How to Cook Biscuits in a Dutch Oven: Bake Delicious Biscuits!

How to Cook Biscuits in a Dutch Oven

Forget store-bought biscuits for a minute. Imagine this: warm, fluffy biscuits, practically melting in your mouth, and YOU made them. Sounds impossible? It’s not! All you need is a Dutch oven – that big ol’ pot hanging around in the back of the cabinet. Turns out, it’s the secret to baking the best biscuits ever. Want to know how to cook biscuits in a Dutch oven? Come on, let’s ditch those boring cookie sheets and get our hands a little messy…I’ll show you how!

Benefits of cooking biscuits in a Dutch oven

Benefits of cooking biscuits in a Dutch oven
  • Perfect Bake, Every Time: The heat spreads around evenly in a Dutch oven, like a magical hug for your biscuits. This means perfectly golden brown on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth fluffy on the inside – no more sad, dry biscuits!
  • Steam Power! The heavy lid traps steam inside, creating a mini-sauna for your dough. This steam helps the biscuits rise nice and high, leaving them light and oh-so-soft.
  • Campfire Cooking Vibes: Even if you’re stuck at home, a Dutch oven lets you channel your inner explorer. Imagine warm biscuits by a crackling fire, even if it’s just your stovetop!
  • Versatility is Key: This pot is your baking bestie. Use it over a campfire, on the stove, or even in the oven! No matter where you’re cooking, it’ll get the job done.
  • Small but Mighty: Dutch ovens are surprisingly portable, perfect for taking your baking adventures on the road. Biscuits by the beach, anyone?

So, if you’re tired of mediocre biscuits, a Dutch oven is your new best friend. It makes biscuit-baking foolproof and, honestly, way more exciting than it should be!

Preparing the Dutch Oven:

Preparing the Dutch Oven for Biscuits

Seasoning the Dutch oven

Think of seasoning as giving your Dutch oven a protective coat. Start by washing it well with warm, soapy water, then dry it off completely. Now, grab some cooking oil or shortening, and give your pot a good rubdown – inside, outside, and the lid too! Think of it as a spa day for your Dutch oven.

Preheating the Dutch oven

Time for a little sauna session! Place your Dutch oven upside down in your oven, and crank the heat to 350°F (175°C). Let it bake for about an hour. This helps the oil get super bonded to the pot, creating a non-stick surface your biscuits will love. Once it’s done, turn the oven off and let everything cool down completely.

Making the Biscuit Dough:

Making the Biscuit Dough

Ingredients needed

Your Dutch oven is hot and ready – time to whip up the biscuit magic. Start with the basics: in a big bowl, toss together your flour, baking powder, salt, and even a little sugar if you’re into a touch of sweetness. Now comes the fun part: grab that cold butter and cut it into the dry stuff. Use a pastry cutter or your own awesome fingertips, going for pea-sized crumbles of buttery goodness. Remember, don’t go overboard here; those little bits are key to flaky biscuits!

Mixing and shaping the dough 

Now, the good stuff: Slowly add your milk or buttermilk until it starts to turn into a nice, soft dough. Be gentle – you don’t want tough biscuits, so just mix until things come together. This is where you get to be a flavor boss! Throw in some grated cheese, herbs, and even bits of bacon if you’re feeling adventurous. Shape those babies into rounds (or squares if you’re feeling edgy), and get ready to tuck them into that toasty Dutch oven. The countdown to biscuit heaven begins!

Cooking the Biscuits: How to Cook Biscuits in a Dutch Oven 

Cooking the Biscuits in Dutch Oven

Placing biscuits in a Dutch oven

Once the biscuits are perfectly shaped and ready for baking, carefully place them in the preheated Dutch oven. The key here is to arrange them close together but not touching to allow for even cooking and ensure that they rise beautifully. Cover the Dutch oven with its lid and let the magic take place, as the hot cast iron creates a perfect baking environment.

Monitoring cooking time and temperature 

Keep those eyes peeled! As your biscuits bake, you might need to adjust the coals under your Dutch oven or shuffle your campfire a bit to keep that heat nice and even. Some seasoned campfire bakers even swear by rotating the Dutch oven every so often to make sure no part gets too toasty.

After about 15-20 minutes, that amazing biscuit smell will start to fill the air, and those tops will be a beautiful golden brown. Grab your tongs or heat-proof gloves (that pot is HOT!), and carefully lift your Dutch oven away from the heat. Let those beauties cool just a touch before diving in. There’s nothing better than warm, fresh biscuits when you’re out in nature!

Serving suggestions

Serving suggestions for Biscuits

Now, your biscuits are outta the oven and smelling amazing. Let’s ditch boring serving and have some fun! How about a “Build Your Own Biscuit” party? Set out bowls of delicious stuff like honey butter, all kinds of jam, and maybe even some sliced ham and cheese if you want a savory twist. Your friends and family can make their perfect biscuit combo!

Or, want something a bit fancier? Line a basket with a pretty napkin and pile your biscuits in there – instant country-chic vibe! Pair those biscuits with homemade gravy or a creamy soup on a chilly day, and you’ve got pure comfort food heaven. See? A little creativity turns biscuits from a side dish into the main event on your table!

Storing leftovers

Storing leftovers the Biscuits

Okay, let’s be real: sometimes you make a killer batch of biscuits, and there might be a few left over. No shame in that! Here’s the deal to keep ’em tasting their best:

  • Cool it Down: Let your biscuits cool completely – this stops them from getting mushy when you store them.
  • Airtight is Key: Pop those cooled biscuits in an airtight container. Toss a paper towel on the bottom to catch any extra moisture.
  • Freeze for Later: Do you have a bunch left over? Wrap each biscuit individually in plastic wrap or foil, then stash them in a freezer bag or container. When a biscuit craving hits, just heat them in the oven at 350°F for a few minutes, and they’re good as new!

See? No reason to let those delicious Dutch oven biscuits go to waste!


Baking biscuits in a Dutch oven is seriously one of the best kitchen adventures you can have! That cast iron magic makes those biscuits turn out perfect every time – golden on the outside, fluffy on the inside. It’s simple, it’s fun, and those fresh-baked biscuits will make everyone at your table smile. So, what are you waiting for? Dust off that Dutch oven, fire up the stove (or the campfire!), and get baking some biscuit magic!


What’s the magic temp? 

Crank that Dutch oven heat up to 425°F for perfectly baked biscuits.

Rack or no rack? 

A trivet or rack can help your biscuits cook evenly, but it’s not a must-have.

How do I know they’re ready?

We’re going for golden brown on top and cooked through. Stick a toothpick in the center – if it comes out clean, the biscuits are ready.

How do I keep ’em from burning? 

Preheat that Dutch oven well, and peek at your biscuits every now and then while they’re baking.

Can I go gluten-free? 

Totally! Swap in gluten-free flour and use a recipe designed for that.

Reheating leftovers? 

Sure thing! A few minutes in a warm Dutch oven and those leftover biscuits will be good as new.

Serving suggestions for Biscuits

How to Cook Biscuits in a Dutch Oven

Forget store-bought biscuits! Baking warm, fluffy biscuits in a Dutch oven is easier and tastier than you think. This method transforms your ordinary dough into melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Camping, Southern


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon  salt
  • ¼ teaspoon  sugar optional
  • ½ cup  cold butter cubed
  • ¾ cup  milk or buttermilk


Prepare the Dutch Oven

  • Season if needed: If your Dutch oven isn’t well-seasoned, follow the seasoning instructions provided in the “Preparing the Dutch Oven” section of the recipe.
  • Preheat: Place your Dutch oven (upside down) in the oven and preheat to 450°F (230°C).

Make the Biscuit Dough:

  • Whisk dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar (if using).
  • Cut in butter: Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the cold, cubed butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add milk/buttermilk: Slowly pour in the milk or buttermilk, gently mixing until a soft dough forms. Don’t overwork the dough!
  • Flavor boost (optional): Gently fold in your chosen add-ins (cheese, herbs, bacon, etc.).

Shape and Bake:

  • Shape the biscuits: Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a lightly floured surface. You can also pat the dough out and cut into rounds or squares.
  • Bake in the Dutch oven: Remove the preheated Dutch oven from your regular oven. Carefully place the biscuits close together in the hot Dutch oven. Cover with the lid.
  • Bake: Return the Dutch oven to your regular oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.


  • Cool slightly: Let the biscuits cool for a few minutes in the Dutch oven before serving.
  • Serve warm: Enjoy your homemade Dutch oven biscuits with butter, honey, jam, gravy, or any of your favorite toppings!


  • For campfire cooking: Prepare the dough and place the uncooked biscuits in a preheated Dutch oven over hot coals. Adjust the coals as needed to maintain even heat and check your biscuits regularly.
  • Don’t have a Dutch oven? You can bake the biscuits on a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 450°F for approximately the same time.
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