Favorite Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

My great aunt taught me how to make the best homemade buttermilk biscuits. I would stand and watch her make them everyday when I was a little girl. She made a batch everyday and I would have at least two with my dinner. There's nothing better than having a good tomato biscuit later or even as a snack. She had a special way of making them and everyone always looked forward to her biscuits.


  1. Measure out buttermilk in measuring cup and let sit for 5-10 minutes, add a pinch of baking powder and stir well.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. Measure out flour with 1/4 tsp of baking powder and sift with a sifter into a bowl.
  4. Add Crisco shortening and cut into flour well.
  5. Make a well in middle of flour mixture and pour buttermilk in slowly.
  6. Flour your hand, mix together flour mixture and buttermilk well, forming a ball and turn out onto a floured surface.
  7. Clean hands (scraping off all dough).
  8. Roll with a floured rolling pin or you can use your hands to flatten out, to about 1/2 to 1-inch thick.
  9. Cut with a large floured biscuit (round) cutter or use the rim of a floured round drinking glass.
  10. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until tops are lightly brown.
  11. NOTE: You can use a small biscuit cutter depending on how many biscuits you want to make.
Most Helpful

The first time I made this recipe was in Feburary 2007, and they are just as good now as they were then. Baking time is still " right on the money ". For some reason I still had to add extra flour to get it to the right texture to form the dough into a ball. But good none the less. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "

Chef shapeweaver � October 15, 2010

These were GREAT! I've never used baking powder to make biscuits. Being from the south and growing up with both parents making biscuits and gravy (they were divorced when I was 4 and now i'm 39) NEVER has any family member or anyone I know ever used it either. I will have to tell them to use this recipe. Note though I did have to add some flour to get the right consistancy and brushed tops with melted butter but other wise followed Marsha's recipe. I'm glad to have found this recipe!

cj65stang February 01, 2009

Easy to make, and flew off the plate!

taginalawn February 09, 2007