Baking Powder Biscuits are light, fluffy, and perfectly flaky. This is an easy homemade biscuit recipe that can be used to make drop biscuits or cut out biscuits.

Baking Powder Biscuits layersBaking Powder Biscuits

These Baking Powder Biscuits bring back a lot of memories for me. This is a recipe from my grandma’s recipe box and I’ve actually already shared it on the blog, it’s the biscuit dough I used in my recipe for Grandma’s Blackberry Cobbler. My grandma used to make these homemade biscuits every time I visited and she would serve them with homemade strawberry preserves or, my personal favorite, fresh honey from the beehives in her garden. 

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How to make baking powder biscuits at home:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the shortening and using a pastry blender, or a fork, to cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add milk, stirring until all flour is moistened and the dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and mold it into a rectangle shape that is about ½-inch thick. Don’t overwork the dough, we want to keep this light. So just pat it and gently form it into shape. Then fold the dough in half and repeat the process. Fold in half and repeat one more time. This created those beautiful layers you see in the finished biscuits. 
  5. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter and press into the dough to cut out your biscuits. Try not to twist the cutter back and forth as you do it. Note: We didn’t use anything fancy when we cut out biscuits with grandma. She always used a drinking glass and I still do that today :).
  6. Place the cut-out biscuits on a lined baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Once baked grab one piping hot from the oven, add a little butter and honey, and enjoy!!

side layers of Baking Powder Biscuits

Can I substitute water for milk in biscuits?

The milk activates the ingredients and moistens them so that the dough can be formed. If you don’t have any milk and you absolutely need to make biscuits you can use water instead, but the creaminess of the extra fat in the whole milk does add to the flavor of the biscuit.

Can you substitute butter for shortening in this biscuit recipe?

Biscuits made with shortening tend to be flakier than biscuits made with butter and shortening is a bit easier to work with since it has a higher melting point so it stays firmer longer when you are working the dough. For this recipe I would suggest trying a butter flavored shortening rather than substituting butter for shortening.

pouring honey on Baking Powder Biscuits

Just writing about making these Baking Powder Biscuits brings back so many memories of summer afternoons spent baking biscuits with grandma. She would always give me the extra scraps at the end to make whatever silly dough creation I wanted then she would add them to the baking sheet along with the biscuits and bake it. Lots of memories tied together with an amazing homemade biscuit recipe.

BAKING POWDER BISCUITS
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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 27 mins

Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits are light, fluffy, and perfectly flaky. This is an easy homemade biscuit recipe that can be used to make drop biscuits or cut out biscuits.
Baking Powder Biscuits layers
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2.25 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Flour sifted
  • 3 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 3/4 cup Whole Milk

Instructions

  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Add the shortening and using a pastry blender, or a fork, to cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add milk, stirring until all flour is moistened and the dough comes together in a ball.
  • Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and mold it into a rectangle shape that is about ½-inch thick. Don’t overwork the dough, we want to keep this light. So just pat it and gently form it into shape. Then fold the dough in half and repeat the process. Fold in half and repeat one more time.
  • Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter and press into the dough to cut out your biscuits. Try not to twist the cutter back and forth as you do it. Note: We didn’t use anything fancy when we cut out biscuits with grandma. She always used a drinking glass and I still do that today :).
  • Place the cut-out biscuits on a lined baking sheet and place in a 400 degree F oven to bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Note: If you want the tops to be a little more brown you can whisk together 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of milk. Brush this mixture over the tops of your biscuits before baking. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuit, Calories: 185kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 302mg, Potassium: 215mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Calcium: 96mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuit, bread, from scratch