High Rise Biscuits

Fresh biscuits
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 27 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
281 Calories
23g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 518mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 3g
Calcium 65mg 5%
*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 homemade biscuits get extra height and softness from a combination of cake flour and all-purpose flour. If you have a difficult time with biscuits, try this method, and be sure to handle the dough as little as possible. 

These all-butter biscuits are rich and flaky. They're made with half cake flour and half all-purpose.

The cream of tartar and baking soda may be replaced with an equal amount of baking powder.


  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (see tips)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 3/4 cup half and half or light cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.

  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles small peas.

  4. Add the half and half; stir just until ingredients are moistened and dough forms a soft ball.

  5. Knead the dough in the bowl 2 or 3 times, just until the dough is smooth and soft. A light hand is best!

  6. On a floured surface, roll or pat the dough to a thickness of about 3/4 of an inch.

  7. Cut out biscuits with a 2 1/2- to 3-inch round or square cutter.

  8. Gather up dough scraps, gently reroll, and repeat the procedure until dough is used up.

  9. Place biscuits on an ungreased or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

  10. Bake the biscuits in the center of the preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

  11. Serve biscuits hot, with butter.

Expert Tips

Baking powder is basically a combination of 2 parts cream of tartar and 1 part baking soda. You may replace the cream of tartar and baking soda with 3 teaspoons of baking powder.