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Cat head biscuits

Why are these called cat head biscuits? Some highly observant person looked at them and said “Hey. These things are as big as a cat’s head.” What a big observation that was. But the truth is, they really are huge and soft, and pillowy and wonderful. Oh–and easy. You don’t even have to roll these or cut them out. Just mix them up and drop them in the pan. 

Cat head biscuits really are huge, but they are soft, pillowy, easy drop biscuits you don't have to roll or cut.

My husband nearly croaked when he called and I told him I was making cat head biscuits. It has something to do with the fact that he’s been asking me to make these for 0h–ten years–and I waited till he was on his Weight Watchers diet to do it. Hahahahaha! Wicked me.

But they freeze well, so I’ll wrap these and drop them in and he can thaw one whenever he gets ready.

Which will probably be as soon as he gets home from work.

These cat head biscuits are so simple–even if you’ve never made a biscuit before. If you’ve baked a cake, you can do this. The combination of butter and vegetable shortening (aka Crisco) work great together and the buttermilk is a must. You must.

*This recipe also calls for cake flour–which is flour blended with a little cornstarch and milled a bit finer. I’d suggest using it, but if you just want to revolt, go ahead and use all all-purpose. It won’t be quite as light but it will still work.

You just mix your dry ingredients, break the butter and shortening in with your hands and add the milk. Stir it up and drop massive huge piles of the dough into a round cake pan. They bake about 20 minutes come out so terribly soft and wonderful.

Cat head biscuits really are huge, but they are soft, pillowy, easy drop biscuits you don't have to roll or cut.

Unless you have some sort of massive appetite, one will be plenty. That’s why this recipe only makes 6. But six feeds like 24 people if you ask me.

Cat head biscuits really are huge, but they are soft, pillowy, easy drop biscuits you don't have to roll or cut.

Cat head biscuits

Pillowy, soft, and maybe as big as a cat's actual head, these cat head biscuits are so easy--no kneading, rolling or cutting. Just drop them into your pan and watch them bake to perfection for your butter and jam. 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 425.
  • Spray a 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, soda, and salt together with a fork until blended.
  • Add the butter and shortening and toss them in the flour to coat; then using your fingers, break the butter and shortening up until they are about the size of peas. It's okay if some larger bits remain.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix with the fork until everything is combined and no pockets of flour remain but don't overmix it.
  • Drop with an ice cream scoop or with a 1/2 cup measure into the cake pan. Five around the outside and one in the center.
  • Bake about 20 minutes until browned and golden. Serve warm with butter and jam.
  • ** Adapted from the Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook


Calories: 470kcal

Cat head biscuits really are huge, but they are soft, pillowy, easy drop biscuits you don't have to roll or cut.

Recipe Rating


Saturday 5th of May 2018

Wonderful!!! I made them and we had to halve up to eat! Much to much to eat a whole one when you have other breakfast items to eat also!! That's ok, now I have left overs to have for more meals!

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 5th of May 2018

Hahahaha Brenda! They don't call them cat heads for nothing--they are supposed to be as big as one. ;) But yes, I think they are very good as well and I'm glad you enjoyed them! I'd say they will reheat wonderfully. --Rachel

Amy Griffin

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

I love that you don't have to roll and cut these!


Thursday 26th of May 2016

I love your new site Rachel and your new focus!

Rachel Ballard

Friday 27th of May 2016

Oh thank you so much Gayle! Helping readers cook amazing food and still save time is what this is all about. I can't wait to share more moving forward!

Nancy | Plus Ate Six

Saturday 30th of April 2016

Your poor husband is being taunted by baking smells and the promise of jam and biscuits. You're a cruel woman :)

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 30th of April 2016

I know. Poor guy--today I made an apple pie. He can't really have that either ;)


Friday 29th of April 2016

Gorgeous biscuit! Pinned. Thanks for sharing.

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