into thirds, similar to how you would fold a letter for an envelope. Then, pat it down again and repeat the process two more times.
Now, this step is optional but I really do recommend folding the dough a few times before you cut out the biscuits. Folding the biscuit dough helps to ensure a flakier biscuit!
Finally, use a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits and place them on a baking sheet. One other important thing when it comes to making these biscuits is to avoid twisting your cutter as you cut them out. Twisting the cutter can seal off the edges of the biscuit dough and prevent them from rising as much as they should. Just press your biscuit cutter straight down, then pull it back up.
If you prefer softer sides on your biscuits, then I suggest placing them side by side on the baking sheet. This will also help the biscuits to rise taller. I also like to brush the biscuits with a little extra buttermilk before popping them into the oven for a shinier, slightly crispy top.
Once the biscuits are fully baked, let them cool for a few minutes, then serve them with anything you prefer. These biscuits are perfect served with breakfast or you could even serve them up as a side for dinner.
But to be honest, they’re pretty delicious with just a little butter smeared on top too.
Baking Tips For Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
- If you’re preparing your bacon right before you make these biscuits, make sure to let it cool completely first. If the bacon is too warm, it can soften or even melt the butter in the dough before it goes into the oven.
- Prepare your dry ingredients first, then take your butter and buttermilk out of the refrigerator to ensure that they are cold.
- When cutting your biscuits out, don’t twist your cutter. This will seal off the edges of your dough and they won’t rise as high. Just cut the dough straight down and pull the cutter right back up. I like to flour the biscuit cutter to make sure the biscuit dough doesn’t stick too.
- Lay the biscuits on a baking sheet touching each other. This will help them rise taller and give them soft edges when you pull them apart.
- If you feel that the dough is a little too warm, place the baking sheet with the biscuits in your freezer for 5-10 minutes so that the butter is cold before they go into the oven.
Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
- 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons (85 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup (70 grams) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup (45 grams) crumbled bacon (about 8 slices)
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) cold buttermilk plus more for the tops of the biscuits
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt until well combined.
- Add the cubed cold butter and cut into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter (you may also use a food processor for this step) until you have small pea-sized pieces of butter. Then, whisk in the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.
- Pour the cold buttermilk into the mixture and gently work it together until the dough starts to come together.
- Scoop the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently work it together with your hands. Pat the dough into a rectangle and fold it into thirds. Turn the dough, gather any crumbs, and flatten the dough back into a rectangle. Repeat this process two more times.
- Pat the dough down into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle (make sure to measure!). Using a floured 2.5-inch biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits. Continue to gather any scrap pieces of dough, patting it back down to 1/2-inch thickness, and cutting it until you have 9-10 biscuits. I suggest trying to get as many as you can the first time, as you continue to work the dough the biscuits won't be quite as good.
- Arrange the biscuits on the baking sheet touching each other. Brush the top of each biscuit with a little bit of buttermilk.
- Bake at 450°F for about 16-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. If the biscuits begin to brown too much before they're finished baking, cover loosely with foil. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter if desired. Allow to cool for a few minutes, serve, and enjoy!
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