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Baking Powder Biscuits

These baking powder biscuits are flaky, tender, and rich. If a breakfast or dessert biscuit is desired, just add more sugar to taste.

  • Yield: Makes 8 biscuits
Baking Powder Biscuits

Source: Holiday Baking 2002, Special Issue 2002


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups heavy cream, plus more for brushing
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten (for shortcake variation)
  • Sanding sugar, (optional for shortcakes)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger clumps remaining. Add remaining 2 cups flour, and toss to combine.

  2. Pour in heavy cream; using a rubber spatula, fold cream into dough, working in all directions and incorporating crumbs at the bottom of the bowl, until dough just comes together. The dough will be slightly sticky.

  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With floured fingers, gently pat dough into a round about 1 inch thick, pressing in any loose bits. Do not overwork the dough. Use a floured 3-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits as close together as possible. (Use one cut edge as the edge for the next biscuit.)

  4. Place biscuits on an unlined baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Generously brush tops of biscuits with cream. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until biscuits are golden and flecked with brown spots, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack to cool.

Reviews (5)

  • Jasmine Gannalo 27 May, 2012

    This has been my standard go to biscuit recipe for years! I don't make strawberry shortcake any other way. Thank you!

  • alexis0012 2 Apr, 2008

    I omitted the egg, and used the same measurements as the written recipe (didn't watch video) and these came out perfect! These are a favorite.

  • krislin 30 Nov, 2007

    martha's video does not match the recipe given. is it 3/4 cup of butter or 1 cup?
    is it 2 cups of flour or 4? and is it 2 teaspoon of sugar or 1/2 cup of sugar?
    please help....

  • luckymom 18 Nov, 2007

    Very fattening as written, but I am sure they are to die for! You can also use buttermilk instead of cream to get great results w/o so much fat. Brush with melted butter instead.

  • mudwafaris 16 Nov, 2007

    what do you do with the egg !!

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