I have been craving those wonderful cloud biscuits, tender and crunch all in one.

The truth is that I enjoy working on the dough with my hands. There is something magical and relaxing all at once.

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Those Cloud Biscuits are almost like flaky cookies than your typical biscuits. They are shorter in height, but they deliver the same great flavor.

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What is a Cloud Biscuit?

Light and flaky and rich in flavor due to the addition of the egg.

The difference between a regular drop biscuit and a cloud biscuit is the milk content. The drop biscuit has a higher content of milk thus the texture and consistency of the biscuit is fluffier, less like a cracker.

Remember that the cloud biscuit will not rise like your other biscuits.

Ways to enjoy your cloud biscuits

You can enjoy them either as a sweet for dessert, as savory in the late afternoon, or as a cocktail time snack. Either way, delicious and fun.

I had them with butter, jam, mascarpone, and jam that I made a few months ago. Perfect either way, as the biscuits take on the sweetness of the jam.

I also had them with prosciutto, and it was a great alternative to a cracker.

With the holiday season upon us, they will be fantastic for the work party or New Year’s Eve with champagne.

It will not hurt to have a few on hand just in case of quick friends drop in.

Here are a few helpful tips for the ingredients needed

You can find the printable recipe with all the suitable ingredient amounts at the bottom of this post.

All-purpose flour – the base of your biscuits. Use flour that is un-bleached and with no chemicals added. King Arthur is my favorite

Sugar – bring a hint of sweetness to your biscuits

Baking powder – leveling agent

Salt – assists the baking powder to levening

Shortening – the fat needed to get flakiness.

Whole milk – do not substitute with anything else; you need the milk’s richness with those cloud biscuits.

Egg – the binding agent with the flour

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Large bowl – to mix the dry ingredients

Small bowl – to mix the wet ingredients

2-inch round biscuit cutter – to make the biscuits

Pastry cutter – to cut the shortening into the flour

Baking sheet – to bake your cloud biscuits

Cooling rack – to cool off your biscuits

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Here are a few tips to prepare this recipe

  • Make sure that your milk and eggs are at room temperature. Let them rest before using them as the cold will stop them from becoming fluffy. Trust me as I have done that and had to restart.
  • Do mix the milk and egg until frothy.
  • Let the dough rest for 10 minutes, as directed in the recipe.
  • Yes, these cloud biscuits only require one tablespoon of sugar, which is perfect to serve either with sweets or savory.
  • Make sure you do not overmix it.
  • Buy good shortening and use only fresh.
  • When you are ready to cut them into rounds, make sure that the round disks are covered with flour. This will allow for easy separation of the biscuits. My favorite flour is King Arthur 


Your leftover cloud biscuits can be stored in an air-tight glass container in your refrigerator for a couple of days.

When ready to enjoy them, please bring them back to room temperature.

You can place them in a warm oven for 5 minutes at 250F.

Are you looking for other delicious recipes?

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Peanut Butter Cookies

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Recipe adapted from Ian Knauer “The Farm” cookbook

Cloud Biscuits

5 from 17 votes
cloud biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Those Cloud Biscuits are almost like flaky cookies than your typical biscuits.  Shorter in height but delivers the same great flavor.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening,
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg, large


  • Preheat oven to 450F. Position the rack in the upper third of the oven.
  • Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the shortening with your hands and mix it with the flour mixture. Leave some small lumps of shortening intact. 
  • In another small bowl whisk together the milk and egg and add it to the dry ingredients all at once. Using a fork stir the dough together until it separates from the bowl walls and follows the fork around the bowl. Let the dough stand for 10 minutes, then transfer the dough to a heavy flowered work surface and dust the top of the dough well with flour. Pat the dough gently into a ¾ inch thick disk. Cut into a 2-inch round. 
  • Bake the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 182mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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Originally published on April 17, 2020.