Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuits

Biscuits, Desserts

Biscuits are rarely dessert. WHY? They’re too delicious not to be dessert, amirite? Of course I am.

I decided to take these unjust matters into my own hands and make biscuits more like chocolate cake, but still biscuits. Do you see what I’m doing here?

When I set out on this journey, I figured I’d just make chocolate biscuits, smother them with butter, say it’s breakfast/dessert and call it a day. But then I peeped in the fridge and spotted some near-dying strawberries and whipped cream that was flirting with its expiration date, sooo…it became quite clear that I just needed to make a chocolate rendition of Southern strawberry shortcake.

This is typical of how kitchen awesomeness happens for me: a mishmash of refrigerator stragglers just trying to find a place in this world.

Back to business.

Next, you’ll melt some chocolate and when it’s cool, you’ll mix it in the blender with the buttermilk and egg. It’ll look exactly like Ovaltine milk.

Don’t drink it–it’s deceiving. Buttermilk with raw egg. Not adorable.

(OMG – Why are we using a blender?! Something else to clean up! Yes, I know, I’m sorry. But it won’t blend properly by just mixing. The buttermilk will just have small clumps of chocolate throughout. Not what we’re going through.)

The dry and wet are all mixed up. And then the biscuits take a trip to the oven for about 15 minutes, give or take.

These biscuits are slightly flakey, very moist with a cake-like interior. A cross between a biscuit and a piece of chocolate cake. I’m mad at exactly none of this.

Whip up some whipped cream, slice some strawberries, macerate the heck out of them, and serve. It’s totally dessert time, yo!

Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuits

Print this recipe!

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa powder
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 ounces unsalted butter, cold
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 cup buttermilk, plus 3 tablespoons, cold and shaken
1 large egg

1. Preheat oven to 450F.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a box grater, grate the butter into the flour mixture. Transfer the bowl to the freezer for 10 minutes. When it’s done chilling, break up the butter with your hands until it resembles small peas in the flour mixture.

3. In a blender, add the melted chocolate, buttermilk and egg. Pulse until thoroughly combined, and mixture resembles chocolate milk.

4. Add the buttermilk mixture, all at once, to the flour mixture. Mix until barely combined, lightly kneading the dough in the bowl. Dough will be sticky–that’s okay. Sprinkle your kitchen counter with flour and dump the dough onto it. Knead a few times to bring it all together (4 to 5 times). Press or gently roll the dough into a 1-inch thickness. Cut out the biscuits using a biscuit cutter (I used a 4-inch cutter and got 6 biscuits). If you use a 3-inch cutter, you’ll end up with 8.) Recombine the scraps and get two more biscuits. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet.

5. If you think you’ve been moving a little slow (like I was because I was..ahem..taking pictures), stick them in the freezer for 2-3 minutes. This will get the bits of butter nice and cold again. After the biscuits are cold, brush the tops of with egg wash and bake in oven or 15-17 minutes, or until tall and slightly golden brown on top. Serve biscuits warm with macerated* strawberries and whipped cream.

*Tip: To mascerate strawberries, slice up desired amount and transfer to a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of white granulated sugar (per every 5-6 medium-sized strawberries you use), a teaspoon of lemon juice and let the mixture stand for 10-15 minutes.

Yields 6 (4-inch) biscuits

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  • Reply Mary May 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    This is why I read your blog.
    I want to make these, but I’m out of buttermilk. It’s an important ingredient, obviously, but would a substitution such as milk with cream of tartar work in a pinch?

    • Reply Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Yes, it’s important. I’ve never used the cream of tartar substitute, actually. If you’ve tried it, go to town. I rarely do the substitute, but the one I like the best is the lemon + buttermilk combo.

  • Reply DessertForTwo May 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I love this! It’s about time biscuits were made even sweeter!

    I get the majority of my creations from refrigerator ingredients that need to be used up, too. People say ‘oh you’re so creative.’ Uh, no. I’m a horrible grocery shopper & buy enough food for 4 people every week…’

  • Reply Nina @ ambrosia May 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    This looks fantastic! I love traditional strawberry shortcake, but I’m a real chocaholic, so it’s nice to see some chocolate incorporated into the recipe. Chocolate biscuits sound delicious, I definitely want to try these out!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou May 5, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Ok, I’m gonna say it: you are the absolute queen of biscuits!
    Salty, sugary, chocolatey, there’s really nothing that you can’t do when it comes to biscuits.

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  • Reply Margarita May 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Ok so when I was at the grocery store today, I totally thought about getting some buttermilk but decided not to. After reading this post, I’m mad at myself. Do you think heavy cream+yogurt would work?

    • Reply Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Do you have milk and lemon? I favor that buttermilk substitute.

  • Reply Miss K May 5, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Looks like heaven!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 5, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Goodness, these look heavenly! Love it!

  • Reply Running from the Runs May 5, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Oh, my, goodness. Why have we never seen this before? Pure brilliance! Cannot wait to try!

  • Reply Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper May 5, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Wow! I never even thought to put chocolate in my biscuits. What a great idea!

  • Reply Christina May 5, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I have that same little plate! It’s so cute, but it would be even cuter if it had chocolate biscuits on it.

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  • Reply Blog is the New Black May 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    NEver seen chocolate buttermilk biscuits- love this idea!

  • Reply teresa May 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Oh these looks so yummy!
    I’d like to put some peanut butter between these.

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment May 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

    oh my goodness, delicious!!!

  • Reply Kristina May 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Mmm…!! These look AMAZING! I’m happy found those strawberries in your fridge because they look soooo yummy with the fruit and whipped cream!

  • Reply Allyn May 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

    We have biscuits with chocolate gravy down here in the south. I used to date a guy whose mom made the best chocolate gravy, and sweet tea. Pretty much the only things I miss from that relationship.

    • Reply Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Oh man I’ve had chocolate gravy before. Unbelievable.

  • Reply Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Heck yessss!!

  • Reply J'Marinde Shephard May 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I would use mayo and some water or almond milk in place of buttermilk.

  • Reply Leisa May 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Wow, these look amazing!

    Question: Is Strawberry Shortcake made with biscuits a Southern thing? I grew up in Maritime Canada, and assumed that it was a regional summertime dessert from the Maritimes–I had no idea they did it elsewhere too!!

    • Reply Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Yes, it is a Southern thing. That’s really interesting that Canadians do it too!

  • Reply Tracy via the traveling cupcake May 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Holy hell these are genius! These need to happen in my life, like yesterday. Great job!

  • Reply Lisa May 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    OK, these biscuits look amazing! I will put this recipe in line for trial next week!! By the way, yes, children (and some of us adults!) still drink Ovaltine. My husband adores it! And yes, some of us adults still drink milk as well! What else would one drink with a stack of pancakes or a peanut butter and honey sandwich? 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      You made a very good point.

  • Reply Foodloveandhappiness May 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hmmm, looks tasty! Wouldn´t mind having that on a plate right now…

  • Reply Tv Food and Drink May 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I sure hope kids still drink Ovaltine. My sister and I used to sprinkle it on top our vanilla ice cream at night. And I don’t know when I last saw an adult drinking milk either… probably the same time I last saw an adult eating a Grilled Velveeta on White.

    Thanks for the post. I will make these soon and report back!


  • Reply Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Biscuits should always be a dessert option. They are just wonderful like that. Particularly if they are jam-friggin-packed with chocolate like these are. YUMMMM.

  • Reply ashlie May 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    chocolate biscuits! why didn’t i think of that!? i was going to make scones for breakfast tomorrow but i just might make these instead!

  • Reply Alice May 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I had all the ingredients and it was the perfect birthday breakfast for my daughter – thanks!!

    • Reply Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      I LOVE THIS!

  • Reply ani mendez May 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    OhhhH!!!! yum!

  • Reply Kim Bee May 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Wow, this is spectacular. I just fell in love with a biscuit. Thanks for this one. I must try it.

  • Reply Amy May 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Oh delicious! I loved Ovaltine as a kid too 🙂 Especially the little crunchy Ovaltine lollies that you used to be able to buy. Sigh.
    These biscuits look amazing, I’ll have to try a gluten free version in the near future. Nothing beats a biscuit.

  • Reply Barb Bamber May 6, 2012 at 6:26 am

    What a great change from regular strawberry shortcake.. excellent photos today too!

  • Reply Ashley M May 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Ohhhhmygah I will have to get some buttermilk for these!

    I don’t drink milk, either. It has always upset my stomach and I don’t care much for the taste.

  • Reply Sarah May 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    These would make a very yummy strawberry shortcake!

  • Reply Alessandra May 7, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Great recipe, love the post. I made a strawberry coconut shortcake recently using a coconut biscuit, these chocolate biscuits would be nice as well, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Posie May 7, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Love this! Made buttermilk biscuits last night with gouda–wish I’d seen this before and could have made a full-on biscuit dinner…I bought ovaltine the other week to make malted chocolate cookies and am searching for inspiration for how else to use it! Thoughts?

  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Lovely dessert!

  • Reply Bri May 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I love this!! Can’t go wrong with chocolate at breakfast. Or ever. These will certainly be making their way to my table in the next week!

  • Reply Martha @ Weekend Doings May 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Wow, amazing! What a great idea. I have some buttermilk I was planning to use in pancakes or waffles. Not anymore, now I will use it to makes those biscuits.

  • Reply Kasey May 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Let’s put chocolate in everything! I’m doing it with clafoutis, you’re doing it with biscuits, and I’m really, really liking this trend.

  • Reply Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

    chocolate biscuits? seriously, genius.

  • Reply Cori May 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I made chocolate biscuits a few days ago! I made mine a version of heavy cream biscuits, which are my favorite type (and they’re really easy). I just added cocoa powder to the recipe and upped the sugar by a good amount. No blender or anything needed and only 6 ingredients. They were unbelieveably gooddddddddddd.

  • Reply Kristin May 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    You had me at moist, cakey interior!

  • Reply brandi May 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

    i have never tried the chocolate + biscuit combo, but we make a lot of biscuits. maybe it’s time to throw some cocoa powder into the mix.

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Seriously genius idea!

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  • Reply Robyn June 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

    i made these last night and found them really salty…maybe only 1/2 tsp of salt instead of 1 tsp? of course that won’t stop me from smearing peanut butter on one for dessert tonight.

    • Reply Adrianna June 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      What kind of salt did you use?

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    I made these last night with slight tweaks and they were every bit as delicious as they look! I loved the texture since they were a cross between a piece of cake and a biscuit – perfect for topping with any type of fruit or jam. Thank you for such an easy and wonderful recipe!

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  • Reply Kelsey March 4, 2014 at 5:05 am

    these look awesome! love the chocolate-buttermilk combo. bet they would be delicious toasted with butter too.

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  • Reply Amy April 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    When I was a wee little teenager a friend of mine made chocolate biscuits and chocolate gravy for breakfast one morning. It was a recipe from her step-mother’s family and has been lost. Every once in a while I wake up dreaming about them and think I need to start trying to recreate it. The gravy was like a thin gravy with just enough sweetness and I cannot quite remember the biscuits except that they were an excellent complement to the gravy Do you think these would be too sweet for that?