Austinite Tammy Spence offers this recipe that she says has been passed down through generations of her family. “My great-grandmother made these when they first came to Austin in the 1800s,” she said.

Makes: 12


·       2 cups flour

·       2 teaspoons granulated sugar

·       1/2 teaspoon baking soda

·       1/2 teaspoon salt

·       1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

·       1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

·       1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes

·       1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

·       2 tablespoons fresh chives

·       1 cup buttermilk

·       Parmesan cheese, if desired.


   In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Chop butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Add cheese and chives, and toss well. Pour in buttermilk and mix until fully combined. Dough will be sticky.

  Drop by 1/4 cupfuls of dough evenly onto a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

  Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.