Though my mom enjoyed cooking and baking, I don’t really have a ton of memories of being in the kitchen with her.  This probably due to both my lack of interest in anything culinary as a child, as well as her being ill and not feeling well enough for such things a lot of the time.  Unfortunately there aren’t tons of dishes that I associate with her or things that I remember her making for our family.  I do, however, vividly remember some muffins that she made – apple cheddar muffins.  The first time she made them and told me what was in them, I thought she was crazy.  Apples and cheese?  Gross!  She persuaded me to at least try one and I was pleasantly surprised by how well the combination worked.  I loved them.

After she died and I was old enough to do things in the kitchen without burning down the house, I looked everywhere for the recipe.  I searched her recipe boxes and all of her cookbooks, but to no avail.  As an adult I’ve seen that apples and cheddar are a fairly well known pairing, or at least more than my childhood psyche could comprehend.  Some people eat their apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese.  While I haven’t gone that far (yet), I have been yearning to recreate something similar in my own kitchen, with my favorite baking partner.

I had to laugh when I told Andrew what we would be making and he didn’t blink an eye at what had seemed such a strange combination to me.  This kid has been in the kitchen with me since he was old enough to stand on his step stool and he absolutely loves helping.  I decided to make biscuits rather than muffins because they are a bit more involved, and incorporate several more kitchen techniques that Andrew loves – using the food processor to shred cheese, rolling out dough, and using a cutter to make shapes.  (He chose a star cutter for his biscuits.)  Our whole family loved how these biscuits turned out.  The sweet apple and sharp cheddar provide the ideal savory-sweet balance to the fluffy, tender biscuit dough.  I enjoyed eating them as pictured above, with additional sliced apple and cheddar to enhance the flavors even further.  Biscuits make a great kitchen project with kids with plenty of measuring, mixing and tactile sensory experiences.  Make them with someone you love, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Note: This recipe was developed as part of my ongoing contribution to the Go Bold with Butter blog.  Head over to see my posts as well as those of the other awesome bloggers involved with the project!


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup dried apple slices, coarsely chopped
¾ cup milk
2 tbsp. butter, melted


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk to blend.  Stir in the pieces of butter and toss to coat in the dry ingredients.  Using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is coarse largest butter chunks are the size of small peas.  Stir in the cheddar and dried apples and toss briefly to combine.  Pour in the milk and stir gently with a fork until a sticky dough has formed.

  • 02

    Turn the mixture out onto a well floured work surface.  Don’t worry if the dough has some dry bits.  Briefly knead until the dough is mostly cohesive and no longer stick, being careful not to overwork it.  Roll the dough out in a slab about ¾-inch thick.  Use a 3-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of the dough and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Re-roll any dough scraps and cut additional rounds until the dough has been used up.  Brush the tops of the dough rounds lightly with the melted butter.

  • 03

    Bake for about 16-18 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until the tops are golden and the biscuits are baked through.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly before serving.  Serve warm with sliced apples and cheddar, if desired.

  • Christal

    Do you think this recipe would work with freshly grated apple instead of dried?

  • Monsterscircus

    What a lovely recepie and kitchen Help! Have a wonderful day

  • annieseats

    I don’t think fresh apple will have much flavor compared to dried which is why I used dried. Of course you can experiment if you like.

  • My grandmother always says “An apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze.” These look great, I’m definitely going to try them!

  • Amanda

    Cheddar on apple pie is fantastic! Your biscuits look yummy too :)

  • Love this! I made grilled (cheddar) cheese with apples once because I was so intrigued by the combo. Can’t wait to try these. Love seeing photos of you and Andrew in action!

  • These look delicious, a perfectly unique type of biscuit. I can’t wait to try them, so sweet that Andrew enjoys helping you in the kitchen.

  • Said it before, and I’ll say it again – we’re blessed with good eaters! Great post, brought a tear to my eye. Often when my mom and I get arguing over silly stuff, I remember that I’m so lucky to still have her with me. I know that your momma is still with you too, and Gagoo as well. Looking forward to trying these – how perfect would they be for a beach picnic?

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These sound delightful! And your little boy is too cute :)

  • Kim Handzo

    These will be an awesome addition to brunch this weekend. Thank you!


  • Courtney

    I remember when you told me about those muffins. I’m so glad you were able to create a recipe that has such a wonderful memory attached to it. Andrew is going to grow up with the best memories of being in the kitchen with you. :)

  • Megan

    i LOVE how serious Andrew is. Adorable. Love your stuff and these look delish.

  • Courtney

    Yummy!!!! And what a darling sous chef you have! :<)

  • Cpower79

    I think it’s wonderful that you honor your mother this way and also help your kiddos develop culinary skills, all while spending quality time together. I’m sure they will always fondly remember these times spent with you.

    P.S. Plus your food is always awesome. :)

  • Emilie

    I always thought apple and cheddar was a weird combo too until I went to the Melting Pot fondue restaurant for the first time and they gave you apples to dip into your cheese fondu! So good :)

  • Wow! It’s so cool that you can whip up cakes and things all on your own… I am definitely still a recipe follower that can add in a thing or two… but a biscuit original? SO Impressive. Hoping I get there one day!

  • annieseats

    I’ve been reading the book Ratio by Michael Ruhlman and it really helps with that. But I’ll admit that every time I bake with no recipe to guide me, I have my fingers crossed when I pop it into the oven and then glue my face to the oven window. Ha!

  • Bec

    Sounds delicious, Annie! Can you or anyone else here suggest what the difference is between a “biscuit”, as known in the US, and a “scone” as known in the UK (and other parts)? Thanks.

  • I also never understood the apple/cheese combo until I went to the Melting Pot and tried it there . Neverlookingback!
    On another note, I do completely understand the lack of cooking/baking inspiration from your mom. I also didn’t have that, as she was always on some sort of diet and had a weird relationship with food. It seems like everyone’s food story starts with, “I always remember my mother in the kitchen baking up an apple pie” or “my mom had a signature dish and every time i make it, i think of her.” no, I don’t have that. I guess my “food story” starts with me, so I guess I better make it a good one, huh?

  • LOL! It’s nice to know you still have that, “I wonder if this will work” doubt in the back of your mind… because you make it look flawless and easy! Half of my successes are still a failure at first. I always wonder how my grandmother did it without EVER using a recipe!

  • Nicole T

    I’ve never tried the apple/cheese combination but these biscuits sound so good that I might have to try it out!

  • April Hall

    This recipe sounds great! I never heard of cheese & apples together until I watched a sandwich recipe from Paula Dean. Then later my uncle from the east cost was putting sliced cheddar on his apple pie and that blew my socks off. I definitely want to try out your recipe though! :D

  • hmm…this is very interesting! ahah, but i supposed that is part of baking — trying new things!

  • Apples and cheddar definitely make an awesome combo, but I was like you when I first heard about it, at the age of 10. I totally made fun of my babysitter for liking it, but now i’m eating my words (pun not intended… haha)!

  • Kat

    Mmmm yum, I’ll put these on my ‘list’

    I’m actually curious about your kitchen sink in the photo – it looks like it’s made from the same thing as your bench top (what’s your bench top made of?) Renovating my kitchen soon and lookin for ideas!


  • Marissa_wu

    Would you write a cookbook?

  • annieseats

    I sure hope so!

  • annieseats

    It is part of the counter as far as I can tell. I believe our counters are Corian. We didn’t build this house so I don’t know the details beyond that. Have fun with the renovation!

  • annieseats

    Oh no, I definitely still have failures. It’s just that I keep tweaking them until they are successes, and that’s when you see them :)

  • Denise Wesely

    As far back as I can remember I have always thought about combining apples, cheddar cheese, and country ham in some kind of a muffin or biscuit. I’ll bet your biscuits would be terrific with either honey baked ham or country ham on them. Can’t wait to try these combinations out!

  • Love this post, Annie. :) I must admit, I’m still sort of hesitant about the apple/cheese combo but so many people love it, so I have to give it a try. Such an adorable baker’s apprentice you have!

  • Looks wonderful! I love biscuits and I love the spin you put on it!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    This is a very interesting combo with the apples and the cheddar but it really sounds like something I should try!

  • Lee

    My mother-in-law has a ‘secret’ apple pie ingredient. She places a layer of white American cheese over the prepared crust before she adds the apple slices and other apple pie goodies. Her apple pie is phenomenal!

  • Srdjordan

    My mom always said “apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze”! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Liss

    I lost my mother when I was 10 and I wish I could find recipes of hers…luckily we have memories. Thanks for the fun foodtivity to make with my little ones.

  • Minnie (@thelady8home)

    Apple and cheese combo, interesting. I think I’ll give it a try. Loved your baking asst! :)))

  • marty

    I always heard “apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze”.

  • Yum! I could eat biscuits every day! These sound amazing!

  • Laila

    You and your baking assistant are so adorable. Me and my 4 year old nephew bake together. He wears his little froggy apron, pours the sugar in, eats all my vanilla sugar and stirs up my ingredients. I can’t think of a more enjoyable time.

  • Jenniekalenborn

    Sweet pictures of you and your little guy…your posts are so touching and real. Thank you.

  • Karly Campbell

    Your little helper is just beyond adorable!

  • Sweetsugarbelle

    This makes me smile! I’m a big believer in cooking with your kids. I think that when you do, they’ll eat almost anything they make. Anyway, it’s adorable he chose a star. I love that kids minds never stay in that “box” we get as adults. As for the biscuits, thy sound amazing! We need to try these soon!

  • Coby

    We had these this morning with breakfast, and I was pleasantly surprised! They were very good!

    I love having my kids help me in the kitchen. They each have aprons with their initials, and they love to get floury and messy in them! One of my twins loves to help cook any kind of meat, and told me he wants to be a sausage maker!