Garlic Cheese Biscuits - The Southern Lady Cooks

These Garlic Cheese Biscuits just melt in your mouth and go with just about any meal. If you love the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits you will definitely want to save this recipe. Super easy to make, big in flavor and one of our favorites. You can smell them in the oven and you just know these are going to be delicious. Perfect combination of garlic and cheese.

Garlic Cheese Biscuits Ingredients Needed:

Self-rising flour

Vegetable shortening or butter

Shredded Cheddar cheese

Buttermilk (could use regular milk)


Garlic powder

Salt (optional)

These biscuits have a great crisp on the outside but are fluffy and soft on the inside. As you can see these are only a few ingredients and you can whip them up super quickly. You can shape them with your hands or just make drop biscuits. Either way works just fine!

For a time saver you can use bagged shredded cheddar cheese but if you haven’t shredded your own cheese I encourage you to give it a try. The bag shredded cheese can’t compare to freshly shredded. Then once the biscuits are done.. you can brush the tops with melted butter.. WOW! So good!

You can use regular milk in this recipe too. We enjoy cooking with buttermilk, the added fat makes for a great ingredient. If you don’t have any buttermilk you can always make a substitute, of course it won’t add in the fat but it will help with the sour of the buttermilk. Learn more here!

“I made these tonight for a big family meal. Used cold butter and buttermilk. Brushed with melted butter and garlic powder mixed together on the hot biscuits. They were just as yummy as Red Lobster’s. Thank You!!” -Theresa

Garlic Cheese Biscuits - The Southern Lady Cooks

Garlic Cheese Biscuits - The Southern Lady Cooks
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Garlic Cheese Biscuits

The Southern Lady Cooks
These biscuits go with any meal. They are absolutely delicious and very similar to the ones you get at Red Lobster. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course bread
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 18 biscuits


  • cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening or butter
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup buttermilk could use regular milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional


  • Place flour in large bowl.  Cut in shortening or butter until crumbs are the size of peas. Add garlic and sugar.  Stir in cheese and milk.
  • ou can do these as drop biscuits using a tablespoon of batter and dropping onto sprayed baking sheet or you can shape them with your hands and make a larger biscuit.  I did some of both with this batch.
  • Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Brush tops with the melted butter if you want.  Makes about 18 biscuits
Keyword cheese biscuits, garlic cheese biscuits, red lobster cheddar biscuits
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  1. I made these tonight for a big family meal. Used cold butter and buttermilk. Brushed with melted butter and garlic powder mixed together on the hot biscuits. They were just as yummy as Red Lobster’s. Thank You!!5 stars

  2. Susan Foster says:

    Love your recipe I tried it my friends and family loved them they’re a big hit thank you from England5 stars

  3. If you are using butter to cut into the flour, should it be cold?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It should be at least solid and not soft, Tess.

  4. Do these taste like Red Lobsters biscuits?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think they do, Dee.

  5. Mrs. Carol Lee Mentze says:

    Love your site and your recipes sound heavenly!!!!! Looking forward to trying them.5 stars

  6. Kim Smith says:

    Is self rising flour the same as all purpose flour? Also could I use butter instead of shortening?

    1. Self-rising flour already has the baking powder in the flour. You have to add it to all purpose flour. You could probably use butter instead of shortening.

      1. how much baking powder would i have to add if i used all purpuse flour?

  7. Dianne Bobo says:

    if one likes a strong garlic flavor could you use garlic butter on top or would that be to strong?

  8. No, I said increase the temp. but I would not change the temperature at all if it were me. I would just keep checking them to make sure they are done.

  9. Could butter be used instead of shortening?

  10. PICK love your recipes! <3

  11. Hello – I live at 4,300′ and the altitude is a factor. Generally, I have to decrease the cooking temperature a touch and lengthen the cooking time 15 – 25%.

    I was wondering how these would taste with some rye flour included. I guess I need to give it a try.

  12. Terri Davenport says:

    Great stuff love all the new ideas that your bring to the table…Thanks…

  13. grammyof13 says:

    Glad I stopped by facebook today, I’ve wanted this recipe for garlic cheese biscuits. Blessings to you this week. Your site is looking better all the time.