Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits (A Disneyland Copycat)

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Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits taste exactly like the spicy, cheesy biscuits found at The Disney California Adventure Park restaurant. Perfect little bites that are super easy to make at home!

One Carthay Circle Fried Biscuit being torn in half with a basket of biscuits in the background.
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  1. Ingredients in Copycat Fried Biscuits
  2. Six Simple Steps to Savory Fried Biscuits
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. What to Serve with the Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits
  5. How to Make Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits
  6. Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits (Copycat) Recipe

These Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits are a staple at the ritzy California Adventure restaurant. Located at the Disneyland Resort, the Carthay Circle restaurant is one of the fanciest dining experiences at the park. If you’re planning an adults only Disney vacation, or looking for an elegant dining experience while you’re there, book a reservation for this restaurant as soon as you can; the place books out months in advance! The food is delicious, albeit pricey. So if a ritzy dining experience isn’t in the cards, make these cheesy jalapeño bombs at home! They’re so easy to make and taste exactly like the popular appetizer. Light and crispy on the outside, gooey and cheesy on the inside. Perfect to enjoy in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Ingredients in Copycat Fried Biscuits

These little fried balls may look and taste fancy, but they’re so easy to make, you won’t believe it! Here’s all you need:

  • Shredded cheese – I used a mixture of cheddar and Monterrey jack, but you could use cheddar and Pepper jack for extra spice. And here’s a little tip: shred your own cheese from a block instead of pre-shredded. It just melts so much better.
  • Cooked bacon – You’ll need about 5 or 6 strips of cooked bacon, finely chopped. I’ve also used the pre-cooked bacon pieces (NOT bacon bits) which are found near the regular bacon of your grocery store.
  • Diced jalapeño – I like to use the jalapeños in a jar and not a fresh one.
  • Eggs, milk and salt and pepper – These are used as a binding agent for the cheese, bacon and jalapeño balls.
  • A tube of refrigerated biscuit dough.
  • Some oil for frying – I prefer vegetable oil.
Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits in a bowl with one biscuit ripped in half with cheese pouring out.

Six Simple Steps to Savory Fried Biscuits

  1. Mix the cheese, bacon, jalapeño, egg, milk, salt and pepper together. Go ahead and use your hands if you need to get the whole mixture blended together.
  2. Form the cheese mixture into small balls. I use a small cookie dough scoop for consistency, but you can eyeball it too.Cheese balls before they are fried on a plate with the cheese mixture in a bowl in the background.
  3. Pop the cheese balls into the freezer for a few hours, or preferably overnight.
  4. Cut each biscuit into quarters, and wrap each and wrap them in pre-made biscuit dough. Make sure they’re completely covered and nice and smooth.Close up of rolled up biscuit dough before it is fried.
  5. Heat your oil to about 350 degrees and fry the balls until they’re golden brown. I fry about three or four at a time, so the oil doesn’t get too cool.
  6. Serve them hot with some honey butter (I made some with a mixture of honey, softened butter and a scoop of apricot jelly)
Close up of a fried cheese biscuit being torn apart.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to serve with fried biscuits?

We serve the Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits with honey butter made from a mixture of honey, softened butter, and a spoonful of apricot jelly. These biscuits are best served hot!

What to do if the cheese doesn’t melt inside the biscuit?

If you find that after frying, the cheese isn’t completely melted, just pop the biscuits in the microwave for 10 seconds. That should do that trick!

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What to Serve with the Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits

These delightful little bites are the perfect appetizer or side dish to so many recipes! Try them with any of these recipes and bring the fancy dining experience to your own kitchen table.

How to Make Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits

One Carthay Circle Fried Biscuit being torn in half with a basket of biscuits in the background.

Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits (Copycat)

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Carthay Circle Fried Biscuits taste exactly like the spicy, cheesy biscuits found at Disney's California Adventure restaurant. Perfect little bites that are super easy to make at home!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Freeze Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 16 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 32 Biscuits



  • Combine cheeses, jalapeños, bacon, egg, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon until well combined. It should keep it's shape when you squeeze it together firmly in your hand.
  • Using a small cookie dough scooper, scoop small balls (about the size of a typical bouncey ball) and roll in your hands until it stays together and forms a smooth, tight ball.
  • Place the balls on a plate or tray covered with parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze at least 6 hours or overnight. You should have about 32 balls.
  • Remove tray from freezer and pop open the biscuit dough.
  • Cut each biscuit into 4 sections. Flatten each section and wrap around each cheese ball, rolling in your hands to make sure there are no holes or seams. You want it to be smooth and round.
  • Heat oil to 350-degrees and fry each ball until dark golden brown.
  • Serve hot.

NOTE: If the cheese inside doesn’t seem to be completely melted, just pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds and they will be perfect. You can just pop them in whole and the cheese will melt to perfection inside.


    If you love appetizers and starters, this is the perfect recipe for you! This Carthay Signature fried biscuit is a classic for your Disney family to enjoy time after time. 
    Exchange apricot in the apricot honey butter for strawberry and experience a unique flavor. 

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 243mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 122IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg

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    1. 5 stars
      I’ve never had a fried biscuit but anything that has cheese, bacon, and jalapeno will come out good!

    2. 5 stars
      Oh my gosh, these look incredible!! I love homemade biscuits, but I’ve never made anything like these before. I’m in the UK, so I’ve not had these biscuits before, but I need them in my life!