Double-Cheddar Holiday Biscuits

Easy biscuit recipes are rarely this ooey-gooey! Incorporate white and orange cheddar cheese into this easy biscuit recipe for beautiful color variation and plenty of sharp, tangy flavor.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
16 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 5 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 ounce shredded extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, room temperature (about 1 cup)

  • 4 ounce shredded sharp orange cheddar cheese, room temperature (about 1 cup)

  • 6 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

Homemade Baking Powder

  • ¼ cup cream of tartar

  • 2 tablespoon baking soda


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cayenne. Add shredded cheeses, then work in well with your fingers. Add the cold butter. Quickly rub butter into flour mixture with fingers until mixture resembles the texture of oatmeal with some large marble-size pieces.

  2. Stir in the heavy cream; add buttermilk and stir just until absorbed. Dough will be chunky and dry at this point. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board. Using your hand, press and kneed into a cohesive dough. (This will take a bit of pressure. Fear not, this is a sturdy, forgiving dough, not a fluffy light one.)

  3. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. With a fork dipped in flour, prick evenly spaced holes all over the dough. Stamp out 2 1/2-inch rounds, and place about 1/2 inch apart on lined baking sheet. Gather dough pieces, re-roll, cut out, and place on baking sheet. (At this stage the biscuits can be lightly covered and refrigerated for 1 hour before baking.)

  4. Bake biscuits for 16 to 18 minutes, until well browned, rotating pan if needed to ensure even browning. Cool slightly before serving. (To reheat biscuits, warm them at 350°F for 3 to 5 minutes.)

Homemade Baking Powder

  1. In a small bowl combine cream of tartar and baking soda. Sift together 3 times. Transfer to a clean, tight-sealing jar. Store at room temperature, away from sunlight, for up to 6 weeks.

    Double-Cheddar Holiday Biscuits
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Store baked biscuits at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze them up to 1 month. Remove biscuits from freezer and thaw at room temperature. Reheat for 3 to 5 minutes at 350°F.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
12g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 259mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Protein 5g
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 89mg 2%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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