Garlic-Parmesan Swirl Biscuits

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Dress up your bread basket with these simple, but elegant Garlic-Parmesan Swirl Biscuits. Packed with flavor, they are fun to make and great to eat!

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Sometimes the bread basket can be considered an after thought. You’ve put so much effort into the main meal — or simply getting any dinner on the table in the first place — that what goes in the bread basket might be the furthest thing from your mind.

However, as I go on 20-some years of cooking budget meals for a crowd, I’ve learned that a little extra effort in the baked goods makes a huge impact at the dinner table. A humble meal of soup is suddenly transformed into something amazing.

Such is the case with these Garlic-Parmesan Swirl Biscuits. They really don’t take that much more work than regular biscuits. In fact, I mix them up in the food processor and they come together in minutes. Sure, it takes a little thought to soften some butter. But, overall, this ain’t no big thing.

You can totally handle it. I know it.

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What seems more special occasion than swirl biscuits filled with garlic butter?! Not much. And even better? You can make several batches and freeze them. Then bake them whenever you want.

Instant fanciness without even getting floury hands!

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Garlic-Parmesan Swirl Biscuits
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Dress up your bread basket with these simple, but elegant Garlic-Parmesan Swirl Biscuits. Packed with flavor, they are fun to make and great to eat!
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese biscuits, garlic biscuits, swirl biscuits
Servings: 12
Calories: 124 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/4 cup butter softened plus 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 softened butter, garlic, Parmesan, and parsley. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the 1/3 cup cold butter cut into cubes. Pulse until coarse crumbs are formed. Add the milk and pulse until the dough starts to come together in larger clumps that easily stick together.
  4. Alternatively, you can mix this in a large mixing bowl, combining the flour, baking powder, and salt with a whisk. Cut in the 1/3 cup cold butter (cut into cubes) until coarse crumbs are formed. Stir in the milk until combined.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead a few times and roll into a 9 x 12-inch square. Spread the prepared garlic butter over the surface of the dough. Roll up the dough from the long edge and pinch to seal.
  6. Cut rolled dough into 12 pieces, each one-inch wide. I use dental floss for this to make nice smooth cuts. Place each spiral in a prepared muffin cup and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cool biscuits on a rack before serving.

Recipe Notes

To freeze the unbaked biscuits: place the cut rolls on a lined tray in the freezer until firm. Transfer to a freezer-safe ziptop bag and freeze, up to a month. To bake, place frozen rolls in prepared muffin tin and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to 2 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1 biscuit.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic-Parmesan Swirl Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 249mg11%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 149IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Updated April 9, 2017

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  1. Nancy says

    Yum-o! These sound great and easy. Will have to give them a whirl.

  2. Allie Z says

    Are these crunchy or soft? I'm guessing crunchy. Looks tasty!

  3. Adrienne says

    I came here from Tara's Feels Like Home. I can't wait to make these!

  4. Heather says

    Made these with half wheat half white flower. Super easy and the hubs really enjoyed them! Will be making these again for sure!

  5. Fleur says

    I was just wondering if these can be made-ahead and frozen?

    • Jessica says

      @Fleur, I’m not sure. I haven’t tried that. I make the mix ahead of time. And you could make the garlic butter in advance and freeze as well. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  6. JOY says

    Thanks – I’m going to make these along with your Chicken Noodle Soup! YUM!

  7. Jessica, these biscuits rock!! I made them tonight and everyone went crazy over them. I only made a single recipe since I didn’t know if people would like them but definitely need to double it next time. (I’ve got 6 kiddos, too!)

    We thought they tasted like Red Lobster biscuits only better. The kids started calling them Parmiscuits just to be silly. 🙂

    • Jessica says

      LOVE i! Thanks for letting me know. (And yes, I had Red Lobster in mind when I was creating the recipe.)

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