Easy Biscuits

Flaky, buttery homemade biscuits that are to die for. These delicious biscuits are not only simple and soft, but make the perfect side dish for any meal.

These buttermilk biscuits are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Bake the biscuits for a meal, like biscuits and gravy, or simply use the dough for biscuit donuts or biscuit egg casserole.

Homemade Biscuits on white plate

flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Homemade biscuits might be my biggest weakness. Is there anything more tempting then a warm flaky biscuit right out of the oven? Topped with a little butter and a little jam? Or honey? It’s definitely one of our favorite bread-type recipes to make.

I recently returned from a trip to Waco, TX where I visited Magnolia Table – Chip & Joanna’s Gaines’ new restaurant. When I tried their biscuits and gravy, I pretty much decided that the biscuits were the best I’d tried and after waiting anxiously for their cookbook, we tried them and now crave these homemade buttermilk biscuits.

These buttermilk biscuits go with almost anything. Plus this recipe is totally easy and will become your go-to biscuit recipe.

Biscuits Dough being mixed in a bowl

How to Make Biscuits

I guarantee you have each one of these ingredients in your house to make these biscuits TONIGHT! If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand you can easily make your own (did you know that??). You just need regular milk and a little vinegar. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar into a cup of milk. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and you have buttermilk!

MIX. In a large bowl, sift flour, salt, baking powder, cream of tartar and sugar together.  Use a pastry blender (or a couple of forks) cut in the cold butter. Mix it all together until it forms course crumbs- pieces about the size of a pea. Make a well in the center of of the mixture and pour in the buttermilk.

STIR. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough begins to come together. Press dough together but use your hands as little as possible, since it will warm up the butter in the dough.

CUT. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and flour a surface you want to work on. Roll out the biscuit dough into a circle that is about ¾ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out 2 inch round biscuits, then place on an ungreased baking sheet.

BAKE. Bake biscuits for 10 minutes. Brush with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven and try not to eat all of them in one sitting!

How to Make Biscuits - cutting out biscuits with a cookie cutter

Have I convinced you to make these buttermilk biscuits? I promise you can make these. If you have two hands and an oven then you’ve got this. These are classic and everyone will be BEGGING you to make them.

Buttermilk Biscuits process shots - covering biscuit dough with butter

Tips, Tricks, and FAQ

  • Start with cold butter. You can even start with frozen butter and grate the frozen butter with a cheese grater.
  • Never use your hands to mix the dough- it will warm up the butter.
  • Do not twist the biscuit cutter when cutting out the biscuits. Pull the biscuit straight out. This will help the biscuit cook evenly.

How long do biscuits last? Store your leftover biscuits in an airtight container and they will stay fresh for 1-3 days.

Can they be frozen? These biscuits are so delicious you probably won’t have any leftover. BUT if you happen to have a few leftover, throw them into a freezer safe container/ziplock bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can the biscuit dough be frozen? You can make these biscuits ahead of time before cooking them. Cut the biscuits from the dough and transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet. Cover it lightly with plastic wrap and put the cookie sheet in the freezer.

Freeze the biscuits until they are frozen solid. Take them out of the freezer and stack them in a plastic freezer bag. You can keep them frozen for up to 3 months.

Easy Biscuit Recipe on a white plate

These biscuits work great for these other recipes:

(Note: some of these recipes just require the biscuit dough and not fully cooked biscuits.)

For more bread recipes, check out:

Easy Biscuit Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Easy Biscuits are buttery, deliciously flaky, and SO simple! They make the perfect side dish for any meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 biscuits
Calories 94 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In a large bowl, sift flour, salt, baking powder, cream of tartar and sugar together.
  • Cut in cold butter until the mixture is the consistency of coarse oatmeal.
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough begins to come together. Press dough together but use your hands as little as possible, since it will warm up the butter in the dough.
  • Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to about ¾ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut 2 inch round biscuits, then place on a ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter as soon as biscuits come out of the oven.

Video

Adapted from Magnolia Table Cookbook

These buttermilk biscuits have Jo’s approval so you know they have to be good. 😉 Be sure to check out her cookbook because it has so many great recipes, and I can’t wait to try even more!!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Hi,

    Can you please tell me whats the DIffrenCe Between regular all pUrpose flour and seLf rising flour (sorry I AM newbie with it comes to baking). Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I pretty much love a homemade biscuit. I prefer a homemade to the canned version. I always have these ingredients on hand so I can make up a batch. So delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    I could eat biscuits or rolls with every meal! I love them & these were super easy to make! My daughter added some jelly & couldn’t get enough!

  4. 5 stars
    these are so much better than the kind in a can. We love them with honey butter, but I’ve also used them for chicken ala king. So yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    I left a comment on your biscuit and gravy page and thought id levae a comment here as well. I used bOth reCipes to make the dish for my dad and he loved it!