You’re going to be head over heels for these simple Cream Cheese Biscuits. Top them with jellies, jams, or sweet honey butter. There’s literally no wrong way to eat these simple homemade biscuits and these perfectly flakey biscuits that just scream the holiday season!
I’m just going to go on record right now and let everyone know that I’m a fan of carbs. All carbs, I really don’t care. But I will admit that I have a very special place in my heart for this cream cheese biscuit recipe. Not only does it warm my belly but it warms my heart and soul as well.
The reason for this is simple. They literally remind me of my grandma and mom growing up. One bite and I feel like I’m back in the kitchen, helping them stir and mix the dough. The second that the smell hits my nose from the oven, my heart instantly warms because it brings back the memories of baking with them when I was younger.
And now that I’m older and still have that love of baking, I’m so happy to be sharing this simple homemade biscuits with each and every one of you. I hope that it brings you so much joy as it does to me.
Treat your tastebuds this holiday season (and every other day as well) by making up a batch of these delicious made-from-scratch biscuits.
Cream Cheese Biscuits
It’s important to understand that not all biscuits are created equal. There are some biscuits that just lack the main qualities that all biscuits should have. In my opinion, biscuits should have a great golden outer crust, a soft middle, and layers upon layers of perfectly flakey biscuit goodness.
And I should know. I’ve eaten hundreds of biscuits in my life. I can promise you that the criteria listed above are what makes a biscuit taste truly amazing.
The reason that these simple homemade biscuits are so good is because of the ingredient that just also happens to be the name of this post. The cream cheese combined with all the other needed items keep these biscuits flakey, moist, and delicious.
This is why I always make certain to have a package of cream cheese in the fridge—because this simple addition can easily change the texture and outcome of so many great recipes.
Ingredients to Make Cream Cheese Biscuits
Gather up the list of ingredients that you need to make these simple homemade biscuits.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cream cheese
- Unsalted butter
How Do I Make My Biscuits Fluffy?
Everyone loves fluffy biscuits but this little tip is important. If you want to have fluffy biscuits, you need to be certain that you’re using cold butter in this recipe.
As you’ll see in the printable recipe below, this perfectly flakey biscuit recipe calls for cold butter and even butter that’s been frozen for a little bit of time, too. The coldness of the butter is what gives this easy biscuit recipe all those fluffy layers.
Is Butter or Shortening Better for Biscuits?
Butter! Butter! Again, butter! When you're making these cream cheese biscuits you're going to notice how butter adds that fluffiness and also a wonderful taste to your recipe as well. You could use shortening if you wanted too but it’s not going to give you all those layers that you’re looking for.
Can You Make Cream Cheese Biscuits Ahead of Time?
You bet. If you’re a meal prepper like I am, you can easily whip these up ahead of time to enjoy later.
Unbaked cut biscuits can be refrigerated on a baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap, for 1 day. Once you’re ready to cook them up, you just need to heat the oven to 450 degrees and bake as directed.
What Toppings Pair Well With Cream Cheese Biscuits?
So many toppings. All of them! This is going to be entirely up to you but you can easily add on whatever toppings that you would like to have.
If you’re wanting to have a sweet biscuit, homemade jams and jellies are always a good idea. Another simple solution just so happens to be drizzling some honey or maple syrup on top of your biscuit as well.
And if you just want a good old biscuit and butter, this is an easy solution to do as well.
Since this biscuit recipe is so simple, you can also use these biscuits for sandwiches also. Even dabbing on some peanut butter makes for a great afternoon snack.
How Do You Store Cooked Biscuits?
The best way to store perfectly flakey biscuits once they are cooked is to keep them in an airtight container. Once that air hits the biscuits, they’re going to start drying out.
And if that happens, don’t fret. You can bring them back to the land of softness by popping them in the microwave for a short amount of time. 10-15 seconds can do wonders for making a biscuit flakey again!
Tips for Making Cream Cheese Biscuits
Since this recipe is pretty straight forward, there aren’t a whole lot of tips to keep in mind. But below are just a few things to consider as you’re creating these flakey homemade biscuits.
Make certain that your butter is cold. This is absolutely key for making your biscuits flakey. If you skimp on this, the biscuits will still have flavor but they will not be tall and soft like you’re hoping for.
Make certain that you freeze the cream cheese. Freezing the cream cheese is another HUGE component to the outcome of these biscuits. Don’t skip this step either because it’s important!
Once your biscuits are golden brown, remove them from the oven. You don’t want to burn them or overcook them and you need to let them rest then for five minutes.
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Perfectly Flakey Biscuits
- all purpose flour
- cake flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- cream cheese in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to baking
- unsalted butter in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to baking
Butter and cream cheese must be frozen for 30 minutes prior to making these perfectly flaky. You'll love all the flaky layers.
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Pulse dry ingredients including, all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, baking soda.
Next add cream cheese and butter in food processor until mixture looks like a coarse meal.
Transfer flour mixture into a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk until incorporated. Keep in mind that the dough will look somewhat dry and that is alright.
Turn the dough onto lightly floured surface and knead briefly until the dough totally comes together.
Roll biscuit dough into an eight inch by six inch rectangle, about ¾ of an inch thick.
Cut into 12 two inch squares and transfer onto your prepared baking sheet.
Bake cream cheese biscuits until a light brown color, between 12 and 15 minutes.
Transfer these perfectly flakey biscuits onto a wire rack and allow cream cheese biscuits to cool for about five minutes.
Serve these baked biscuits warm and with butter, jam, honey or all by themselves. These biscuits will not disappoint.
Can you make Perfectly Flaky Cream Cheese Biscuits ahead of time?
Take your unbaked, sliced cream cheese biscuits and refrigerate on top of the baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap, for 1 day, including the day you made them.
To warm, preheat your oven to 450 degrees and bake as directed.
Easy Flaky Cream Cheese Biscuits Video
Cream Cheese Biscuits
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups cake flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 ounces cream cheese cut into ½-inch pieces and frozen 30 minutes
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into ½-inch pieces and frozen 30 minutes
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients!
- Pulse all-purpose flour, cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda,
- Add cream cheese, and butter in food processor.
- Until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Transfer flour mixture to large bowl.
- Stir in buttermilk until combined (dough may appear slightly dry).
- Turn dough onto lightly floured surface.
- Knead briefly until dough comes together.
- Roll dough into 8 by 6-inch rectangle, about ¾ inch thick.
- Cut into twelve 2-inch squares
- Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
- Bake until light brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Transfer to wire rack and let cool 5 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy every bite!