3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup quality vegetable shortening
3/4 cup milk, approximately
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl; toss with the cheese. Using 2 knives or a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Make a well in the center; pour in the milk all at once.
Stir the dough quickly with a fork; if too dry, add a little more milk to form a dough ball. Knead 10 times. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 3/4-inch; cut into 2 1/2-inch biscuits.
Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.