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Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk makes biscuits airy and tangy.

  • Yield: Makes about 15
Buttermilk Biscuits

Source: Holiday Baking 2002, Special Issue 2002


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat (French nonstick baking mat) or parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

  2. Transfer about 2 1/2 cups flour mixture to a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add butter, and pulse until the largest pieces are the size of peas. Return butter mixture to the bowl with the flour mixture. Use your fingers to combine.

  3. Add buttermilk, and stir just until mixture comes together; the batter will be sticky. Transfer to lightly floured work surface; use floured fingers to pat dough to 1-inch thickness. Use a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter or cookie cutter to cut biscuits as close together as possible to minimize scraps. Gather scraps together once, pat together and flatten, and cut out.

  4. Transfer biscuits to prepared baking sheet; bake until lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.

Reviews (4)

  • Christipher Perez 17 Jul, 2014

    I love this recipe. I have however made some adjustments that have made it better. I've increased the salt to 2 tsp and instead of using AP flour user bread flour. Also I've found that to get an amazing flakey biscuit with incredible layers, roll out the dough fold into thirds and repeat at least 2 - 3 times. Try it out my family raves over them!

  • optic747 2 Apr, 2009

    This was an easy recipe that resulted in light, buttery biscuits. I will definitely make these again.

  • ariwano 8 Feb, 2008

    This is the very best recipe for buttermilk biscuits! Family and friends call the coarse salt-bits of treasure. Always a big, big hit.

  • alexis0012 2 Feb, 2008

    very easy, delicious biscuits. I use them as dinner rolls or as breakfast biscuits, they're a family favorite.

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