Pimento Cheese Drop Biscuits

These delicious and cheesy drop biscuits come together in 30 minutes and are easy to make! Serve warm from the oven with sliced ham for a Derby party or hot pepper jelly for sweet and peppery Southern bite.

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 Happy Thursday! I have a warm-from-the-oven delicious bite. No dough rolling or cutting in butter required, and so easy, non-biscuit makers can serve them up 30 minutes!

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We enjoy these biscuits with leftover Easter ham this week. They’re also a tasty bite served warm from the oven with hot pepper jelly.

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Serve this biscuits with ham or turkey for a bite to enjoy while watching The Masters or if you need an appetizer for a Derby party while enjoying “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, which is Saturday, May 1st this year.

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These drop biscuits have the main components of pimento cheese: mayonnaise, cheese and pimentos. Spelled either pimento or pimiento, however you spell it, we pronounce it pimenacheese here in the South. :)

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Mayonnaise is an emulsification of eggs, oil and a touch of lemon for acidity and stands in the butter in these drop biscuits, so they mix up easily. . . and they’re made with the South’s most beloved mayonnaise, Duke’s!

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You can make these biscuits with self-rising flour, eliminating the need for baking soda and baking powder, or use all purpose flour. You’ll also add some additional seasoning to your flour: garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and a little sugar. Whisk your dry ingredients together and toss in your grated cheese. For extra cheesy flavor in these biscuits, used extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grating it off the block.

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Whisk together your buttermilk and mayonnaise in a separate bowl and add to your dry ingredients, stirring until moistened, then fold in your diced pimentos. Substitute diced piquillo peppers for the pimentos if you prefer.

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Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop for uniform measuring and easy dropping of your dough onto a prepared cookie sheet. This will give you about 16 – 17 biscuits. Brush the top of the biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle with some flaky sea salt.

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Bake until golden, about 9 – 11 minutes in a preheated oven at 450 degrees. As you might guess, these biscuits are best  enjoyed right out the oven while still warm but can be reheated to serve.

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Variations: Turn up the heat by adding some diced jalapeno or add some diced green onion or cooked crumbled bacon to your biscuit dough to complement the cheese and pimento flavor.

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Pimento Cheese Drop Biscuits

 Delicious and cheesy drop biscuits come together in 30 minutes and are easy to make! Serve warm from the oven with sliced ham for a Derby party or hot pepper jelly for sweet and peppery Southern bite. Makes 16 - 17 drop biscuits.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: bread, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, Derby party, drop biscuits, Easter, extra sharp Cheddar cheese, pimento cheese, pimientos
Servings: 16


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper add 1/2 teaspoon if you like more heat
  • 1 cup shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup diced pimentos or substitute diced piquillo peppers
  • Melted butter for brushing the tops
  • Flaky sea salt such as Maldon


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, pepper, sugar, garlic powder, baking soda and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese and toss to coat.
  • Whisk together the buttermilk and mayonnaise in a separate bowl.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir until the flour is moistened, then fold in the pimentos.
  • Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop and drop onto the baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  • Brush the tops with melted butter. Sprinkle with flaky salt and additional black pepper if desired.
  • Bake until the tops are golden brown, 9 to 11 minutes


  • Variations: Turn up the heat with some diced jalapeno or add some cooked crumbled bacon to complement the cheese and pimento flavor.
  • Substitute self-rising flour for all-purpose, omitting the baking powder and baking soda called for in the recipe.
  • For extra cheesy flavor in these biscuits, used extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grating it off the block.
  • Substitute diced piquillo peppers for the pimentos if you prefer.
  • Buttermilk substitution: Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Fill will whole milk to 1 cup line. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes, until slightly thickened and you will see small curdled bits.

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Fans of pimento cheese might also want to try Smoked Gouda Pimiento Cheese. Enjoy as a spread with your favorite dipper, in a grilled cheese sandwich (with bacon!), as a burger topping, or stirred into pasta for a tasty twist on easy mac and cheese!

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  27 comments for “Pimento Cheese Drop Biscuits

  1. Ann Woleben
    April 8, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Thank you for another great recipe to try! Or do you have “carry out” perhaps? It would be worth the trip from Virginia to North Carolina!

  2. Patti
    April 8, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Sounds yum! Love me some pimenacheese. I am going to try this recipe this rainy Saturday. Thanks, Mary!

  3. Sue
    April 8, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Oh yum, thank you, Mary🌶❣🌶

  4. Gale Crudup
    April 8, 2021 at 8:15 am

    What a deliciously fun biscuit! Can’t wait to try all variations!
    Thanks, Mary for ALL of your great, inspiring ideas!
    Happy Dogwood spring!

  5. April 8, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Love it when 2 Southern Traditions are combined, will add to the be tried list! Thanx for sharing!

  6. April 8, 2021 at 8:37 am

    These look tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe. And also, thanks for your tips for upgrading a box mix on your pretty cake post last week. I did that for my “bunny cake” I made for Easter and it really does kick the box up a notch!

  7. Bonnie Morgan
    April 8, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Sounds delicious. I am going to be thinking of these all day!

  8. Joan
    April 8, 2021 at 9:16 am

    pimenacheese please😁 we pronounce it that way in TEXAS too! Thank you Mary for sharing your JOY!!

  9. Pamela Sweeney
    April 8, 2021 at 10:21 am

    I love pimento cheese! Can’t wait to try these!

    • Barbara Zuleski
      April 8, 2021 at 10:54 am

      it is my husband 80th birthday so I just decided to make these grand biscuits for his supper, I think he will enjoy them immensely.

  10. Clara
    April 8, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Mary, Your biscuits look delicious. They have all the ingredients I love. Pimenacheese is a favorite! And yes, that’s how we say it down here. 😂 Never thought about it till I saw it in your post. Have a wonderful day sweet friend! Clara ❤️

  11. Carol L Griffin
    April 8, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Thank you, Mary! Was thinking about our “Master’s” meal yesterday and wondering how to come up with something unique as we watch the tournament………and, these biscuits made “the cut!” And, we will have the other traditional foods from the Master’s. Egg salad sandwiches but will be serving this in lettuce wraps instead of bread to save on the carbs so we can eat those pimento cheese biscuits, and imbibing in the “Azalea” cocktail! Now, I’ve got to find peach ice cream to make those ice cream sandwiches!

  12. Darlene
    April 8, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    My down fall…biscuits!!
    On my to make list for sure.

  13. April 8, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Ooh, I love biscuits and pimiento cheese! I will make these for sure!

  14. April 8, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    I’m a big fan of drop biscuits and scones, Mary. These sound wonderful and I even have pimentos and Duke’s Mayo in my fridge. Thanks for the recipe. 💖

  15. April 8, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    This is so southern to me I don’t even know what a pimento is! Pretty pics though 😉

  16. Ricki Treleaven
    April 8, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    The biscuits look great, and so does the smoked gouda pimiento cheese! YUMMY!
    Pinning the recipe!

  17. Cyndi Raines
    April 8, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Yum and YUM! I think they look delish! Adding bits of green onion and bacon sound even extra good. Pinning.. This might be the very recipe that makes me try your favorite Duke’s mayonnaise instead of my beloved Hellman’s. Lol It will be a true taste test for sure.😋 Thanks Mary.

  18. April 9, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Looks delicious and I printed out the recipe immediately! Thank you!
    I love pimiento cheese on crackers, bread, or celery. Yummy! Can’t wait to make the biscuits.

  19. Kathy Menold
    April 9, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Mary, Thanks for a great sounding biscuit recipe. I have a bowl of homemade pimento cheese in my fridge. What amount and when would I add into my favorite biscuit recipe? Or is this possible?

    • April 9, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Hi Kathy, I’m not sure, you’d have to experiment. Maybe 1/4 – 1/3 cup in addition to the mayo. Let me know how it works!

      • Kathy Menold
        April 11, 2021 at 11:51 am

        Thanks Mary .Will give it a try and report back.

  20. April 10, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    I have a similar recipe Mary, and have been on a major pimiento cheese phase lately, I love the stuff! I need to make some biscuits for Sunday!

  21. Theresa R Keller
    April 12, 2021 at 9:22 am

    oh goodness I cannot wait to make these biscuits, they look divine & i will serve them with a little bit of country ham :) Thank You!

  22. May 7, 2021 at 8:55 am

    I’ve pinned and can’t wait to try your biscuits with a little hot pepper jelly. They sound yummy!

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