Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits. These buttermilk biscuits are buttery, flaky, and all around delicious. They’re perfect for breakfast sandwiches, with jam & honey, as a side for spaghetti, or just an afternoon snack.

I grew up in the south, so I take my biscuits seriously. I firmly believe that biscuits should be made with buttermilk, they should be buttery and fluffy, they should never be able to be accused of being bland, and it should be considered appropriate to have them with any meal.

There is a great biscuit recipe that has been passed down in my family, but it uses shortening as opposed to butter. In the shortening versus butter biscuit debate, I lay somewhere in the middle, but err a bit on the side of butter. So, for this recipe, I have used my family recipe, but subbed butter for a good amount of the shortening. By using both, you get the the best of both worlds; you get the lovely taste of butter, but still get a bit of a crumble as you do with shortening.

The trick to fabulous buttermilk biscuits is: the less you handle the dough, the better. Seriously, it’s that simple. When I first started making buttermilk biscuits, I liked to use a wooden rolling pin because in my head I thought I looked like I was someone who belonged on a biscuit cooking show and someone who generally owned the kitchen. Well let me tell you, if you want to own the kitchen with buttermilk biscuits, put that rolling pin away, grab your food processor with the dough attachment (Amazon link for what I use), and wear gloves (the gloves help keep the dough from warming in your hands). Seriously. Oh, and buy White Lily flour (I personally have my mom bring it to me from South Carolina, but you can get it on Amazon or WalMart.com if you can’t find it locally).

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Buttermilk Biscuits. These buttermilk biscuits are buttery, flaky, and all around delicious. They're perfect for breakfast sandwiches, with jam & honey, as a side for spaghetti, or just an afternoon snack.
Buttermilk Biscuits

These buttermilk biscuits are buttery, flaky, and all around delicious. They're perfect for breakfast sandwiches, with jam & honey, as a side for spaghetti, or just an afternoon snack.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttermilk biscuits
Servings: 10 biscuits
Calories: 174 kcal
  • 2 cups all purpose flour I highly recommend White Lily, or if this isn't available where you live, King Arthur is a good second
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk if you don't have buttermilk you may substitute 1 tbsp of regular milk for 1 tbsp white vinegar, stir well, and let it sit for 5 minutes
  • ~1 tablespoons melted butter for topping biscuits
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Using a food processor with dough attachment, or a pastry cutter, cut butter and shortening into flour mixture. If you're using a food processor, using pulse about 3 times should be enough. If you're using a pastry cutter, do it just until it starts to look like very coarse crumbs.

  4. Pour buttermilk into flour/butter mixture and mix until just combined. If you're using a food processor, a few pulses again should be enough.
  5. Pour the mixture out onto a well floured surface.
  6. Gently pat out the dough into a large circle, about 1-2" thick, then fold the dough in half 3-5 times, until it just starts to come together. Gently pat the dough out into another large circle, about 1" thick. NOTE: For this step I wear plastic gloves to help prevent the warmth of my hands from melting the butter, and because it's so messy.
  7. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out as many biscuits as possible. Place these on an ungreased baking sheet, with the sides touching each other.
  8. Gently push the remaining dough together to cut out more biscuits. Place these biscuits on the baking sheet, again with sides touching each other. NOTE: These biscuits will not be as fluffy as the first cut biscuits.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until tops start to golden. Remove from oven and rub melted butter on tops of biscuits.
Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Calcium 8.5%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you enjoyed these Buttermilk Biscuits, you’ll probably enjoy these other SugarSpicesLife recipes:

North Carolina Sourdough Bread
Skillet Cornbread
Oven Fried Chicken
Shredded BBQ Chicken Sliders (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Amazon items used to make this recipe:

Air Bake Cookie Sheets I hate crispy biscuit bottoms and these prevent those.
Ninja Kitchen System I have mentioned before that I love this thing. It’s one of the few appliances that get’s to sit on my kitchen counter-top all the time. I use the food processor with the dough attachment for this recipe.
White Lily Flour Flour makes a difference with biscuits. White Lily flour makes great biscuits.

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