• 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup Ontario butter, chilled
  • 2 cups Ontario cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup Ontario buttermilk (scroll down for recipe)
  • 1/2 cup sliced chives


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C).
  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar to the mixer bowl and turn on low to combine all dry ingredients. 
  • Add in chilled butter and turn speed up to medium. Allow the paddle to break up butter until it resembles coarse crumbles. Add in cheddar cheese and mix through.
  • Turn mixer down to low and add buttermilk and chives. Mix until the dough is soft, moist and pulls away from the side of the bowl. 
  • Transfer dough to lightly-floured surface and begin to carefully knead dough and using rolling pin flatten dough to a 1/2 inch thickness and cut biscuits into desired shapes. 
  • Place biscuits on a cookie sheet and put into the fridge or freezer for 5 minutes then place into the preheated oven. 
  • Allow to bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and be sure to allow it to cool slightly before serving. 

Chef’s Notes:
“I use a stand mixer but you can make biscuits by hand.  Use your hands or forks to break up butter until it resembles coarse crumbles.”

Buttermilk recipe

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, here’s an easy recipe from Chef Suzanne to make your own!


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar


  • Stir milk and lemon juice together.
  • Let mixture stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.  The milk will be slightly thicker with curdled bits of buttermilk.


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