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These are the BEST Olive Oil Drop Biscuits! Easy to make and light and fluffy in texture. They are the perfect side to any meal.

Easy Drop Biscuits made with olive oil

Truth: I have never swapped olive oil in a recipe that seemingly would requires butter. Biscuits use cold butter to get a flaky texture. This raises the question… Can you replace butter for olive oil in a biscuit?

The answer is YES. And it is SO GOOD.

Recipe Features:

  • Dairy Free: This recipe can be made dairy free by substituting your favorite nut milk.
  • Quick and Easy: From start to finish you are looking at less than 20 minutes.
  • Perfect Beginner simple olive oil drop biscuit: This recipe is no-fail and perfect for beginners.
two biscuits sitting on white plate

What You’ll Need:

  • Flour: I have only made this with All-purpose flour. However, readers have had success with gluten free options!
  • Baking Powder: Be sure to use fresh baking powder to get that beautiful fluffy texture.
  • Sugar: I limited the sugar in this recipe. Feel free to add more for a sweeter biscuit.
  • Salt: A flavor enhancer. Do not skip.
  • Olive Oil: Pick a light flavored olive oil and be sure it has not turned sour. Olive oil should be replaced if not used regularly.
  • Milk: I like this easy drop biscuit recipe with whole milk, cream, or non-dairy substitutes.
sheet pan with lines of olive oil biscuits

Step by Step Instruction:

  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Grease a baking tray and set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Stir in the oil and milk until fully combined.
  4. Drop by the tablespoon full (I do a heaping spoon) onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
olive oil and butter on table cloth

Tips and FAQ’s:

Can you use oil instead of butter in biscuits?

The short answer? Yes. You can definitely substitute oil for butter. The secret is to use an extra light olive oil.  It is made for baking, and with the addition of some extra salt, you get the same great flavor. No one will even know you’ve made the swap!

Keep this recipe handy. It is a favorite in our household and frequently requested at family events.

What do olive oil drop biscuits taste like?

This is the most common question I’m asked. What do these taste like?

They taste just like the biscuits you would regularly make. Light, fluffy, and delicious drizzled with a little honey or jam. I strongly suggest trying one right out of the oven topped with my pomegranate jelly. To-die-for.

These are outstanding! Moist, light, fluffy, and a slight salty flavor. Perfect for any fall soups or Sunday dinners.

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Easy Olive Oil Drop Biscuits

Easy Olive Oil Drop Biscuits

Yield: 8 to 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These are the BEST Olive Oil Drop Biscuits! Easy to make and light and fluffy in texture. They are the perfect side to any meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Extra Light Tasting olive oil
  • 1 cup of milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Grease a baking tray and set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Stir in the oil and milk until fully combined.
  4. Drop by the tablespoon full (I do a heaping spoon) onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Notes

Try adding fresh rosemary, black pepper and cheese to the biscuits. Reader recommended and our new favorite way to make this recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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These are the BEST Olive Oil Drop Biscuits! Easy to make and light and fluffy in texture. They are the perfect side to any meal.

Kiki

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Mine were so loose they turned out like flat cookies? I even added more flour but was afraid to go too much.

Jesseca

Monday 11th of October 2021

Hi Kiki, When you say loose, do you mean dry? I'd love to help figure out what went wrong here.

Alex

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

We subbed unsweetened soy milk for milk and canola oil for olive oil and added fresh rosemary, black pepper and cheese to the dry ingredients and they came out great, but probably could have stayed in a minute or two longer to get a little golden.

Theresa

Sunday 24th of May 2020

Made GF and they were delicious. I did add a little more sugar as I was making them for breakfast. First GF biscuit that was crunchy on the outside and soft and wonderful on the inside. Thank you for this recipe!!

Jesseca

Sunday 24th of May 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review! I do love these biscuits!

Glory

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Very good. easy. Common ingredients to have on hand. In this coronavirus pandemic quarantine, I was running out of butter but have olive oil. Thanks for your recipe. Will try w seasonings and or herbs.

Jesseca

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review the recipe, Glory! I hope you find some great herbs or seasonings to mix in.

Eva

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Everything that goes into the biscuits are white, so why aren't the biscuits white?

Mel

Sunday 30th of August 2020

If they weren't white you did something Wrong..

Jesseca

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Hi Eva, I'm not sure why your biscuits were not white and am a little unsure what issue you were having. They always turn out as white fluffy biscuits for me.

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