Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

Don't ask me who Mary is, 'cause I don't know! I found this recipe in some hand-written files. These are easy to make (like most biscuits) and taste great with butter and jam, berries and cream, or a slightly sweet dinner dish.


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender (or 2 knives) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk and vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
  3. Drop biscuits onto a cookie sheets (use a 1/4 cup measure and space 2 inches apart).
  4. Place cookie sheets on 2 oven racks near the center of the oven. Bake biscuits for 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown, rotating cookie sheets between the upper and lower racks halfway through baking time.
  5. Serve warm.
Most Helpful

5 5

Well since MY name is Mary I might just claim these LOL We actually just enjoyed a nice warm batch with breakfast this morning. Next time I may try 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond. They are super easy to make and 12 minutes was perfect for my oven. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

5 5

These are great, thanks!

5 5

These were a hit. I accidentally doubled the sugar (Splenda) but that just made them even better. :)