An Inadvertent Recipe Thief

Not long ago I posted a recipe for my  Cheddar Lake Biscuits. I’ve been making them forever and I was quite sure I’d come up with the recipe myself. But a couple of days ago I pulled out a box of Bisquick™ and noticed a recipe for Cheddar Bay Biscuits on the back of the box. So now it’s time for the confession of an inadvertent recipe thief.

Cheddar Lake Biscuits

I’ve come to the conclusion that I must have seen and probably made the Bisquick™ Cheddar Bay Biscuits years ago. And, having made them so often I stopped looking at the box for the recipe. Because, in spite of a few differences, the recipes for their biscuits and mine are very similar. Thus, the confession of an inadvertent recipe thief.

These are the ingredients for my Cheddar Lake Biscuits:


For the biscuits:

2 1 /2 cups Bisquick

4 tablespoons cold butter

1 heaping cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 cup whole milk

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

To brush on biscuits:

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


Here are the ingredients for the Cheddar Bay Biscuits on the Bisquick™ box:


1/3cup butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon Old Bay® seasoning

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon parsley


2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Yes, I use more of the baking mix and Italian seasoning and not parsley. The ratios of some ingredients are different but my super-secret ingredient, Old Bay® seasoning…oh, my gosh! They used it first! I’m pretty darned sure Betty Crocker™ didn’t stumble across my recipe and print it on their boxes!

I used their basic recipe, increased the cheese (of course) and made a few other changes but old Betty came up with the recipe my biscuits are based upon.

So now I’m left with my head hanging down. An inadvertent recipe thief. Or, at the very least, an inadvertent recipe thief of the basic recipe. Mea culpa. I hear thunder in the distance that may be the baking gods letting me know I’m in trouble.

But, what the heck? Try both versions! They’re delicious biscuits either way and I know you’ll love them!

Have you ever been an inadvertent recipe thief? Please tell me all about it! We’ll both feel better!




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