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Butter biscuits with extra butter - Southern style
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Southern Butter Biscuits

This Southern butter biscuits recipe was handed down to me by my mom. Great all by themselves with extra butter or with jam, honey, molasses, or gravy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 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 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 10 minutes or until browned.



  1.  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.
  2. 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).


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