Flaky Buttery Biscuits

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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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Ingredients:

  • 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.

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Serve on a plate or serving bowl.

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

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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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150 comments to Flaky Buttery Biscuits

  • Amanda

    This is my first successful biscuit ever. AND I nailed it. Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing this.

    Now, how the heck do you get your biscuits so uniform in size? Lots of practice? ;-)

  • lizabeth

    ok i made theses tonight and i only got 12 biscuits when i cut them out in stead of 14, guess pratice makes perfect , in the oven now, bakeing and riseing while there bakeing easiest recipie i found so far , and one i will make more often.

  • Tiffany

    I am so glad to have fund your blog! These biscuits will go great with tonight’s beef stew. My husband and I recently moved to southeast Asia and my kitchen has been turned upside down. I thought I knew how to cook from scratch, but over here, it’s nothing but scratch which leaves me scratching my head wondering what to cook tonight that’s not the same as last night. Also, the grocery stores sell only Islamic Halal over here which means lots of chicken, stew beef and ground beef (no pork allowed and any other beef cut will break the bank). Anyhow, I’m looking forward to finding a few great recipes to try here! Thanks so much!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you, and You’re very welcome Tiffany! I can see the challenge you’re facing there re the cooking. But I’m sure you’ll soon learn all new ways of cooking and will become an expert in Asian cuisine!

  • marty

    these biscuits are awesome! easy to make and taste terrific! thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Beth

    Made the biscuits this AM. Best I have ever made and eaten!! So easy! I put the prepared biscuit dough in the refrigerator and then preheated the oven. Recommend highly!!!

  • Jennifer

    For those of us that don’t live on a farm, will margarine work?

  • Beth

    Using margarine will make them less crisp/flaky. I would go to the store and buy some butter!

  • PERFECT! I made a half batch. I kept the ratio of ingredients. I put them in the fridge for 10 minutes and I let them bake for 15 minutes.
    Two things: 1. I wasn’t sure if the Milk was 1/4 or 3/4′s of a cup (it wasn’t too clear in the recipe) but I found out, for the full recipe, it’s 3/4′s of a cup. 2. The number of biscuits you get depends on the size of the biscuit cutter.
    As I mentioned in the beginning…PERFECT!

  • Crystal

    Can I make these the night before and keep them in the fridge overnight and bake the next morning? I just made my first batch for tomorrow morning, Wish me luck

  • one time, I put the cut biscuits in the fridge for the ten minutes required but forgot to heat up the oven, so I left them in the fridge till the the oven reached the desired temperature… about 15 minutes more. They came out just fine. The only problem I can think you might have is the biscuits might dry out. Maybe covering them with plastic wrap might work. Try it. What’ll you loose?

  • Debbie Anderson

    Super good! and good the next day! Thanks!!

  • Eugenia

    WOW!!! These are the best biscuits ever. I will NEVER buy store bought biscuits again. Sooooooo glad I found this recipe, and the refrigerator “trick” works like a charm. Thank you biscuit guru!!!

  • Mama Betty

    Doll you sure do know how to make them biscuits.

    I lost my grandma’s recipe years ago and nothing I buy now tastes any good and I can PROMISE you that nobody else’s recipes or tips online about biscuits hold true to their claims at least that I have tried, so I was about to give up. I figured I’d try it one last time so I googled flakey high rise biscuits and found yours about the 4th down from the top.

    I could tell after reading your page that you knew your onions when it came to cooking so I tried this out and AT LAST, thank the good Lord, I am so happy and relieved to report that it was, like everybody said on your page, PERFECT. (((( Thank you, Suzanne. ))))

    You and your husband look very happy together and my Lord, no WONDER that guy is happy! He’s found and married the only woman on the internet that I have ever heard of that actually KNOWS how to make delicious perfect biscuits the way they SHOULD look and taste !!!

  • Jim

    Without a doubt the best biscuits ever. I lost the recipe and spent about 20 minutes looking for it as I knew nothing else compares.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Mandy

    just wondering, a stuck of butter is 1/2 cup. This seems like a lot, as the other recipe I have used 1/4 cup of shortening.

    • Suzanne

      Sounds like a lot, but it’s not. Shortening is 100% fat, while butter is 80% fat, and the rest milk solids and water. Biscuits made with butter are heavier than shortening biscuits, but butter adds flavor, while shortening does not. Shortening also contains trans fats.

  • Luz

    Before putting in oven I brush evap or reg milk over them, prevents drying.

  • Susan

    I just found your recipe for flaky, buttery biscuits and am eager to try making them to accompany my Thanksgiving dinner. They look delicious!

  • Mandy

    I found mine to taste floury, am i doing something wrong?

    • Suzanne

      Was it all purpose flour? Were the right amounts of the ingredients used? Hard to know why when something goes wrong. I’ve been there. I sometimes measure wrong.

      • Mandy

        yes it was all purpose flour, i believe i measured everything correctly, i will have to try them again i guess.

        • Barbara

          When you measure, do you use a spoon (or similar) to fill your measuring cup or do you lower the cup into the flour bin and scrape it through? The latter method packs the flour in and you wind up using more. Some things don’t matter too much but with baking it can really change the outcome. Just a thought.

  • […] for no apparent reason, I decided I needed to make biscuits from scratch. So I found this recipe and that’s exactly what I […]

  • gerry

    Made your biscuit today and ate two already – had to stop myself from eating more. Your recipe and instruction are perfection.

    I followed you recipe to a tee for which I am proud. I have been cooking for many years and tend to look at a recipe and change at will because I am confident in my cooking knowledge and skills. But for some reason I decided to follow the ingredients and instructions as written – glad I did.
    Great recipe

  • Nancy

    I have now tried the recipe twice and still have not gotten good results.The dough is very gooey after adding the milk and I got to keep adding flour to work with it while kneading.Is it suppose to be gooey?

  • Norm

    Did not have butter, and used a stick of margarine instead but the biscuits still turned out as pretty as your pictures!! And tasted as good or better than anything you’d get at a fancy breakfast diner! They were a BIG hit with the family! Topped them with some homemade sausage gravy. Nothing better!

  • Kim

    Just so you know the science, in basic terms, for the refrigeration making a difference….butter is partially water. Cold water exposed to high heat makes the water kind of explode quickly (think about dripping water into a very hot skillet. This makes those airy pockets in the biscuits and creates flakiness. Heating my oven now with those chilling biscuits now. Thank you for the recipe – just what I was looking for!!

  • Noelle Pollock

    Hi, can you keep these in the fridge overnight?

  • Ron Mills

    Gonna try these with Christmas turkey dinner hope I don’t foul up!!

  • Andrea Whitmore

    Never in my long life have I made biscuits before. Tried these Christmas Eve. Was very nervous trying them, but the recipe is simple and the steps all organized and easy to follow. I have to say, the biscuits turned out so well and were so incredibly delicious that it was hard not to eat them all before anyone else could try them.
    Wish you could see the photo of the biscuit snowmen I made with the leftover dough for my grandchildren. A regular biscuit on the bottom, a smaller one with raised arms (cut this out with a knife) for the middle, and an even smaller one for the head. Put sprinkles on for eyes and nose, and for buttons (or use raisins) and they’re so cute. And delicious.
    Thank you for the recipe and for making it easy to succeed!

  • Linda Beavis

    Tried these today hoping to be like my grandmothers,live in Costa Rica now and can not buy them here. They came out very flat,did not rise like your picture shows,could it be my high altitude? I need to make some good full rising biscuits,I followed the recipe exactly. My grandmother always used buttermilk though.

  • Linda Beavis

    We are about a mile above sea level. Wonder I’d I should cook longer at lower hear and/or leave in the refrig a bit longer.

  • Thank you for this straight forward recipe. I have been making crumbly biscuits for so long and today I made this recipe. They turned out flaky and perfect! I have a simple method for incorporating the butter into the flour evenly…a cheese grater! It works like magic for pastry too.

  • U'ilani

    Aloha,

    I tried it and well it didnt rise. I followed to the T and im not sure what happened. I made it twice and both times it didn’t rise. Any suggestions. I sure am lookin forward to the day I can make it good.

  • Bobbie Foreman

    My grandmother used buttermilk. How would the recipe be altered please?
    She always had a little butter melted in pie tins, dip and flip the biscuits then 1/2 bake and freeze.
    Any time we wanted, we could pop a pan in the oven and have the warm goodness in just a few minutes
    I would like to try it with buttermilk though if you can help please
    Thank you,
    Bobbie Foreman

    • Suzanne

      If you substitute buttermilk for the milk, you’ll also have to reduce the baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

  • Keith Hall

    I was able to make the biscuits pretty easy. I overcooked them I think. They were a bit dry but I don’t have a problem with dry. I also made a pumpkin pie and made my own pie crust from your recipe. I did use canned pumpkin but the crust was all me! Tastes great!

  • You have made me the greatest wife in the world, and it was SO.EASY! I’ve been married to a Southerner for 7 years and this is the first time I’ve made biscuits. As we live in Japan, my husband asked, “WHERE did you get the biscuits?!” ;) Thanks so much! This will be my go-to! (I’m still raving over how easy they were!) (And the FLAKES!!)

  • Lisa Rodriguez

    Biscuits were delicious.. i made the mistake of rolling it out..some seemed too thin so i took those out and pressed the thin ones back together cutting them out with the wine glass.. welll those that i repressed were so flaky and fluffy .. i will never roll out again..lol Thank U:))

  • Don

    What about baking them in a cast iron skillet? Does the oven temp or cooking time change? My aunt baked them this way when I was a kid and they always came out great!

  • You know, no one else really talks about chilling them before baking.
    I picked yours out of the bunch of online pics b/c they look so fluffy & perfect.
    Can’t wait to taste them. Thanks!

  • kimberly

    made these last night and loved them. thanks for an excellent recipe. I will definitely be making these again, the whole family loved them.

  • Irene Stewart

    Tasted good, but came out flat. Let them rest in the fridge for 10 min before baking. Will try again, making a bit thicket, but I don’t think this was the whole issue. Thanks for the easy recipe!

  • Patrick

    Have you ever tried this recipe using buttermilk and baking soda? I’m about to try that this morning.

    • Suzanne

      Nope. Let us know how they turned out.

      • Patrick

        I am happy to report that the biscuits made with this recipe, except with the addition of 1 tsp baking soda, and the substitution of low fat buttermilk for milk turned out very well. The best high-rise biscuit I have made to date. This will be my go to recipe going forward.

        For those who get flat biscuits, I might suggest that you are mixing / kneading too much. I think Suzanne has nailed the correct kneading process. 5-6 fold and turns is the key, using only your hands. And be gentle with the dough, don’t vigorously squash it flat or knead it too hard.

  • I never thought this recipe is could be easy to follow and very simple! The biscuits look delicious. I’m gonna make these. I can’t wait to taste them. Thanks.

    Here’s the gingerbread scones recipe-

    http://puppieskittensandunicornsshittingrainbowsohmy.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/how-to-make-gingerbread-scones/

  • rachel

    I followed the recipe to a T and they still came out like hockey pucks. The bottoms cooked faster than the tops so the burned! Iam very very upset with this. Im not sure what went wrong!

    • Suzanne

      Could be a number of things: too much kneading, oven rack too low, oven temp not accurate. If the bottoms are burning, and the tops not getting done, the rack is too low. Get a thermometer for your oven – only a few bucks, but well worth it. I’ve yet to run across an oven that has an accurate temp. Good luck!

  • Kristi

    I just wanted to let you know that these have become a family favorite. I always have to make extra for ham and cheese melts (divine!). I am trying them today with freshly milled flour and raw milk. I’m hoping they turn out as great as normal since I did not make any adjustments. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • lina

    Just made this recipe today. I easily halved the recipe and the biscuits still turned out fluffy AND flaky! Delicious…thanks for all the great tips! My husband and I appreciate it! :)

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