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small batch cream biscuits

Cream Biscuits

Out of butter? No problem, you can still make sky-high flakey biscuits. This recipe for small batch cream biscuits is easy to customize to your liking.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream biscuits, biscuits, no butter biscuits
Servings: 6
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour (260 g)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder *
  • 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cup cold heavy cream *(285 g), plus addition for brushing tops
  • turbinado sugar, optional for topping


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Pour in half of cold cream into dry mixture.
  • Use a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon to stir mixture together. Pour remaining cream. Stir together until a shaggy dough forms. Be careful not to over-mix.
  • Dump shaggy dough onto a clean counter top or work surface. Gently knead dough together and pat into a rectangle about ¾-inch thick.
    NOTE: Be careful not to overwork the dough. Too much mixing and kneading will create too much gluten. This will result in a tough, dense biscuit.
  • Punch out rounds using a well-floured 2½-inch round cutter. Put scraps together and pat until ¾-inch thick. Punch out additional rounds. Discard any scraps after the second go.
  • Place rounds on preparing baking sheet. Brush tops of dough with additional cream. If desired, sprinkle turbinado sugar or granulated sugar on top for extra crunch and sweetness.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until biscuits have puffed up and the exterior is golden brown. Rotate baking sheet midway through baking to ensure even cooking.
  • Serve immediately! These cream biscuits are best enjoyed warm, fresh from the oven.


*Baking Powder: These cream biscuits rely heavily on baking powder for leavening. It is VITAL to use active baking powder.
  • To test if baking powder is active, spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into a medium bowl. Immediately pour about 1/4 cup boiling water (or very hot water) on top. It should bubble and fizz immediately.
*Use cold heavy cream, straight from the fridge. 
  • Add 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup of shredded cheese of choice. Tastes great with cheddar, pepper jack, or gouda.
  • Add up to 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper, lightly toasted caraway seeds, or bagel seasoning mix
  • Add 2 tablespoons bacon fat to add rich savory flavor