Buttermilk Biscuits

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits perfect for serving with your favorite jellies and jams or with sausage gravy.

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits perfect for serving with your favorite jellies and jams or with sausage gravy.

In my house biscuits are synonymous with my granddaddy. I mentioned to Mama one day that I wish we had thought to get his biscuit recipe and she said all he did was pour some flour in a bowl, add some shortening and mix that together then make a well in the center and pour in some milk. No measuring at all.

I had to laugh because that is usually how I make biscuits. Of course that doesn’t translate too well to a food blog so I wrote down how much of every thing I thought I used and tested it and it worked.

A key to making fluffy buttermilk biscuits and not hockey pucks is to handle the dough as little as possible. Kneading the dough too much develops gluten which is great for yeast breads but not so much for biscuits.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Micha @ Cookin' Mimi


  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large bowl mix together flour and baking soda. Using a pastry cutter or fork cut in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the buttermilk until just combined.
  3. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and gently knead once or twice. Roll out to desired thickness, usually 1/2” to 3/4” and cut with a round cutter. In a pinch I have been known to use a small glass.
  4. Place on cookie sheet or in a cake pan and bake until lightly browned. Serve with butter, jelly/jam/preserves, or gravy.

biscuit cutter

One of  my two most prized possessions- Granddaddy’s biscuit cutter


  1. Great recipe! I have a biscuit cutter just like that from my mom!! I know what you mean, it’s really special. I’ll be making those biscuits as soon as you give me a good Southern gravy recipe 😉

  2. This sounds a lot how my Mom made her biscuits except she squished her shortening and other ingredients together. She used to measure with a old coffee cup. I cant seem to make biscuits without using Bisquick I think I’ll give your recipe a try.


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