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 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

Yield: 8 biscuits
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
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 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 cold butter — (1/4 cup) 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.

Recipe Notes

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.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Butter Cheddar Dill Biscuits, Homemade Biscuit Recipe

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…


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

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

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

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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!

  9. I also follow you on Pinterest!

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

  11. 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 Reply

    Can’t wait to try them!

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

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

  14. I love a good potato salad at a cookout– especially my Oma’s German potato salad!

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

  16. cookingwithcurls Reply

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

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

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

    Great looking biscuits!

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

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

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

  22. My favorite dish to share is triple chocolate brownies

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

  24. I follow you on Pinterest

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

  26. I follow you on Facebook :)

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

  28. 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….)

    • 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. 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

    • 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. 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?

    • 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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