Min's Cheap, No Buttermilk Biscuits

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is my easy, never fail biscuit recipe with a couple of variations. Being native southerners, we make these A LOT.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon cream of tartar (really important, helps the biscuits rise and stay tender)
  • 12 cup shortening (or 1/4 c. butter & 1/4 c. shortening, just don't use all butter as they'll go flat and crumbley)
  • 1 14 cups milk
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar.
  3. Cut shortening into dry ingredients till it resembles coarse cornmeal.
  4. Whisk egg into milk and then add milk mixture to dry ingredients just till combined.
  5. Pat out dough on floured surface till about 3/4" thick - try to handle as little as possible.
  6. Cut into biscuits.
  7. I bake mine in a preheated cast iron skillet.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or till light brown.
  9. Makes 12-15 biscuits (depending on what size glass you find to cut them with!).
  10. Variations:.
  11. *add 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoons cinnamon to dry ingredients and 1 teaspoons vanilla extract to milk mixture for sweet biscuits. Its also REALLY good to add about 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries to these - leave out the cinnamon and they taste a lot like scones. Just add berries before the wet ingredients. Great with butter and honey or jelly.
  12. *add 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 teaspoons dry italian herbs and 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic to dry ingredients. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top before baking for a quick Italian side bread in place of breadsticks/garlic bread.
  13. *add 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 1 cup cooked meat (sausage, bacon or ham), and 2 eggs (cooked/scrambled) for take-and-go breakfast biscuits. Mix the cheese, meat and eggs with the flour before adding the wet ingredients. The meat, egg and cheese are baked right into the biscuits. These freeze really well in small ziplocks and can be microwaved for about 1 minute for instant breakfast.
Most Helpful

I have tried many biscuit recipes, only to have them be dense, flat, and not a lot of flavor. I was incredibly discouraged with biscuit making. This one is perfect! They rose beautifully and had a great taste! I topped my chicken pot pie with the biscuits and it was a hit. This is definitely my go to biscuit recipe. If I can do it, anybody can! Thank you SO much for sharing this great recipe!

tamilayne_12869958 October 10, 2013

YUMMY! and simple to put together. I love bread and rolls (my figure does not) but these were great. had for Easter dinner and they were gone before pics could be taken. I will make these again as they are simple and can be made at the last minute unlike yeast rolls. I may add in some herbs next time or cheese as this seems like a recipe that can be added to. I used the 1/2 butter (no salt) and 1/2 crisco shortening) I will update then. Made for PAC 2010

Chef1MOM-Connie April 07, 2010