Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

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This is my ideal breakfast for Mother’s Day. A tray with a fresh flower, a small bowl of fruit, an Americano (or cappuccino from my husband), and a Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuit with a runny fried egg & bacon tucked in. What’s missing? A card from my son, a card from my husband, maybe a little gift and a quiet morning reading this book in bed. You paying attention, honey?

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Mothers love biscuits. I’m a mother so I have a little bit of street cred here. Actually, mothers love any breakfast that they don’t have to cook themselves. They love to be  appreciated  for all the hard work they do and don’t mind if you spend a day putting them on a pedestal. They also are not required to do any cleaning on their day. A handmade coupon for LOADING/EMPTYING THE DISHWASHER is awesome. But please include like 20 of them in your coupon book. I guarantee Mama won’t forget to cash those in. Also, moms love it when you take the initiative and plan a whole day around them. Make note of that. NEVER EVER have them make reservations for their own dinner out to eat. If you do, you’re fired.

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These Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits are obsession-worthy. They’re light & fluffy. They’ve puffed high and they pull apart so easily. When you bite into melty cheese & spicy jalapeño, MAMA MIA! (see what I did there)

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I suggest making a breakfast sandwich with them. Here I paired one with a perfect fried egg and some crispy bacon. It has all of the flavors you want & need. And if you’re looking for something on the sweeter side, try smearing a little honey butter on top. Mamas deserve extra butter.

Calories are not counted Mother’s Day. It’s a rule us mothers have.

And we’re off!

I had a biscuit fail earlier yesterday before I made these. Totally sad. I lost a lot of butter. Thank god I had extra butter.

So I needed a win! I turned to the Joy The Baker Cookbook. Because she’s my go-to baker.

I also can text her while I’m baking. It’s like having the best life line in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Except with emojis.

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Egg gets mixed in with buttermilk.

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Flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, sugar & salt go in. Mix it with a fork.

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Butter gets cubed! It goes in the flour mixture. Use your hands. Mix the butter into the flour.

You want pea sized chunks and some that resemble oats!

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When the butter is fully incorporated mix the cheese & pickled jalapeño. Stir to coat!

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Now make a well. Add in the buttermilk/egg mixture. Stir the dough!

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Transfer dough to a well floured counter.

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Cut your biscuits!

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Put the biscuits on a parchment lined baking sheet.

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Brush the tops with buttermilk & sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top. Now bake!

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Let’s take a moment…WHAT!?!!!!!

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I picked this biscuit for my breakfast sandwich because…well…look at that crispy cheese!

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I fried up some bacon…

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I made a fried egg…  Can you see that piece of melty cheese in there?

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And now it gets the Mother’s Day treatment! Before we put a top on it…

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And now topped.

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Let’s just stare at the screen and forward this to whoever is in charge of our Mother’s Day this year.

Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

makes 10-12 biscuits

recipe adapted slightly from Joy The Baker Cookbook

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 41⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 3⁄4 cup cold buttermilk, plus more for topping
  • 1 egg
  • 3⁄4 cup cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño, diced small
  • 3⁄4 cup (1 1⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • Coarse sea salt for topping

Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parch­ment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg.

Toss together the cheddar cheese, jalapeño, and chives. Set aside.

Add butter to the flour mixture. With your fingers or a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour, breaking the small cubes into smaller bits. Once the butter is well incorporated into the flour mixture, the flour will resemble coarse meal. Some chunks will be the size of small pebbles, others will be the size of oat flakes.

Toss the cheese mixture into the flour mixture. Create a small well in the center of the flour mixture and add the but­termilk mixture all at once. Toss together with a fork making sure that all of the flour bits are moistened by the buttermilk. Mixture will be shaggy. Dump the biscuit dough onto a lightly floured counter and knead just to bring it together into a 11⁄2-inch-thick circle.

Cut biscuits into squares or use a 21⁄2-inch circle biscuit cutter to cut rounds. Gather dough scraps, knead lightly, and cut out more biscuits until batter is gone. Place biscuits on prepared baking sheets, brush with buttermilk, sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Biscuits are best the day they’re made, but can be wrapped, stored at room temperature, and served the next day as well.

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  • These look completely amazing! I love the crumbly lightness of a good biscuit.

  • May 8, 2013

    Oh wow! I have been eyeing this recipe in Joy’s cookbook for awhile, I think it’s time.
    Your presentation is beautiful!!! Love the mug, plates, napkins, everything about it is so pretty!
    Happy (early) Mother’s Day! Hope you get treated like a queen!

  • May 8, 2013

    Oh my! These look wonderful.

  • May 8, 2013

    Ah yeah, these are awesome! Best mothers day biscuit ever!

  • May 8, 2013

    Know what I like best about this recipe (besides the fact that it’s a cheesy biscuit), is that there are CUBES of cheese. Every recipe I’ve tried has shredded cheese and I feel like it gets “lost” in the biscuit once it’s cooked. But considering there is cheese oozing out of your biscuits, I’m excited to try this. Cubed cheese, who knew?!

  • May 8, 2013

    Are you kidding me???? So amazing. Total must make!!

  • May 8, 2013

    Gah, these look amazing! My mom isn’t a jalapeño cheddar kind of girl, but she’s already told us exactly what she wants for Mother’s Day- a bundt cake recipe she found for me to make, and steaks from my dad. My brothers can do the dishes.
    Happy early Mother’s Day! Now will your guys make these for you…or would you rather make them yourself?

  • lori b
    May 8, 2013

    i am not a mama, but if someday i am, i hope the munchkins will make this for me. in the meantime i’ll just have to make oozy cheesy biscuit sandwiches for myself. doh!

  • May 8, 2013

    I am really digging that you stepped out of you’re regular box in your photos. They look great.
    Happy Mother’s day.

  • May 8, 2013

    These look amazing – cheddar + jalapeno is the best flavor combination ever! My local butcher makes a mean cheddar/jalapeno brat. It’s easily my favorite thing to grill in the summertime!

  • May 8, 2013

    I am having a mother’s day brunch at my house and was JUST thinking, “I have no idea what to make!” And then I opened your blog and BLAMO! That’s what I’m going.

  • May 8, 2013

    Holy moly! Love those nice chunks of cheddar that turn all melty. I would totally choose the biscuit with the crispy cheese, too.

  • Dang, I know my momma would be all over these. I love this idea!

  • May 8, 2013

    I love that first photo, its a different angle than you usually use and it caught me by surprise in a good way! Those biscuits look like carb HEAVEN.

    • Tracy
      May 8, 2013

      Thanks!!! I’m trying to shake things up a bit :)

  • May 8, 2013

    seriously!? INCREDIBLE!

  • Amy
    May 8, 2013

    This looks absolutely scrumcious – i am so hungry right now and I’m staring at your photos trying not to drool on my laptop ahhaha

    http://yummei.blogspot.co.uk

  • Breakfast Porn.

  • May 8, 2013

    stunning! makes me want a breakfast sammy SO BAD. Happy early mother’s day!

  • May 8, 2013

    these are phenomenal. this is what i want for mothers day breakfast.

  • Oh my gosh!!! Those look amazing. Thanks for a great mother’s day idea. I’m going to make that for breakfast. Calories be damned :)

  • I love that ooey gooey cheese. Never thought to use cubes of cheese. That’s why you are the one with all the street cred. ;)

  • Stacey
    May 8, 2013

    THESE ARE THE MOST GORGEOUS BISCUITS EVER.
    Shouting= Necessary. I cannot get over how tall and gorgeous they are! Also, cheese and jalapenos make the world go ’round. “Mothers love biscuits” made me laugh a lot.

  • May 8, 2013

    This is Mother’s Day. So. Much. CHEESE.

  • look at these little Gems… Mmmmm

  • May 8, 2013

    Hot flaky biscuits with oozing egg yolk is the best idea I’ve heard in a long time! OH MAN. I must have these soon. :)

  • Cheddar and jalapeno is one of my all time favorite combinations. This looks delicious!

  • May 8, 2013

    That looks like the perfect breakfast. I would definitely eat these biscuits plain – but with bacon and a fried egg? Sign me up!

  • Amanda Barkey
    May 8, 2013

    first of all those photos are GORGE!!! second of all can you come over and make me mothers day breakfast?! :) j/k you deserve a day too… ive told my hubby that hes on diaper duty and i dont care how he does it but hes packing the kids in the car, getting their butts to starbucks and bringing me a latte in bed. some way,some how its gonna happen… i might have to settle for one of their breakfast sandwiches but it surely wont even compare to this beauty!

  • I hope you have an amazing Mother’s day with breakfast in bed :) I adore your writing!

  • As a 24 year old single girl, I was totally fine not being a mother…until I saw that breakfast in bed set-up. GIMME A BABY, I WANT THOSE BISCUITS.

    Was that weird?

  • Kasia
    May 9, 2013

    I have recently discovered your blog and I fell in love. I red all older posts in one day. I love your photos, recipes and style of life.

    • Tracy
      May 9, 2013

      Thank you! I am glad you’re here :)

  • May 9, 2013

    Beautiful photos! How do you get your biscuits to stand so tall? Is it how big they are or how thick you roll them out?

  • Woah. Those loaded tall biscuits are just so LOVELY! And your photos are gorgeous – perfect for Mother’s Day!

    • Tracy
      May 9, 2013

      Thank you Meagan!

  • May 9, 2013

    i love these biscuits! my friend and i made everything in the jtb book and this is one of our forever recipes (along with the simple vanilla cupcakes and cookies + cream pudding).

  • Ha, I was totally thinking about forwarding this to my husband even before you suggested it! Mmmm, biscuits. Mmmm, breakfast.

  • May 9, 2013

    I don’t think I have time to become a mother before sunday. But I so need to make those biscuits!! And then that breakfast sandwich.
    I’m totally inspired! Thanks!

    • Tracy
      May 9, 2013

      HAHAHA!! Get a kitten!

  • I’m so in love with everything about this. It’s almost enough to make me acknowledge the existence of Mother’s Day. I’m sure I can think of another excuse to make these biscuits, and there’s not a chance I’m skipping out on the crispy bacon and runny egg. I’m dying.

  • May 10, 2013

    need these in my life ASAP

  • May 12, 2013

    Those look amazing. Too bad I’m 8,000 miles away from my mother, as I’d make those for her in a second :)

  • Megan Robison
    May 27, 2013

    These were AMAZING! Best brunch recipe ever

  • Nina
    June 17, 2013

    This was THE BEST biscuit recipe EVER!!! For the first time my biscuits looked amazing like the ones in the picture (wish I could say the same for the eggs!)! I made half a batch and used one fresh jalepeno and a fresh seranno pepper and it had just the right amount of heat. The biscuits were perfectly moist and crumbly. You have to try these!!! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!!!

  • Ral
    July 1, 2013

    These are perfect!! But I would add few slices of avocado :-) :-)

  • Katie
    August 29, 2013

    These were delicious!! However, my biscuits didn’t rise and just stayed sort of flat. Any suggestions?

    • Tracy
      August 29, 2013

      If you overwork your dough, the biscuits won’t rise! Do you think that might have been the case?

      • Katie
        August 29, 2013

        Maybe? This is one of my first attempts at biscuits so I didn’t know if it could be the humidity or whatnot. But I’ll try kneading it less next time. Thanks so much for the advice! They were soooo good, so I know I’ll make them again and I’ll try this and see what happens. :)

        • Tracy
          August 29, 2013

          It also could be the temperature of your butter! I used to have major biscuit fails, so don’t worry! You’re not alone.

  • Aeshna
    September 28, 2013

    Hi Tracy! Just wanted to let you know these turned out AWESOME. Thank you!

  • Julia
    April 28, 2014

    Hi Tracy,
    Just wondering if you have ever made the dough ahead of time and then cooked the biscuits the next day? Was hoping to make the dough the night before and then just pop them in the oven in the morning. Thoughts?

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