Baking Powder Biscuits for Two

Biscuits on a platter
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  • Total: 23 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 5 biscuits (2 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
346 Calories
17g Fat
40g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5 biscuits (2 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 346
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 1382mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 9g
Calcium 598mg 46%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are many times when you simply don't want to make a full batch of biscuits. This delicious and quick recipe makes just a few tasty, fresh-from-the-oven biscuits in less than 30 minutes. Even if you are just dabbling in baking, you will find that this recipe is a breeze. It's the perfect biscuit recipe for beginners.


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The small-batch recipe is perfect for a family of two or if you're eating alone and want a good home-cooked meal. They are great to serve with any dinner and they make quick work of breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy. ​

This recipe is almost as easy as those canned biscuits you can buy at the store, yet they taste much better.


Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease a baking sheet.

  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size bowl.

  3. Work in the butter and shortening with a fork.

  4. Slowly mix in the milk until a soft dough is formed. Mix the dough by hand with a large wooden or plastic spoon. The dough is too stiff for most electric mixers and it's likely that you'll burn out the motor. Also, your biscuits should not be mixed until the dough is perfectly smooth. A few lumps are actually a good thing in this type of dough, so don't stress about getting it perfect.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.

  6. Pat the dough down until it is about 1/2 inch thick.

  7. Cut the dough into four to five equal-sized biscuits and place them on the greased pan.

  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.


  • Be sure to preheat your oven before starting. These biscuits mix up in just a few minutes and your oven should be to temperature by the time you get them on the baking sheet. To ensure proper and even baking, don't put your biscuits in the oven until it reaches 400 F, no matter how rushed you are. Those extra few minutes will make a world of difference.
  • If you are out of baking powder, you can make a baking powder substitute by combining 1 teaspoon baking soda and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar. This will make 3 teaspoons, so measure out the 2 1/2 teaspoons needed for the recipe.
  • Is your milk a little sour? It's okay to use it if it's just a little bit past the expiration date. You might have a different opinion, but bakers have survived sour milk (aka "bread milk") in their bread and biscuits for years. Some even make sour milk on purpose because it adds a bit to the flavor.
  • If your biscuit dough is sticking while patting it down, don't worry. Either lightly dust the top with a bit of flour or use parchment or wax paper on top of the dough while pressing it.
  • When your biscuits come out of the oven and are still piping hot, brush them with butter. It's optional but will soften the crust.