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Quick Orange Drop Biscuits

These easy Orange Drop Biscuits can be mixed and baked and on the table in 30 minutes. The addition of orange makes them perfect for breakfast or even snack. 

We are big lovers of biscuits and scones, from these very popular Maple Glazed Brown Sugar Scones to these equally popular Homemade Simple Biscuits. Both definitely worth a try.

drop biscuits in a wire basket with slices of orangesQuick Orange Drop Biscuits

My Mom was really big on biscuits, she would make them plain and sometimes add chocolate chips or even dried fruit. I thought these simple Drop Biscuits would be perfect with some orange zest.

And they were, considering they were gone in a day!

Of course if you prefer, lemon zest will work well too, or you can skip it completely and just make them plain. If you add dried fruit or chocolate chips toss them into the mixture with the egg mixture.

How to make Drop Biscuits

  • In a small bowl beat together the egg and milk.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients and zest.

mixing the milk and egg in a blue bowl and the dry ingredients in a white bowl

  • Add the butter and mix until coarse crumbs have formed.
  • Then add the egg mixture and stir just until combined.

stirring the dough just until combined

  • Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons to form six mounds on a prepared cookie sheet.

placing dough on parchment paper lined cookie sheet

  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

baked biscuits on cookie sheet

What does stir just until combined mean?

It means to combine the dry ingredients with the liquid ingredients until the dry ingredients are completely moistened but the mixture is still slightly lumpy. Do not over mix or mix until smooth or your biscuits will turn out very dry and tough.

How to know when they are done

Bake until the biscuits are lightly golden, not too much because they will continue to cook once they are out of the oven for a bit. Remember to just stir until combined, almost like muffins. Stir about 15 times and it will be fine.

up close drop biscuit in a wire basket

How to store them

The baked cooled biscuits should be kept at room temperature in an airtight plastic bag. They will keep for up to two days.

The biscuit dough can be made in advance and stored for up to three days in the fridge. Or if you want to freeze the unbaked dough, then freeze the formed unbaked biscuits for a few hours or until firm and then move to a freezer safe bag or container.

They can be baked straight from the freezer, just increase the baking time to about 4-5 minutes.

The cooled baked biscuits can also be frozen, freeze in a container or bag. The raw dough will last up to three months in the freezer.

More delicious Orange Recipes

Italian Orange Ricotta Cookies

Orange Streusel Muffins

Simple Glazed Orange Cake

Orange Cream Filled Croissants

So if you are looking for something tasty and quick, these Orange Drop Biscuits are just the thing. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!

a sliced biscuit with butter

drop biscuits on a white plate and 2 on a wooden board

Quick Orange Drop Biscuits

Rosemary Molloy
These easy Orange Drop Biscuits can be mixed, baked & on the table in 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 biscuits
Calories 136 kcal


  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk (45 grams)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (130 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (12 1/2 grams)
  • zest of 1/2 an orange
  • 2 tablespoons butter (cold) (26 grams)


  • Pre-heat oven to 400F (200C) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl beat together the egg and milk, set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and zest. Add the cold butter and mix to form coarse crumbs. Add the egg mixture and mix with a fork or spatula just until combined (about 15 or 16 stirs).
  • Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons (6 mounds) on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden (a little darker on the edges). Move to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!


If you find the dough too dry then add 1/2 tablespoon of milk at a time. But it should be fine with these measurements.
If you want to add extras such as chocolate chips or dried fruit (about 1/4 cup) then toss them into the mixture with the egg mixture.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. Hi Diana, apparently you can but you shouldn’t go above 325F or the cookies could burn. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, more if necessary.Be sure to line the basket with parchment paper, place the cookie dough close to the outside of the of the basket, this way it will help hold down the paper so it doesn’t flap around and squish the cookies while baking. Keep some space between them also. Hope this helps. Let me know how it goes. Take care!

  1. I am not a good baker but this Orange drop biscuits receipe sounds / looks good so I will give it a try.
    I’ll let you know how I made out.

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