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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.