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This Southern butter biscuits recipe was handed down to me by my mom – a fabulous Southern cook.
She taught me a lot of what I know about good, down-home soul food – food that not only feeds the body but also the soul.
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 just scarf them down fresh and hot out of the oven 😉
These biscuits are also perfect with chili or soup 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!
Make them today – your family will thank you over and over again (and beg for more after they’re all gone …)
How to Make These Simple Biscuits
What you’ll need:
2 cups all-purpose flour (if using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt)
1 Tbsp baking powder (leave out if using self-rising flour)
½ tsp salt (leave out if using self-rising flour)
½ cup butter, salted, cut in small pieces (if using unsalted, add ¼ tsp more salt than above)
1 cup milk (regular or buttermilk)
Because I’m not a fan of Crisco – it’s highly processed, for one thing – I use butter in these biscuits.
And butter just tastes better and is actually better for you. Anything that’s less processed will be better for you.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to be afraid of fat. Truth be told, we need a certain level of healthy fats for digestion, joint health, and a host of other bodily functions!
I like to soften my butter in advance. This means leaving it out on the counter for an hour or two when I plan to make biscuits.
Note that you don’t want melted butter – you just want it softened so it’s easier to handle and mix together with your dry ingredients.
Once you’re ready to make the biscuits, you will cut the butter into small pieces into your large bowl (as in the above picture).
I like to mix all of it together with my bare hands, as I just feel like I get all of it mixed better and can tell how evenly the ingredients are 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.
Many recipes will tell you to mix the dry ingredients separate before adding any liquids, which is a great idea. (I just don’t always do this ;-))
After the dry ingredients are well blended, 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.
Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out dough to about 3/4 inch thick.
Note that 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.
After rolling out, you will cut out the biscuits with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter.
Note that I actually used a glass, so you can really just use anything that’s round and the size you want the biscuits to be.
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.
These butter biscuits are so simple and use readily-available ingredients. You’ll have a batch whipped up in no time flat!
I like to serve them warm with more butter and possibly jam or honey.
And they are also perfect paired with your favorite soup for dipping, or you can serve them open-faced with gravy. Also delicious made into a breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon, or sausage (or all three!).
I hope you love this butter biscuit recipe as much as my family and I do! Let me know in the comments below.
Makes 7-8 biscuits that are about 3 inches across.
Extra Tips for Making These Biscuits
If using self-rising flour, leave out the salt and baking powder (self-rising already has this included).
When using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon more salt per stick of butter (or 1/2 cup)
If using self-rising flour and unsalted butter, leave out the baking powder and add just 1/4 teaspoon salt to your mix.
As oven temperature settings vary, you may have to cook them for a longer (or shorter) time.
Just keep an eye on them the first time you make them and make a note of how long they take with your oven.
Make sure to preheat your oven before baking the biscuits (as this will affect how they turn out).
More Tips & FAQs
Why is my 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).
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Southern Butter Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour , packed (if using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder (leave out if using self-rising flour)
- ½ tsp salt (leave out if using self-rising flour)
- ½ cup butter, salted, cut in small pieces (if using unsalted, add ¼ tsp more salt than above)
- 1 cup milk (regular or buttermilk)
- Preheat oven to 400 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 3/4 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 10 minutes or until browned.
- 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).
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