Dairy Farmers of Canada

Chili and Cheddar Holiday Biscuits

Take a little time to prepare these do-it-yourself biscuits. Your guests will be impressed and any leftovers will go just fine with a hearty soup the next day.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 12 min - 15 min
Yields 18 biscuits
chili and cheddar holiday biscuits


  • 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dry red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) chili powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold butter cubed
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) Canadian Mild Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Milk
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Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C).

Blend the flour with the baking powder, chili flakes, chili powder and salt. Add butter and fold into the dry mixture using a pastry blender (or two knives) until the mixture is crumbly. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the Canadian Cheddar cheese and toss to combine.

Using a spoon, make a depression in the dry ingredients and pour in milk. Stir until a lumpy dough has been formed. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it binds. Roll or pat to 3/4-in (2 cm) thickness. Cut into desired shapes, re-rolling scraps, and arrange on an un-greased baking tray. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the tops.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden on the bottom.


The chili flakes can be substituted for any number of herbs or spices'finely ground caraway or cumin, for example, or even whole poppy seed.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 151 Calories
Carbohydrate: 18 g
Fat: 7 g
Fibre: 0.7 g
Sodium: 173 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 12 % / 136 mg
Folate: 18 %
Phosphorus: 17 %
Riboflavin: 10 %
Thiamin: 13 %