Apple Pie & Sharp Cheddar Biscuits

Apple & Cheddar Double Decker Biscuits

These biscuits are a throw-back to what I would consider my finest culinary creation circa 1989.  Only then I called them mini-apple breakfast pizzas.  And I’m not sure I can call them my “creation” as I think I ripped off the idea from a fellow first-grader’s mommy at snack time.

Way back when, these little delights were made with biscuits out of a tube, a can of apple pie filling, and shredded cheddar.  People were so impressed with with my talent in the kitchen.

Unfortunately, I grew up and my apple breakfast pizzas had to grow up, too.  You just can’t wow people with tube-biscuits the way you could when you were six.  Which is unfortunate because I love opening those biscuit tubes with the back of a spoon.  So satisfying.  Oh, well, c’est la vie.


Let’s do this.

Cinnamon-spiced apple slices are going to get sandwiched between layers of flaky, homemade, buttermilk biscuits.  We’ll make sure each layer gets hit with plenty of sharp cheddar.

Prep the filling- almost as easy as opening a can- peel and slice apples, toss with sugar and spice.

Put down the tube o’ biscuits.  And the spoon.  I know, I know, but you get to use a pastry cutter.  Those are fun, too.

I own a pastry cutter.  Very adult.

Cut butter into dry ingredients.  Pour in buttermilk, stir just long enough to bring it all together into a soft dough.

Divide the biscuit dough.  Roll the heavy half into a rectangle.  Spread apples on top.

Sprinkle apples with sharp cheddar.  This is no time to be stingy.  Roll remaining dough into a matching, but slightly thinner, rectangle and sandwich the apples and cheddar.

Cut into pieces and give each biscuit a little breathing room.  A sprinkle of cheese over the top and they’re ready to bake.

Whoa…even better than the original.  There might be perks to doing things the grown-up way after all.

Apple Pie & Sharp Cheddar Biscuits
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If you like your apple pie with a slice of cheddar, you will love these biscuits!
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • For the Apple Filling
  • 2 medium Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
    For the Biscuits
  • 2 c. All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, cut into ½ inch cubes and very cold
  • ¾ c. Buttermilk
  • 1¼ c. Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss sliced apples with lemon juice, spices, and brown sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Sprinkle cold butter pieces over the dry ingredients and cut in, using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, until the butter is pea-sized. Pour in buttermilk and quickly stir, until the dough just comes together.
  4. Divide the dough in slightly uneven halves. Using the larger half first, roll out a rectangle, about 8 in by 12 in. Spread apples slices over the biscuit dough, leaving the accumulated juices in the bowl. Sprinkle with about ¾ c. of grated cheddar. Roll remaining biscuit dough into a slightly thinner rectangle of the same dimensions. Place this on top of the apple slices and cheddar. Carefully cut into 8 pieces and pull the individual biscuits apart to allow for even baking. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar.
  5. Bake biscuits until golden and the cheddar is melted, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool briefly before serving.
For the apple filling, I used 1 Honeycrisp and 1 McIntosh. The Honeycrisp slices stayed fairly crisp, while the McIntosh broke down a bit more, creating contrasting textures. The biscuits can be prepped, wrapped, and refrigerated the night before you plan to bake and serve them.


  1. Tom says

    Oh wow! Great throwback – can’t wait to try these! They were your specialty – you used to make them when Pop and Ma came and they were very impressed! (this is Mom by the way, not Tom!) He would like to see a recipe that involves Wisconsin cheese curds:)!

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