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The only thing that can make our biscuits better is jeweling them with sweet dried currants. For a bit more tang in every bite, use our buttermilk variation.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

12 mins
27 mins
15 mins
12 biscuits


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large bowl stir together first six ingredients (through cream of tartar). Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add currants; toss to combine. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk all at once. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.

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

  • Place dough circles 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, brush with additional milk. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheet; serve warm.


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


You can also roll dough into a circle and cut it into wedges or roll it into a rectangle and cut it into strips or squares.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Prepare as directed, except for rolled-dough biscuits substitute 1 1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk for the 1 cup milk. For drop biscuits, increase buttermilk or sour milk to 1 1/2 cups milk.TIP: For each 1 cup sour milk, add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid. Stir; let stand 5 minutes before using.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; fat 12g; cholesterol 32mg; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 29g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 5g; protein 4g; vitamin a 397.4IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; thiamin 0.3mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 1.9mg; folate 59.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 419mg; potassium 128mg; calcium 104mg; iron 1.7mg.