Flaky Buttery Biscuits


Biscuits are super easy to make, and don’t take much time either. Please, if you’ve never made biscuits from scratch, you owe it to yourself to give this a try.  I promise these are better than any biscuit out of a can.

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  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 14 Minutes Yield: 12 biscuits

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

First, measure out the flour into a mixing bowl.

Then add the baking powder.

And the sugar.

And the salt.

Mix all the ingredients together, and then add the stick of butter. And I mean real butter- lovingly provided by happy dairy cows. (No margarine please – this is country cooking, and around here, margarine is just stiff vegetable oil in stick form.)

Using a pastry blender, cut up the butter into the dry ingredients. If you don’t have a pastry blender, you can use a fork, or 2 butter knives.

Keep cutting the butter until you don’t have any pieces bigger than a small pea.

Next, pour in all the milk.

Using a fork, stir the mixture until all of the dry ingredients are absorbed by the milk.  Don’t overdue the stirring – when all the dry stuff is gone, you’re done.

Next, sprinkle some flour out on your table or counter. Put the dough on the floured surface.

Then knead the dough 5 or 6 times. To knead, fold it in half, press it down, and turn the dough a quarter turn. Then fold again, press down and turn. Do this 5 or 6 times.

Fold dough

..And press down

This is how the flaky layers are formed. When you’re done with the kneading, flatten the dough out with your hands into a uniform thickness of about ½ inch.

Now for the fun part: using a biscuit cutter, or a drinking glass, cut the biscuits out of the dough. If your cutter is sticking to the dough, dip it in some flour in between each cutting.  Carefully place the biscuits on a metal cookie sheet.

Take the remaining dough, and form it into a ball, knead it a couple times, flatten it out, and cut more biscuits.

Here’s how the biscuits look in the pan.

OK,  here’s a secret for getting biscuits to rise sky high, as opposed to flat hockey pucks. And here it is.

Underneath all those refrigerator magnets, is the secret:  the fridge. Put the pan in the fridge for 10 minutes, before you put it in the oven. Don’t know the technicalities of why this works, but it does.  After 10 minutes, take the pan out of the fridge and put it in the oven.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a beautiful golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven, and immediately remove the biscuits from the pan.


Serve on a plate or serving bowl.


Remember the sky high flakyness I promised? Well here it is.


Cut them in half while still warm and slather with butter, jelly, apple butter, or anything that makes your taste buds happy. Once cooled, store remaining biscuits in a storage container to keep them from drying out.   They can be re-warmed in your microwave in about 10 seconds.

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252 comments to Flaky Buttery Biscuits

  • Carrie Nickerson

    These are the best and easiest biscuits ever! I made them like the recipie and then tweaked it to make it allergy friendly for my 3 year old. I have NEVER had dairy free biscuits come out actually tasting good before! Hers always turn out like hockey pucks but these are nice and flakey😁 wish I could post a picture of them. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! My daughter misses out on so many yummy things but not flakey biscuits anymore😄

    • Karanda williams

      How did you tweak it to make it dairyfree? My sin has FPIES. &I’m looking for a good recipe that won’t be a brick in the end. He is allergic to milk eggs beef mushrooms apples & peanuts. Thanks in advance

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  • Shan

    So, I’m not a newby cook … But this is the second time I’ve tried these biscuits, exactly as you explained and there is NO FLUFF. Wah. What could I possibly be doing wrong?? So bummed. 😕 I was so excited for nice fluffy biscuits for the fam.



    • maryann

      Shan, have you tested out your baking powder lately?

    • Pattie

      I cook for a living and did this for the longest time without knowing it and my biscuits didn’t rise either. I was twisting the cutter when I pressed down that seals the edges and they don’t rise. After that I have just been pushing the cutter straight down and they r perfect!. Try that and then see if that makes a difference.

  • Elizabeth

    These biscuits are DEVINE! I was hoping I could attach a few photos 🙁 – just know they will ( or should) IMMEDIATELY start to rise tall after only 5 minutes of baking. Putting them in the frig is BRILLANT as flakey pastry always calls for VERY COLD butter ! Those tiny balls of COLD butter/flour/baking powder EXPLODE when they hit the VERY HOT 450 degree oven creating very light, soft, flakey, layers of dough. Thank you so much for such a great tip and this fabulous recipe !

  • Nadean

    No more hard biscuits! YAY!! This recipe is perfect and fun! Thank you.

  • Jenna

    I am thinking of making these for a get together. Should the stock of butter be cold or at room temperature before mixing in the dough?

  • Heather

    Mine didn’t rise. Not sure what I did wrong

  • Kelly

    These are my most favorite biscuits ever, they come out perfect every time that I make them. I am wondering if I can use whole wheat flour to make them at the same ratio as the all purpose flour though? And also wondering if you have tried to add pumpkin to them before? Would love to know and if so I would love to try!!! Thanks!

  • Elizabeth

    Can you replace the butter with shortening?

  • Kellee B

    I made these biscuits several times and my husband cant get enough of them! Thanks for the easy and good receipe.

  • Hello and thank you! This recipe turned out just as you provided! Now I know that the thickness of the folds and cuts makes the difference in how big your biscuits rise!!! This is a very easy fool proof recipe to follow, my husband ranted and raved at how good they were! Thank you for helping me craft some good biscuits to go with some freshly cooked apples! Oh and I agree with other reviewers, check your baking powder and flour date for freshness, that makes a difference with rising or not! Excellent instructions and thanks again!

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