Old Fashioned Buttery 7 UP Biscuits

Barbara Curry
by Barbara Curry
6 servings
30 min

7 UP biscuits are a Southern biscuit made with a lemon-lime soda, which adds a slightly sweet flavor and helps the dough rise. The biscuits are light and fluffy with a crispy crust due to being cooked in butter. No buttermilk needed. A perfect addition to any dinner table.

Honey being dripped over 7 UP biscuits.

With seriously simple ingredients and incredibly easy steps, anyone can make 7 UP biscuits, you don’t even need 7 UP, any lemon-lime soda will due. Start to finish in 30 minutes and you only need 1 bowl so clean up’s a breeze.

Since these fluffy biscuits are made with soda, they’re lightly sweet with a unique flavor you won’t find in traditional buttermilk biscuit. In fact, you don’t even need buttermilk for this easy biscuit recipe.

A bowl of round 7 UP biscuits.

Not only are the ingredients simple, you can get these tender biscuits on the table in under 30 minutes. Bake in a casserole dish or in a cast iron skillet for a faster cook time, square or round, you choose.

You might be asking, what’s so special about these biscuits. While the soda give them a different texture, the are baked in a layer of melted butter, like swim biscuits. This adds flavor but also makes the sides and bottom a little crispy.

A square biscuit being removed from a baking pan.

While you can pair them with Easter ham or maple baked chicken, these soft and fluffy biscuits are delicious on their own. Serve with butter and honey and ta-da, the best buttery biscuits.

I didn’t grow up with 7 UP biscuits, we were a traditional buttermilk biscuit family so I had to do a lot of experimenting with this recipe to get it just right. I did not want to use Bisquick which is what the original recipe calls for.

My gang was not complaining with all the batches I made! The dough will be sticky but you should still be able to handle it without getting it all over your hands. If not, add a little more flour.

Why these are amazing

  • They’re flaky biscuits that are still super moist!
  • With a hint of sweetness, these biscuits have a unique flavor and texture
  • You don’t need to use buttermilk
  • You won’t need Bisquick
  • Cook in a cast iron skillet or a casserole dish
  • So versatile, try with an Easter ham or a rotisserie chicken

Head to the pantry and grab..

Gather the ingredients.
  • Flour – plain old all purpose flour yields the best results
  • Butter – you’ll need cold and melted. The cold is needed for the dough and the melted to put in the pan before baking.
  • Sour cream – feel free to swap for plain greek yogurt.
  • 7-UP – It doesn’t matter what lemon-lime soda you use, but it should not be a diet soda. My preference is Sprite but you can also use ginger ale.
  • Kitchen staples – baking powder and salt.

Pro Tip: To save on clean up, melt the butter directly in the pan you are going to bake the biscuits in. Just add the butter and put the pan in the oven for a few minutes.

The easy steps

Step 1: make the dough

Combine all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. With a fork or pastry cutter, combine the cold butter with the dry ingredients. After that, mix in the sour cream with a fork.

Cut the butter into the flour mixture.
You should have small chunks of butter.

Step 2: pop it

Add the lemon-lime soda and mix until just combined. It should be a little sticky.

Gently add the soda.

Step : cut them

Cut the biscuits into squares or circles.

Cut into squares.
Or cut into circles.

Place the cut biscuits into a baking pan with melted butter right next to each other, or in a cast iron skillet.

Place in a pan with melted butter.
Or place in an iron skillet.

If using a cast iron skillet this recipe will not fill a 10 inch skillet like they will an 8 x 8 baking dish.

Pro tip: Use a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass to cut the circles, going straight down. A knife will work just fine for square biscuits.

Baked 7 UP biscuits on a cooling rack.

FAQs about 7 UP biscuits

What can I use instead of 7 UP when baking?Any lemon-lime soda will work in place of 7 UP soda. Sprite, ginger ale, or a generic brand soda are the best substitutes. I do not recommend using any type of diet soda as it will alter the taste of the biscuits.

Can I freeze these biscuits?Yes you can freeze these biscuits after they’ve baked and cooled to room temperature or you can freeze the unbaked dough. Place the biscuits or dough in an airtight container or ziplock baggie removing excess air. When ready to bake, let them thaw and place in the buttered pan.

What type of pan should you use for 7 UP biscuits?For 7 UP biscuits you will need a glass baking dish or an iron skillet. Melted butter is placed in the pan first and the biscuits are placed in the butter, so you need something with sides to hold the butter.

What to serve with this 7 UP biscuit recipe

  • Strawberry rhubarb jam or honey butter are all you need.
  • Serve them alongside steak marsala for a great savory dinner.
  • They are great with a Southern sausage gravy.
  • You can use them for chicken and biscuits.

Old Fashioned Buttery 7 UP Biscuits
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • ▢ 2 cups flour
  • ▢ 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ▢ 4 tablespoons salted butter cold
  • ▢ 1/2 cup sour cream
  • ▢ 3/4 cup 7 up or Sprite
  • ▢ 4 tablespoons salted butter melted

Preheat oven to 425º
In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
Add cold butter cut into cubes and cut it into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork. Next add sour cream and cut into flour mixture.
Add 7 UP and mix just until combined, add additional sprite if it is too dry. The dough should be a little sticky. Roll out the dough into a rectangle and cut into 3 strips, stack them on top of each other and roll out again into a rectangle.
Pour melted butter into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish or a cast iron skillet.
Cut the biscuits into squares or circles and place in the pan with the melted butter. Use a pastry brush to brush some of the butter in the pan over the biscuits.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, if using an iron skillet around 15-18 minutes. They should be golden brown.
  • You can use any lemon-lime soda but don’t use diet soda.
  • You can double the recipe and use a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Try not to handle the dough any more than you have to.
Barbara Curry
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