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The Best Cheese Biscuits - With No Butter

Updated on June 14, 2013

Can you say Coconut?

This is my favorite cheese biscuit recipe that I've developed while researching a health problem. My family has a history of high cholesterol so I've been researching alternatives in my cooking. This month I've banned the butter (for now) and instead of butter I'm using something different.

It all started when I received a popcorn maker for Christmas. With the popcorn maker can a prepackaged popcorn mix that included a semi-solid goo that you cooked the popcorn kernels in. The goo, after a bit of research, turned out to be coconut oil.

Here's the recipe. Enjoy... then comment.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15

Total Time: 20 - 25

Serves: 6


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  1. 1: Set Oven and prep pan. Set the oven to 425 F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone cooking pad or grease the pan so the biscuits won't stick. I like the using the silicone pads. They make clean-up so much faster.
  2. 2: Mix dough. Mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cheese. I use 1/2 cake flour, 1/2 all purpose flour because the cake flour makes for a lighter fluffier biscuit. If you don't have buttermilk you can make clabbered milk by adding 1 Tbsp of lemon juice into 1% or 2% milk and letting stand for 10 minutes. Pour into the flour and mix just until all is combined. I love using my Danish Dough whisk. It works like a charm when mix heavy doughs by hand. Much faster than pulling out the stand-mixer for the small dough amounts.
  3. 3: Portion Biscuits. This is the fun stuff. I make six or eight big biscuits because I like using them for egg sandwiches sometimes. If I am planning a supper of stew or chowder then I make them much smaller, easier to dunk.
  4. 4: Either way they cook up in about 20-25 minutes. Biscuits are usually cooked on a middle rack. My oven is a bit wonky so I keep a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven for 1/2 an hour prior to baking. Before the tops would cook before the bottoms and the big biscuits would be soggy in the middle. The pizza stone make the oven retain heat more and with the pan sitting on the heated stone they cook through properly and don't burn. My oven cooks different so I found a way to make it work; if you have your own wonky oven, you'll have to find your own solutions.
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What I Use and Why

I've been cooking and baking for many years now but this last year I received two things that have changed the way I cook. My lovely danish dough hook, It makes mixing by hand so much easier and more efficient. I use my stand mixer a lot less.

The other is my silicone baking sheets. I use them several ways and it makes clean-up so much easier. They just wipe clean even if the pot pies boil over and burn on the sheet. A quick rinse under hot water. Awesome. I used to use corn meal under my pizza, now I use a silicone sheet and pizza slides right onto and off of the pizza stone. Little to no clean-up.

I should also mention the toy I got for Christmas that started this whole kick, my pop corn popper. With it came a popcorn packet that contained popcorn flavored salt and a packet of coconut oil - my first introduction to coconut oil.

My pizza stone lives in my oven. I think is solves the heat variations of my old wonky stove. The one I have now is small and stained so I am looking for one much larger and a bit thicker. But that's another quest for another story.

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, Virgin, 15 Ounce (Pack of 2)
Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, Virgin, 15 Ounce (Pack of 2)

Coconut oil is a wonderful product. I use it as a butter substitute for butter in baking and when making popcorn. Very Healthy.

BrotformDotCom Danish Dough Whisk, Original European Import, Size Large
BrotformDotCom Danish Dough Whisk, Original European Import, Size Large

This is a steal at this price. More than $10 cheaper than where I bought mine

Pizzacraft PC9899 20 x 13.5 Rectangular ThermaBond Baking/Pizza Stone for Oven or Grill
Pizzacraft PC9899 20 x 13.5 Rectangular ThermaBond Baking/Pizza Stone for Oven or Grill

This is the one I'll be getting next Or bigger if I can fine one.


Variations and Ongoing Experiments

Though I love these cheese biscuits I love cheese and bacon biscuits even more. The reason I make cheese biscuits is adding bacon takes more prep time if you have to cook the bacon so I usally leave those to the Sunday morning breakfast meal.

Cheese biscuits as in this recipe take about as much time and heating up a batch of soup so they make for a quick evening meal.

I'm going to try adding some garlic powder or green onions or chives to the next batch. Make savoury cheese biscuits. Hmmmm now I am hungry.

What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas for variations.

The Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper Theater Style Popcorn Set
The Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper Theater Style Popcorn Set

This is what I received for Christmas that started me down the road to discovering coconut oil


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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @BritFlorida: Ok. ;) They are the best.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Definitely a must-try!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: I haven't tried the silicon bakeware yet... it would only give me that much more of an excuse to bake things I know I'll love but may not be the best for me... I tend to go that route.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I've been using coconut oil or olive oil for most of my cooking and have replaced wheat flours with nut flours like almond , coconut and chick pea flours. I think I'll give this a try with the alternate flours. I also use the silicone bake ware and love the muffin tins, cookie sheet and 8x8 cake pan. I have the big, thick pizza stone which is great but also very heavy. Putting the silicone pad over it sounds like a really great idea. Thanks

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @LesPalenik: Yes but if I added butter there would be even more, And whats the first thing you put on hot biscuits? Butter! So I cut down where I can and still have good flavors.

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      LesPalenik 4 years ago

      Looks good, but that cheddar cheese may add more cholesterol than the butter.

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      You use the same recipe I do, except for the coconut oil. I think I'll give mine a try with coconut oil since I have a canister on my counter. Yummy!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @maryseena: Well that aren't many cocoanut palms up here in Canada. It takes awhile for us to catch on but when we do.... Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Why do people suddenly consider coconut oil to be GOOD? I come from a place where traditionally coconut oil was the only cooking medium for thousands of years. Then everybody started finding fault with it and people were advised to stay clear of it. Many shifted to sunflower and palm oils. Now the wheel is turning the other way!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @GardenerDon: Sounds great... If it works you can try the My Easy Chocolate Cake Recipes next...

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Leaving my wife's laptop open at this page - we'll see how well she takes a hint!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @alina nicoleta92: You mean TASTES delicious? I made them again this weekend with bacon and cheese... I think that is changing my mind at being the best. Awesome. Thanks for checking in Alina.

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      FamilyBeachVaca 4 years ago

      Yes coconut oil is wonderful-it's what I use on air popped popcorn, I've even switched to coconut milk. Those biscuits look very good

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      alina nicoleta92 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @FamilyBeachVaca: They taste good too. I have tried the green onion and garlic but cheese and bacon still tops the chart on variations. Cheese alone is best for meal accompaniments I feel.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @renagirl: I'll time you. It takes me less than 30 minutes. :) I'll tell you the secret after you give it a try... :)

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      renagirl 4 years ago

      Yummy made me hungry