Chive and Onion Biscuits Recipe

Yields: About 8-10 biscuits
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 18-20 minutes


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional, but adds richness)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions (scallions)
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk, plus more for brushing


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Pastry cutter or fork
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Biscuit cutter (or a sharp knife)
  • Pastry brush


  • Preheat oven and prepare: Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cut in the butter: Add the cold butter to the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized pieces of butter remaining.
  • Add cheese, chives, and onions: Stir in the Parmesan cheese (if using), chopped chives, and green onions.
  • Pour in the buttermilk: Add the cold buttermilk and stir with a fork or spatula just until a shaggy dough comes together. Do not overmix.
  • Turn out the dough: Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface and gently knead just a few times until it forms a cohesive ball.
  • Pat and cut the biscuits: Pat the dough out to about 1-inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter or a sharp knife to cut out rounds. Alternatively, you can fold the dough over onto itself a few times to create flaky layers.
  • Bake: Place biscuits on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about an inch of space between them. Brush the tops with a little buttermilk. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve and enjoy: Let the biscuits cool slightly on the baking sheet before serving. Enjoy your chive and onion biscuits warm with butter, honey, jam, or alongside your favorite savory dishes.


  • Keep ingredients cold: Cold ingredients are key for light and fluffy biscuits.
  • Handle dough minimally: Overmixing can make biscuits tough.
  • Variations: Add a pinch of garlic powder or smoked paprika for extra flavor. For a cheesy twist, try a cup of shredded cheddar instead of Parmesan.


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