Everything Spiced Drop Biscuits

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.

Everything spiced drop biscuits

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.

Everything spiced drop biscuits - ready for the oven
Drop biscuits - ready for the oven.

Trial and 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.

Everything spiced drop biscuits

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.