Parmesan-Herb Angel Biscuits Recipe


Like a cross between a buttermilk biscuit and a Parker House roll, these tender, buttery biscuits have added flavor from fresh rosemary and thyme and nutty Parmesan cheese. Brush the biscuits with extra butter and serve warm—we're sure they will earn a permanent spot in your Thanksgiving bread basket. The dough can be made up to 1 week in advance; and stored in the refrigerator. Honestly, these angel biscuits come by their name because they taste like they're sent right from heaven to our plate!

Angel Biscuits
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
about 3 1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup warm water (100°F to 110°F)

  • 1 (1/4-oz.) pkg. active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup), divided

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1/2 cup cold salted butter, cubed

  • 1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening, cubed

  • 2 cups whole buttermilk

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted and divided


  1. Stir together warm water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl or 1-cup glass measuring cup. Let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 ounces Parmesan cheese, thyme, and rosemary in a large bowl; cut butter and shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 forks until crumbly. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.

  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 or 4 times. Gently roll dough into a 1/2-inch-thick circle, and fold dough in half; repeat. Gently roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter. Reroll remaining scraps, and cut with cutter. Place rounds with sides touching in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. (If using a 12-inch skillet, place remaining biscuits in a 10-inch skillet or on a baking sheet.) Brush biscuits with 3 tablespoons of the melted butter. Sprinkle biscuit tops with remaining 1 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated.

  4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Brush with remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter, and serve.

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