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Apple Butter Cheddar Dill Biscuits

My refrigerator overrunneth with condiments.


Berry jellies, pepper jellies, maple syrup, and dill pickles jokey for position with the soy sauce and salad dressing. The Mustards (Dijon, spicy brown, and stone ground) fight with the Spicies (Buffalo, Sriracha, and Jamaican jerk) for shelf supremacy, while tartar sauce and brown sugar BBQ just chill, waiting for their call to duty. Arranging our myriad of clinky jars and chunky bottles is a never-ending game of Tetris, but around here, we like our fries dunked, our chicken smothered, and our sandwiches sloppy.

Yes, sauce is boss, and one condiment I must have on hand at all times is Musselman’s Apple Butter. Its rich flavor rocks my peanut butter toast, jazzes up my weekend waffles, and is essential to my Apple Butter, Turkey, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese.


Though I usually reach for apple butter as a tasty schmear, this week my heart was leading me to my oven. Well friends, every fortune cookie, bad pop song, and Dove chocolate wrapper boldly advising me “Follow Your Heart” has been right all along: my heart said “Apple Butter Cheddar and Dill Biscuits,” and my heart has found true love.


Swapping applesauce for butter and oil is one of my favorite tricks to create healthier baked goods, and I imagined that apple butter could work much the same way. Hello, heaven. Not only did the apple butter make these biscuits incredibly tender and moist, its slightly sweet/slightly tart flavor paired perfectly with the mildly nutty whole-wheat flour I added for an extra fiber boost.


Bringing home the biscuits, we have two more flavor stars: sharp cheddar and dill. Cheddar and apple are old-time flavor BFFs, and the addition of the dill created a fresh complexity that makes these biscuits even more addictive, which I didn’t think was possible…until I ate a third. Apple Butter Cheddar and Dill Biscuits are totally acceptable for a main course.


As if their buttery-appley-cheesy-fresh flavor is not enough, Apple Butter Cheddar and Dill Biscuits are fabulously portable! This is powerful information as we enter summer, primetime for cookouts and picnics. Bring these flakey nuggets of joy to your next BBQ or potluck. You will make many friends and zero leftovers.


To jump start the Apple Butter Cheddar and Dill Biscuit party train, I’m excited to announce an apple butter-iffic giveaway! Musselman’s will be sending one lucky reader a summer-ready prize pack featuring:


**GIVEAWAY ENDED. Thank you to all who entered!**

To enter the giveaway (this is the mandatory entry):

  • Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite dish to bring to a cookout.

For BONUS entries, choose from any or all of the following, leaving a separate comment for each:

Five ways to win, one sweet summer prize, and so many ways to use apple butter this summer.


Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Apple Butter Cheddar Dill Biscuits to devour.

Giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. only. One winner will be selected from the comments section below via Random.org. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48-hours to respond, at which point a different winner will be chosen. Giveaway will remain open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, May 29th. Musselman’s provided me with a complimentary jar of apple butter and small grill flipper for this post; no other compensation was received. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

Apple Butter Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 8 biscuits

Apple Butter Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Rich apple butter is the secret to these flakey, tender, and deceptively lower calorie biscuits. Cheddar, dill, and whole wheat flour add savory flavor. You'll never believe these are light!


  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1/2 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1 cold large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried dillweed)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat (or leave ungreased).
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add butter pieces, ensuring that they are very cold. Mix on low speed, just until the butter resembles peas (if you are having trouble breaking apart the butter, try cutting in by hand with a fork.) You should still be able to clearly see the pieces of butter.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the apple butter, buttermilk, and egg. Add all at once to flour mixture, and stir by hand (or beat on low) just until the dough begins to come together. Stir in the cheddar and dill, until roughly combined.
  5. Dump batter onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand about 10 times.
  6. Add a bit more flour to your work surface. Roll or pat dough into a 1-inch thickness (make sure it's 1 inch!). Cut into 2-inch rounds with a lightly-floured biscuit cutter or cut into 2-inch squares with a sharp, lightly floured knife. Combine scraps and reshape to cut more biscuits. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly golden on top. Serve warm with apple butter.


To store: Place biscuits in an air-tight zip-top bag and keep at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, reheating in the microwave for 20-30 seconds prior to serving. To freeze, wrap individual biscuits tightly in plastic wrap and place in a heavy duty freezer bag for up to 2 months.


61 Responses to “Apple Butter Cheddar Dill Biscuits”

  1. Tieghan — May 23, 2013 @ 7:54 am (#)

    So gosh darn delicious looking and sounding!! I want want for Memorial day!

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks so much Tieghan! Yay for Memorial Day cookouts too :)

  2. Cary — May 23, 2013 @ 7:58 am (#)

    Favorite dish to bring to a cookout = seven layer dip! Easy, doesn’t involve any cooking, and there’s never any left over!

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 9:47 am

      Cary, you are my (and Ben’s) new cookout BFF. Seven-layer dip is heaven in a dish. You’re going to have to drag me away to keep me from demolishing all of it! Thanks for entering :)

  3. Happy Valley Chow — May 23, 2013 @ 8:19 am (#)

    Holy cow you packed a lot of amazing flavor in there! Definitely bookmarking and trying this :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 9:46 am

      Thanks so much! If you give them a go, let me know what you think. We loved the combination!

  4. Valerie | Pursuit of Sweetness — May 23, 2013 @ 9:14 am (#)

    I never would’ve thought to add dill! These look and sound amazing…wish I was there helping you polish them off ;) My favorite thing to bring to a cookout is fruit salsa or a veggie dish, like my nutty Asian slaw. And I’ll inevitably bring a dessert item too.

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      Valerie, I wish you were too! It’s been a little embarassing, but biscuits are my new love. And your cookout dish list looks like all my favorite things!

  5. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 23, 2013 @ 9:18 am (#)

    I will never say no to a buttery biscuit, especially if dill is in the equation! These look amazing!

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 9:42 am

      Biscuits are my new BFF! Thanks Lauren!

  6. Luv What You Do — May 23, 2013 @ 10:16 am (#)

    I heart apple butter!
    I didn’t know that Musselmans made one, but I will have to keep my eyes open for it. I made my own last fall and hope to get enough apples to do it again!

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 11:47 am

      YUM! I’ve always wanted to try homemade, but I’m happy to have Musselman’s on standby (it’s really yummy, seriously!) Just look near the apple sauce or the jellies in your grocery store. I’m sure you’ll spot it :)

  7. Katie — May 23, 2013 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    I have a serious sweet tooth, so I always bring a dessert!

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

      Best way to make sure there is no shortage of sweets! Desserts are one of my favorite to bring too :) Thanks Katie!

  8. Chelsea — May 23, 2013 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    Whoa, what a great giveaway!! Ever since my neighborhood Trader Joe’s discontinued their apple butter, I’ve been on the hunt for a similar one!

    Oh, and favorite cookout dish that I make is a mango, black bean, and quinoa salad. Yum!

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      Chelsea, that sounds AMAZING! You’re welcome at my cookout ANYTIME :)

  9. Chelsea — May 23, 2013 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    I also follow you on Pinterest!

  10. Bake Your Day — May 23, 2013 @ 6:10 pm (#)

    These are such a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought of it but I love these flavors!

    • Erin Clarke — May 23rd, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      Thanks so much Cassie!!

  11. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 23, 2013 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    Why are you so smart? Seriously, stop it! These biscuits are a winning combination of sweet and savory. I am in love.

  12. Meghan Larsen Reidy — May 24, 2013 @ 7:13 am (#)

    Can’t wait to try them!

    Favorite thing to bring to a cookout….. Hmmmm…. Watermelon because who doesn’t love it?

    • Erin Clarke — May 24th, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

      Meghan, you nailed it–totally craving watermelon now! Just doesn’t get more summer than that:-)

  13. DessertForTwo — May 24, 2013 @ 7:38 am (#)

    Fave cookout dish: Creole potato salad! Everyone loves it!

    • Erin Clarke — May 24th, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

      Holy smokes! That sounds like a show stopper. Consider yourself invited to every one of my cookouts from now until the end of time.

  14. acolvinsquared — May 24, 2013 @ 8:08 am (#)

    I love a good potato salad at a cookout– especially my Oma’s German potato salad! http://www.aasquaredblog.com/2012/05/welcome-summer-happy-memorial-day.html

    • Erin Clarke — May 24th, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

      Omas know best!! This is such a classic.

  15. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 24, 2013 @ 9:48 am (#)

    I love biscuits and just upped the ante on these! OMG yummers.

    • Erin Clarke — May 24th, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

      Thanks so much Aimee! Have a Happy Memorial Day!

  16. cookingwithcurls — May 24, 2013 @ 5:22 pm (#)

    Wow… those look awesome!!! I usually show up with a cocktail cake to match the theme of the meal :)

    • Erin Clarke — May 24th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      Cocktail cake?? So fun Lisa! You must be a popular guest:-)

  17. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — May 24, 2013 @ 5:22 pm (#)

    What a great mash-up of flavors in these fabulous biscuits! Lovely recipe, Erin!

    • Erin Clarke — May 24th, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      Thanks so much Georgia! I’m always in love with your flavor combos, so that really means a lot. Have a great weekend!

  18. Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 24, 2013 @ 11:08 pm (#)

    I hoard condiments like it’s my job. My fridge runs over. And my pantry, etc.

    Great looking biscuits!

    • Erin Clarke — May 27th, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

      Thanks so much Averie! Hope you had a great weekend.

  19. Valerie — May 26, 2013 @ 7:37 pm (#)

    I love to bring brownies (black bean though… I can’t bring myself to be totally unhealthy!)

    • Erin Clarke — May 27th, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

      I’ve always wanted to try black bean brownies, but just haven’t made it happen yet. I bet your friends are totally shocked when you reveal the secret ingredient. Thanks Valerie!

  20. PapaLos - The Man, The Chef, The Dad — May 27, 2013 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    I love me some apple butter on biscuits. But putting them into the biscuits? Genius!

    Sweet cutting board, btw!

    And my favorite thing to bring to a cookout varies from time to time. I usually like to bring a side and more than likely it’s mac n cheese. The world needs more mac n cheese.

  21. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — May 28, 2013 @ 12:13 am (#)

    I’m always a fan of bringing dessert – blackberry cobbler, anyone?

    I am loving your creative flavor combo, here! Yum, gimme a biscuit!

    • Erin Clarke — May 28th, 2013 @ 8:50 am

      Blackberry cobbler? Please get over here right this minute–we are having a cookout just so I can eat your dish!

  22. Sandy Headtke — May 28, 2013 @ 8:35 am (#)

    My favorite dish to share is triple chocolate brownies

    • Erin Clarke — May 28th, 2013 @ 8:48 am

      Those sound like amazing brownies Sandy! Thanks for entering :-)

  23. Sandy Headtke — May 28, 2013 @ 8:39 am (#)

    I like The Law Student’s Wife and Musselmans Apple Butter on facebook

  24. Sandy Headtke — May 28, 2013 @ 8:41 am (#)

    I follow you on Pinterest

  25. Meghan — May 28, 2013 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    Guacamole! But that’s definitely the Texan in me :))

    • Erin Clarke — May 28th, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

      Guac is always the first dish to disappear! Awesome choice Meghan. You have me craving Tex-Mex as I type.

  26. Meghan — May 28, 2013 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    I follow you on Facebook :)

  27. angela @ another bite please — May 28, 2013 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend…these biscuits look sooo good…what a fun combo of ingredients…and dill..i love dill!

    • Erin Clarke — May 28th, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

      You too Angela. And dill FOREVER! Let’s form a club!

  28. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats — May 28, 2013 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    I tend to bring desserts to cookouts (as I want to make SURE there is something sweet at the end of the meal for me….)

    • Erin Clarke — May 28th, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

      Ally, we are two peas in a pod! Love your strategy (and I just brought TWO different desserts to a cookout this weekend.) No better way to ensure there’s a proper selection ;-)

  29. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli — May 30, 2013 @ 1:47 am (#)

    Oh my gosh, these look and SOUND amazing!! I’m all about some fruit and cheese…or just cheese…in copious amounts, ;) but I totally get you on the sauce! I was born to be a dipper/dunker/slatherer! Heck, I just had to clear out some jars today so I could find my refrigerator shelf…the mustard had taken over for sure! Lol

    • Erin Clarke — May 30th, 2013 @ 8:45 am

      You really cannot have enough mustard. Every flavor is a little different, and if I’m craving a specific slather, gotta have it! And in terms of cheese…really, when is cheese a bad choice? Thanks Heather!

  30. Reba - Not So Perfect Life — May 30, 2013 @ 10:45 am (#)

    Dill is one of those ingredients that scares me to use! I’ve been thinking of adding it to a sandwich spread what do you think?

    • Erin Clarke — May 30th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      I think that sounds amazing! I do a great dip that is a mix of cream cheese, a little bit of milk, salt, pepper, dill, and chives. I usually serve it with crackers, now that I’m thinking about it, it would be great on a sandwich too! Thanks for the idea Reba:-)

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