Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits (A Tribute to Grandma!)

I’m back!!  Yay!!

Those of you who follow me regularly will know from my Heart Talk post that there was a reason for my absence this past week.  Usually I am so good at posting three times a week, right on schedule.  However, last Saturday I tried to call my family and could not get a hold of anyone.  After calling seven phones and starting the rounds to try each number again, my dad answered and said he couldn’t talk cause there was an ambulance there to pick up grandma.

I was on the next flight to Washington.

Unfortunately, I missed her by less than half a day.  Fortunately, she is free from pain.  She is reunited with “daddy,” what she affectionately called her husband of over 70 years.  She is in the arms of the Jesus she loved with her everything.  She’s singing with her father again just like she did back in the revivals, only this time she’s joined by a heavenly choir.  She’s dancing on golden streets, free from the confusion that had just begun to cloud her mind.  She’s happy, healthy, and whole.  She has longed for that moment for years, and it finally came true.  I’m so happy for her, and even more proud.  She was an amazing little lady who  cooked so well that you would eat till you hurt, and then just a little more.  I hope to carry on that legacy.

So…that being said…I decided it was only fitting that my first post back be one of her most famed recipes.  Many a non-family member has been introduced to this beauty and never been the same.  A true Oklahoma breakfast right here.  I know many of you follow me because of my decision to steer toward health.  But, just for today…just for grandma…let’s throw caution to the wind just this once and indulge in her genius.  CHOCOLATE GRAVY AND BISCUITS.

This recipe is so good that if you simply mention it, people who have experienced it before can think of nothing else until it is in their belly.  In fact, that is exactly what happened while I was home with my family.  We had talked about how we had to make this, and my “big-little” brother Jesse over heard us.  The next morning he came home from work around 10:30, threw open the front door and shouted “BREAKFAST! CHOCOLATE GRAVY AND BISCUITS!!!”  After laughing and saying “nice to see you too Jesse,” mom and I got right down to business.  For Grandma.  And Jesse too I guess 😉  P.S…you have to see the super fun pictures I got of him enjoying his breakfast.  I have the best brothers in the world.

So Grandma, this one is for you.  Thank you for passing down a love for cooking, for showing me how to love people with my passion…for simply showing me how to love in general.  For all the laughs, and the wisdom too.  We miss you more than you know, but you have left an impression on us all that has changed us for the better, and in turn will change the world for the better.  This I am confident of.  Be it the world of food or the world of people looking for kindness.  You rocked both, and we will continue your legacy for you.  Love you!

So, here’s what you need:


  • 1/4 C Butter or Oil (Or shortening)
  • 2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C Milk (We used buttermilk!)

Chocolate Gravy: (Note…if any of you have a grandma that cooks, you probably know that measuring is not usually part of the process!  So all of the following ingredients really are “to taste,” but for your sake mom and I tried to measure things out so you had some idea of proportions.  Feel free to play with it, that’s what grandmas do!!)

  • 8 Tbsp Butter (a cube)
  • 8 Tbsp Flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 C Heavy Cream, Half and Half, Whole Milk…whatever creamy delicious substance you desire
  • 1 1/4 C Sugar
  • 2/3 C Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

And here’s how you do it:

  1. It’s a good idea to start your biscuits first.  We kinda did it backwards, and ended up having to put Jesse on gravy duty to stir it constantly while the biscuits baked so we didn’t burn it, haha!  But at least he worked for his breakfast, eh? 😉
  2. Heat oven to 450*.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.  Add butter or oil, and combine with a pastry blender.  If you don’t know what that is, I have pictures if you scroll down!  I suppose you could probably use a fork as long as you end up with the same crumbly texture.  It should look like crumbs!
  4. Stir in the milk a little bit at a time.  You may not need all of it, you want the dough to form a ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl.  It should not be really sticky.
  5. Drop dough onto a cookie sheet.  Rub some butter onto your hands and pat it down to square/rectangle shape.  About 6 inches across.
  6. Use a knife to cut into two-inch squares, should be 9-12 total.
  7. Spread some additional butter across the tops.
  8. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  9. While biscuits are baking, start your gravy!
  10. Melt your stick of butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  11. Whisk flour into butter until thickened and evenly combined.
  12. Add cream or milk slowly, in shifts if it works better that way, whisking continually.  Continue to whisk until it is thickened and evenly combined.
  13. In a bowl combine sugar, cocoa, and salt.
  14. Whisk dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in the saucepan until evenly combined.
  15. Add Vanilla.
  16. Let sauce come to a gentle simmer until it is thick and creamy, being careful not to burn the bottom.  If needed you can add milk if it gets too thick for your liking.  Taste and adjust sugar/cocoa level as you see fit.
  17. When your biscuits are done, place a couple on a plate, cut open and smear with more butter (yes, I know.  Kirkwoods love butter.  What can I say?!  My grandma is from Oklahoma! ;))  Take a ladle full of chocolate gravy and dump it all over those biscuits!!!

I know that looks like a lot, but it is actually crazy easy.  And you won’t believe how delicious the rich, smooth, dark chocolate gravy compliments the warm, fluffy, buttery biscuit.  Oh my gosh I am so hungry I want it right now!  Grandma, you’re a genius!

Pictures!  Starring Jesse Kirkwood…and the hands of Sandi Kirkwood!

Choc Gravy Biscuits 14Start your biscuits!  Preheat your oven to 450* and grab your ingredients!!  If you scrolled down because you don’t know what a pastry blender is, it’s that little wire guy with the handle in the front.  You can use butter or shortening instead of the oil, depending on your likes.

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Combine your dry ingredients!  2 C flour…

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Choc Gravy Biscuits 19When they are evenly mixed, add your oil or butter…

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Then use your pastry blender till it is about this texture!  Evenly combined and crumbly!

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Add buttermilk (or normal milk) in a little bit at a time and stir in until you have a ball of dough that isn’t sticking to the sides.

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Drop the ball onto a cookie sheet…

Choc Gravy Biscuits 23Butter your hands!  Yummy, haha!  Love those hands, my sweet mamma!

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And start patting down into a rectangle shape. Sorry some of the pictures are fuzzy, my mom just works so fast my camera couldn’t keep up, haha!!

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Get it to an even-ish rectangle.  Doesn’t have to be perfect!

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Cut into 2 inch squares and butter the tops.  Yes.  We love butter.  Scoot them into your preheated oven and bake until golden brown on the tops, about 15 minutes.

Pause for a moment to see the excitement in your family’s faces!  Jesse could barely contain himself!

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I love that kid, haha.

Now start your gravy!

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Gather your ingredients!!  (See my home made vanilla extract I made them for Christmas?!)

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Put your butter in a large saucepan!

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Place on the stove over medium heat and let butter melt.  Whisk in flour.

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Whisk till well combined and butter has an even, thickened consistency.

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Now slowly whisk in your cream substance of choice so that it also becomes evenly combined and a thickened texture.

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Now whisk in the rest of your dry ingredients; cocoa, sugar, and salt.  Though it is different than the pictures would suggest, we recommend whisking all the dry ingredients together in a bowl so they are already evenly distributed when you add it to the wet.

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Add Vanilla.

Now stir until it is thickened and creamy.  Here is Jesse on gravy duty.  Sneaking licks off of anything he can find…Choc Gravy Biscuits 18And this is Jesse when we told him that he still had to wait about 15 minutes for the biscuits to cook…

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Sad boy!  Haha!

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Keep an eye on the gravy until the biscuits are done!  Take the opportunity to pour some glasses of milk (you’ll need it), cook up some sausage, set the table!!  Awe, look at the brother and sister making breakfast together!  Grandma would have loved this! (And yes, yes I did get bangs)

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Biscuits are done!  Look at that golden brown deliciousness!  Hallelujah!

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Place a few on a plate, cut them open, and smear on more butter.  It melts and creates such a beautiful layer between the biscuit and gravy!

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Ladle on the delectable gravy!  Don’t be stingy now!!!

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Oh wow.  If your mouth isn’t watering right now…I don’t think you have taste buds.  Best.  Breakfast.  Ever.

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Now say a prayer to bless the food…

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Grab your utensils….

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And devour!!!  Sweet victory, hahhahahahahaha!  This is probably in my top ten favorite pictures ever!!!  I just keep laughing.  Disclaimer:  This meal is so good, it may just make you go cross eyed!

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Happy boy!!  Finally got his chocolate gravy and biscuits!!  If you want a smile this big on your face, try my grandma’s recipe!  You won’t regret it!  🙂  Here’s to you, grams!