Butter Swim Biscuits are buttermilk biscuits that are baked drenched in butter for a biscuit that has a crispy crust with a soft and fluffy inside. If these biscuits sound amazing (which they are), be sure to also try my Buttermilk Biscuits!

Bowl of Butter Swim Biscuits

Butter Swim Biscuits

This recipe is from Simply Texas Butter Swim Biscuits. She mentions it is from her Grandma. I can only imagine how long it has been around!

It is so easy to make using ingredients you probably have on hand. The only ingredient you may need is buttermilk, but you can easily make your own homemade buttermilk. These buttery biscuits are delicious on their own or smothered in your favorite jam.

Raw Butter Swim Biscuits Before Baking Soaking in Butter

Butter Swim Biscuits Ingredients

As mentioned, the ingredients in these buttery biscuits are ones you most likely have in your kitchen.

Flour: All-purpose flour is what I used. We have not tested flour substitutions, so I can’t speak for their effectiveness.

Sugar: Just a tablespoon of granulated sugar is all that is needed to give the biscuits a touch of sweetness and help give the biscuits a crispy top.

Buttermilk: If you don’t have any on hand, make your own buttermilk. I would not recommend using milk in the recipe; you will not get the tanginess you get from the buttermilk.

Overhead of Baked Butter Swim Biscuits

How to Store Biscuits

Biscuits are best eaten fresh, usually on the same day of baking. If you want to make them a day ahead of time:

  1. Bake biscuits.
  2. Allow biscuits to cool to room temperature.
  3. Wrap tightly with foil (Only use plastic wrap if the biscuits are completely cooled; trapping in hot air could make the biscuits soggy.)
  4. Place in refrigerator until ready to use. (You can also leave at room temperature if you prefer.)
  5. Warm in the oven at the lowest temperature for up to 10 minutes when ready to serve.
Butter Swim Biscuits in Pan with One Removed

How to Freeze Biscuits

Wrap cooled biscuits tightly with foil or plastic wrap and then in a freezer-safe storage bag. If they are wrapped tight and air can’t get to them, they should remain fresh for a couple of months.

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Butter Swim Biscuits

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Total Time 43 mins
Butter Swim Biscuits are buttermilk biscuits that are baked drenched in butter for a biscuit that has a crispy crust with a soft and fluffy inside.

Ingredients

  • cups (312.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups (490 g) buttermilk
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113 g) butter, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Add flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to a medium bowl. Use a whisk to sift ingredients.
  • Pour in the buttermilk and stir until mostly combined, being careful not to overwork the batter.
  • Pour the melted butter into an 8×8-inch baking dish*. Place the dough on top of the butter and use a spatula (or your hands) to evenly spread the dough out to the edges of the pan.
  • Cut the unbaked dough into 9 squares (3×3 pattern). Bake for 28 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  • Allow the butter to be absorbed into the biscuits before cutting and serving.

Notes

You can place the baking dish on a baking sheet in case of spillover.

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Reader Comments

  1. This is the exact same recipe I’ve been using. It never fails and when I serve it for guests they always want the recipe. My first time making I tried to cut the butter back a bit… but don’t—trust the exact recipe. I do cook mine in a cast iron skillet, which I love. Thanks for posting!!

  2. In the recipe it has this – “Pour the melted butter into an 8×8-inch baking dish*” – But nowhere that I can find does it tell you what the “*” is pertaining to.

  3. I think I did something very very wrong. I ended up with a batter not a dough. Very disappointed.
    Wonder what I could have done wrong.
    Thanks

      1. I got batter as well. Added a bit more flour, though it was still battery. I suspect it was because I always weigh my flour. I’ve found any other method to be too inconsistent. Anyway, 2 1/2 cups is 10 oz., I’d say go with either 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or three cups of flour.

  4. I discovered I didn’t have any baking powder so I just used self rising flour and sugar. I will never go back to the way I used to make them.

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