Basic Southern Biscuits

Biscuit Recipe
Biscuit Recipe. Diana Rattray
  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
100 Calories
8g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 90mg 7%
*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.)

These classic buttermilk biscuits are a Southern favorite. Serve the biscuits for breakfast or along with a meal. Serve hot and have butter on the table for spreading.

This biscuit recipe makes great Southern-style biscuits. It's a basic recipe with buttermilk, lard or shortening, and butter.


  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose, stirred before measuring*)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lard (or vegetable shortening, chilled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (chilled)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (cold)

Steps to Make It

*If possible, use a light southern-style flour in this biscuit recipe.

  1. Heat oven to 450 F and have oven rack in the center position.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Cut in the cold shortening and butter until you have pieces the size of small peas.

  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cold buttermilk. Stir gently until the mixture is just holding together. If necessary, add a few more teaspoons of buttermilk.

  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat out into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Cut out biscuits with a 2 1/2 to 3-inch cutter and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until tops are lightly browned.