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Baking Powder Biscuits layers

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.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword biscuit, bread, from scratch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 185kcal
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


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


  • 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!


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. 


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