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Honey Butter Biscuits Recipe (Easy Drop Biscuit)

Honey Butter Biscuits recipe makes an easy drop biscuit with a touch of sweetness from a honey glaze. Baked biscuits are tender and buttery just like you want from a homemade biscuits recipe. If under 15 minutes you can have this special dinner treat that will elevate any meal.

Plate of honey butter biscuits in focus with honey in the background.

Why You’ll Love This Drop Biscuit Recipe

Simple ingredients. You won’t need anything surprising or extra for these easy drop biscuits. You probably already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen.
Easy to mix. Mix the dry ingredients together and then cut the butter into the flour. There’s no rolling and stamping with these homemade honey butter biscuits.
Bakes in 10-12 minutes. You’ll have hot glazed biscuits on the table in no time at all.

What is a drop biscuit?

This is a biscuit recipe that doesn’t need to be rolled out and cut with a biscuit cutter. Instead, the dough is dropped by the spoonful straight onto the baking sheet. Our honey butter biscuit recipe is a drop biscuit.

Ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, butter, buttermilk, and honey.

Ingredients for the Honey Butter Biscuits Recipe

  • All-Purpose Flour. Bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour both work just fine.
  • Sugar. White table sugar like you mix into your tea.
  • Baking Powder. Fresh baking powder is a must for making homemade biscuits. Find out if your baking powder is fresh using the instructions in my Baking Basics Guide.
  • Salt. Kosher table salt or fine sea salt are my favorites.
  • Cream of Tartar. Acts as a leavening agent in baked goods.
  • Butter. I use real unsalted butter. If you use salted butter eliminate the additional salt called for in this recipe.
  • Buttermilk. We get the best results with the full-fat version gives our biscuits flavor and a nicely moist spring.

Ingredients for Honey Butter Glaze for Biscuits

  • Butter. Real butter is what we use.
  • Honey. Local honey is always lovely, but any honey you have on hand will work for your biscuit glaze.

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

How to Make Honey Butter Biscuits

This easy biscuit recipe is really straightforward. You will wish you’d been making them for years!

  1. Once you’ve preheated the oven and readied the pan, whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then cut the butter into the flour mixture using a fork or pastry cutter until you have coarse crumbs.
  2. Fold in the buttermilk.
  3. Drop small portions of the biscuit batter onto your prepared baking sheet using a tablespoon.
  4. Making the glaze is simply a matter of melting the butter and stirring in the honey. You can use a small bowl and microwave the honey and butter together or a small saucepan. Brush the dropped biscuits with the honey butter glaze.
  5. Bake your biscuits golden brown and finish with another brush of honey butter over the tops of the biscuits.
Closeup of glazed biscuits.

What to Serve with Honey Butter Glazed Biscuits

Warm buttermilk biscuits go great with everything! The touch of honey provides a sweet contrast making them perfect for any savory grilled or baked meat, a salad, or a soup such as Ham and Bean Soup.

Substitutions and Additions

If honey is difficult to find, you can use powdered sugar or maple syrup to make a sweet butter glaze. If you choose powdered sugar, you may also need a bit of warm water.

Thinned jams and jellies can also be brushed on as a glaze. A raspberry glaze would be amazing.

Should you need a dairy-free option, cold non-dairy butter (preferred) or shortening can be used in this recipe.

How To Reheat & Store Honey Butter Biscuits

Best Way To Store Honey Butter Glazed Biscuits

Leftover biscuits should be stored in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

How Long Will Honey Butter Biscuits Last In the Fridge?

If you keep the leftover biscuits in your refrigerator, they may last for an extra day or so but will also absorb the moisture in the glaze more and potentially become soggy.

If you expect to have leftovers, save some of the honey butter glaze in the refrigerator instead and leave some of the biscuits unglazed for later.

Can I Freeze and Thaw Easy Drop Biscuits

Yes. You can freeze biscuits after they are baked in an airtight plastic container or sealed freezer-quality plastic bag for up to three months.

Microwave them for about twenty to thirty seconds to thaw. If you prefer, you can freeze the dough in biscuit portions and bake from frozen.

You’ll just need to add a few minutes of extra time in the oven.

How To Reheat Easy Drop Biscuits

Room temperature honey butter biscuits can be microwaved for about ten seconds depending on the power of your appliance.

Easy Drop Biscuits FAQs

What does it mean to cut butter into flour?

Butter is “cut” into the flour with a fork or pastry cutter or even two knives. This is how you get the fat and dry ingredients perfectly blended for a gorgeous even rise in biscuits or a flaky pie crust. Watch how to use one.

The two ingredients are not blended thoroughly with a hand mixer or machine, because you want little chunks of the cold butter to remain throughout the dough. The melting butter creates lovely pockets of air and releases water into the dough to create rise and results in flaky, fluffy biscuits.

Can I substitute buttermilk?

We don’t recommend substituting the buttermilk. Buttermilk is an acid that works with the baking soda as a leavener to help make the dough rise, creating a taller fluffy biscuit that’s tender and flavorful.

Tips to Make the Perfect Honey Butter Biscuits

Make your own buttermilk. Don’t have buttermilk? Make your own by combining 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice with 1 cup of milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes or until it starts to thicken.

Hands Off. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to work in the butter. Don’t use your hands. The heat from your hands will warm the butter and your biscuits will not be fluffy.

Cold Butter. Keep it cold until you need it. Cold butter cut into cubes or diced will make flakey honey biscuits.

Preheat your oven. Don’t skip this step. A hot oven causes the pieces of cold butter to burst in the dough and expand which creates a fluffy, flaky biscuit. 

Go easy on the dough. For tender biscuits, don’t over mix the dough. Over mixing can cause a flat and dry biscuit.

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Honey Butter Drop Biscuit Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Honey Butter Biscuits is an easy drop biscuit recipe with honey butter glaze that makes it incredible. Biscuits make any meal special.
4.74 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword: Biscuits, Honey
Servings: 8



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbl sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt *eliminate if using salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup butter cold and chopped
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

Honey Butter Glaze

  • 1/2 cup butter – melted
  • 1/3 cup honey


  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Using a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt together.
  • Dice the cold butter and add it to the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the butter into the flour until it is crumbly.
  • Add the buttermilk. Fold the ingredients together until combined.
  • Using a scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Make the honey butter by combining the melted butter and honey. Brush the mixture over the dropped biscuits.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Brush additional honey butter glaze to the baked biscuits.


If you use salted butter, eliminate the additional salt in the recipe.
Use a pastry cutter or to forks to work in the butter. Don’t use your hands. The heat from your hands will warm the butter and your biscuits will not be fluffy.


Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 288mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 726IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating

Phyllis J

Thursday 18th of May 2023

can you use baking soda instead of cream of tartar?

Julie Menghini

Saturday 20th of May 2023

Yes you can, Phyllis. Just use 1/4 tsp more of baking powder or 2-1/4 tsp.


Friday 8th of April 2022

These biscuits were so easy to put together and serve alongside dinner last night! We'll make them again for sure.

Julie Menghini

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Thank you, Erin!


Thursday 7th of April 2022

Love these biscuits! SO easy to make and oh my goodness the flavor!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Thank you, Nikki! So easy and delicious.


Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Made this and LOVED it! That honey butter is GOLD!

Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

We had chili for dinner and I made these to pair with it -- SENSATIONAL!! This recipe is a keeper!

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