Layered Ham and Cheese Biscuits

These fluffy buttermilk biscuits have melty Cheddar pulsed into the dough, and then more cheese as well as black forest ham are layered inside, so the flavors and textures run through and through. Serve them warm on their own, or add a shmear of honey butter and jam for a delightful brunch dish.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 biscuits
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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting (see Cook's Note)

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1 cup shredded mild Cheddar

1 cup buttermilk, plus more for brushing

2 thin slices black forest ham, roughly chopped (about 2 ounces)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Pulse the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal with pea-size bits of butter remaining. Add the buttermilk and pulse a few times, until the dough just comes together.  
  3. Turn the dough out onto a work surface that’s lightly dusted with flour, then pat into a 7-by-7-inch square that's about 1 inch thick. Scatter half of the ham and 1/4 cup of the Cheddar on half of the dough, then fold the other half of dough over like a book; gently pinch the edges to seal. Pat the dough out again into a 7-by-7-inch square, scatter the remaining ham and 1/4 cup of cheese on top and fold the dough over like a book. Press once more into a 7-by-7-inch square. 
  4. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the dough into 12 even rectangular pieces. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops of each piece with additional buttermilk. Bake until the biscuits are puffed and well browned, 18 to 20 minutes.  

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)