Cheddar and Jalapeño Biscuits


Light and airy cheesy biscuits packed with sharp cheddar and spicy fresh jalapeños.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My friend Garrett was over the other day, and made for me these fabulous cheddar jalapeño biscuits. I’ve since made them several times and each time they disappear within minutes.

They are surprisingly light in texture and crumb, given the amount of cheese and cream.

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The secret ingredient?

A quarter cup of cornmeal or polenta added to the flour.

Just that amount lends a slight crunch to the biscuit, without making it gritty. The cornmeal of course works beautifully with the jalapeños and cheddar cheese.

Garrett tops the biscuits with extra grated cheddar, giving them an even more cheesy edge. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack, or served alongside a hot bowl of chili.

Cheddar jalapeno biscuits

Garrett makes these biscuits as scones. Either shape works great!

Cheddar and Jalapeño Biscuits Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 10-12 biscuits

Taste the jalapeño. If too mild, include the seeds, if hot, use just the flesh, not the seeds. Adjust the amount to taste. Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese can also be substituted for the cheddar.


  • 1 1/3 cups (175g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (45g) polenta or fine milled corn meal
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups packed, 170g) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided (1 1/4 cup and 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons diced fresh jalapeños (more or less to taste)
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream (200ml), plus extra for brushing


1 Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

2 Whisk dry ingredients, add cheese and jalapeños: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, polenta, salt, sugar, cayenne, and baking powder.

Stir in 1 1/4 cups of the grated cheddar cheese and the diced jalapeños.

mix dry ingredients for cheddar biscuits

3 Add the cream: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the cream into the center of the well and your (clean) hands to gently bring together the ingredients.

If you need to add a bit more cream then do so a tiny trickle at a time. You just want everything to get wet enough so that the dough will be sticky and clumpy.

add cream to cheddar biscuit mixture

4 Knead the dough, just enough: Turn the dough out onto a surface lightly dusted with flour. Knead the dough just a few times - maybe only three or four pushes. You just want it to just come together. (Over-kneading will result in firmer, denser biscuits.)

5 Cut out biscuit shapes: Form the dough into a disc about 3/4-inch to an inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter (or a small juice glass) to cut round biscuit shapes out of the disk. Combine the leftover dough and keep forming small round biscuit shapes until the dough is used up.

cut out cheese biscuit shapes place cheddar biscuits on baking sheet

6 Brush with cream, sprinkle with cheese: Place on a silicone-lined or parchment lined baking sheet, with at least an inch or two between the biscuits. Brush the tops of the biscuits with a little more cream. Top the biscuits with a sprinkle of the remaining cheese.

top cheddar biscuits with cream and cheese

7 Bake: Bake at 425°F (220°C) for 11-12 minutes or until golden and the cheese is nicely melted.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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49 Comments / Reviews

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  1. Ellen

    Amazing and so easy to make. I left the sugar out.
    Made 12 at 5 am today, so quick to make.
    Thank you so much for sharing.


  2. Susan

    Delicious! I cut the sugar in half and they were just right for our taste. Served them with ham and black eyed pea salad. Will definitely make these again.


  3. Marilyn Torrison

    Loved these! Used the substitution for heavy cream (3/4 cup milk plus 2 tablespoons melted butter) and worked great. Served hot with farmer’s omelets for brunch, and my husband loved them. Will make again and serve with soup.


  4. Lovely Rita

    We loved these. Stuck at home with no bread, no yeast. I left out the sugar as we prefer things less sweet. I didn’t have fresh so used pickled jalapeño slices. I rolled the dough between pieces of Saran Wrap and used a small juice glass to cut out the biscuits. They went well with some soup for dinner. They also reheat well in a toaster oven.


  5. Katherine

    They didn’t rise properly like biscuits should. Too much sugar they came out like sugar disks.

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