Lynne’s Cheese Biscuits

Here is another good recipe from Jerri’s side of the family. It’s one shared by her oldest niece, Lynne, from The Krehbiel Family Cookbook. Lynne compiled this collection with the help of her sisters to preserve recipes that they enjoyed while growing up near Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Her recipe makes a dozen biscuits.


2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup shortening
4 T cold butter
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
About 1 cup milk
Melted butter
Powdered garlic


Grate the cheese, preheat the oven to 450º and grease a cookie sheet.

Blend the flour, baking powder, pepper and mustard in a mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening and butter with a fork or pastry blender, then gently mix in the cheese with a fork.

Add enough milk to make batter stiff enough to drop. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on a greased cookie sheet, brush the tops with melted butter, then sprinkle with garlic powder. Bake at 450º for thirteen to fifteen minutes until lightly browned.

NOTES: Lynne’s recipe calls for using eight tablespoons of butter-flavored shortening, but, growing up in Wisconsin, I prefer using a combination of real butter and shortening. If you use unsalted butter, add an eighth teaspoon of salt to the flour.

Lynne’s note for this recipe says it all: “Tastes like the cheese biscuits served at Red Lobster!!” All I can say is that they are delicious.

Patsy’s Buttermilk Biscuits

There are times when baking powder biscuits are indispensable. Sausage gravy, for instance, demands light, tender homemade biscuits hot from the oven.

Unfortunately, mine were neither light nor tender. Though some family members have disagreed, I still think that my biscuits were edible when hot from the oven and covered with gravy or spread generously with butter and jam. And once they had cooled, they could be used for coasters, hockey pucks or skeet practice.

It took courage to make them. Every few months I would try, with no noticeable improvement. Instead of floating down on the plate, they dropped, like ceramic coasters, with an annoying clinking sound. It also took courage to eat them. My victims/guests would ask for extra gravy or more jam.

A few weeks after I mentioned the problem to my sister Patsy, who is an excellent cook, I received the following email:

“Just thought I’d pass on this recipe for biscuits. It is from my Betty Crocker Cookbook and is my favorite for buttermilk biscuits. They always turn out well for me. Give them a try sometime.”

And so I did, and they were at least ten times better than any of my earlier efforts. Here is the recipe.


2 cups flour
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 T milk


Heat the oven to 400º F and bring the buttermilk to room temperature.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening as you would for pie crust until it looks like cornmeal, and then add the buttermilk. Add a little more buttermilk if it looks too dry. Turn the dough out and knead it on a a floured board about fifteen turns, just until the dough forms a smooth ball.

Roll the dough to about a half inch thick and cut it with a water glass or doughnut cutter and place the biscuits an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk. Bake the biscuits for ten to twelve minutes or until they are lightly browned.

NOTES: Don’t knead the dough too long or the biscuits will be tough. You may have to make these biscuits a couple of times until you can recognize when you have kneaded the dough enough but not too much. Incidentally, a turn is rolling the dough over after you press it down and turning it a quarter turn.

The dough should be a half inch thick. A little thicker is better than too thin. You should end up with a dozen biscuits.