Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits with Jalapeno Cheddar Butter

These cornmeal buttermilk biscuits are so tender and delicious! I love to make a homemade jalapeno and cheddar butter to spread on them while warm!

These aren’t like any biscuits I’ve ever had before.

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They are so extremely addicting I urge you to use caution and NOT make these on an empty stomach. If you do I cannot be held responsible for you eating three or six. Yes they’re that good.

This recipes call for corn grits, or polenta. Because corn grits have a lot larger “grain” than regular old corn meal, it creates a lot of necessary texture in these biscuits. And by texture I mean crunch.

Start off with a large bowl and add in all the dry ingredients.

Give it a good stirring until all those ingredients are combined.

Cube up some butter that’s been pulled straight out of the fridge… you want ice cold butter here folks. And just plop it into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Blend up that butter! If you don’t have a handy-dandy pastry cutter then what’s wrong with you… just kidding… then just try a dinner fork, but you might want to warm up your upper arm strength before you go at it with that fork!

Then just add in the buttermilk.

Stir until all those lovely ingredients are combined. If it’s a little on the wet side, then just sprinkle in a little bit more flour.

Throw it down on a floured surface…

…and with your fingertips… pat it out.

Then, just like a letter, fold it into thirds…

..and pat it out again.

Stamp out your biscuits. I’m using a two inch cutter… but a three inch would work too! I also used the leftover scraps to get a couple more biscuits out of it.

Arrange them an inch apart on a lined baking sheet and pop them into a preheated 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

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Remove once they have puffed up and the tops are golden. Let those cool a smidge before serving.

The day before I made these biscuits, I whipped up this butter. I knew I wouldn’t have the time while the biscuits were in the oven. And I wanted desperately to spread this savory butter in the center a hot biscuit like nobody’s business…

So I roasted a jalapeno in a 400 degree oven, popped it in a bowl with some cling-wrap for like 10 minutes. And when it was cool enough to handle, I removed the skin, stem and seeds of the jalapeno and quickly minced that sucker up. I tossed it into a small bowl with a stick of softened (salted) butter and a lot of cheddar cheese (about a quarter cup).

Give it a good mix and either use right away… or chill it overnight.

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These biscuits have all those characteristics you’d expect… flaky, buttery-biscuit-y goodness but with a huge crunch from the corn meal. They are unbelievable and a cinch to make. The perfect addition to any meal… or they also make for an excellent midday snack.

Enjoy! And if you give these Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Cornmeal Buttermilk Bisicuits with Jalapeno Cheddar Butter

These cornmeal buttermilk biscuits are so tender and delicious! I love to make a homemade jalapeno and cheddar butter to spread on them while warm!

Yield: 12 {2-inch} biscuits

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For the Biscuits:

1-1/3 cups All Purpose Flour, plus more for work surface

2/3 cup Coarse Corn Grits {or Polenta}

2-1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 stick Unsalted Butter, diced

3/4 cup Buttermilk

For the Butter:

1 stick butter

1 jalapeno

1/4 cup grated {good quality} Cheddar Cheese

biscuits are slightly adapted from


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat.

In a large bowl combine the flour, corn grits, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Stir to combine.

Cut the cold butter into chunks and work it into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or fork until crumbly.

Gently stir in the butter milk. {Add more flour if dough is too wet}

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Pat the biscuit dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Fold the dough into thirds {like a letter} and pat it back out into an 8x11 rectangle. Use a 2-inch round cutter to make 10 biscuits, combine scraps to make 2 more biscuits.

Place them on the prepared sheet pan and place in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the tops are a light golden color, about 15 minutes.

Remove and let cool. Serve with jalapeno cheddar butter {recipe to follow}

For the butter: Roast the jalapeno on a small sheet pan for 20-30 minutes or until the skin is blistered. Remove and place in a small bowl with plastic wrap for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Trim off the stem and remove the seeds then dice.

Mix one stick of butter {salted}, the diced roasted jalapeno and a quarter cup of good cheddar cheese. Serve as is or refrigerate until ready to use.

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25 Responses to “Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits with Jalapeno Cheddar Butter”

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — May 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I’ve never had cornmeal biscuits but I just know I would love these. What a fun combination of flavors – perfect with soup!

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    Blog is the New Black — May 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Laurie, this isn’t from scratch, because you didn’t make your own butter…..


    • simplyscratch replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

      Haaaaaaa~ I know-I know jeeze! 🙂

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    Kathryn — May 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Oh that butter looks intense! It must work so well with the fluffy biscuits.

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    Emma — May 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I wish I could whip up a batch right now! Looks so good. I love reading your recipes. You give such clear step by step instructions. Thanks!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I amin love with that butter! This sounds so fantastic!

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    Katrina (GF Gidget) — May 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Hmmm… I wonder if the dough would hold together with gluten-free flour in stead of regular all purpose. I have never attempted a cut out biscuit out of fear of the unknown regarding the elasticity of GF dough. This may just convince me to try!

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      If you do please come back and let me know! 🙂

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    Amy — May 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    This looks amazing. I love anything with jalapeno in it. Add bread to that, and it’s heaven.

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    Cassie — May 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    What a unique biscuit. And that butter…oh my, that butter. I’m going to dream of it all day long!

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    Suzi — May 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, these biscuits look divine. Love the jalapeno in there too. Great photos. Great recipe I’ve never had cornmeal biscuits.

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

      Thank you Suzi!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    can you come make this for breakfast for me?! this looks SO good! i love cornbread but combining it in a biscuit with that crazy jalapeno butter just sounds out of this world!!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    These look craaaazy good. If it weren’t for my aversion to anything spicy I would make these like….yesterday. I kinda still want the biscuits…just with normal butter…mmm

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I’m in love with this idea! Where did you find the polenta? I don’t think I’ve seen it in my local grocery store.

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This is the comfort of the south wrapped up into one amazing biscuit…going into my mouth. South in my mouth. Yum!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    girlfriend. omg. i need that butter in my life!

  15. #
    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — May 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the new site design, too!

  16. #
    Lauren — May 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    That butter sounds INSANE!!!

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    vegiebug — May 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Yum! These look SO good! I’ve been meaning to make a flavoured butter, by I know that will just give me the go ahead to slather butter on everything! :/

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    Diana — June 1, 2012 at 5:58 am

    yummy-yummy!! I want to make them right now, and that butter looks delicious.

    Have a nice weekend!

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    Antonia @ Health Inspirations — June 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    These look so amazing that I decided to make them straight away, they are in the oven as we speak. Can’t wait to try them. Your recipes are always great Laurie! Thank you 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Just pinned them – can’t wait to try these!

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    DB-The Foodie Stuntman — June 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Looks good!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Look at that mile-high rise! And that jalapeno cheddar butter looks to die for!

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