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Gluten Free Drop Biscuits

 This is a simple recipe for Gluten Free Drop Biscuits that is easy to make with minimal prep and ingredients. These Gluten Free Drop Biscuits can be served sweet or savory- the choice is yours!

Gluten Free Drop Biscuits in a wire bread basket with a blue towel

These gluten free drop biscuits are one of the main components of my gluten free strawberry shortcake. They’re almost identical to my regular recipe for gluten free biscuits but these contain a little bit more milk, making them ideal for dropping rather than using a biscuit or cookie cutter.

The drop biscuit has always been one of my favorite parts of the shortcake. When baked on a greased cookie sheet, the bottoms of the biscuits get nice and crispy and they just taste buttery and utterly amazing. Like that little alliteration there? 🙃But feel free to eat them as is, without turning them into dessert. They’re just as good!

three gluten free drop biscuits on a wire rack

You could always use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat when baking these if you prefer, but you just won’t get that ideal crispy, crunchy, delicious biscuit bottom.

Before going gluten free, my mom would make these with regular all-purpose flour. We have been able to adapt them with to be gluten free using my brown rice flour blend. I find that blend works best with biscuits in any form. But if you’re looking for a good drop biscuit recipe and you don’t need gluten free and can bake with regular all purpose flour, you can use that here in place of the gluten free flour. Just be sure to omit the xanthan gum.

If you’re in the mood for biscuits for dinner but you don’t want to take the extra step to cut them out, try this gluten free drop biscuit recipe. Dropping the biscuits is definitely a time saver without having to sacrifice taste.

gluten free drop biscuits in a wire bread basket with parchment paper and a blue striped towel

While I almost always serve my drop biscuits with some thing sweet, you could also make them savory. They might not be ideal for breakfast sandwiches but they’d be great for brunch with some gluten free sausage gravy!

I’m going to be experimenting with some savory mix-ins too like garlic, herbs, and cheese to serve along some steak or seafood.

If you want to make your drop biscuit prep time even faster, make a batch of my Gluten Free Biscuit Mix ahead of time. The only adjustment you’ll need to make is using 1 cup of milk instead of ¾ cup of milk called for to make cut out biscuits.

These gluten free drop biscuits are really good and really versatile. They’re exactly the kind of recipe you need in your recipe arsenal. Enjoy!

gluten free drop biscuits on a white plate with one whole and one sliced open

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gluten free drop biscuits in a wire bread basket with parchment paper and a blue striped towel

Gluten Free Drop Biscuits

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

This is a simple recipe for Gluten Free Drop Biscuits that is easy to make with minimal prep and ingredients. They can be served sweet or savory.


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, cubed and cold
  • 1 cup Cold Milk


1. Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

2. Sift and mix together the flour, xanthan gum, salt, and baking powder.

3. Use a pastry blender or fork to cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is smaller than the size of peas.

4. Stir in the milk until completely incorporated. The mixture will be a bit wet and sticky.

5. Use a spoon or large scoop to drop the biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet into 2 rows of 4. Bake the biscuits at 425°F for 10-14 minutes or until done in the center. Mine were done in 12 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 208Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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Friday 8th of May 2020

What about dairy free milk like almond or coconut? Would I want to use the same amount?

Chrissy Foraker

Sunday 5th of April 2020

My all-purpose gluten free flour has xanthan gum in it, so do I need to still put that in? Thanks! Can’t wait to make these!


Sunday 5th of April 2020

If your flour blend contains xanthan gum, omit what's called for in the recipe. Just be sure to spoon and level your flour when measuring it instead of scooping with your measuring cup directly from the bag :)


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Is there a substitute for the butter in this recipe that you would recommend? Thank you!


Thursday 26th of March 2020

I would use Miyoko's Cultured European Style vegan butter. I've been baking with it recently and it's the closest to real butter. Use Forager unsweetened plain yogurt, if you can find it, in place of the milk. It'll work just like buttermilk. I did that recently in my Irish Soda Bread it worked amazingly well!


Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Super easy and delicious! These biscuits are a quick easy way to add a bread to your meal.

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