Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (2024)

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My easy homemade biscuits recipe was handed down to me by my mom, a fabulous Southern cook, and is simple and quick to put together. It's gotten rave reviews all over, and I think you too will find this Southern biscuit recipe to be outrageously fluffy, flaky, and delicious!

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Great all by themselves. Or add jam, honey, or molasses. Or you can make them into a breakfast sandwich with ham, egg, and cheese or break them open and cover them with gravy (try my Homemade Turkey Gravy) ... or just scarf them down fresh and hot out of the oven 😉

These biscuits are also perfect with my Southern Homemade Chili, my Ham and Bean Crockpot Soup, my Southern Black Eyed Peas with collards, or as your go-to easy side bread for regular or special meals.

Crisp and flaky on the outside, soft and tender on the inside - can't you just taste them now!

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  • 💖 Why You'll Love These Biscuits
  • 🥘 Ingredients
  • 📖 Substitutions / Variations
  • 🔪 Step-By-Step Instructions
  • 💭 Expert Cooking Tips
  • 🧐 Recipe FAQs
  • 🍲 What to Serve with Your Butter Biscuits
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💖 Why You'll Love These Biscuits

  • Easy - These biscuits are so easy, they're practically fool proof. I love easy, and I believe you do too. No need for special techniques or methods. Just mix, roll out (or not - you can also make drop biscuits with this dough), bake, and enjoy!
  • Quick - Takes about 30 minutes from start to finish - 10 minutes to mix ingredients and about 20 minutes to bake. So these are great for last-minute preparation. Also easy to double the recipe for larger (or hungrier) crowds.
  • Fluffy & Flaky - Everything you love about a great biscuit.
  • Go with Everything - So adaptable and great with anything you're serving. Great to use for a breakfast sandwich, eaten with just butter or jam, or dipped in your favorite chili or soup.

I believe you'll also love these easy homemade biscuit variations - my Cheddar Biscuit Recipe, Blueberry Biscuits, and Ranch Cheddar Bacon Biscuits. Give them a try!

🥘 Ingredients

What You'll Need:

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Ingredient Notes:

  • Flour: I typically purchase and use all-purpose flour. If you use self-rising flour, you will need to omit the salt and baking powder.
  • Butter: I use salted butter. If using unsalted butter, add ¼ teaspoon more salt per ½ cup of butter.
  • Milk: You can use milk or buttermilk. If using plain milk, I like to use whole milk, as the extra fat adds to the flavor and success of the biscuits.
  • Baking powder: Make sure you are using baking "powder" and not "soda," as they are completely different ingredients. Baking powder is a rising agent and necessary for your biscuits to fluff up and not turn out flat. Make sure your baking powder is fresh and not outdated - very important for a good rise of your biscuits!

(See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full recipe instructions)

📖 Substitutions / Variations

  • Flour: If you want to use self-rising flour, leave out the baking powder and salt in this recipe.
  • Milk: You can use buttermilk instead of whole milk. Just use the same quantity.
  • Butter: I use salted butter, but you can also use unsalted. If you do, make sure to add an additional ¼ teaspoon salt to the ingredients before mixing.
  • Drop biscuits: If you want to make these even easier, you can skip the rolling out of the dough and just drop the dough by large spoonfuls onto your baking sheet. They will turn out fluffy with a nice outer crust.

🔪 Step-By-Step Instructions

How to Make Easy Homemade Biscuits:

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Step 1: Preheat oven to 450F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.Add butter in smallish pieces.

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Step 2: With your hands (or a pastry blender), combine flour mixture and butter until butter is pea sized and mixture is crumbly.

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Step 3: Pour in milk and combine with a wooden spoon until well incorporated, taking care not to over mix.

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Step 4: With floured hands, form dough into a ball and place on a floured surface.

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Step 5: Roll out dough to about ¾ inch thick.

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Step 6: Cut out biscuits with biscuit cutter, cookie cutter, or glass, making sure not to twist.

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Step 7: Add each biscuit to an un-greased cookie sheet or iron skillet. For a higher rise during baking, make sure that the biscuits touch each other.

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Step 8: Cook biscuits on 450F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 7-9 Southern biscuits that are 2-½ to 3 inches across.

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💭 Expert Cooking Tips

  • One of the keys to making easy homemade biscuits is to use softened butter. This means leaving it out on the counter for an hour or two when I plan to make biscuits. You don't want melted butter - just softened so it's easier to handle and mix together with your dry ingredients.
  • Mixing all of the dry ingredients together with the butter with bare hands is easier, in my opinion, as it feels like it all gets mixed better and more evenly distributed.
  • Make sure the dry ingredients, specifically the salt and baking powder, are well incorporated into the flour so you don't have patches of saltiness in your biscuits.
  • After the dry ingredients are well blended with the butter, you will pour in the milk and combine with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Take care not to over mix, as the biscuits could turn out tough.
  • It helps to flour your hands before you handle the dough. This way you don't add unnecessary flour, but it's easier to handle.
  • I like to pour out a small pile of flour on the counter nearby so I have easy access to more flour for my hands, the rolling pin, or the cutter.
  • Don't twist your cutter as you're cutting out the biscuits, as this will seal the edges and make it more difficult to get a good rise.
  • As oven temperature settings vary, you may have to cook them for a longer (or shorter) time. Ideally, you would use an oven thermometer to check your oven's temperature accuracy. I found out that my oven gets 50 degrees hotter than what is indicated. This is very useful to know in order to get accurate results.
  • Pack the flour before adding – scooping out the flour with the dry measuring cup in the flour bag and leveling on the side before adding to the bowl. If you add the flour gently to your measuring cup or sifting, you will end up with less flour (which could definitely cause a problem with dough being too wet). I know this is unconventional, but this is the way I do it.
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🧐 Recipe FAQs

Why is my biscuit dough sticky?

The dough is supposed to be a bit sticky and hard to handle – this makes for softer biscuits. It shouldn’t be “wet,” but it will be “sticky.”

Therefore, you should flour your hands before handling the sticky dough, and make sure to add the dough to a floured surface.

You want it to be as sticky as possible while still being able to handle it – this makes for softer biscuits (as above).

Why is my dough so wet? I had to add extra flour.

It may be that you are not packing your flour like I do. I basically pack my flour before adding – scooping out the flour with the dry measuring cup in the flour bag and leveling on the side before adding to the bowl.

If you are adding your flour gently to your measuring cup or sifting, you will end up with less flour (which could definitely cause a problem with dough being too wet).

Why didn't my biscuits rise?

This could be due to old baking powder or that you handled the dough too much. Make sure your baking powder is fresh and not expired, as this will greatly hinder the rise.

Also, handle the dough as little as possible, so your biscuits remain light and fluffy and able to rise to their highest potential.

What not to do when making biscuits?

Don't over mix - this can cause the biscuits to not rise as well and be tough. Mix just enough for the ingredients to be evenly incorporated and no more.

Which flour is best for biscuits?

I use all-purpose regular flour. I don't buy specialty flours or special brands. Mine turn out great with the store brand.

What are the 2 most important steps when making biscuits?

Mixing the ingredients and cutting out the biscuits. Make sure not to over mix, and make sure not to twist the biscuit cutter when cutting out the biscuits. This can cause the edges to seal and, thus, not rise as readily.

Which liquid makes the best biscuits?

Higher fat creates a more tender biscuit with better flavor. Therefore, I recommend you use whole milk, buttermilk, or half and half. You can even use cream if you want to.

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🍲 What to Serve with Your Butter Biscuits

  • Crock Pot Great Northern Beans - Southern Style
  • Jalapeno Corn Chowder with Leftover Ham
  • Crock Pot Black Eyed Peas with Ham Hock
  • Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (with Mushrooms)

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📋 Recipe

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Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style)

This easy homemade biscuits recipe was handed down to me by my mom. Great alone or with extra butter or jam, honey, molasses, or gravy.

4.72 from 151 votes

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Course: Bread

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 470kcal

Author: Sally

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour , packed (if using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (leave out if using self-rising flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (leave out if using self-rising flour)
  • ½ cup butter, salted, cut in small pieces (if using unsalted, add ¼ teaspoon more salt than above)
  • 1 cup milk (regular or buttermilk)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 F.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter in smallish pieces.

  • With your hands (or a pastry blender), combine flour mixture and butter until butter is pea sized and mixture is crumbly.

  • Pour in milk and combine with a wooden spoon until well incorporated, taking care not to over mix.

  • Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out dough to about ¾ inch thick.

  • Cut out biscuits with biscuit cutter or cookie cutter. Add each to ungreased cookie sheet or iron skillet. Make sure that biscuits touch for higher rise during baking.

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Makes 7-9 biscuits that are 2-½ to 3 inches across.

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Notes

  • Dough shouldn’t be “wet,” but it will be “sticky.” You should flour your hands before handling the sticky dough (as above), and make sure to add the dough to a floured surface. You want it to be as sticky as possible while still being able to handle it – this makes for softer biscuits.
  • Pack the flour before adding – scooping out the flour with the dry measuring cup in the flour bag and leveling on the side before adding to the bowl. If you add the flour gently to your measuring cup or sifting, you will end up with less flour (which could definitely cause a problem with dough being too wet).
  • Make sure your baking powder is fresh, as old baking powder will seriously hinder the rising of your biscuits.
  • Since oven temperatures can vary, make sure to check your oven temp with an oven thermometer to ensure that your biscuits turn out as they should.

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1129mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Jennifer Peavy

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (22)
    This is the perfect biscuit recipe I’ve been searching for. I doubled it and it was still the perfect in texture, butter flavor and fluffiness.

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    • Sally

      So happy to hear, Jennifer - thank you for letting me know!

      Reply

  2. Stacy Cifelli Schmidt

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (23)
    Easy and wonderful! It's 2-9-24 noon on the east coast. Trial run for suppah.

    Reply

  3. Janet

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (24)
    I have never been able to make good biscuits. I just buy a can. I decided ti try your recipe. These biscuits are beautiful and delicious.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    • Sally

      Glad to hear yours turned out well, Janet!

      Reply

  4. Reed Tarkington

    Video notes 10 minutes baking time. Recipe notes 15 to 20 minutes. Which produces the better biscuit?

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    • Sally

      Reed - The more accurate time is 15-20 minutes. The biscuit recipe was fine tuned a few times since the video.

      Reply

  5. W

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (25)
    Super delicious! I added lots of savory spices and also an egg wash on top with a little sprinkled salt before they baked.

    Reply

    • Sally

      Awesome! Thanks for your feedback!

      Reply

  6. Nichelle

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (26)
    I have been attempting to make biscuits from scratch for YEARS. They never turn out, either being too bland or rock hard, etc. These biscuits though... THESE are the biscuits my family and I have been looking for. So easy to make. I sifted through the comments and your additional advice was extremely helpful. I have a gas oven so I baked mine for 30 minutes in a cast iron skillet. I melted butter and brushed that on the tops 10 minutes before the timer was up (Highly recommend doing this!). My only wish is that I had made extra because these will be incredible with breakfast in the morning.

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    • Sally

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Nichelle! So glad they were a hit!

      Reply

  7. Robbie

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (27)
    These are the best biscuits I have ever made!!!!!! Also, the easiest recipe too!!!!! I can’t believe only 3 ingredients, I use self-rising flour.
    My Years of trying different biscuits recipes are over!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    • Sally

      Awesome Robbie! So happy to hear!

      Reply

  8. Patricia Heinz

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (28)
    Hi Sally, I live in Denver and it's 7°outside. I just finished making these wonderful delights! I baked for 12 minutes at 450°on airbase cookie sheets. ABSOLUTELY YUMMY!!
    THANKS for this great recipe.

    Reply

    • Sally

      Glad you liked them, Patricia! Perfect for a chilly morning!

      Reply

  9. Rose

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (29)
    Bought a new can of baking powder because mine was on the edge, and I followed the directions exactly. Worse biscuits I have ever made! Going back to my tried and true.

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    • Sally

      Thank you for taking the time to post this negative review, Rose. So many others would disagree. Life is too short to make crappy biscuits, so you should make the ones that work for you!

      Reply

      • Bonnie Cain

        Can you give any advice on baking at a high altitude?

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        • Sally

          I'm sorry, Bonnie, but I cannot. I live at about 2000 feet, which I believe is about average.

          Reply

  10. Diana C.

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (30)
    These biscuits turned out perfect! I was craving biscuits this morning but really didn't want to do the work so my husband made them with some very minor guidance. The only difference is I use a cheese grater to grate a frozen stick of butter and then toss the flour with the butter shavings with my hands. I find that any time I use this method the recipe turns out much more flaky.
    I also use lactose free milk and it turned out the same as using regular milk.
    Your recipe is simple and straightforward; so easy!
    Thank you for posting this recipe. I have it saved in my favorites.

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    • Sally

      Awesome Diana! Many others have mentioned grating frozen butter. I must try this myself!

      Reply

  11. Kristin

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (31)
    Definitely my go to recipe for biscuits! I used to buy canned biscuits because of the convenience but I’ve really been making a conscious effort to make more recipes from scratch and these biscuits are amazing! My husband LOVES them and literally wanted them every morning for like 2 months straight, lol. Thank you for sharing and I will absolutely check out your other recipes.

    Reply

    • Sally

      You just made my day, Kristin! Thanks for letting me know how much you love the biscuits! I'll tell my mom, too, as this recipe came from her.

      Reply

  12. Pattie

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (32)
    I stared making these about a year ago. The first bite i took I closed my eyes and was transported back to my Granny's kitchen 55 years ago. SO SO GOOD!!!

    Reply

    • Sally

      That makes my day, Pattie! So happy to hear this!

      Reply

  13. Kim

    Hi….I could only find 1% buttermilk at my grocery store. Will this work in your recipe?

    Reply

    • Sally

      Kim - That should work fine. Thanks for asking!

      Reply

  14. Cindy

    Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipe (Southern Style) (33)
    I’m not an experienced biscuit baker. I found this one and decided to plan my meal around it. ( cream chicken ) the biscuits turned out wonderful. Seriously, so good, fluffy. . I did eat 2, lol. Had to have one with butter & jelly! Yum o!! I will be using this recipe again & again. The sticky part was a bit intimidating but so worth it!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Reply

    • Sally

      Awesome Cindy! Thank you!

      Reply

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