Mouthwatering Cheesy Date Biscuits Recipe for Your Delight

Looking to spice up your breakfast or brunch menu? Look no further than my Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits Recipe. These biscuits add a delectable twist to the age-old classic southern biscuit. Adding in a touch of sweetness with the pitted dates and a kick of spice with cayenne, this recipe is sure to have your taste buds dancing.

But, let’s not forget the star of the show here, the extra-sharp cheddar cheese. With its bold flavor and smooth texture, this cheese takes these biscuits from good to great.

As a southern-style chef, I’ve learned that the best recipes are ones that you can share with family and friends while creating lifelong memories in the kitchen. In this recipe, I’ve combined unique flavors that will bring everyone around the table together for a truly unforgettable meal experience.

So why not step out of your traditional biscuit routine and give these Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits a try? Trust me, your taste buds won’t regret it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits
Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits

Attention all biscuit lovers and foodies out there! You’re in for a real treat with this delicious Southern cheesy date biscuits recipe. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked.

What sets this recipe apart from the rest is the combination of sweet pitted dates and extra-sharp cheddar cheese baked into a fluffy biscuit. The balance of sweet and savory creates a truly unique taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

And if that isn’t enough to make your mouth water, these biscuits are also incredibly easy to make. With only a handful of ingredients, you can whip up a batch in no time.

This recipe comes straight from the experts in Southern cuisine, Cheryl Day and Paula Deen, so you know it’s going to be good. Whether you’re looking for something to impress your brunch guests or just want a tasty treat with your morning coffee, these biscuits are sure to hit the spot.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get ready to create the best date-filled biscuits you’ve ever tasted. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you later.

Ingredient List

 Warm, buttery and delicious
Warm, buttery and delicious

Before diving into making these Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits, let’s review the list of ingredients necessary to bring these mouth-watering delights to life.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounce package sharp extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates

These Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits are made with simple and easily accessible ingredients, including all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, unsalted butter, whole milk, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and chopped pitted dates. The sharpness of the cheese combined with the sweetness of the dates creates an irresistible balance of flavors. Make sure that you use unsalted butter and salt in this recipe to control the level of saltiness. Additionally, it is best to use sharp cheddar cheese that has been shredded at home as pre-shredded cheese may have additives that can affect the overall quality of your biscuits.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect match for a cup of coffee or tea
A perfect match for a cup of coffee or tea

Preheat the Oven to 425°F

Before we start making the southern cheesy date biscuits, it is essential to preheat the oven(s) and ensure they are at 425°F. The oven should be spacious enough to accommodate all baking sheets without crowding them.

Prepare the Flour Mixture

To make the flour mixture, sift together 3 cups of self-rising flour, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in one teaspoon salt.

Add Cold Butter Cheese

Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, blend 8 ounces of unsalted butter, grated cheddar cheese (2 cups), and pitted dates (1/2 cup).

You can shred the cheddar cheese using a box grater or food processor to create smaller flakes, which will melt quicker and result in softer biscuits.

The butter should be cold and cut into small cubes or grated using a box grater. Combining cold butter with hot ingredients will result in a flakier texture. It is impossible to develop your biscuit dough in any other way.

Mixing the Dough

After you’ve finished combining the butter-cheese mixture, pour it over the flour mixture. Tossing with fingers until crumbly forms pea-size pieces. Add 1 cup of milk and use a spatula to mix just until the dough comes together( don’t overmix). The dough will be sticky but not wet.

If you’re having trouble getting all of your dough to come together, add extra milk one tablespoon at a time until it reaches a uniform consistency.

Prepare for Baking

On a floured surface, knead the dough gently four times until it comes together entirely. Roll it out into half-inch thickness, and use desired size biscuit cutter for cutting. Place the biscuits onto the baking sheet, leaving a 2-inch space in between. Brush them with melted butter.

Baking Time

Bake the biscuits on 425°F for around 15 to 20 minutes or until they become light brown.

Enjoy your southern cheesy date biscuits while still warm and serve them alongside your favorite meal!

Substitutions and Variations

 A savory and sweet delight
A savory and sweet delight

Fans of cheddar cheese, fluffy biscuits and sweet dates will fall in love with this southern cheesy date biscuit recipe. However, this recipe can be adjusted to accommodate for some changes if you have dietary preferences or if you want to switch things up for the next breakfast gathering.


– Cheese: While sharp cheddar cheese is a key ingredient in this recipe, some people may not prefer its intense flavor. In that case, you can substitute the cheddar cheese with another cheese of your liking such as blue cheese, Gruyere or brie.

– Dates: If date cookies are not your thing, any dried fruit can work as a substitute. Try using dried peaches or apricots instead of dates.

– Flour: This recipe uses self-rising flour which contains baking powder and salt. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can substitute 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.


– Breakfast Biscuits: This recipe is perfect for breakfast but you can make it even more suitable by adding some breakfast favorites such as cooked bacon or sausage crumbles.

– Date-Filled Cookies: For those who are committed to dates, try making date-filled cookies with this recipe by folding pieces of dates into the biscuit dough before baking.

– Cream Biscuits: For those who do not have sharp cheddar cheese on hand, cream biscuits are a great alternative. Replace the cheese with 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream and omit the milk from the ingredient list altogether.

No matter which variation or substitution you choose to make, these southern cheesy date biscuits will still be just as delightful and satisfying as the original.

Serving and Pairing

 A Southern twist on a classic biscuit recipe
A Southern twist on a classic biscuit recipe

This Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits recipe is an excellent accompaniment to any meal. The combination of sharp cheddar cheese, pitted dates, all-purpose flour, and cayenne pepper makes for a savory biscuit that pairs well with rich stews and soups. The biscuits can also be served as a side for breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs or bacon.

For an extra burst of flavor, serve these biscuits alongside some homemade peach fried pies or blue cheese biscuits. If you want to make a breakfast platter, serve these biscuits with Cheryl Day’s buttermilk biscuits, Paula Deen’s cheddar biscuits, or Pillsbury Grands biscuits.

To bring out the cheesy and buttery elements of the biscuit, it’s best to serve them warm straight from the oven. However, if you have leftovers or want to prepare them in advance, you can always reheat them in a 350°F oven for about 5-10 minutes.

In conclusion, this Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits recipe is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Whether paired with savory dishes or served as part of a breakfast platter, these easy-to-make biscuits are sure to impress your friends and family with their delectable taste and Southern style.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for breakfast or brunch
Perfect for breakfast or brunch

Once you’ve finished baking your Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits and have had your fill, you may be wondering what to do with the leftovers. The good news is that these biscuits can easily be stored and reheated for future enjoyment.

To store the biscuits, place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. You can keep them at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To reheat the biscuits, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the biscuits on a baking sheet. Bake them for 5-10 minutes, or until they are heated through and crispy on the outside. You can also reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, but be warned that this method may make them slightly soggy.

If you’re planning ahead and want to make these biscuits ahead of time, you can prepare the dough and shape it into biscuits before refrigerating or freezing them. To refrigerate the dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. To freeze the dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container for up to three months. When you’re ready to bake the biscuits, simply thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before proceeding with baking instructions.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy your Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits any time you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect way to start your morning with a smile
The perfect way to start your morning with a smile

To achieve the perfect southern cheesy date biscuits, follow the recipe instructions carefully and apply these tips for optimal results.

1. Use fresh ingredients: Make sure to use fresh grated cheddar cheese and pitted dates for the best flavor.

2. Choose the right flour: The recipe calls for all-purpose flour. However, you can also use self-rising flour for a fluffier texture.

3. Don’t overwork the dough: Overworking the dough will result in a tough biscuit. Mix the ingredients until just combined, then stop.

4. Keep the butter cold: Cold butter is essential to achieve a flaky biscuit. Cut it into small pieces and keep it refrigerated until ready to use.

5. Use a stand mixer or food processor: While mixing by hand is an option, using a stand mixer or food processor will save you time and ensure even mixing.

6. Don’t skip the cayenne pepper: A pinch of cayenne pepper adds just the right amount of heat to complement the sweetness of the dates.

7. Measure ingredients accurately: To achieve consistent results every time, follow recipe instructions closely and use proper measuring tools such as measuring cups and spoons.

8. Bake on parchment paper: Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper creates an even heat distribution and prevents sticking.

By applying these tips, your southern cheesy date biscuits are sure to come out perfectly every time. Enjoy!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, southern-style cuisine is one of the most delicious and beloved cuisines you can find. With its rich flavors, comforting textures, and unique ingredients, it’s no wonder why southern cooking has become a staple in kitchens all across the world. And if you want to impress your family and friends with an authentic and mouthwatering southern dish, look no further than this Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits recipe.

The savory combination of sharp cheddar cheese and sweet, chewy dates is truly irresistible, and the flaky texture of these biscuits is sure to please even the most discerning palate. Plus, with easy-to-follow instructions and tips for perfect results, this recipe is accessible for any level of home cook.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking for a tasty breakfast treat or a flavorful appetizer for your next party, these Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits are sure to satisfy. Give this recipe a try today and taste for yourself why southern-style cuisine has earned such a special place in our hearts and stomachs.

Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits

Southern Cheesy Date Biscuits Recipe

Dates are some of my favorite things. Aside from being very easy to make, these date treats are great as a snack, appetizer or part of a meal. They also freeze well, both baked and unbaked.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer/Side dish
Cuisine Southern American
Servings 30 biscuits
Calories 82.8 kcal


  • 1 (8 ounce) package whole pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 375^F.
  • Sift together the flour, cayenne and salt.
  • Set aside.
  • In the medium bowl of a mixer, beat butter and cheese until well blended.
  • Mix in the flour mixture.
  • Add milk making a stiff dough.
  • Completely enclose each of 35 dates with 1 tablespoon dough.
  • Place each dough covered date on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • These can be formed in advance and baked as needed.
  • Serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 721gCalories: 82.8kcalCarbohydrates: 10.7gProtein: 1.6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 55.1mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 4.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Brunch, Cheese, Christmas, Lunch, Oven, Potluck, Sweet
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