Icebox Biscuits


What's better than a warm biscuit straight from the oven? Add a little something special to dinner tonight with this traditional recipe.

Icebox Biscuits
Photo: James Baigrie
Prep Time:
40 mins
Rise Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1-1/2 to 2-1/2 dozen biscuits


  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water (105F to 115F)

  • 5 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • ¾ cup lard, chilled, or 1/2 cup shortening plus 1/4 cup butter, chilled

  • 2 cup buttermilk, chilled

  • 3 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water, let stand 5 minutes.

  2. In bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Whisk to mix well. Using your fingers, quickly work chilled lard into dry ingredients until flour mixture resembles large peas. Stir in dissolved yeast and buttermilk; mix just until well blended.

  3. Turn dough onto floured surface; knead six or seven times. Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Pierce rolled dough completely through at 1/2-inch intervals with floured dinner fork. Cut out biscuits with 2-1/2-to 3-inch cutter, taking care not to twist cutter, which will seal the sides of the biscuit and inhibit rising.

  4. Place biscuits on greased baking sheets, about 1/2-inch apart. Cover with tea towel; let rise 30 to 45 minutes, until almost doubled.

  5. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking, until biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven. Brush generously with melted butter. Serve hot. Makes about 2-1/2 dozen biscuits.


Dough can be made ahead and stored tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for 3 days in advance. After rolling and cutting the refrigerated dough, you don't have to wait for the biscuits to fully rise before baking, but you should allow them to come to room temperature first.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
11g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 475mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Protein 2g
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.6mg 9%

*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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