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Learn how to make fluffy, buttery homemade biscuits! Delicious with a bowl of soup or slathered with jam – you only need 30 minutes and a few simple ingredients to make the perfect biscuits from scratch.

If you have always wanted to make homemade biscuits for breakfast, now it the time to learn! They go perfectly with some of our other breakfast favorites, like Sausage Gravy, Frittata, and Baked Egg Muffins.

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Easy Homemade Biscuits

If you’ve never made homemade biscuits – then today’s the day. Because I’m going to show you how to make soft, buttery, flaky biscuits that rise beautifully. I feel like so many people opt for biscuits from the can or the freezer section of the grocery store – but they’re actually super easy to make.

Flaky, buttery, extra soft, and so easy to make – after trying this easy biscuit recipe, you’ll never buy the ones from the can again.

Ingredients for Fluffy Homemade Biscuits

You only need  6 ingredients for this recipe – but each one is super important for getting the perfect biscuit dough to get those coveted flaky layers.

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little more. Flour provides structure. If you add too much flour the biscuits can get dry – so measure carefully here.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar. Sugar adds a little sweetness (although biscuits definitely aren’t meant to be sweet) and helps the biscuits become golden brown on top. If you’re making biscuits to go with soup – you could use 1 tablespoon instead.
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder. No – that’s not a typo, you’ll need 1 full tablespoon of baking powder for your biscuits to rise beautifully.
  • ½ teaspoon salt. It’s 100% necessary here – so please don’t leave it out.
  • ½ cup cold, unsalted butter. Some biscuit recipes use shortening, some use butter. In all my recipe testing – the recipes using butter always came out on top because they had so much more flavor.
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk. Buttermilk gives the biscuits that distinctive biscuit flavor that almost has a slight tanginess. In some recipes I’ll offer substitutions for buttermilk. But in this recipe, I do not recommend using any buttermilk substitution.

How to Make Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits from Scratch

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Prep. It’s important to use really cold butter, so first thing, cut the butter into small cubes and pop in the freezer. Preheat the oven to 450℉ degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Dry ingredients and butter. Whisk together the dry ingredients, then cut the cubed butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter. The butter should be cut into small pieces, about the size of a pea.

Add buttermilk. Stir the buttermilk in with a rubber spatula. The dough should look sort of shaggy; it won’t come together smooth like cookie dough.

Create layers. Working on a well floured surface, start folding the dough in half, and in half again, turning a quarter turn with each fold. This is what creates the flaky layers.

rolled out biscuit dough and round cut-outs
biscuit dough rounds on a baking sheet

Cut the biscuits. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out as many biscuits as you can from the dough. My cutter was 2-inches, but you can use a smaller size if you like. Refold the dough and keep making biscuits until the dough is used up.

biscuits on a baking sheet
brushing butter on top of a biscuit

Bake. Arrange them on a baking sheet. They should all fit – you can place them about half an inch from each other. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Brush the tops with butter and serve warm.

3 biscuits stacked

Baking Powder Substitute

If you are out of baking powder, or if it’s expired, don’t lose heart. You can still make biscuits using this simple baking powder substitute.

Baking powder is just baking soda mixed with cream of tartar. For 1 teaspoon of baking powder, mix together ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with a ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar and add that to your recipe.

How to Serve

These are the perfect accompaniments to go with your favorite soups and chilis. They are also great to go serve for breakfast or with afternoon tea.

How to Store

Freshly made biscuits should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature and eaten within a couple of days. They can be refrigerated, but it’s not recommended as they do tend to get hard and dry out.

To freeze, place cooled biscuits in a freezer bag and pop them into the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven or microwave if desired.

Expert Tips

  • The butter must be cold. When the cold butter goes into the oven, it will melt and release steam. This makes your biscuits extra flaky. Pop your butter into the fridge for about 20 minutes so that it’s nice and cold.
  • Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. You could use your fingers, but using your fingers runs the risk of warming up the butter too much. When you’re done, there should be no pieces of butter that are larger than the size of a pea.
  • Do not overwork the dough. It should look shaggy, and you should still be able to see little pieces of butter in it. Overworking or stirring the dough too much can make the biscuits tough.
  • Don’t use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Instead – use your hands to gently press the dough into a piece that’s about ¾ inches thick before cutting out your biscuits. I don’t recommend using a rolling pin because it can overwork the dough.
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Homemade Biscuits

4.94 from 15 votes
Fluffy, buttery, extra flaky homemade biscuits. Just 30 minutes and a few simple ingredients to make the perfect biscuits from scratch.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter must be cold
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for flouring your work surface
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk cold
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter for brushing on top of the baked biscuits
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  • Cut the butter (½ cup) into small pieces and pop in the freezer.
  • Preheat the oven to 450F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Using a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the butter is in small pieces with none that are larger than the size of a pea.
  • Make a well in the center of the bowl, then pour the cold buttermilk in.
  • Gently stir the mixture together using a rubber spatula until all the flour is incorporated. It will look shaggy.
  • Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface and sprinkle the dough with flour.
  • Fold the dough in half, then turn it 90 degrees and fold it in half again. Repeat the process twice.
  • Re-flour your work surface as necessary, then use your hands to gently press the dough down so that it's about ¾ inch thick.
  • Use a well-floured biscuit cutter (mine was 2-inches in diameter), to cut out as many biscuits as you can from the dough.
  • Form the leftover dough into a ball and flatten out again, and cut the remaining dough into biscuits. I typically get 10-12 biscuits total.
  • Place the biscuits on the lined cookie sheets less than ½ inches apart.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the tops are golden.
  • When you take the biscuits out of the oven, brush the tops with the melted butter.


Biscuits are best eaten fresh from the oven. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. 
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Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 299IUCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.


Fiona blogs over at Just So Tasty where she shares easy, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats. A peanut butter lover, chocolate connoisseur, and sprinkle addict - she hopes to make your life sweeter, one cookie at a time. She also teaches yoga, because life is all about balance.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    I can’t wait to try them.

  2. Tracy says:

    Could you freeze the biscuits and bake later? Thank you

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes, After cutting out your biscuits, arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and then transfer it to your freezer. Once the biscuits are frozen, you can transfer them to a gallon-sized freezer bag or airtight container. Store the frozen biscuit dough for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen at 425 for 20 minutes.

  3. charlie says:

    ime an old man trying to cook

  4. Shirley says:

    This is the tastiest, fastest, easiest biscuit recipe I have ever tried. Made these for the first time yesterday with my very busy 4yo granddaughter. She was very involved. She is also an extremely picky eater. She loved these and had to take the rest (there were only 2 left ๐Ÿ˜‰) home with her to show mommy and daddy. My husband insisted that I make more tonight for dinner. I added a handful of grated cheese, just to add variety. First time, I followed directions exactly. Tonight, because I was very short on time, I just divided them into 8 balls and patted them on the cookie sheet. I, also, forgot to brush with butter, but they were still excellent! Thank you for this fantastic recipe!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Shirley! Thank you for the kind words and the awesome feedback.

  5. Megan says:

    THE. ABSOLUTE. BESTEST. FLAKY. BUTTERY. BISCUITS. My 15yr old said they’re better than Chick-Fil-A! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅฐ
    These are the family favorite now!

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s awesome Megan! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Handsome Brother says:

    I hear so much about all different types of flour. Better rise, better flaking. What is the best brand and type of flour to use for this recipe?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I’m partial to King Arthur flour. I just recommend not using a generic brand.

      1. Handsome Brother says:

        I only use organic King Arthur all purpose (the red bag). I thought the protein in it was high. So I searched 5 stores in NYC for white lily. Apparently its only sold in the south and Midwest. So I went with the blue bag of Bob’s Red Mill.
        I’ve heard good things about the self rising King Arthur (the yellow bag) but I don’t like the pre mixed. I have plenty fresh baking powder and salt. Thanks for the quick reply

    2. Wayne Lance says:

      White Lilly or King Arthur flour

      1. Handsome Brother says:

        Try lily if you can get your hands on it.

  7. Tmurray says:

    These were the best biscuits I’ve ever made in my life. The recipe is super easy to follow, the biscuits were light & fluffy with an amazing buttery flavor. They were perfect for breakfast with sausage gravy. We ate the leftovers with butter & jam & they were equally wonderful.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for the awesome feedback Tmurray.

  8. Rex says:

    Frozen stick of butter and a cheese grater made this recipe super quick and easy! I did use milk instead of buttermilk because that was all I had, and I can tell the difference in the taste and fluffiness, however if you work fast enough so the butter stays cold, they still rise decently and taste delicious! The family was quite happy!

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Rex! Thank you so much for stopping by.

    2. Isabelle says:

      You can make your own buttermilk by adding a few teaspoons of vinegar (white or apple cider) in your milk.
      Thanks for the tip with the cheese grater ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Linda says:

    This is a very good article, thank you for sharing, there are not many such articles in this field.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Linda! Thank you for stopping by.

  10. Linda says:

    Good article . The way how you explain this strategies. Is very professional.

  11. Donna says:

    Very tasty biscuits, they did not rise very much, but I could see where the layers were trying to form. . I feel like it was my baking powder, as it was a few months expired.
    Hindsight, I should have made the baking powder recipe that you gave instructions for, or just purchased a fresh container.
    This was my first attempt at a homemade biscuit, so I will try another batch with the fresh baking powder.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Donna, Thanks for the 5 star review! Yes baking powder can definitely be a make it or break it ingredient. I hope you’ll try the recipe again once you get a new can!

  12. James W. Preston says:

    Ate one fresh out of the oven with honey. Delicious! Easy to make and better than frozen or canned biscuits.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by James.

  13. Lori says:

    Is it okay to use milk instead of buttermilk?

  14. Cathy says:

    My first time making this recipe and I am happy to say they didn’t turn out like the normal hockey puck. It was easy to make and tasted great.

    1. Kristin says:

      Lol Hockey puck… I’m glad it worked out for you Cathy, thanks for stopping by.

  15. A says:

    The best biscuits I have ever had. Thank you!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome A.