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Bisquick Cheddar Biscuits (Cheddar Bay Biscuits)

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We all love those iconic Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits, loaded with cheddar cheese, garlic, and brushed with luscious melted butter. And YES it is absolutely possible to enjoy them at home whenever you like! With only one bowl and a handful of ingredients, including Bisquick baking mix, you can make this homemade cheese biscuits recipe in under 20 minutes. These tasty cheddar biscuits are light, fluffy, and every bite is full of cheesy goodness.

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a baking sheet of Bisquick cheddar biscuits with a yellow and white napkin

Soft and Fluffy Bisquick Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I promise that these cheesy biscuits are just like the ones you know from Red Lobster, but made at home with love and just 6 simple ingredients.

Similar to our Bisquick drop biscuits recipe, we use Bisquick baking mix to get no-fail fluffy biscuits every time.

They are made using a classic drop biscuit method that doesn’t require a lengthy dough folding process or special cutters. So start to finish the biscuits are ready in less than 20 minutes.

In fact, our copycat Red Lobster cheese biscuits with Bisquick are better than what you typically get in a restaurant.

These beauties are loaded with shredded cheddar, baked to golden perfection, lightly brushed with butter, and served hot and fresh from your own kitchen.

a wooden plate of bisquick cheese biscuits

What’s not to love?!

Make a batch of garlic cheese biscuits any night of the week for a quick side that is sure to make everyone at the table happy!

They are great to enjoy with pan seared chicken breasts, Bisquick chicken tenders, an easy sheet pan chicken dinner, or brined pork chops – or nearly any comforting main dish.

Copycat Red Lobster biscuits with Bisquick Ingredients

With a handful of ingredients and less than 20 minutes, you are able to make the fluffiest and most delicious biscuits from scratch…ish. The Bisquick baking mix does make prep easier and creates a super tasty biscuit every time.

  • Original Bisquick Baking Mix – if you don’t have one, you can make your own baking mix to use in this and other recipes that call for a boxed baking mix.
  • Garlic powder – essential for garlic cheese biscuits for obvious reasons.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – we used sharp cheddar as that is the classic choice.
  • Milk – the more fat (like whole milk) the better. If using 1% skim and non-fat milk, increase the amount of cheddar cheese.
  • Melted butter – for brushing the tops of baked biscuits.
  • Baking powder – this is optional if you want extra fluffy biscuits.

Tip: if you don’t have Bisquick simply use our recipe for easy drop biscuits or cheesy jalapeño biscuits instead.

Cheesy biscuit ingredients: a yellow box of Bisquick, a red and white carton of Producers milk,  a block of sharp cheddar cheese, salt, and garlic powder in a wooden tray

Make gluten-free cheese biscuits by using Gluten Free Bisquick! Or use Heart Smart Bisquick for a healthier version of this easy cheese biscuit recipe.

two boxes of bisquick pancake mix

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How to Make the Best Bisquick Cheese Biscuits

These Bisquick cheddar bay biscuits could not be any easier to make. Because they are drop biscuits there’s no need to fold and shape a dough just right. Instead, a rough dough is quickly made and then dropped by the spoonful – no cutting necessary!

Follow these 4 simple steps to fluffy, cheesy biscuit perfection:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 °F.
  2. Prepare the biscuit dough:
    • Add all of the dry ingredients to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine.
    • Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture. Then pour in the milk and shredded cheese.
    • Gently stir for only about 30 seconds, until a sticky dough forms. Add a tablespoon more milk if the dough is too thick, but be careful that you do not over mix.
a green bowl of Bisquick biscuit dough with a dough whisk and a yellow and white napkin
  1. Drop the dough onto the baking sheet, using two spoons or a small dough scoop, about 2″ apart from each other (this makes 6-8 biscuits).
  2. Bake the Bisquick cheddar bay biscuits for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
a baking sheet of red lobster cheddar bay biscuit dough ready to bake

Remove them from the oven promptly (so they don’t over-bake). Brush with melted butter and serve warm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make gluten free Bisquick cheddar biscuits?

Use Gluten Free Bisquick Baking Mix for equally soft and delicious GF-friendly garlic cheese biscuits.

Can I make this recipe with water instead of milk?

Yes, you technically can make Bisquick cheese biscuits with 1:1 water for milk. I would recommend using a milk substitute like almond milk or soy milk instead for better results. The texture and taste won’t be quite the same as the original recipe.

What are my Red Lobster biscuits with Bisquick dry and crumbly?

It is possible that you over mixed the dough. Be sure to bring the dry and wet ingredients together quickly, mixing just until they form a tacky dough.

How long do Bisquick cheddar bay biscuits last?

You can make these biscuits ahead of time and keep them in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Any longer than that and I suggest that you freeze them.

How do I freeze homemade garlic cheese biscuits?

Wrap the individual biscuits in aluminum foil and seal together in a freezer-safe zipper bag. They will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. Reheat from frozen by baking in a 350 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for about 10 minutes

Can I use buttermilk instead of milk in this biscuits recipe?

Yes, with a simple modification. Skip the baking powder and use 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda instead.

a wooden platter of cheddar bay biscuits

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay (Bisquick!) Biscuits recipe

a wooden platter of cheddar bay biscuits

Bisquick Cheddar Biscuits (Cheddar Bay Biscuits)

These homemade cheddar bay biscuits with Bisquick (or our DIY baking mix) are simple! Just stir, drop, and bake – no biscuit cutters needed. You'll have them on the table in under 20 minutes, and every bite is full of cheesy goodness.
4.43 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Lunch, Dinner, Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 biscuits
Calories 280 kcal


  • Baking Sheet


  • cups Original Bisquick mix (see notes for a DIY baking mix recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • cup whole milk (use at least 2% milkfat, see notes for skim and non-fat)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  • Using a medium-sized bowl, add dry ingredients (the first three ingredients) and stir well to combine. Create a well in the center of the Bisquick mixture.
  • Pour in the milk and grated cheese. Stir, just until the dough comes together and away from the walls of the bowl (about 30 seconds). If biscuit dough is difficult to stir, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk. For flaky, tender biscuits, do not over mix.
  • Grease or line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Using two large spoons or small scoop, drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Keep biscuit batter 2" apart. This recipe makes 6-8 biscuits.
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until golden in color. Brush biscuits with melted butter and serve warm.



Make your own Bisquick with my DIY baking mix recipe (linked). 
For 1% skim and non-fat milk: increase the cheddar cheese to 1 1/4 cups.
To use Gluten-Free Bisquick, be sure to follow the substitution directions on the Bisquick box. 
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezing Bisquick biscuits: They will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. Wrap in aluminum foil and seal in a freezer-safe zipper bag. Reheat from frozen by baking in a 350 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for about 10 minutes.


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 406IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 1mg
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6 thoughts on “Bisquick Cheddar Biscuits (Cheddar Bay Biscuits)”

  1. Thanks for the great recipe! I’ve made other copycat recipes, but yours is the best. The baking powder really made them rise and get fluffy. I incorporated the garlic powder as directed, and also added some to the melted butter. I was able to get 10 large biscuits out of the recipe. Delicious!

  2. These instructions are a little unclear: is the garlic powder considered a dry ingredient? Do you mix it with the Bisquick & baking powder? If it goes with the melted butter on top (as I have always made it) that’s not indicated.

    • Yes, garlic powder is a dry ingredient. Dry garlic is incorporated into the biscuit mixture to give them a boost in flavor.

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