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Cheddar-Jalapeño Biscuits

William Meppem
Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 12 mins

Makes 18 (2-inch) biscuits

For a spicier biscuit, don't seed the peppers.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, cold
  • 3/4 cup (3 oz.) grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapeño pepper (about 3 jalapeños)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Sift together first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs; stir in cheese and jalapeño. Add buttermilk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times. Pat or roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Gather dough scraps together, and repeat. Bake at 450° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.