Flaky Biscuits


Homemade biscuits taste as good as they look! This easy biscuit recipe is ready to serve in under 30 minutes. Serve warm for the perfect dinner roll.

Flaky Biscuits
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
12 biscuits


  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder*

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar*

  • ¾ cup butter or 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening

  • 1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add milk all at once. Using a fork, stir just until mixture is moistened.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it for four to six strokes or just until dough holds together. Pat or lightly roll dough until 3/4 inch thick. Cut dough with a floured 2-1/2-inch biscuit cutter; reroll scraps as necessary and dip cutter into flour between cuts.

  3. Place dough circles 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden. Remove biscuits from baking sheet and serve warm.


If baking powder or cream of tartar appears lumpy, sift through a fine-mesh sieve before using.

Drop Biscuits:

Prepare as above through Step 1, except increase the milk to 1-1/4 cups. Using a large spoon, drop dough into 12 mounds onto a greased baking sheet. Bake as directed above. Makes 12 biscuits.

Buttermilk Biscuits:

Prepare as above, except for rolled dough biscuits substitute 1-1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk for the 1 cup milk. For drop biscuits substitute 1-1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk for the 1-1/4 cups milk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
12g Fat
26g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 98mg 2%
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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