Buttermilk Biscuits

filed under: Bread on April 25, 2019

These Buttermilk Biscuits are a staple in many homes and for good reason! They are fast, they are delicious, and they are practically no-fail! If you love biscuits you may also like my Homemade Dinner Rolls! (If you have ever wondered how to make buttermilk at home, I’ve got you covered!)

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

Like most of you, I have been making a version of buttermilk biscuits for as long as I’ve been tall enough to be in the kitchen. I love how fast and easy this recipe is and love seeing the delight on my kid’s faces when they know it’s biscuit night!

I took a recipe a found in my MIL’s church cookbook and tweaked it just slightly. I changed how the butter is incorporated (more on that below), changed how much butter was used, and changed the serving size. I dislike flat, small biscuits and wanted to make sure mile were mile-high!

To make these biscuits you only need a few simple ingredients:

  • salted butter (if you do not have salted butter, add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt to the recipe)
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • buttermilk (click for homemade buttermilk)

The original recipe calls for 8 biscuits, but I changed it to six. Here’s how I do it:

  • prepare dough
  • place on the counter and work the dough into a rectangle or square, working in the extra flour and loose bits
  • pat flat with your hand
  • fold over once, press to flatten
  • fold over again, press to flatten
  • fold over one last time, and press to 1 1/2 inches thick

Using my cookie cutter, I press out 4 biscuits. Then gently press the dough back together, press down to 1 1/2 inch thick again, and cut out ONE biscuit. (At that thickness there should not be enough to press out two.) I then pick up the remaining dough and form it into a circle and pop it into the center of my pan. That middle biscuit is always wonky looking, but the kids always fight over who gets it!

How to Make Buttermilk Biscuits

The Secret to Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

I was taught this trick by a friend who owns the most adorable diner in rural Minnesota. She grates her butter! She takes a big block (like 5 pounds) and grates it into individual portions then places each portion in the freezer until she is ready to bake. I loved this trick and have been using it for a year now, and I have to tell you, it works perfectly. Every. Single. Time. It truly makes this buttermilk biscuit recipe NO-FAIL!

Use the fine side of the grater and grate over a plate. Then pop in the freezer. Grated butter only needs a few minutes in the freezer to firm up, so it really makes prep time much easier. No fancy tools needed for this recipe!

Mile-High Buttermilk Biscuits

How to Get Mile-High Biscuits

The trick is in how thick you roll your dough. Most recipes call for 1-inch high and while that is fine, it’s not as tall and flakey as I would prefer! I typically roll my dough about 1 1/2 inches high (if not taller) and then bake 6 biscuits at a time. Because I want the biscuits to be done all the way through, this means the tops will be golden brown instead of white. We much prefer this method and the crunch of a golden top, but if you want white biscuits, feel free to roll your dough to a max of 1-inch high.

Another factor is oven temperature. I bake my buttermilk biscuits at 450°F. My oven is calibrated and I know this is an accurate temperature reading. If you are not sure about your oven or have hot spots, you may want to invest in an oven thermometer, rotate the biscuits half-way through baking, or keep a close eye on your biscuits. If they are starting to get too brown (check at 13 minutes) but are not done baking all the way through, you can cover them with a loose foil tent to avoid burning.

What cookware is best for buttermilk biscuits?

My grandma’s old pie tin makes the most glorious biscuits. (not glass or a dark metal) It is thin material and I like how evenly everything bakes. If I bake in my Staub pie pan which is a thick ceramic (I think!) I usually need to add 2 minutes to my total baking time. Some folks prefer to use a cookie sheet lined with parchment for their biscuits. If I triple this buttermilk biscuits recipe I will use a cookie sheet!

Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

What to Serve with Biscuits

Butter! I love them with salted butter, but my husband can’t eat a biscuit unless it is smothered in jam. One of my favorite ways to enjoy biscuits is with my homemade Maple Butter! It comes together quickly and you can store it in the fridge for biscuit night! But the most popular way to serve biscuits is with gravy. I’ll be sharing our favorite recipes soon, be on the lookout! (My husband’s recipe is the BEST!)

Flakey Buttermilk Biscuits

How to Store Buttermilk Biscuits

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

  • bake biscuits
  • allow to cool to room temperature
  • wrap tightly with foil (only use plastic wrap if the biscuits are completely cooled, trapping in hot air could make the biscuits soggy)
  • place in refrigerator until ready to use. (You can also leave at room temperature if you prefer)
  • warm in the oven at the lowest temperature for up to 10 minutes

How to Freeze Buttermilk 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.

Don’t miss my post on How to Make Buttermilk! I share four versions and the recipe might surprise you!

5 from 4 votes
Buttermilk Biscuits
Buttermilk Biscuits
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
26 mins

This classic recipe has been made by thousands and loved by millions! No fancy tools or equipment needed!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttermilk biscuits
Servings: 6
Calories: 216 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) salted butter, grated and cold
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Prepare a pie dish or 8x8 pan. (I use GOOP)
  2. Grate butter using the fine edge of your grater. Grate onto parchment paper and then place in the freezer while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

  3. Add flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder to a large bowl. Use a whisk to sift ingredients.
  4. Get grated butter out of the freezer and, using a fork, incorporate into dry ingredients.
  5. Add in the buttermilk and stir until mostly combined, being careful not to overwork the batter.
  6. Pour contents out onto a solid surface and use your hands to push the dough together, gathering up and dry bits and pressing them into the dough. Move the dough around and add some flour underneath should your counter get sticky.
  7. Press the dough into a flat square, about 1 1/2 inches thick. Fold over once, press down. Fold over again, press down. Fold over for a third time and press the dough to 1 1/2 inches thick. (You could also make the thickness 1-inch if you want 8 biscuits.)

  8. Using a biscuit cutter, round cookie cutter, or tall kitchen glass, press into the biscuit and place each biscuit into the prepared tin pie dish (touching). I am able to get 4 biscuits, then press the remaining dough together and get 2 more.

  9. Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and there are no "wet" spots between the biscuits.
  10. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Serve immediately. (If you are serving later, you can brush with more melted butter)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Homemade Pan Release - GOOP (clickable link)

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  • Tameka Perry says:

    Can u pleas send me the repiece to butter milk biscuits and pancakes to Tameka.jones490@gmail.com

  • Esmeralda Saenz says:

    I made these buttermilk biscuits for the first time and they are fabulous!!!

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Joan jenkins says:

    Tired of opening your recipes and having to chase the ingredients and instructions fighting your popup ads. Sad, but gone.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I understand it can be frustrating, but ads are how my blog is monetized. If there were no ads I couldn’t afford to make hundreds of recipes and share them with you for FREE. Your cost is nothing. If clicking an X to get out of an ad so that you can print a recipe is too much of a ‘price to pay’, then I accept your rejection of my site.

  • Sharon Shellhouse says:

    My search for the perfect buttermilk biscuit is finally over !!
    This recipe was perfect!!

  • Vyckie says:

    Can you leave the sugar out of the recipe?

  • Mike Leggett says:


  • Susann Rehbock says:

    I made with the homemade buttermilk and wow so easy!
    I needed longer than 16 minutes though in my convection has oven.
    Made strawberries to put on top as shortcake.

  • Jane says:

    Wonderful recipe! Used the salted butter, but seems like they could use a little pinch of salt. Didn’t have buttermilk so tried the milk with vinegar. My husband’s favorite now!

  • Cndy says:

    Can you use apple cider vinegar instead of white?

  • Alison says:

    Looks like the British scone: which we rather enjoy with jam and clotted cream!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, this is American Buttermilk Biscuits. Feel free to enjoy however you would like!

  • Beth Himes-Kildea says:


    What is GOOP and how is it used?

  • Allison says:

    I made these tonight but they were so sticky I just mounded them in my pan. They were delicious but looked deformed.
    What did I do wrong? I added flour to help but it was no use.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      It sounds like you didn’t do anything wrong! They aren’t always pretty. You can continue to add flour if you want the dough to feel more workable and have a smoother surface. 🙂

  • Jules says:

    Will this recipe work without the sugar

  • Iffat says:

    I made them today.. turned out so good! All gone!!!

  • Isabel says:

    I don’t usually leave comments on recipes I try but I felt like I had to give credit to you. These biscuits are so delicious! My whole family loved them! I love how this recipe is so simple and easy. I can easily see myself making this biscuits every other week and not having to even look at the ingredients or instructions. Thank you this is defiantly I keeper in my book 🙂

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      THRILLED you like them and enjoyed making them Isabel!

  • Amm says:

    Can I substitute the flour for almond flour and sugar for a sweetener to make these KETO allowed? The recipe looks similar to one I’ve seen so wondered if it would work. Thank you!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I’m not sure as I have not tested those substitutions, but it is worth a go!

  • Brianna Parrish says:

    I made these buttermilk biscuits and the sweet bread with homemade buttermilk and WOW, they are delicious!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with us, I look forward to trying out some more. 🙂

  • Flash says:

    I made your buttermilk biscuits last night and surprised how easy and fun it was. (Thanks for the video. I’m not sure I would have left the mix as crumbly if I didn’t see the video.) biggest surprise was they came out great!!

  • Laurie Van Unen says:

    Made these , came out amazing! Served with carved thin ham and homemade mustard honey. Yum!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sounds great!

  • PAT B COULSTON says:

    What kind of gluten free flour is the best to use for these angels?

    Mercy, I miss these biscuits more than anything else, now that I can’t eat wheat flours.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Any good 1:1 gluten-free flour substitute will work. Hopefully you can enjoy them soon!

  • Mary DeLucia Todd says:

    wow these were really amazing I tried another recipe and although tasted good were flat We ate them with our meal but threw the rest out
    Made yours and served with some left over brisket Even though one was enough my husband and I split just one more YUM

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      So glad you like them!

  • TJ says:

    Well you did it again. These buttermilk biscuits were the best! After making your “Easy White Bread” recipe & falling in love with it, I knew I had to try this biscuit recipe. I have yet to find a recipe of yours that we didn’t love. Keep doing what you’re doing and Thank you for sharing!

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