Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

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Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, plus more for pan
1 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
Chocolate gravy, recipe follows

Chocolate Gravy:
1/3 stick butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups whole milk





Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the shortening with a fork until it looks like cornmeal. Add the buttermilk, a little at a time, stirring constantly until well mixed.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 2 or 3 times. Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into circles with a 2-inch cutter.

Place the biscuits in a greased iron skillet. Gently press down the top of the biscuits. Brush the biscuits with half the melted butter and bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the hot biscuits with the remaining butter. Split the biscuits in half and ladle Chocolate Gravy over the hot biscuits.

Chocolate Gravy:

Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over low heat. Mix in sugar, flour and cocoa. Slowly pour 1 cup of milk into the skillet and whisk well to remove lumps. Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick, being careful not to scorch. Serve hot over biscuits.

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Reader Comments:


Is there a recipe for Sugar free chocolate gravy? My Mother is diabetic and misses this a lot.

By Rose on February 26, 2014


My mom used to cook chocolate gravy for me to as a child to n uncle mike would show me n let me help with the homemade biscuits I love them days and now I still make it for my family and they love it as well I'll cherish these memories forever .

By carolyn babineaux on November 08, 2013


We would visit my grandmother ( Big Mama ) in Texas every summer when I was young. She would make this for me and I would finish off all the biscuits when she did. I can remember her standing at the stove, just her and I in the kitchen. So Good!!!

By Anonymous on August 08, 2013


Thanks so much for the recipes. Keep them coming!!!

By vivian balchin on July 28, 2013


My Mother also used to make this for me as a child. I never found her recipe for this and never asked her how to make it before she died. Upon reading this recipe I KNOW THIS IS IT. I cant wait to make this for my family. Thanks Paula!

By Anonymous on July 18, 2013


My Mother used to make this for me as a child. I never ate it with biscuits tho, I ate it in a bowl with a big glob of "fresh" butter in it YUM. I never asked my mother how to make this before she passed away so many years ago. Today i googled it and found it right here. Thank You Paula I will be having this for breakfast.

By Nancy Pendergrass on July 18, 2013


I love this recipe! It is so easy and SO delicious. My picky boys love it too! Thanks for the recipe.

By Becky on July 16, 2013


Good morning from Oklahoma! Cooking the chocolate gravy now! Smells so good my sons can hardly stand waiting! I only had 2% milk in the house this morning so I used that instead...its taking a long time thicken, is the milk change the reason? Thanks! We love ya!!

By Jennifer Briggs on March 20, 2013


Paula you made Chocolate Gravy 2-14-13 on your show.You commented this recipe was making it's way to Ga now.My mom made us this in the late 40's and 50's.We lived in Alma(Bacon Co)GA.We loved it drizzled over home made biscuit.I love your show(cooking and entertainment)

By Carlene Music Smith on February 15, 2013


My grandma used to make this, my mom knows how but doesn't like it (seriously?. Delicious!!! Good country cookin!

By Jenna on December 22, 2012


I'm so glad to find this recipe for Chocolate Gravy. When we were little it was a treat for us to get this on Friday mornings. Our mother worked Monday thru Thursday. Raising six kids was hard for her. But her cooking this for us on Fridays was a treat. Now I pass it on to my girls is a gift.

By Debbie Green on November 19, 2012


Years ago around 1955 I was dating a girl from Tennessee and she kept telling me about the great chocolate gravy that her grandmother use to make. So when I finally got to go to Tennessee and meet her granny, we were invited over for Sunday dinner. At that time it was a big deal whenever company from the north came to visit. The whole family and relatives were invited over for dinner. Directly in front was this very large tureen of chocolate gravy. After filling my plate with the roast beef and various vegetables, I reached over and ladled the chocolate all over my plate. Everyone around the table started to laugh. When I asked what was so funny as she made the chocolate just for me, they all chimed in. And said, "Yes, but you don't put it on your meat and potatoes". I had told that story to many people over the years and not one of them ever heard of chocolate gravy. Needles to say I was ecstatic when I saw your recipe for chocolate gravy and biscuits. I am going to have it for breakfast.

By Donald Courtney on August 01, 2012


this recipe reminds me of my mother. she used to make it as a special treat for us kids when we were young. cant wait to try it out on my grandbaby.

By vini on April 27, 2012


Mother used to make us chocolate biscuits but she would use day old biscuits and cut them in half and place the halves in the chocolate. They were so good.

By Joan Starkey on April 21, 2012


Paula, my mom many years ago made what she called hot chocolate syrup. We ate this over hoe cakes relish. Thanks for that recipe. I could not remember the exact ingredients. You are an absolute angel. Thanks for bringing back some awesome memories. Love you all so much

By Judy Poppell on April 06, 2012


my husband's family has been fixing these for generations we serve it with fried bacon dip the bacon right into the chocolate we also open the biscuits and smother them with the chocolate my kids are starting another generation Cheryl Willis Shepherdsville Ky.

By CHERYL WILLIS on February 20, 2012


I to remember as alittle girl, how we would go visiting family,us kids would want choclate gravey for breakfast. we could not stop eating it. some of ate so much we got sick. I just want to Thank You Mrs. Deen for the memoires and good southern food that I have missed for many years. And I know that your health has changed,and I wish you well with it. Please don't stop giving those old Southern Recipes,you know the Heart Stoppers(ha,ha!).May you stay in good health and may God BlessYou.

By Tammie on January 18, 2012


My mother always made chocolate gravy and I just thought everyone knew about how to make it. I soon found out after moving out west that hardly anyone knew what it was. I guess it's a southern thing but I grew up eating it. I made it for my family and had to make it for the guys that I worked with and they simply loved it. It was always requested when we had breakfast on the graveyard shift. My sons now make it for their family, my sister made it for her family so it's a tradition in our family. There's nothing like it on a cold morning.

By Peggy Dixon on November 09, 2011


So I just tried making this because my mamaw is the only person I know that can make this stuff right and it's so good. The recipe is dead on and accurate. However, it was a bit too sweet for my taste so next time I make it, I will be using a little less sugar. Delicious!!!

By Kimberly on October 15, 2011


I have been eating this chocolate gravy since I was a little girl. I now make it in the microwave. Just heat the milk 2 minutes, mix the cocoa, sugar and flour, pour into milk and whisk to remove lumps. Then heat 1 minute and stir. Continue heating 1 minute at a time and stirring until desired thickness.

By Tammy Austin on July 19, 2011

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