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Easiest Biscuit Recipe

When I first started my baking journey, all I really wanted to learn to do was biscuits. Now, looking back, I realize that the biscuits were the gateway baked good to a much bigger journey! Biscuits seem so simple, yet, they can be surprisingly difficult to master. Today, I am going to be sharing the easiest biscuit recipe for a beginner. I mastered this recipe years and years ago, and, it’s the only biscuit recipe I use except when making sourdough biscuits (which is an adaptation from this very recipe).

It’s hard for me to imagine a life without biscuits. Since my childhood, biscuits have been a major part of my memories on the weekends. Both my parents make great biscuits, so, I had to figure them out for myself, if I was going to be able to keep having them, ha ha!

I remember trying to make biscuits and failing over and over. I just couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Finally, I realized I was trying too hard! Biscuit dough doesn’t like to be fussed with too much. I needs to be brought together quickly and in the oven.

This recipe is so simple, yet, so delicious! It’s one of those recipes you will find yourself making over and over again.

For this recipe you will need:

  1. Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  2. Baking Powder
  3. Salt
  4. Cold Butter
  5. Milk/Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Add your flour, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix well to combine. Grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to mix the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles course crumbs.

Add the milk/buttermilk and mix just until combined. Do not overmix!

Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Turn the dough a few times. Roll it out to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut biscuits out with a biscuit cutter or mason jar lid.

Place on greased baking sheet or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Brush tops with olive oil or melted butter.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. After 10-12 minutes check the biscuits, if they feel firm, they are done. All ovens are different. If the tops aren’t brown enough, you can set the broiler. Be sure to set a timer! They will burn quickly under the broiler.

These biscuits are best piping hot with butter and jam or with gravy and sausage! It’s hard to stop eating them once you start, though! You’ve been forewarned ha ha!

Store your biscuits, once they cool, in a bread bag or tightly wrapped in a tea towel. They will last for up to 3 days.

To reheat the biscuits, set your oven to 300 degrees F, place the biscuits in while the oven preheats. Once it’s preheated, they will be good and hot!

I hope you will give these a try! There is nothing quite like a hot biscuit on a Sunday morning!

See you soon!

Easiest Biscuit Recipe

These biscuits were the first baked bread product I mastered, and, I still make them to this day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish


  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 pastry cutter


  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick cold butter grated
  • 1 cup milk/buttermilk


  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl.
  • Grate the butter into the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to incorporate until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  • Add milk/buttermilk.
  • Mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Turn dough onto floured surface. Turn a few times. Roll out until 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut biscuits out with biscuit cutter or mason jar lid.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush with olive oil or melted butter.
  • Bake in a 400 DEGREE F oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • Check after 10-12 minutes. If the biscuits feel firm, they are done.
  • ***If tops are not brown enough, put under broiler for just a few minutes***

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I made the easy biscuits and we loved them. I don’t always have buttermilk on hand so thank you for letting us know how to improvise. Thanks Mary for all the work you put into this and your simple instructions.

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