Homemade Bisquick is a premade baking mix that is commonly used to make pancakes, biscuits, and other baked goods. By making your own Bisquick, you have full control over the ingredients, excluding any additives that are sometimes found in pre-packaged mixes. And, it can save you money in the long run! Have some on hand to make my Impossible Pumpkin Pie (which is actually super easy)!

Glass Jar of Homemade Bisquick on a White Counter with a Towel and Some Measuring Cups in the Background.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Flour: All-purpose flour provides a balance between structure and tenderness in baked goods. You could substitute whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour. Just keep in mind that altering the flour may require adjustments to the other ingredients or proportions in the recipe to maintain the desired texture and consistency.

Baking Powder: Baking powder is a key ingredient in homemade Bisquick because it helps the baked goods rise and provides them with a light and fluffy texture.

Salt: Salt enhances the flavor and helps with the overall taste of baked goods.

Shortening: Shortening (hydrogenated vegetable oil) is any fat or oil that is solid at room temperature. If you have heard of or seen a big can of Crisco, that is shortening. It has a longer shelf-life when compared to butter, allowing you to store the mix for an extended period of time without spoiling. You could substitute cold, unsalted butter or vegetable oil, but they may affect the final texture and flavor of baked goods.

Glass Jar of Homemade Bisquick with a Measuring Cup Inside.

Shortening vs. Butter in Homemade Bisquick

Shortening has a higher melting point compared to butter, which means it remains solid at higher temperatures. This can be beneficial in recipes that require high heat, such as biscuits or pie crusts. Shortening helps create a flaky texture by creating small air pockets as it melts during baking, resulting in a lighter and tenderer final product.

Shortening has a more neutral flavor compared to butter. It also tends to have a longer shelf life than butter. Shortening contains fewer perishable components, making it more resistant to spoilage.

Bowl of cubed Butter on a White Counter.

Butter in homemade Bisquick provides a rich and buttery flavor that folks enjoy. It adds a distinct taste to baked goods, enhancing their overall flavor profile. It also contributes to a slightly denser texture, which can be desirable for certain recipes like scones or shortbread.

Butter contains a small amount of water, which can create steam during baking. This steam contributes to the leavening process and helps create a slightly lighter and more delicate texture in the final product.

Using butter in homemade Bisquick means it has a shorter shelf life due to its perishable nature. Butter contains milk solids and water, which can lead to faster spoilage. Homemade Bisquick made with butter should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

Measuring Cup Filled with Homemade Bisquick on a White Counter.

How To Store Homemade Bisquick

Store homemade Bisquick in an airtight container like a mason jar. Be sure to label and date. It will last up to 3 months in a cool, dark place.

Bisquick™ Pancakes

Bisquick™ Pancakes are light, fluffy, easy-to-make pancakes that are made with homemade Bisquick for a personal touch. Using made-from-scratch Bisquick allows you to control what ingredients are added to the mix so you can feel good about serving a plate of pancakes to your family!

Bisquick™ Banana Bread

Homemade Bisquick Banana Bread is a moist and flavorful variation of classic banana bread recipes, using homemade Bisquick in the batter. It’s an easy and convenient way to enjoy banana bread, getting the batter mixed in just a couple of minutes before it bakes to perfection!

Bisquick™ Blueberry Cobbler

Bisquick Blueberry Cobbler is a quick and simple way to enjoy the classic combination of fresh blueberries and biscuits in a warm, comforting dessert. It’s made with just five ingredients! Using homemade Bisquick makes this recipe so easy, but still so delicious!

Jar of Homemade Bisquick on a White Counter.
5 from 2 votes

Homemade Bisquick

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Homemade Bisquick is a premade baking mix that is commonly used to make pancakes, biscuits, and other baked goods. By making your own Bisquick, you have full control over the ingredients, excluding any additives that are sometimes found in pre-packaged mixes.


  • 6 cups (750 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (205 g) shortening, chilled and cubed


  • To the bowl of a food processor, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Pulse together to combine.
  • With the food processor on low speed, add shortening, cube by cube, until you have a soft, grainy mixture.
  • Add the mixture to an airtight container. Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.


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How To Use Homemade Bisquick

Besides biscuits, pancakes, and waffles, there are so many other ways to use the mix. Here are some recipes you may find that have Bisquick as an ingredient:

  • Muffins – (for example) 2 cups Homemade Bisquick Mix, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2/3 cup milk, 2 Tablespoons melted butter, 1 whole large egg
  • Quickbreads – 3 cups Bisquick, 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 1⁄4 cups milk
  • Appetizers like my Sausage Balls
  • Pizza Crusts – 1 2/3 cup Homemade Biscuick, 1/2 cup hot water
  • Dumplings
  • Fried Foods

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Reader Comments

  1. The texture is, as good, if not better than the boxed. I was making blueberry biscuits every other day for my husband. I ran out of the boxed, found your recipe. Needless to say, I won’t be returning to the boxed!

  2. I’m glad to see your homemade recipe. I was prepping and had my name-brand Bisquick in original, unopened plastic sacks in a 5-gal. gamma lid, food grade bucket. I don’t think it lasted the normal 3 months. It was in a cool, dark, dry place, but didn’t last, and had one of the worst tastes I’ve ever put in my mouth. Do not store Bisquick brand. The shortening did rancid. If you make your own to be shelf stable, be sure and use a dehydrated shortening powder, or dehydrated butter powder would be best. I cannot find a healthy dehydrated shortening powder. Also the Essential brand of dehydrated shortening powder does not list the ingredients naming their shortening type.

  3. ask yourself why shorting has a longer shelf life and when you realize why, use real butter or lard.

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