Apple, Cheddar and Sage Biscuits

scones topped with sage

Apple, Cheddar and Sage Biscuits are a magical combination of fall-forward flavors ~ these cheesy biscuits are equally at home on a breakfast plate, next to a warm bowl of chowder, or in a Thanksgiving bread basket.

savory biscuits on a rack

Get cozy this fall with apple, cheddar and sage biscuits 

I just love this classic combination of flavors, it’s really got everything going for it. The biscuit dough is nice and buttery, the apples are lightly sweet and tart, the cheddar is, well, cheesey, and the sage is nice and earthy. I didn’t skimp on any of the ingredients, and the end result is cozy, rich, and bursting with fall flavors.

a bowl of apples

Let’s talk ingredients ~

  • Choose apples that are firm and tart, which tend to be better for baking. They’ll hold up well and lend a nice flavor to these biscuits. Granny Smith are always a good fallback choice for baking, if you aren’t sure.
  • I prefer sharp cheddar here, but use anything you like. Orange or white cheddar is fine.
  • I definitely recommend fresh sage if you can find it, it has much better flavor, and you can laminate the leaves on top for a pretty presentation…but you can try dried sage if it’s all you’ve got.

a single savory scone

How to make biscuit dough in the food processor ~

I’ve talked about it before on the blog, but by far my favorite way to make biscuit (and scone) dough is in my food processor. Same goes for pie crusts! It’s no muss, no fuss, and your dough comes out better because the butter stays cold (rather than being heated up by the warmth of your hands) and that makes for a flakier end result.

  • I like to pulse together my dry ingredients first (flour, salt, leaveners like baking powder, and any sugar or spices being used) to get everything well dispersed and combined.
  • Then add your cold butter, cut into pieces, and continue to pulse just until things are well combined, but there are still small visible chunks of butter remaining (about pea-sized is usually good)
  • Finally, pour in your liquid (usually milk, or buttermilk) while continuing to pulse until the dough forms a single clump.

cheddar apple scones

Decorate your biscuits with whole herbs

This trick is easy, and looks so special. You can see it used in my savory herbed shortbread, too.

  • After the scones are cut and on the baking sheet, brush the tops lightly with milk.
  • Choose small, flat sage leaves. Carefully place a sage leave or two on the top of each, pressing them in gently.
  • Brush again with a little more milk to adhere the sage to the biscuit and bake.


a stack of apple cheddar scones

How to serve cheese biscuits

I love a biscuit for breakfast, either on its own, or with a plate of creamy scrambled eggs. These cheesy biscuits would also be great alongside a cozy fall soup or stew, and of course they make a fantastic snack just about any time of day.

They’d go great with:


an apple cheddar scone, broken open.

My favorite savory apple recipes ~

scones topped with sage
5 from 4 votes

Apple, Cheddar and Sage Scones

Apple, Cheddar and Sage Biscuits ~ enjoy these cheesy biscuits for breakfast, with a warm bowl of soup, or in a Thanksgiving bread basket!
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 8 scones
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar (optional, this isn't enough to make the scones taste noticeably sweet, but helps balance out the flavors. You can omit it if you'd like.)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk, buttermilk, or half and half
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh sage leaves, plus a few small leaves for laminating the tops of the biscuits, if desired.
  • 2 Tbsp milk or cream for brushing, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375F and line or butter a baking sheet.
  • Place the flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  • Add the butter to the food processor, and continue to pulse until no large chunks of the butter remain and the mixture is coarse and crumbly.
  • Slowly add in the milk and pulse until the dough comes together into a ball.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and place it into a mixing bowl with the chopped apple, shredded cheese, and sage. By hand, mix it all together until everything is well dispersed, but try not to over-mix it.
  • Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat or gently roll it into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, cut about 8-9 biscuits and place them on your prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush the tops of the biscuits with milk or cream, and place a small sage leaf or two on top of each scone, brushing it with more milk so that they stay put.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
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  • Reply
    October 4, 2020 at 7:54 am

    5 stars
    You can’t go wrong with this flavor combination – fantastic. A perfect match with New England fall weather, local apples, sage, and Cabot cheddar. One thing I noticed is that to get a cohesive dough, I needed to add more buttermilk once the dough was transferred to the mixing bowl. I think the liquid percentage is a bit low to get the dough to come together into a ball in the food processor. Minor adjustment.

    • Reply
      Kim C
      October 27, 2020 at 6:57 am

      5 stars
      I also found I had to add A LOT more liquid. I was using half and half. I was blaming this on the flour, but maybe not, after reading your comment! I know that I added half again as much. I still had a very tough time stirring in the solid ingredients! That said- I just took them out of the oven, and they could NOT be more delicious or unique! I think I might try adding finely diced ham next time!

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