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Aunt Bee’s 3 ingredient biscuit recipe yields flaky, buttery, and easy homemade buttermilk biscuits! They’re golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside, with light, airy layers on the inside. Ready in about 10 minutes, this versatile recipe is one that you’ll turn to time and time again.

The best 3 ingredient biscuit recipe served in a bread basket with a blue and white striped towel
Table of Contents
  1. How to Make this 3-Ingredient Biscuit Recipe | 1-Minute Video
  2. Why You’ll Love this Quick and Easy Biscuit Recipe
  3. Ingredients for Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Self Rising Flour
  4. The Amount of Buttermilk Necessary Will Vary
  5. How to Make 3 Ingredient Biscuits
  6. Serving Suggestions
  7. Preparation and Storage Tips
  8. How to Make this 3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe without Buttermilk
  9. How to Make this 3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe with All-Purpose Flour
  10. Recipe Variations
  11. Tips for the Best 3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe
  12. Aunt Bee’s 3-Ingredient Biscuit Recipe Recipe

If you love biscuits as much as we do, be sure to try these farmhouse-favorite flaky biscuits, a batch of these 3-ingredient buttermilk biscuits, and these classic Southern buttermilk biscuits, too!

How to Make this 3-Ingredient Biscuit Recipe | 1-Minute Video

Why You’ll Love this Quick and Easy Biscuit Recipe

My great Aunt Bee never steers me wrong — especially in the kitchen — and these easy homemade buttermilk biscuits are no exception! Aunt Bee has hosted many Southern ladies for lunches and brunches over the years, so when she says that an easy 3 ingredient biscuit recipe is flaky and delicious, I don’t question it.

These particular buttermilk biscuits are especially quick and easy, thanks to 3 simple ingredients: self-rising flour, buttermilk and butter. With a few simple tricks, you’ll achieve the perfect biscuit combination: crispy and golden brown on the outside, but tender and light on the inside. Aunt Bee’s biscuits are puffy and tall, not dense or flat, and exhibit that hard-to-achieve cross between a tender crumb and flaky layers.

Simple 3 ingredient biscuit recipe on a wooden table with honey and jam in the background

How to Make Biscuits Rise High

If your ideal biscuits include tall, buttery, flaky layers, then you’ve come to the right place. After years and years of practice, I’ve learned a handful of simple ways to achieve those elusive mile-high treats:

  • Very cold ingredients are essential. Biscuits get their light, fluffy texture when cold butter expands in a very hot oven, creating pockets of steam. That’s why this recipe calls for chilling the cut biscuits for about 10 minutes before baking.
  • The oven must be very hot — in this case, 425°F. When the cold biscuit dough interacts with the high heat of the oven, the water in the butter and buttermilk heats rapidly and releases steam, pushing the dough upward. If an oven is set at a lower temperature (such as 350°F or 400°F), the fat inside the dough heats too slowly and melts before the biscuits can fully rise.
  • Folding the dough on itself multiple times builds visible layers.
  • Do not twist a round biscuit cutter — just punch straight down and pull it straight back out. Twisting the biscuit cutter seals off the edges of the biscuits and they therefore will not rise as high.
  • Arrange the Biscuits with Sides Touching. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet, in a cake pan, or in a cast iron skillet so that they’re all touching their neighbors. This will help them “climb” in the oven so that you get that great, tall lift!
self rising flour and butter in a bowl

Ingredients for Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Self Rising Flour

This is a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for Aunt Bee’s 3 ingredient biscuit recipe. As always, specific measurements and step-by-step instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Self-rising flour: a common pantry staple in most Southern households, self-rising flour is simply flour with the baking powder and a bit of salt already added. It’s traditionally made from a softer, lower protein version of all-purpose flour, which yields tender, flaky biscuits.
  • Butter: I prefer salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter if you have it on hand. You can also substitute with shortening or lard for half of the butter.
  • Buttermilk: for its acidity, as well as its fat and liquid content. In conjunction with the leavening agents, the acidity helps the biscuits rise. The buttermilk also gives the biscuits a nice, subtle tanginess and a tender crumb. Keep the buttermilk nice and cold before adding it to the dough!
Butter cut into self rising flour in a bowl

Why Use Buttermilk in Biscuits

Buttermilk is a classic Southern pantry staple that we always keep on hand! From fluffy pancakes to salad dressinghoe cakes to fried chicken, it’s an important ingredient in so many of our favorite recipes — including these 3 ingredient biscuits. The buttermilk serves a couple of purposes that you can’t achieve with regular milk:

  • Flavor: the buttermilk gives the biscuits a nice, subtle tanginess
  • Acidity: the acid in buttermilk helps the biscuits rise, because the acid from the buttermilk reacts with the alkaline baking soda, causing it to give off carbon dioxide. Baking powder will also react with buttermilk’s acidity to a small degree.
  • Texture: the fat and acid in the buttermilk also yields a fluffy, light, and tender crumb.
3 ingredient biscuit dough with self rising flour

The Amount of Buttermilk Necessary Will Vary

The amount of buttermilk that you need will vary, depending on the day. Start with ⅔ cup, and then add more if the dough feels too dry and crumbly. If it’s humid or rainy, there’s already moisture in the air and in the flour, so you will likely need less liquid in your dough. On a cold, dry winter day, you may need a bit more buttermilk to bring the dough together.

Process shot showing how to make an easy 3 ingredient biscuit recipe

How to Make 3 Ingredient Biscuits

Homemade biscuits with a rich buttery taste that are ready in about 30 minutes? Sign me up! You’ll find detailed directions in the recipe card below, but here’s the quick version:

  1. Cut the butter or grate the butter with a box grater into the flour in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the buttermilk until a soft dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough mixture onto a lightly-floured surface, and knead the dough for 1 minute (folding it over on itself). This process will help add those flaky layers to the biscuits. Feel free to flour your hands and the countertop, as necessary, to prevent the dough from sticking.
  4. Pat the dough to ¾-inch thickness (no need to use a rolling pin) and use a biscuit cutter to cut out rounds. Here I used a 2 ½-inch cutter for larger biscuits, but you can choose a 1-½-inch or 2-inch round biscuit cutter to yield small biscuits. Whatever you prefer!
  5. Arrange the biscuits in a greased skillet or dish.
  6. Chill the biscuits for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.
  8. Bake until golden brown. Brush with melted butter again and serve!
Brushing butter on a pan of buttermilk biscuits

Serving Suggestions

These 3 ingredients biscuits are suitable for just about any meal, at any time of day. Serve them on their own for breakfast with honey butterjam, or apple butter. Add eggs on the side, use them to make an egg sandwich with sausage, bacon, or cheese, or stir up a skillet of sausage gravy. In Virginia, country ham biscuits are a classic snack!

On the dinner table, here are a few entrées that go well with buttermilk biscuits:

Drizzling honey on a 3 ingredient biscuit recipe

Preparation and Storage Tips

  • Make Ahead: While they’re best served warm, straight-from-the-oven, you can bake the biscuits up to 3 days in advance and store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat day-old biscuits by placing them on a baking sheet in a 300° F oven for about 10 minutes.
  • How to Freeze: Allow the biscuits to cool to room temperature, then wrap tightly in an airtight container or Ziploc freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter overnight or in the microwave for a few seconds. Reheat in the oven as instructed above.
  • How to Freeze the Biscuit Dough: You can even freeze the dough before baking the biscuits. After cutting out your biscuits, arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop the tray in the freezer for an hour or so. Once the biscuits are frozen, transfer them to a gallon-sized freezer bag or airtight container. Store the frozen biscuit dough for up to 3 months.
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How to Make this 3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe without Buttermilk

You can make 1 cup of homemade buttermilk by using regular milk + either lemon juice or white vinegar. To do so, pour 1 cup of regular milk into a small bowl. Add either 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice or 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Give it a stir, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then use it in the recipe as directed!

Side shot of tall and flaky buttermilk biscuits on a blue and white plate

How to Make this 3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe with All-Purpose Flour

If you don’t have a bag of self-rising flour in your pantry, that’s no problem. You can make 1 cup of self-rising flour by placing 1 cup of all-purpose flour in a bowl. Whisk in 1 teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

This recipe calls for 2 cups of self-rising flour, so you would need to combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and ½ teaspoon of salt.

Homemade buttermilk biscuits on a wooden table with honey

Recipe Variations

  • Lard or Shortening. You can replace 2 tablespoons of the butter with 2 tablespoons of either shortening or lard. While butter has more flavor, the shortening or lard will give the biscuits an even lighter, puffier texture.
  • Add Cheese. Grated cheddar cheese is a delicious addition to the biscuit dough.
  • Herbs. Mix in chopped fresh parsley, basil, or chives for a bright, savory addition.
  • Brush with garlic butter.
  • You can also make 4-ingredient heavy cream biscuits.
Overhead shot of 3 ingredient buttermilk biscuits in a basket

Tips for the Best 3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe

  • Keep the ingredients COLD. It’s really important for the butter and buttermilk to stay as cold as possible. You want those little pieces of butter to melt in the oven, releasing steam and reacting with the leavening to form bubbles of carbon dioxide, which help the biscuits rise a mile high!
  • Grate Frozen Butter. My dad always freezes his butter and grates it into the dry ingredients, rather than cutting it in with a pastry cutter or forks. Feel free to use that trick to keep your butter really cold, too!
  • Knead the Dough. By folding the dough over itself (or “laminating”) for about a minute, you’ll add those nice flaky layers to the biscuits. No need for any fancy process or technique — just push out, fold back over on itself, and repeat. Don’t do this for too long, though, or you’ll get the dough too warm.
  • Don’t Twist the Biscuit Cutter. Firmly press the cutter down into the dough, but don’t actually twist. Twisting the biscuit cutter seals off the edges of the biscuits and they therefore will not rise as high.
  • Arrange the Biscuits with Sides Touching. Place the biscuits in the round pan so that they’re all touching their neighbors. This will help them “climb” in the oven so that you get that great, tall lift!
  • Keep the Dough Cold. I’ll say it again — the key to tall, fluffy and puffy biscuits is cold ingredients. That’s why I like to place the cut biscuit dough back in the refrigerator or freezer for about 5-10 minutes just before baking.
Easy 3 ingredient biscuit recipe served in a basket on a wooden table

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Aunt Bee’s 3-Ingredient Biscuit Recipe

5 from 40 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Chilling Time 10 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings 7 – 8 biscuits (with a 2 ½-inch cutter)
Calories 176 kcal
Aunt Bee’s easy 3-ingredient biscuit recipe yields homemade buttermilk biscuits that are flaky, buttery, and ready for the oven in 10 minutes!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup very cold butter, cut into pats, plus additional for brushing(I prefer salted butter)
  • ⅔ – ¾ cup very cold buttermilk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch round pan with a light coat of cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place flour in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter or forks to work the butter into the flour until the lumps are about the size of large peas. Alternatively, you can freeze the butter and use a grater to grate the butter into the flour.
  • Add ⅔ cup of buttermilk, and use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir until a soft dough forms. Add small amounts of additional buttermilk slowly, as needed, until the dough reaches this consistency.
  • Flour a work surface. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 1 minute (folding the dough back over on itself), adding flour to the counter and your hands, as necessary, to prevent sticking. Pat to ¾-inch thickness.
  • Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the individual biscuits. I used a 2 ½ -inch cutter here, which yielded 7-8 large biscuits. You can also use a 2-inch cutter to yield about 12 biscuits. Firmly press the cutter down into the dough, but do not twist. Twisting the biscuit cutter seals off the edges of the biscuits and they therefore will not rise as high.
  • Roll out the dough once or twice more to use up the remaining dough scraps.
  • Arrange the biscuits in the prepared pan so that their sides are touching.
  • At this point, the dough will be a bit warmer from working with it, so I like to place the pan of biscuits in the refrigerator or freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill again (but do not leave it in the fridge or freezer any longer than that).
  • Just before you put the biscuits in the oven, brush the tops with melted butter.
  • Bake for 14 -15 minutes, or until they're a light golden brown. Brush the tops of the biscuits with additional melted butter when they come out of the oven and serve warm.

Video

Notes

  • Keep the ingredients COLD. It’s really important for the butter and buttermilk to stay as cold as possible. You want those little pieces of butter to melt in the oven, releasing steam and reacting with the leavening to form bubbles of carbon dioxide, which help the biscuits rise a mile high!
  • Grate Frozen Butter. My dad always freezes his butter and grates it into the dry ingredients, rather than cutting it in with a pastry cutter or forks. Feel free to use that trick to keep your butter really cold, too!
  • Knead the Dough. By folding the dough over itself (or “laminating”) for about a minute, you’ll add those nice flaky layers to the biscuits. No need for any fancy process or technique — just push out, fold back over on itself, and repeat. Don’t do this for too long, though, or you’ll get the dough too warm.
  • Don’t Twist the Biscuit Cutter. Firmly press the cutter down into the dough, but don’t actually twist. Twisting the biscuit cutter seals off the edges of the biscuits and they therefore will not rise as high.
  • Arrange the Biscuits with Sides Touching. Place the biscuits in the round pan so that they’re all touching their neighbors. This will help them “climb” in the oven so that you get that great, tall lift!
  • Keep the Dough Cold. I’ll say it again — the key to tall, fluffy and puffy biscuits is cold ingredients. That’s why I like to place the cut biscuit dough back in the refrigerator or freezer for about 5-10 minutes just before baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuitCalories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 72mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 211IUCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
Keyword: 3 ingredient biscuit recipe, 3 ingredient biscuits, buttermilk biscuits, homemade biscuits, homemade buttermilk biscuits
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. Mila says:

    Gorgeous biscuits, Blair! We love buttermilk biscuits, and yes, a store-bought kind doesn’t come close (I actually have an old post about buttermilk biscuits on my blog). Great tip to brush the tops with butter while they are baking, I’ll try that. I always keep buttermilk in the fridge, it lasts forever. If not used to bake biscuits or pancakes, it is a great marinade for chicken breast.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Mila! Extra butter is always a good thing! 🙂

      1. Gail Honadle says:

        Tip, the young things who nuke everything practically. WAXED PAPER, A juice glass, or size of choice, Keep it floured will serve as a cutter.. Grandma always, pinched off a biscuit size piece and stored covered in fridge with watery buttermilk covering. to start her next mornings batch.. She used Lard as shortening.. She made biscuits every morning, iron skillet Traditional Yellow Cornbread every dinner. She never used a cutter in her life, just got used to what the weight/size of a biscuit was. Depression Era. Nothing went to waste. 13 when she started cooking.

        1. Penny says:

          No, grandma wasn’t 13 when she started cooking. She was 13 by the time she had all her basic cooking skills. She had been cooking with her Momma since she was old enough to stand on a chair and stir! She still had things she hadn’t mastered, but she could put a basic meal on the table during harvest time when Momma was harvesting and canning like crazy & didn’t have time to cook dinner. My 80 year old mother tells a story about her everyday cooking when she was about 15 years old. They were going to have a visiting missionary lady come for dinner one night, but her mother had to be away for the day. My mom was just expected to fix dinner – and she did. Roast chicken, homemade gravy a vegetable and a salad. My grandma (her mom) arrived home with just enough time to tidy up before the missionary arrived. When they sat down to the table, my mom brought the food to the table & my grandma asked her “Where are the potatoes”. My mom looked surprised & said, “Well, I figured we were having bread & gravy like we usually do.” Grandma was embarrassed, but the missionary was delighted. To her it was home-cooking like her own mother had made during the depression. To my mom it was just a fun story, but I was always impressed that Grandma just trusted a 15 year old to make a “company dinner”. Most 15 year old girls know a lot about math & science – which is good – but they aren’t prepared to feed their future families. Yes, men can cook too, but marriage isn’t a given these days & knowing how to feed yourself is a life skill everyone should have.

          1. Michelle says:

            5 stars
            did we have the same grandma’s <3 blessings,

        2. Harpreet says:

          Sounds so interesting ..
          No wastage is awesome . I teach my kids all the time to not waste in fact we try and do something new to anything that is potentially about to go in dustbin (of course I mean leftover that is edible not rotten )
          I am baking these biscuits because this time while making yogurt at home the milk didn’t set well, never mind I got perfect buttermilk to try these lovely buttery biscuits .
          We are loving it .

      2. Kathy Ferrante-Diaz says:

        5 stars
        I just made these, they turned out Fabulous!! Thank you, I was about to give up on biscuit baking.

        1. Blair says:

          Thanks, Kathy! That’s wonderful. I’m so glad that you’ve found a go-to recipe. Biscuits are LOVE! 🙂

        2. Linda Chapman says:

          5 stars
          Add a little sugar to flour mix. Blueberry Cranraisins, chocolate chips,, etc and you have scones. I cut cold butter into small chunks and freeze in snack baggies. Always ready for biscuits or scones.

          1. Blair says:

            Yes! Perfect idea, Linda! 🙂

    2. Carol Phillips says:

      Tell me about your buttermilk
      Marainade.

    3. Norman says:

      5 stars
      Just made these biscuits. They’re amazing and couldn’t be simpler to make. Using salted butter is a great idea.

      1. Blair says:

        Wonderful! Thank you, Norman! It makes me happy to know that you’re enjoying Aunt Bee’s biscuits, too. 🙂

        1. Carla says:

          5 stars
          Just made these, could not be easier! Delicious and flaky biscuits! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

          1. The Seasoned Mom says:

            Thank you for trying it out, Carla! We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

    4. Dennis says:

      5 stars
      Followed the directions and the result was beautiful, flaky, wonderfully raised, tasty biscuits! Thank you!
      I’m not a good cook and have tried biscuits in the past with lackluster results. My wife, my most honest critic, absolutely loved them and asked that i make them again!

      1. The Seasoned Mom says:

        We’re so glad they turned out well for you, Dennis! Thank you for trying them out.

  2. sheenam | thetwincookingproject.net says:

    I am so going to try this. Unfortunately we do not get buttermilk in stores here so will make my own using your tip in the blog post. Pinned this right away and definitely trying this over weekend! Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe.

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome! Enjoy the biscuits! 🙂

  3. Blair says:

    I always use salted, but either will work — so go with your preference! 🙂

  4. Charley says:

    It’s funny, I remember my mom melting the Crisco in a saucepan, adding the milk, then the flour and pinching dough, rolling it into a ball and flattening them on the baking sheet. They were delicious and we kept a plate of them on the stove and just grabbed one whenever we wanted! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    1. Blair says:

      Sounds delicious!!!!

  5. SAJ says:

    Why are my biscuits not rising?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, SAJ! Since I wasn’t in your kitchen, it’s hard to know for sure. My two first guesses would be: (1) that you were using regular all-purpose flour rather than self-rising flour; OR (2) the self-rising flour that you used was old and therefore the leavener in the flour mix was no longer working. Hope that helps!

  6. Evelyn says:

    When you say white vinegar is distilled white vinegar?

    1. Blair says:

      Yes. 🙂

  7. Evelyn says:

    Tank you!

    1. Evelyn says:

      Thank you!

  8. Mae Hensley says:

    5 stars
    I made these biscuits once before and they are best I ever made or tasted and I come from a longline of biscuit makers. Just take the time to read the instructions and ingredients before proceeding and make sure any missteps are yours and not the author of the recipe.

    1. Blair says:

      Thank you so much, Mae!❤️

  9. Wildfire says:

    5 stars
    These biscuits look absolutely WONDERFUL!
    But they look a LOT BIGGER than 1 1/2″!
    Might the biscuit cutter be 2 1/2″?
    I’ve never used anything smaller than 2″, and wonder how they would work with biscuits and gravy.
    Thank You for your wonderful website!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi! These are truly the smaller size, but I think the close-up photos make them look larger. That said, I’ve made them with the 2 and 2.5-inch biscuit cutters as well, and they work beautifully no matter which size you choose. I would stick with the larger size that you prefer!

      1. Courtney Fields says:

        5 stars
        Hey there, I literally never comment on recipes but I just really wanted to let you know that these biscuits were phenomenal! There are thousands of buttermilk biscuit recipes on the internet and I feel like I’ve probably tried at least half of them but this recipe stands out. It was so easy and the directions were so clear and simple that my 3-year-old and I were able to get these prepared in less than half an hour. Thank you so much for sharing!

        1. Blair says:

          That’s amazing, Courtney! I’m so happy to know that your family is enjoying these biscuits as much as we do. 🙂 I really appreciate your kind words and the fact that you took the time to come back here and leave a note. 🙂

  10. Tasia says:

    I am having trouble getting my biscuits done with the temp and baking time suggested. Maybe my oven runs a little cooler than yours. Other than that, this recipe is easy to follow and the finished product is oh so amazing and delicious!!! ????

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Tasia! 🙂

      1. Mamata Nath says:

        Dear Blair,

        Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. The biscuits came out good but I think I have done some mistake. So it was not as fluffy and flaky as yours. And just one query. When you say 1 cup it means 150gms or 235gms and 1/4 is equal to 60gms or more. Please reply. It will be good help for me…
        Regards

        1. Blair says:

          Hi, Mamata! In general, 1 cup of self-rising flour is 4 ounces or 113.398 grams. So for this recipe you would need 226.796 grams. That said, I don’t ever weigh my flour for this particular recipe. Instead, I just adjust the amount of buttermilk that I use until the biscuits reach the right consistency — not too wet, but holding together and not too dry. Hope that helps!

          1. Alice says:

            5 stars
            This was my first time using this recipe. It was super quick and easy (I used the grated frozen butter method), and my daughter, who is not a biscuit person, ate two and told me that she liked them. This is a keeper.

          2. The Seasoned Mom says:

            Thank you, Alice! We’re so glad it was a hit.

  11. Carolyn says:

    The amount of fat needed is the same regardless of the type of fat being used. Melted or not; butter, lard or Crisco, 1/4 cup is how much to use!

  12. J owen says:

    5 stars
    Made these using the smaller biscuit cutter and then deep fried! Talk about a wonderful creation. You have to try them fried with sausage gravy.

    1. Blair says:

      OH MY GOSH — deep fried! That’s genius! I bet they were amazing! 🙂

  13. Jackie says:

    will this recipe work if I drop into simmering chicken stock to make dumplings?

      1. Sharon W says:

        5 stars
        I just made chicken and dumplings using your biscuit recipe! They were the best dumplings I ever made!

        1. Blair says:

          Awesome! I’m so happy to hear that, Sharon. Thank you for letting me know!

  14. Dorothea says:

    Could you add grated cheese to this recipe?

    1. Blair says:

      Absolutely! Cheese is a delicious addition. I often add about 1/2 cup of grated cheddar to my biscuits. I prefer grating the cheddar by hand from a block, since it tends to melt and incorporate into the biscuits better than the pre-shredded packaged cheese. Enjoy!

  15. Al says:

    My biscuits never have a smooth top: look like mountain peaks: even if I roll: taste good though!

  16. Blair says:

    Hi! There’s a recipe card at the bottom of the post that lists the exact measurements for each ingredient. I’ll copy and paste them here, too:
    2 cups self-rising flour
    ¼ cup very cold butter, cut into pats, plus additional for brushing
    2/3 – 3/4 cup buttermilk

  17. Christa says:

    5 stars
    I jused this recipe to make buttermilk biscuits tonight. I’ve tried several times to make them, but something is usually lacking. These were perfect and my husband was so impressed!

    1. Blair says:

      Yay! So glad that they were a hit, Christa! They’re my go-to recipe as well. 🙂

  18. Blair says:

    Hi, Sara! You can do it a couple of different ways. If you’re just defrosting one or two biscuits at a time, you can pop a frozen biscuit in the microwave for about 20 seconds to thaw, and then put it in the oven (or toaster oven) at 350 degrees to continue warming through and to get crisp on the outside again (about 5 minutes or so). If you have time to thaw the frozen biscuits on the countertop first, then just reheat with the same instructions that you would use for room temp biscuits (as described in the recipe card). Finally, if you want to reheat a whole batch of biscuits straight from the freezer, you can use the same reheating instructions in the 350 degree F oven, tenting loosely with foil, but you’ll just need to keep them in the oven much longer — probably closer to 20-30 minutes. Hope that helps!

  19. Blair says:

    Hi, CIndy! I’ve never actually tried that (I always freeze after baking), but I imagine it would work fine. You’ll just need to increase the baking time when cooking directly from the freezer. Enjoy!

  20. Blair says:

    Hi, Connie! Step 1 in the recipe box says to preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. You’ll bake the biscuits at 425 for about 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!

  21. Dorothy says:

    Trying these for the first time. Making tonight, and putting in frig uncooked overnight. Will bake in the morning. Any idea if this will work?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Dorothy! I would pop them in the freezer overnight — not the fridge. The refrigerator won’t stop the leavening from activating, but the freezer will. Then just bake from frozen in the morning and extend the baking time by a few minutes to make sure that they’re cooked through. Enjoy!

  22. Sue says:

    5 stars
    I am 72 years old and have, over the years, attempted biscuits many times. Usually the results were somewhere between hockey pucks and clay pigeons. I was almost in tears when my husband could eat these without cracking a tooth. WE LOVED THEM, especially the buttermilk tang.

    1. Blair says:

      That’s amazing, Sue! I’m so glad that they were a success! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  23. Jenna Walls says:

    Any adjustments needed for high elevation? I live at about 7,000 feet.

    This recipe is identical to the one my grandmother gave me. I’ve yet to have biscuits that rise but the flavor makes up for it.

  24. Stacy Gallegos says:

    5 stars
    I have always wanted to learn to make biscuits! Thanks to you and Aunt Bee for super recipe! See old dogs can learn new tricks! 61 years young!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s wonderful, Stacy! I’m so glad that this recipe was the winner. 🙂

  25. Makanani says:

    5 stars
    This is the best recipe! Tried numerous recipes and this is far the best! Mahalo (thank youJ for sharing!

    1. Blair says:

      Thank you!! So glad that you love the biscuits!

    2. Nellie says:

      Can the dough be frozen for later, or should I bake them and freeze them after

      1. The Seasoned Mom says:

        Hi Nellie! You can freeze the dough before baking the biscuits. After cutting out your biscuits, arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop the tray in the freezer for an hour or so. Once the biscuits are frozen, transfer them to a gallon-sized freezer bag or airtight container. Store the frozen biscuit dough for up to 3 months. Hope this helps!

  26. John says:

    I live at 5100 feet, will I need to adjust my ingredients ?
    Thanks

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, John! I’ve never actually baked at high elevation, so I’m no expert when it comes to making modifications. I’ve never had the opportunity to test at the higher level. That said, this article is really helpful in that regard: https://www.allrecipes.com/article/high-altitude-cake-baking/

      You might start by trying a couple of those suggestions, for instance raise the oven temperature by 25 degrees and increase the buttermilk by 1-2 tablespoons. Hope that gets you started!

      1. Patsy A Wood says:

        Would love to have this this reciepe to try (seeing this on my phone). Never had a recipe that worked. Based on the reviews this the one I nreed

        1. Blair says:

          That’s great, Patsy! I hope you’ll give these biscuits a try. Let me know how you like them!

          1. Camille NYC says:

            5 stars
            I have celiac but my daughter doesn’t. I made these using bobs redmill extra fine pastry flour and David’s baking powder bc I couldn’t find self rising. They came out amazing for my daughter and my guests. Currently trying them with bobs red mill gluten free one to one. Will let you know if it translates. Thanks for a super quick and easy glutenfilled recipe! My dinner guests thanked me graciously

          2. Blair Lonergan says:

            That’s so great to hear, Camille. Thank you! Definitely let us know how the gluten-free version works. I’ve never baked with that flour, and I know that it might be helpful to others. 🙂

          3. Dianna says:

            Your recipe turned out heavy and didn’t rise like other recipes I’ve tried. My ingredients were all fresh so I don’t know why and they were a little heavy and tough

        2. JB says:

          Can I freeze these ahead and warm up for my Thanksgiving meal?!

          1. Blair Lonergan says:

            Yes, absolutely! Have a great holiday!

        3. Debbie says:

          Patsy. The secret to making bisquits is to make them quite soft. You may have to add more milk.

    2. Charlotte says:

      Very disappointed. Wish I could show picture. Biscuits look anemic. I make good homemade buttermilk biscuits but was looking for a quicker recipe. This did not work at all.

      1. Blair Lonergan says:

        Hi, Charlotte! I wonder if maybe the leavener in the self-rising flour was old and therefore didn’t activate the biscuits to rise? I’ve never had them come out flat or “anemic” looking. Sorry that they weren’t a hit.

        1. Margaret says:

          Needs at least 1 cup milk or 1.25 cups. I go by looks & feel but, .75 is not enough! And they didn’t rise very much even though I added baking powder. Going back to my tried & true recipe using AP flour. SR just doesn’t do it for me. They tasted good though!

    3. Michele Rodgers says:

      5 stars
      Really easy and very tasty! We even made it into one big biscuit and cooked it that way. Everyone agreed we will make this one again! FYI excellent with some honey!

      1. The Seasoned Mom says:

        Yum! Thank you, Michele! We’re so glad you enjoyed it and agree that you can never go wrong with a bit of honey.

  27. Kathyren says:

    5 stars
    My husband tried a long time to find a biscuit that would work without shortening and still be soft and flaky; he never found one till now. 🙂 I gave up making biscuits years ago because that was one thing I never got the hang of cooking. He did add an egg the second time he made them bc they were more crumbly than he wanted. I don’t know if he tried any of the other tips. He has mentioned that he wants to try them with cheese. This is how he makes biscuits now, and we’ve had them several times since I ran across your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

    1. Blair says:

      That’s so good to hear, Kathyren! Thanks for your note, and I’m glad to know that you’re enjoying the biscuits. 🙂

  28. Surpe says:

    Has anyone tried with cheese?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Surpe! Yes, cheese is a great addition. You’ll need about 1/2 cup (more or less, to taste) of grated cheddar (or other similar cheese). Enjoy!

  29. Taylor says:

    Why is there no salt or even sugar in this recipe??? I can’t imagine biting into a biscuit and not being able to taste sweetness or saltiness. What kind of white people flavorlessness is this?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Taylor! The self-rising flour and the butter both include salt.

      1. Carrie Anne says:

        I know this comment is old but I just can’t read this and not comment….
        Its ignorant people like this guy in the world that cause alllllllllll the problems!
        Get some intellect and make your own darn biscuits!
        Geesh! Lord give me strength!
        Bless us all……
        Blair….thank you for sharing your recipes with us all.

    2. Bridgette Ann Wood says:

      WOW!

    3. Jessthemess says:

      I add a little salt, but no sugar. I have another recipe that calls for just a little sugar and I actually like this one better because you really get a good buttermilk flavor. Just put some butter and molasses or jelly if you want some sweet-you should just try it!

    4. Gail Petersen says:

      “WHITE PEOPLE” flavorlessness. They are delicious and my doctor approved them for me considering that I cannot have very much salt. The PERFECT healthy biscuit.

    5. Toni says:

      @Taylor if you knew half of what you thought you did, you’d know the butter is salted, as is self rising flour. Why make it about race?!

    6. Sherry says:

      5 stars
      My husband and his family who are black love these biscuits. They say they have good flavor. I’m white and when I’m mad at my husband I don’t use salt or other seasonings in our food so he will know I’m mad lol. Seriously though, they do have flavor and if you choose, you can put a tablespoon of sugar or an extra 1/2 tsp of salt if it’s not to your liking as is. It’s called tweaking a recipe

      1. Blair Lonergan says:

        Thank you, Sherry! I’m glad to know that your family enjoys them! 🙂

    7. Terina says:

      LOL this is the same recipe my Gramdmama had and she was from Kentucky. They are DELICIOUS!!!

      1. The Seasoned Mom says:

        You can’t beat a classic recipe!

  30. Sandra L. Wendorf says:

    Just wondering: should these biscuits be baked in a glass pan, or will a square metal pan be OK to use? I don’t happen to have a round glass pan for this recipe, but do have a square 8″ glass pan.
    Really would like to try these.
    Thank you ahead of time for the answer
    Sandra W.

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Sandra! You can use a metal pan, a cast iron skillet, or even just a baking sheet. I like to pack them in a pan fairly tightly to help them rise high, but even the flat baking sheet is fine so long as the edges of your biscuits are touching. Hope you enjoy!

  31. Jennie Osborne says:

    5 stars
    This is truly a wonderful, easy biscuit recipe. As a young girl, I won a blue ribbon from my biscuits entered into our county fair. All that to say, I made biscuits many times in early adulthood and then just stopped.
    This recipe has changed all that. Thank you, and if you have not tried it, you should! Have a blessed day!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you SO much, Jennie! It makes me happy to know that this recipe has brought you back to your biscuit-baking roots! 🙂

  32. Kgt says:

    5 stars
    A great recipe. A keeper. I put my buttermilk (I like whole buttermilk, nothing low-fat) in the freezer for 10-15, then melted my butter and added it to the super cold, ice forming around edges of buttermilk. It clots into tiny pieces perfectly for stirring into flour! Yeah! Also, I froze some unbaked biscuits for later. They rose nicely as well. I live at 9300 ft, so rising can be a concern!
    Thanks Aunt Bee!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thanks for all of your helpful feedback! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the biscuits!

  33. Gail says:

    Can hardly wait to make these!! Thank you for great recipes and instructions.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Wonderful! Hope you enjoy, Gail!

  34. Richard Powell says:

    I followed the recipe exactly, except I set the oven at 330 degrees. I used a cast iron skillet. The biscuits took a long time to cook, say 20-22mim. I finally took them out of the oven. The tops were as white as when I put them in and the bottoms were only slightly browned. The texture was very dense, sort of like hockey pucks. I threw them all out. The flour was fresh. Dunno what happened.

  35. Erin says:

    After freezing them cut out, how long would you say that they need to bake at? Same temp & a longer time? Making these this week!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Hi, Erin! Same temp, but you’ll likely need to add a few extra minutes (maybe 3-5 minutes more?). Just keep an eye on them as they get close! 🙂

      1. Tina J says:

        Thanks for the recipe! If going the froze dough route, could you bake these from frozen or do you need to thaw?

        1. Blair Lonergan says:

          Hi, Tina! Yes, you can definitely bake them from frozen. Just add a minute or two to the suggested cooking time, and they should be perfect. 🙂

          1. Lindsay says:

            5 stars
            I’m so excited to find the perfect buscuit! I have tested many recipes and this is my favorite. Writing it down to save! Thank you for sharing!

          2. Blair Lonergan says:

            That’s great, Lindsay. I’m so glad that you love them. Thank you!

  36. Sandra Heller says:

    5 stars
    I just made these biscuits. Not only are they extremely easy to make, but they are the best I’ve ever made! They’re so light and fluffy, they’re like eating clouds. I’ll use this recipe forever!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Yay! So glad that you love them, Sandra!

    2. Ryane says:

      I don’t know what I did wrong. I followed the recipe exactly and my biscuits turned out very heavy, no flavor, and did not rise at all. I opened a brand new bag of Pilsbury self rising flour, used salted butter, and full fat buttermilk. I just don’t get it. I was so excited.

  37. Sandra Brown says:

    5 stars
    My husband said they were the best biscuits he has ever had! I did freeze the butter and grated it into the flour. Very easy and tasty biscuits!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Yay! That’s wonderful, Sandra!

  38. Phillip says:

    5 stars
    These are perfect! I use the frozen butter trick and add a little kosher salt for taste.

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Thank you so much, Phillip!

  39. Kat says:

    5 stars
    Tasty but didn’t raise much even though I just bought the baking powder. I did have to sub. sour cream with milk for buttermilk(too expensive for me). I added a little grated cold cheese and garlic powder. Don’t you feel bad if these are not like the picture. I have been baking for 45 yrs. and was a pastry chef. BUT I can’t make biscuits that look like this! It is super frustrating! I had no trouble making eclairs, danish etc.

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Hi Kat,
      We’re sorry they didn’t rise much. We do try to provide as many tips as possible in the post. However, we’re glad you enjoyed the taste!

  40. Diane says:

    5 stars
    Very easy to make with lots of great hints. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thanks, Diane!

  41. Shelley Lee says:

    5 stars
    I used this as the basis for a blackberry shortcake. Delicious!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      I love that idea. Thanks, Shelley!

  42. Virginia Ford says:

    5 stars
    Hello! Blair, I wanted to know. If, I don’t have Self-rising Flour, can I uses Baking Powder, in my Flour, to make my Biscuits? And, do I’ve to uses Baking Soda as well?
    Thanks for hearing me out. And, I’m looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Hi Virginia!

      You can make 1 cup of self-rising flour by placing 1 cup of all-purpose flour in a bowl. Whisk in 1 teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

      This recipe calls for 2 cups of self-rising flour, so you would need to combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and ½ teaspoon of salt.

      Hope that helps!

  43. Phillip says:

    5 stars
    Amazing! They have become a classic!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you, Phillip!

  44. Dianne says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I don’t even do the folding, just drop them on baking dish to cook. Everyone in the family begs me to make these.

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Thank you, Dianne! We’re so happy it’s such a hit.

  45. Nassera says:

    Would regular All-Purpose flour work as well?

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Hi Nassera! We haven’t tested it but it should work with the proper adjustments. The general rule of thumb is to substitute one cup of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon baking soda for every cup of self-rising flour. Hope that helps!

  46. Sassyfied says:

    5 stars
    Excellent. I grate my butter, put it in the freezer, measure my flour, put it in the freezer, both for 15 minutes. When ready to make, I dust my surface and measure my buttermilk. I bring out my flour and butter, mix together with dough whisk, add buttermilk until it all comes together, drop on my floured surface to knead. I cut each biscuit, placing them on parchment on a cookie sheet, then to my freezer for flash freezing. When ready to bake I follow the directions. They cook beautifully and RISE UP high, and taste delish!!!!!
    If I want my biscuit sweet for perhaps a shortcake, I brush the tops with butter and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Viola, dessert! Thanks Blair!

    1. The Seasoned Mom says:

      Such a great idea to turn it into dessert! We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe and appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback!