Recipes With Maddie Day: Cheesy Biscuits

Robbie Jordan opened Pans ‘N Pancakes, her country store, and restaurant, in Flipped for Murder. One of her customers’ favorite offerings are cheesy biscuits. Because the store is in Brown County, Indiana, she also serves gravy with the biscuits, but they’re just as good with honey or apple butter.

Cheesy Biscuits


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter cut in half-inch cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix the dry ingredients.
  • Cut butter into the flour mix until mostly pea-sized pieces.
  • Make a well in the middle and add the eggs and milk, mixing with a fork in the well.
  • Add the cheese and stir all with a fork until liquid and cheese are just blended with the flour. Do not over mix.
  • Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and on the dough. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto the surface, rubbing flour around the inside of the bowl until clean.
  • Lightly knead the dough until it comes together.
  • Flour a rolling pin. Roll the dough to a half-inch thickness. Fold in thirds. Roll, fold, and repeat several times.
  • Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter or drinking glass and position on a baking sheet. You don’t need more than half an inch in between.
  • Bake for about ten minutes or until risen and golden brown on top.
  • Serve warm with apple butter, honey, or gravy.

Robbie Jordan is temporarily leaving Pans ’N Pancakes, her country store in South Lick, Indiana, to visit Santa Barbara, California—where wildfire smoke tinges the air, but a more immediate danger may lie in wait . . .

While looking forward to her high school reunion back in California, Robbie’s anticipation is complicated by memories of her mother’s untimely death. At first, she has fun hanging out with her old classmates and reuniting with the local flavors—avocados, citrus, fish, and spicy Cali-Mex dishes. But then she gets wind of rumors that her mother, an environmental activist, may not have died of natural causes. With the help of friends, Robbie starts clearing the smoke surrounding the mystery—but what she finds could make it hard to get back to Indiana alive . . .