How to make copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits at home! These Bisquick Cheddar Bay Biscuits begin with great pantry items you most likely already have.
Copy Cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits
These biscuits are so easy to make and taste amazing! I served them at a dinner party, and the plate was empty before I served the main dish.
I can't believe we first shared this recipe back in October 2012! It is one of my favorite easy bread recipes. Only a few ingredients, and you can serve warm cheddar garlic muffins in minutes.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients for making epic Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Bisquick Baking Mix
- Skim Milk
- Cheddar Cheese
- Melted Butter
- Garlic Powder
- Large Mixing Bowl: We are big fans of this glass batter bowl with a handle. It makes it easy to mix ingredients and keep the mixing bowl steady on the counter.
- Microwave Butter Cover: I swear by these lid covers to help prevent butter splatters when melting butter in the microwave. I have had way too many butter explosions while baking. These lid covers help keep the butter in the bowl and not on the roof of your microwave.
- Baking Sheets: We are huge fans of these baking sheets with sides. You don't have to worry that you will remove the biscuits from the oven and have them slide right off.
- Parchment Paper
- Heat-Resistant Potholders: A couple of years ago, we had a fire scare when we didn't realize we had turned a burner on, and a cloth potholder caught fire. Thankfully, we walked by the kitchen and saw the smoke, and were able to get it out ourselves. Since then, we have only used these heat-resistant potholders.
How to Make Copy Cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
- Preheat oven
- Mix Bisquick Baking Mix, milk, and cheese until a soft dough forms.
- Drop the dough by the spoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet.
- Mix butter and garlic powder.
- Brush the butter/garlic mixture over the warm biscuits before removing them from the cookie sheet.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: Bisquick recommends preparing any dough or batter using their baking mix for no more than an hour. To make your biscuit dough beforehand, chill it in the fridge in an airtight container.
Storage: Keep leftover Cheddar Bay Biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy them within three days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Let your biscuits cool, then wrap each in foil or plastic and freeze them in an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag for up to three months.
How to Reheat: The Tasting Table has a fantastic guide to reheating biscuits!
Here are some recipe adaptations for putting a yummy spin on your Cheddar Bay Biscuits!
Bacon: You can add in cooked bacon to make these a bit more indulgent.
Additional Cheese: If you want these cheesy, add more cheese; just check that the batter still holds. You can also use sharp cheddar cheese for more flavor.
Garlic: You can add or subtract the garlic powder depending on the flavor you are going for. Some people are not a fan of garlic, so you can leave it out and have cheddar biscuits.
Herbs: These would be great with Italian seasoning. I have yet to try it, but the flavor would be excellent. I have seen people add dried parsley flakes and love the taste.
Vegetarian Option: This recipe is naturally vegetarian.
Vegan Option: Vegans should replace skim milk, cheddar cheese, and butter with non-dairy substitutes to make it plant-based.
Gluten-Free: You can use the Gluten-Free Bisquick to make this recipe gluten-free and keep the portions the same.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: We used 2 cups of Bisquick Baking Mix to make 14 servings of biscuits. Scale the written recipe to your desired yield, and plan for more time if you scale it up and need to work in batches.
Make It Spicy: Red Lobster does not make these biscuits spicy. You can spice them up with Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, as we did in our Spicy Southwest Biscuits.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 3 grams of sugar per serving. Bisquick has no sugar-free variety, but their Heart Smart Pancake and Baking Mix is low-fat and naturally cholesterol-free.
Tips for the Best Copy Cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Don’t skip melting the butter before combining it with the garlic powder! Cold butter will not mix easily. I would melt the butter and mix it with the garlic powder as soon as you place the biscuits in the oven so they are ready to brush onto your freshly baked biscuits.
What to Serve with Copy Cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits
These semi-homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits are the perfect savory complement to soups, salads, chilis, and any light or hearty meal! They are also a fantastic way to enjoy a restaurant favorite at home.
Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Sides: BLT Pasta Salad, Sauerkraut Salad, CrockPot Stuffed Tomatoes, Spicy Deviled Eggs, CrockPot Bourbon Baked Beans, CrockPot Stuffed Peppers with Cheese, CrockPot Shrimp and Grits, Cracker Barrel Green Beans, Loaded Mashed Slow Cooker Cauliflower, Broccoli Slaw
Main Dishes: Crock Pot Spicy Bacon & Beef Chili, Smoked Sausage Gnocchi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, CrockPot Chicken Noodle Soup, CrockPot Turkey Chili, CrockPot Camp Stew, CrockPot Gumbo, CrockPot Meatloaf, Crock Pot Three Bean Vegetarian Chili
Desserts: Strawberry Fluff Salad, Grape Salad, Orange Dreamsicle Salad, Apple and Snickers Salad, Lemon Icebox Pie, Pig Pickin' Cake, Watergate Salad, Ambrosia Salad, Butterfinger Cake, Strawberry Poke Cake, Cherry Fluff Salad, Oreo Poke Cake, Bisquick Peach Cobbler
Drinks: Kool-Aid Slushie, Red Robin Freckled Lemonade, CopyCat Chick-fil-A Lemonade, CopyCat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade, Sonic Ocean Water, Brazilian Lemonade, CopyCat McDonald's Sweet Tea, Watermelon Agua Fresca, CopyCat Sonic Cherry Limeade
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Copy Cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits Recipe
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Mix Bisquick, milk and cheese until a soft dough forms
- Drop by the spoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown
- Mix butter and garlic powder
- Brush butter/garlic mixture over the warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet
- Cookie Sheets
- Large Mixing Bowl
Recipe originally shared October 15, 2012, updated March 16, 2020