Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, known popularly just as Cracker Barrel, is an American restaurant and gift store chain. Headquartered at Tennessee in the US, Cracker Barrel was founded by Dan Evins in 1969. As of 2019, they have more than 650 stores all over the country. The first stores opened close to the interstate highway exits, but now you will find them everywhere. The business also offers a catering service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In this recipe, we’re recreating a copycat cracker barrel biscuit!
Cracker Barrel is famous for its pecan pancakes, fried shrimps, chicken dumplings, macaroni n’ cheese, chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake, bacon burger, southern grilled chicken salad, and the biscuits they make. The Cracker Barrel Biscuit is a hot-selling food item. They are famous throughout the country.
How to Make Cracker Barrel Buttermilk Biscuits
You can make these biscuits easily at home. And with this copycat recipe, they will be as delicious as the ones you find at the Cracker Barrel eateries. The best part is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients as well – only a little bit of Bisquick mix, sugar, melted butter, and buttermilk. Just follow the instructions, and they will be fluffy and light. So, here is how you make these biscuits.
8 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories170
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 9g 14%
- Cholesterol 6mg 2%
- Sodium 460mg 20%
- Potassium 82mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
- Sugars 5g
- Protein 3g 6%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Can I Freeze Cracker Barrel Biscuits?
This is a commonly asked question. But Cracker Barrel doesn’t disclose whether they freeze their biscuits or not. However, you can freeze them if you want.
Make sure that your biscuits are completely cooled before freezing. After this, take a plastic wrap and wrap them individually. You can also keep them in a freezer bag to take out the air. You are now ready to freeze them, but not for more than 3 months.
When you are thinking of baking again, keep your frozen biscuits on your baking pan. Then bake for 2 to 3 minutes.
Biscuits, shortcakes, and scones all usually freeze well. By wrapping with an aluminum foil or freezer wrapper, you will prevent them from drying. You will also be able to protect the flavor.
Freezing Raw Biscuits
Even raw biscuits can be frozen. For this, transfer the cut and unbaked biscuits to a cookie sheet that is parchment lined. Now, use a plastic wrap to cover lightly. Keep them in your freezer. Once they are solid, stack the raw biscuits in a re-sealable freezer bag, label it, and keep them frozen for up to 3 months.
Preparing the Bisquick Mix at Home
This copycat recipe uses the Bisquick mix, a staple in American kitchens for many years now. It comes in those yellow, bright boxes. If you prefer, you can also purchase the biscuit mix directly from any of the Cracker Barrel stores.
You can also prepare the mix yourself if you don’t have it. For this, you will just need a cup of flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 2-1/2 tablespoons of melted butter or oil. This will give you a cup of the Bisquick mix. It can be prepared easily at home.
Making Buttermilk at Home
Buttermilk is an important ingredient in this recipe. You will need 2/3 cups of it to prepare 8 servings. The buttermilk will create a chemical reaction in your biscuits, which will make them fluffier and lighter.
You can prepare the buttermilk at home as well if you don’t have one. For this, all you will need is vinegar and milk. Mix 2 tablespoons of the vinegar with a cup of milk. Don’t worry if there is no vinegar at home. Replace the vinegar with a couple of spoons of lemon juice. They both do the same thing.
Now keep it aside for a few minutes so that it can sit. Your buttermilk will have very a good consistency. It will be just what you need.
Tips & Tricks
Just take a few precautions while preparing the Cracker Barrel biscuits. Always completely pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F at the time when you are placing the biscuits for baking. Also, your dough should be patted into a disc with a thickness of one inch. Do not over mix or add too much flour. Just pat out the dough. If you handle your biscuits, they won’t be tender. They will become tough.
Make sure to be gentle while cutting the biscuits. You can use an inverted glass or biscuit cutter for this.
The Bisquik mix is not available everywhere in the world. It is made from baking powder, flour, salt, and shortening. There are many Bisquik substitutes you can use. You can also prepare the mix at home. You can then use this mix to prepare waffles, coffee cake, biscuits, and other recipes.
The Cracker Barrel biscuit is a wonderful snack you can have any time you want. It is yummy and perfect follow up to their meatloaf. Follow this copycat recipe and the biscuits you will get will look and taste just like the ones you get at Cracker Barrel.