Buttery biscuits are better homemade. We'll show you how to make biscuits with our easy-to-follow instructions. Plus, get our best biscuit recipes and creative ideas for flavored biscuits. Still hungry? Watch and make our double cheddar biscuits -- they're extra rich and flaky.
Buttery, flaky homemade biscuits are the perfect comfort food. Making a big batch is easy with our step-by-step instructions. Once you know how to make biscuits, try our quick flavor variations like Greek and bacon-blue cheese.
Step 1: Gather the Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup butter or 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening
1 cup milk
Step 2: Mix the Dough
Preheat oven to 450 degrees 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.
Step 3: Knead the Dough
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.
Step 4: Cut and Bake
Cut dough with a floured 2-1/2 inch biscuit cutter; reroll scraps as necessary, 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 for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove biscuits from baking sheet and serve warm.