Basic Baking Powder Biscuits (Modified for Stand Mixers)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

These biscuits are light inside, slightly crispy on the outside. They are terrific for breakfast served as biscuits topped with a hearty sausage gravy (such as Sawmill Gravy recipe #: 56251) or as an accompaniment to any stew or "meat and potatoes" type dinner. (Note: Mixer speed settings are for KitchenAid stand mixers; adjust accordingly for the brand of mixer that you will be using)


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Place flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into mixer bowl with flat beater. On Speed 1, stir dry ingredients for a little under a minute to evenly distribute.
  3. Cut cold butter into cubes and add to mixer bowl with the dry ingredients. Turn to Stir Speed and mix about 1 minute, or until mixture resembles small crumbs a little smaller than peas. Stop and scrape bowl.
  4. Add milk. Turn to Stir Speed and mix until dough starts to cling to beater. Usually less than 30 seconds. Avoid overbeating.
  5. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and gently pat the dough to 1/2-inch to 1 inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-inch biscuit cutter or floured glass.
  6. Place on greased baking sheet and (optional) brush with melted butter, if desired.
  7. Bake at 425° F for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Very easy to make! My first biscuits from scratch! Thanks!

Gary S. January 19, 2015

THANK YOU DOUGH RI MI FOR THIS RECIPE.. I stopped making biscuits because they were always awful... I've been told I either overwork or underwork the dough, use too much shortning or milk, I'm Just not a hand biscuit maker.. YOUR METHOD CAME OUT PERFECT. DH THOUGHT I'D BOUGHT THEM FROM THE BAKERY.

nita 284904 southern girl February 15, 2010

We relly liked these biscuits. The butter imparts a delicious flavour to the biscuits (the recipe in my BH&G cookbook calls for shortening). I prepared the recipe according to the directions omitting the sugar due to taste preference and agree with previous reviewers that this could be made without the use of a mixer quite easily but since the bowl and beaters went into the dishwasher cleanup was not an issue. Made for Fall '09 PAC.

Dreamer in Ontario October 01, 2009