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The Best 3 Ingredient Homemade Drop Biscuits

Does your family love golden brown biscuits as much as mine? I’m going out on a limb here and assuming they do.

But who has time for homemade biscuits anyway? Let me let you in on a little secret…YOU DO!

And, these are the best 3 ingredient homemade drop biscuits.

An Easy Biscuit Recipe

Three ingredient biscuits with melting butter on top.

Yes, you can make the best 3 ingredient drop biscuits in a snap. You don’t need that premade stuff from the store either. That dough doesn’t taste homemade at all.

All you need are three ingredients. Yes, really! And I’m willing to bet you’ve got all three of them in your kitchen right at this moment.

These take no time at all to whip up and impress friends and family. Throw everything together and bake it up with some golden fried chicken or a hearty breakfast.

Once you see how easy it is to make tender biscuits, you’ll find any excuse to make them!

Spread some sweet muscadine jelly on your biscuits for a wonderful treat.

Fluffy Biscuits For The Perfect Side

Go ahead and pinch yourself because it really is hard to believe these three common ingredients can help you create the best drop biscuits on the planet.

While I love baking, sometimes there’s just not enough time. And for those moments, the answer is this great recipe for making them in a flash.

Even if you’re not a big baker, these easy biscuits will come out perfectly every time. You can serve them with some honey butter alongside dinner, or let everyone sop up gravy with them. 

Drop biscuits on a red and black plate. The biscuit is sliced in half and has a pat of butter melting on top.

Ingredients For The Easy Drop Biscuit Recipe

  • Self-rising flour
  • Frozen butter
  • Half and half

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

This recipe is super easy to make and tastes just like a regular biscuit. They’ll think you slaved over them, but they don’t need to know.

All you need is some self-rising flour, half and half, and butter. The butter needs to be cold and shredded for this to work right, but basically, you mix these three ingredients together.

Then you spoon them onto a cookie sheet and bake. 

Step-By-Step Instructions

Self rising flour in a clear glass mixing bowl.

Start by adding your self-rising flour to a large mixing bowl.

shredded frozen butter on top of self-rising flour in a large bowl.

Shred the frozen butter over the bowl of flour.

If you didn’t add your butter to the freezer, it should still be easy to shred if it has been refrigerated. As long as you have cold butter, it should be easy to shred.

I used a small cheese shredder to do the trick.

If you don’t have a cheese shredded, you can still add the butter to the bowl and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour.

Pouring half and half into a bowl with butter and self-rising flour.

Pour the half and half into the flour mixture and mix until the ingredients are combined.

For this flaky drop biscuits recipe, you can use regular milk, half and half, or buttermilk for buttermilk biscuits.

Uncooked biscuits on a cookie sheet. The cookie sheet is covered with parchment paper.

Scoop the biscuits onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

I recommend lining the cookie sheet with parchment paper to make cleanup a bit easier on yourself. 

Make extras because they’ll go fast. And you’ll want leftover biscuits because they make for a perfect quick breakfast. You can slice them open and stuff them with sausage, eggs, and cheese. Throw a little bacon in there too.

Or go for a truly southern breakfast and make some sausage gravy to go with these buttery biscuits and you’ll really have it made.

Three ingredient biscuits with butter melting on top.


For the perfect combination of flavors, you can add some of the following to your bisuits.

  • Butter (or pour melted butter over the tops of the biscuits).
  • Jelly or jam
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Sorghum
  • Sausage and gravy

Do I Need A Biscuit Cutter?

You do not need a biscuit cutter for this recipe. However, if you’d like your biscuits to be more uniform, you can roll out the dough and cut it.

Can I Use An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use an air fryer for the recipe, but you need to check your manual for time and temperature.

How To Store The 3 Ingredient Biscuits

Store the biscuits in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap. The biscuits do not need to be refrigerated.

A biscuit sliced in half with some butter on top.

The Best 3 Ingredient Homemade Drop Biscuits

Biscuits don’t have to be complicated to taste amazing. All you need are a few simple ingredients to make the biscuit dough and then you can get baking.

The recipe tastes very similar to traditional biscuits, but can be made in half the time.

These are great any time you need a little something extra to go with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There’s no fussing with a biscuit cutter, just drop ‘em on the cookie sheet and they’re ready to go. It will become one of your favorite recipes.

Three ingredient biscuits with melting butter on top.

The Best 3 Ingredient Homemade Drop Biscuits

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

This 3-ingredient biscuit recipe is easy to make and very budget-friendly. The quick biscuits turn out flavorful every time.


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, refrigerated or frozen
  • 1 cup half and half


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add the self rising flour.
  3. Next, shredd the butter over the flour and toss to combine.
  4. Pour the half and half into the bowl and mix to combine. Do not over mix.
  5. Scoop the biscuits with a cookie scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.


You can use half and half, milk, or buttermilk for the recipe.

It should take less than one minute to mix the three ingredients, so be sure to not over mix.

You can scoop out the dough or roll it out and slice it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 322mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Tuesday 28th of March 2023

For those of us that don't have self rising flour, what do we use and the amount for this recipe?

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 28th of March 2023

Hi Tippe,

If you don't have self-rising flour, you can make it at home. Use one cup of flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. For this recipe you will use two cups of flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. I would mix all of those together first, then add the butter.

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