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Sage And Cheddar Biscuits (No Yeast)

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My Sage And Cheddar Biscuits recipe is the savory side of your dreams — and you don't need any yeast to make them!
Baked Sage & Cheddar Biscuits arranged on a baking sheet.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner—I don’t think there’s anything that accompanies a meal better than savory cheddar and sage biscuits. These homemade buttermilk biscuits are incredibly tender and flakey, have the perfect amount of rise, and offer two wonderful flavors: cheddar cheese (which, in my opinion, is never a bad choice!) and sage (a complex herb that adds unbelievable depths of flavor.)

Many bakers get nervous when it comes to baking bread or biscuits, but this recipe calls for no yeast. Yes, this is a yeast-free biscuit. It’s impossible not to pull a delicious tray of homemade biscuits out of the oven, and that’s what I love. Sometimes, the simplicity of a recipe is what makes it just so darn good. 

The key is keeping your refrigerated ingredients as cold as can be! To me, that adds another layer of ease: no need to remember to take those ingredients out of the fridge when you’re set to get baking! 

Unbaked sage and cheddar biscuits ready for baking.

What Are Cheddar And Sage Biscuits?

Sage and cheddar biscuits are lovely, flakey biscuits that have warm, wonderful savory flavors. My homemade recipe does not include yeast, making it an even more stress-free experience! 

What you can find in this biscuit is buttermilk, which is a key ingredient. If you don’t have any on hand, you can make your own with my homemade recipe. Not only does it bring a delicious tang to the biscuits, but it also helps them rise.

I love how the mild cheddar cheese compliments the sage, with its peppery, somewhat earthy tastes. All in all, you can’t go wrong with this biscuit! 

What You Need To Make Cheddar And Sage Biscuits

A close up of my cheddar and sage biscuits after baking.

How To Make Sage and Cheddar Biscuits

This may be one of the most simple and most flavorful biscuits you ever make! Here is how you make cheddar and sage biscuits (and don’t forget to get the printable recipe, with all measurements, down below):

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and prepare your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda either in a food processor or by hand until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add in the cheddar cheese and sage.
  4. Cut in or pulse in the butter until the butter is about the size of small peas. 
  5. Now, add in the buttermilk. Mix the ingredients until they just combined.
  6. On top of a floured work surface, quickly press the dough together until it just barely comes together. Then, roll it out into a rectangle about 1-inch (3cm) high.
  7. Fold the dough in thirds, like you would a letter, and then roll it out again to the same sized rectangle.
  8. Cut the dough into 12 squares and place them on your baking sheet. Brush the dough with egg wash.
  9. Bake the biscuits for about 15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. 

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Cheddar And Sage Biscuits

  • You want to be sure that all of your refrigerated ingredients stay cold while making the biscuits! Otherwise, you may have flat biscuits.
  • Work quickly and with a light touch while handling the dough to keep the butter from melting and discourage gluten from forming.
  • For a different variation, try swapping out a different cheese, like parmesan or gruyere, or a different herb like rosemary or thyme.
  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can easily and quickly make your own homemade buttermilk.
  • In a pinch, you can use dried herbs. Use 1 tablespoon of dried sage or any other dried herb in place of fresh herbs.

Sage and cheddar biscuit cut in half and covered in butter.

How Do I Store Cheddar And Sage Biscuits?

You can store any leftover homemade biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze cheddar and sage biscuits for up to 2 months. Once frozen, reheat or defrost in a 325°F (165°C) oven for about 10 minutes.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Sage And Cheddar Biscuits Recipe

4.88 from 24 votes
My Sage And Cheddar Biscuits recipe is the savory side of your dreams — and you don't need any yeast to make them!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 biscuits
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
My Sage And Cheddar Biscuits recipe is the savory side of your dreams — and you don't need any yeast to make them!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 biscuits


  • 3 ¼ cups (16¼oz/461g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (3oz/85g) sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) butter (very cold and diced)
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) cold buttermilk
  • Egg wash


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a food processor (or by hand), combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until combined.
  • Add in the cheddar cheese and sage and pulse until combined.
  • Cut or pulse in the butter until the butter is the size of small peas.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix until just combined.
  • On a floured surface, quickly press the dough together until it just barely comes together, and then roll it out into a rectangle about 1-inch (3cm) high.
  • Fold the dough in thirds like a letter and then roll out again to a rectangle 1-inch (3cm) thick.
  • Cut the dough into 12 squares and place on your baking sheet, brush with the egg wash.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Once cooled enjoy slathered with butter.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat or defrost in a 325°F (165°C) oven for about 10 minutes.
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3 months ago

I made these last spring and they were so good (and easy to make) I planted sage in my herb garden specifically for this recipe! Made these for breakfast and brought some for a friend’s dinner as a side dish. They were gone in literally 2 minutes, and the recipe shared. Thanks!

4 months ago

Great recipe! I used an additional Tblsp of sage and I needed a couple extra Tblsp of buttermilk to get the dough to come together. I was worried that I overworked the dough trying to get it to the right texture, but they still turned out well. Made 16 biscuits as I was trying to stretch the servings. Egg wash is a good call for these; really nice touch. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

5 months ago

Hello, I found that it was a DELICIOUS recipe and easy, BUT the scones need MORE than 1 cup of buttermilk, it did not come together as i had hope and ended up using 2 cups of butter milk..

1 year ago

Hi Gemma, I have tried several biscuit recipes from various sources without great success until this recipe. They turned out perfect and delicious even while using dried vs fresh sage which probably would have made them attain holy grail status LOL. Thank you for your great recipes, tips & videos. Your recipes are in constant rotation. I can honestly say I am actually a very good baker now, thank you. I now make everything from scratch. Also my hubs loves the english muffins recipe which I make for him every week. I almost cried with the crumpets which brought back… Read more »

Dawn Seow
Dawn Seow
2 years ago

I tried this recipe and it was delicious! Didn’t have dried sage so I replaced it with mixed herbs…First time doing scones/biscuits and they turned out beautifully and so flavourful. Just a pity that my family and I polished off everything before I got the chance to take a pic 🙂

2 years ago

It was delicious. I tried to upload pictures but it wouldn’t let me

2 years ago

Can you please tell me do know about how many calories this contains?

Kate Amato
Kate Amato
2 years ago

Hi Jemma. I’m from New Zealand and we don’t have biscuits like this but we do have scones both savoury and sweet. Arn’t these just savoury scones?

2 years ago

Made these spur of the moment using fresh Sage from my garden. They turned out beautifully! I loved the texture and flavor. Thank you for sharing another gorgeous recipe, Gemma!

miriam favretto greco
miriam favretto greco
2 years ago

its me again Gemma, also i didnt make them square i did round and i did place them in the oven at 400 ^ and for 20min like i said previously hope they’re cooked on the inside !!!! thank you again for your time lessons and goodies !!!!!

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