Sign up for our recipe newsletters so you never miss a new recipe!
home > recipes > meals / dishes > breads and baking > breads and rolls > quick breads > biscuits

Basic Light and Fluffy Biscuits

recipe at a glance
Rating: 5/5
1 review

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 12517

recipe tools

Photoadd photo
review it!
share this recipe:
share on facebook share on google plus share on twitter share on pinterest
save to yummly


2 cups all purpose flour ( I like White Lilly for biscuits )
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup buttermilk, cold


Whisk the dry ingredients together first. Using a fork ( or food processor ), cut in the butter until the butter it's about pea sized bits in the flour mixture.

Next start adding the cold buttermilk and mixing until the dough "comes together". It should seem a little dry around the edges. Too much and they'll come out flat. I never actually measure the buttermilk, just adding a little bit at time till the shape holds.

Turn out the dough on a floured board or pastry cloth and pat to an even thickness. The less handling the better.

Cut out and place on an ungreased sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until the tops turn a nice golden brown.

This my basic recipe to which I will sometimes add shredded cheese to and maybe some sliced ham for ham and cheese biscuits. Melt the butter and add more buttermilk and they become good dumplings for stews or with a tablespoon of sugar and even more buttermilk the make great buttermilk pancakes.

added by



181 calories, 6 grams fat, 26 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein per serving.
Show full nutritional data (including Weight Watcher's Points ®, cholesterol, sodium, vitamins, and diabetic exchanges)

Get our best recipes delivered right to you!
Sign up for our newsletters that feature hand-picked recipes

more recipes like basic light and fluffy biscuits

comments & reviews

number of 5 star votes on this recipe
number of 4 star votes on this recipe
number of 3 star votes on this recipe
number of 2 star votes on this recipe
number of 1 star votes on this recipe
number of unrated comments on this recipe0

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
These were GRREAT tasting but, as usual, I CAN'T GET THEM TO RISE! Every single bisuit I try to make either from scratch or even using bisquick come out FLAT! My kids are now calling my bisuits "Hockey pucks". I have up throwing them at the kids cause they DO eat them and like the taste but they resemble COOKIES!! I tried using less buttermilk, more Baking powder (It IS fresh Baking powder!). WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? I would LOVE to make "high fluffy biscuits". PLEASE PLEASE [email address removed - it's not a good idea to post email addresses publicly!]

View more biscuits recipes
Quick Breads
View more quick breads recipes
Breads And Rolls
View more breads and rolls recipes
Breads And Baking
View more breads and baking recipes
Recipe Newsletter
Subscribe to our free email newsletters to get our daily recipe picks, cooking tips, and more!

free recipe newsletter signup!
Daily Recipe | Weekly Recipe Recap
more newsletters:
Crockpot Recipes | Desserts | 30 Minute Meals
One-Dish Dinners | Cocktails & Drinks