My co-worker always finds delicious treats from local bakeries that he shares with the office. His latest discovery is from a small coffee shop called 9Bar. It’s there that he discovered something called a scuffin – a cross between a scone and a muffin. We’ve tried different varieties from sweet to savory. This recipe is an homage to those scuffins. This savory Everything Spiced Drop Biscuit has a crunchy outside and a tender, buttery inside, everything you want in a drop biscuit. It is seasoned with everything bagel seasoning and contains pockets of cream cheese to emulate the everything bagel experience.
Why drop biscuits?
I have a special place in my heart for drop biscuits My grandmother used to make a sweet version when I was little and I loved them. (Which reminds me, I need to look up that recipe.)
Drop biscuits are like their rolled/cut cousins but easier to make. The dough is wetter and not meant to be rolled out. By dropping spoonfuls of dough, it creates the crooks and peaks that give these biscuits their crunchy exterior. They don’t rise as much as a rolled biscuit but anytime I can avoid rolling out dough, I’m a happy baker.
Trial & error
This recipe went through a number of iterations before I was happy with the results. One of the toughest things to balance was the salt. Do I use unsalted butter or salted butter? Do I add salt to the dry ingredients or leave it out? What if there’s salt in the everything bagel seasoning? The answer to these questions is a resounding, “it depends.”
In the end I settled on using salted butter, leaving out salt in the dry ingredients (but if you only have unsalted butter there’s an easy solution – just add ½ teaspoon of salt). The main variable, when it comes to salt content, is the everything bagel spice mix. Different brands have different amounts. I like Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend and I calibrated this recipe accordingly.
How to serve these drop biscuits
These drop biscuits are best fresh and warm from the oven. I store extras in the refrigerator given the warm Hawaii temperatures and the cream cheese in the biscuits. They reheat well in a toaster oven or even an air fryer.
The biscuits are great for breakfast or alongside a bowl of soup or chili. They make a good snack with some cheese. Oftentimes I just eat them as is, no accoutrements necessary.Print
These easy, savory drop biscuits have a wonderful crunch outside and a soft, buttery inside. The everything seasoning blend and cream cheese bring the flavors of a bagel in the form of a delicious, fluffy biscuit.
For the biscuits
4 ounces cream cheese, cold
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning blend*
1/2 teaspoon salt*
8 tablespoons cold salted butter**
1 cup buttermilk
For the topping
2 teaspoons everything bagel seasoning blend
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
Cube cream cheese into small dice (about ¼-inch cubes – doesn’t have to be perfect). Place on a plate or sheet tray and put into the freezer while you prep the biscuits.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, everything bagel seasoning, and salt in a bowl.
Cut the butter into 1/2″ cubes then add to the dry ingredients and cut in with a pastry blender (or blend with your fingertips) until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Toss in the cold cream cheese cubes just until they are coated with the dry mixture. Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined. Dough will be a little wet and sticky, not crumbly.
Drop dough in 12 equal mounds about 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each scone with everything bagel seasoning and dried minced onion. Bake the scones on the middle rack until golden, 16 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Best served warm but can also be served at room temperature. These biscuits are best served fresh on the day they were made but they may be frozen and re-heated.
*Everything bagel seasoning mixes differ by manufacturer. If your blend includes salt, you may want adjust or remove the amount of salt used in the dough.
**If you are using unsalted butter, add an additional ½ teaspoon salt
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Biscuits
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 204.86
- Sugar: 2.71 g.
- Sodium: 473.96 mg.
- Fat: 11.71 g.
- Saturated Fat: 7.13 g.
- Carbohydrates: 21.31 g.
- Fiber: 0.71 g.
- Protein: 3.79 g.
- Cholesterol: 31.81 g.
Keywords: everything spice seasoning, cream cheese