Easy Homemade Breakfast Biscuits

Stack of biscuits

The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 10 biscuits
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
157 Calories
7g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 157
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 51mg 1%
*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.)

Make a fresh homemade batch of quick and easy biscuits for breakfast, whether you're serving them with an egg dish and bacon or making breakfast sandwiches. Top them with sausage gravy or simply serve with jam or preserves and butter. These biscuits are simple to make and fast, making them perfect for breakfast time, but they're also a delicious side dish for dinner, too.

For easy, flaky, homemade biscuits, this easy recipe is made from nothing more than flour, baking powder, shortening, milk, and a bit of salt. When making homemade biscuits, you want to be cautious not to overmix the dough. You also want to make sure that you don't knead it too much; it's okay (desired, in fact) for there to still be some ​pieces of shortening intact. These little chunks of fat will make your biscuits flaky, and overworking the dough will lead to tough biscuits.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Heat the oven to 450 F.

    Easy homemade breakfast biscuits ingredients

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  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and the salt.

    Flour, baking powder, and the salt in a bowl

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  3. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

    Shortening added to the flour mixture in a bowl

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  4. Make a well in the dry mixture and add in the milk all at once.

    Milk added to the flour mixture to make a well

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  5. Stir together with a fork just until the dough clings together. You want it to still be a bit lumpy; this will help your biscuits be perfectly light and flaky and create those delectable and airy layers when baking. 

    Biscuit dough in a bowl with a fork

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  6. Lightly flour a clean kitchen work surface. Gently knead your biscuit dough on the lightly floured surface just a few times to bring the dough together. 

    Biscuit dough on a marble counter

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  7. Roll out or pat the dough to about a 1/2-inch thickness.

    Biscuit dough rolled out

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  8. Cut the dough into rounds with 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between each cut. If you don't have a biscuit cutter, you can also use a knife or even kitchen shears if you have them. 

    Biscuit dough cut with biscuit cutter

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  9. Space each piece of cut dough out on an ungreased baking sheet.

    Biscuit dough rounds on a baking sheet

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  10. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake until the biscuits have risen and are lightly golden brown on top, about 12 minutes.

    Easy homemade breakfast biscuits on a baking sheet

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  11. Serve warm and enjoy!

    Baked biscuits with butter

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    Recipe Variations

    • For buttermilk biscuits, swap the milk for buttermilk. You may need to add slightly more liquid since buttermilk is thicker than milk.
    • Use butter instead of shortening if you don't cook with shortening.
    • To make vegan biscuits, swap the milk for nondairy milk. A thicker, higher fat nondairy milk works best.
    • Add finely chopped herbs or chives to the biscuits for extra flavor and color.
    • Add finely chopped, cooked bacon for savory biscuits.

    How to Store and Freeze Homemade Breakfast Biscuits

    These will keep at room temperature for a couple of days if wrapped in plastic. However, they will last even longer if you freeze any biscuits you aren't going to immediately eat. Simply wrap them in foil or plastic wrap and transfer to a zip-close bag and freeze for up to 2 months. You can reheat any frozen biscuits right in the oven or a toaster oven at 350 F for about 10 to 15 minutes.