On the Red Lobster website the chain claims its recipe for these awesome biscuits served with each meal is a corporate secret. The site says, “That hasn’t stopped home cooks and cookbook authors from trying to re-create them.”

The company never reveals the real recipe but does offer two tips for making your own version of the famous biscuits. According to Red Lobster, baking soda is definitely one of the ingredients, and overkneading the dough is a no-no. My previous version of this recipe requires Bisquick baking mix —as do many of the recipes posted out there—which makes the recipe super easy, but does it really make for the best clone? I thought it was about time I worked on the ultimate hack of the world’s most well-known cheesy biscuits, with all scratch ingredients, the way Red Lobster would most likely make them. And just because this new recipe is made from scratch with no baking mix doesn’t mean it’s hard. In fact, it’s still a very easy clone and the finished product is lighter and flakier (thanks to the addition of cake flour) and more like the real thing than any other hack you’ll try.

6½ ounces (1½ cups) cake flour
2½ ounces (½ cup) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅓ cup cold shortening
¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup cold water
¼ cup buttermilk

¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
⅛ teaspoon granulated sugar

Cooking method

1-Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2-Combine the flours, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.

3-Add the cold shortening to the flour and mix well until no chunks of shortening are visible. You can also use a pastry cutter to cut the shortening into the flour until it is crumbly.

4-Mix in the cheese.

5-Add the water and buttermilk and mix gently with a large spoon JUST until the ingredients are blended. Do not mix too much or your biscuits may not be flaky.

6-Measure ¼-cup portions onto a parchment paper– or a baking mat lined baking sheet. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown. Spin the pan around once halfway through the cooking time.

7-While the biscuits are baking, make the garlic butter spread by melting the butter in a small dish in your microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

8-When the biscuits come out of the oven, use a brush to spread the garlic butter over the top of each biscuit. Serve warm

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