Savoury Drop Biscuits with Pesto Cream Cheese

Drop biscuits may be unfamiliar to many Kiwis, they are similar in texture to traditional savoury scones but even easier to make. These Savoury Drop Biscuits are a super quick and extremely adaptable, you can have them from mixing bowl to plate in less than 30 minutes. The perfect morning tea bake for those working from home or as a soup accompaniment if you have run out of bread. It’s also a great recipe to make with kids and keep them busy during the lockdown.

Serve with Pesto Cream Cheese or your favourite plant-based spread.

Savoury Drop Biscuits

Makes 8 or 9


  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup canola or oil of choice
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast or a plant-based cheddar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ cup ( 25g) chopped fresh herbs – parsley and chives work well
  • 1 tsp each baking soda and baking powder
  • ¼ cup toasted pinenuts


Preheat to 200ºC.

Line a heavy baking sheet with a baking paper or use a non-stick baking mat.

Combine the liquid ingredients in a small jug, stir to combine.

Measure the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl, whisk to combine and mix in the finely chopped herbs.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the liquid while turning the mixing bowl. Take care not to over mix the dough, it should just hold together.

Using tablespoons, an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measure to drop the savoury biscuit mixture onto the lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack for a couple of minutes before serving.

Pesto Cream Cheese

Add 1/4 cup plant-based pesto to 1/2 cup Cashew and Tofu Cream Cheese and blend.

Flavour variations

The possibilities are endless, just remember to try and maintain similar volumes of both wet and dry ingredients. Add sumac, lemon and pistachio for a hint of Persia or basil, garlic and extra plant-based parmesan for pesto flavoured drop biscuits. They are also delicious lightly toasted the next day

Remember: Keep notes when you are creating a new recipe so you can make it again, or review what changes you might make to make it better

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