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Biscuits 101

Buttermilk Biscuits

So I thought we'd tackle a classic Southern recipe today, and one that my mom can make with the best of them...biscuits. Making great biscuits is really not as hard as you might think! So let's all agree to be a little brave today, and learn how to make our own buttery, flaky, and delicious biscuits at home.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 224 kcal
Author: Jillee


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter frozen
  • 1 Tbsp shortening frozen
  • 1 cup buttermilk cold


  1. Start by grating the frozen butter. Once it’s grated, return it to the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl, and then whisk or sift to combine.
  3. Next, take your frozen, grated butter and frozen shortening out of the freezer and add them to flour mixture. Carefully mix to combine.
  4. Pour about three-quarters of the cup of buttermilk into the mix, adding more if needed. The dough should be very loose. Set aside the remaining buttermilk to brush the tops.
  5. Use your hands to fold the dough together, working quickly. Scoop under the edges of the dough, and fold it towards the center. This will gently incorporate all of your ingredients, without destroying the bits of frozen butter. Overall, you want to work the dough as little as possible.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a floured surface (or onto a sheet of wax paper). Press the dough out until it is a little over 1" thick.
  7. Use your biscuit cutter to cut out your biscuits. You should have enough dough to cut out about 8 of them.
  8. Carefully transfer your biscuits to a greased or lined baking sheet. Arrange the biscuits closely, so they are touching each other on the sides.
  9. Next, if you like, you can use your pastry brush to brush the tops with the leftover buttermilk. Sprinkle with a bit of finishing salt, too.
  10. Bake in a 450F degree oven until golden brown. Cook time will vary, so start checking on them frequently after 10 minutes.
  11. Serve warm or room temperature, with plenty of butter and jam or honey. Or some country gravy!

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from

Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 400mg17%
Potassium 225mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.