Cinnamon Apple Biscuits

Source: The Appalachian Tale

Yield: 8 biscuits


Biscuit Dough:

  • ¾ cup (170g) buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 ½ cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Burlap & Barrel Royal Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup (53g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, frozen & shredded
  • 1 medium apple (or 2 small), peeled, cored, and shredded*

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:

  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Burlap & Barrel Royal Cinnamon

*If you don’t have buttermilk, mix ½ cup + 3 Tbsp (156g) whole milk with 1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes.

**You’re wanting about 1 cup (115g) of shredded apple. We love the super fresh Michigan apples from The Apple Truck.


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix baking soda into buttermilk. Let sit for 5 minutes during which time it will expand to about a cup.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  4. Using a grater with large holes, grate frozen butter into flour mixture, tossing to coat every so often. Then grate apple(s) into mixture, tossing to coat as well.
  5. In the centre, make a well, then pour in buttermilk. Mix just until dough comes together; it’ll be looking rough at this point.
  6. Tip your dough out onto a lightly floured surface, then work it together, taking care to not overwork it. Pat dough into a rectangle that is about 1" thick. Using a bench scraper or sharp knife, cut dough into thirds. Stack thirds, then again pat into a rectangle that is about 1" thick. Repeat one more time. Cut rectangle into 8 equal pieces. Carefully transfer biscuits to prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. While biscuits are baking, melt butter. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together.
  9. As soon as you remove the biscuits from the oven, brush ‘em with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  10. Enjoy immediately!

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