Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

southern buttermilk biscuits
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
152 Calories
9g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 152
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 2g
Calcium 115mg 9%
*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.)

This is a classic recipe for Southern buttermilk biscuits. The biscuits are made with shortening and butter, along with buttermilk and other ingredients. Soft wheat flour will make these even lighter, but any all-purpose flour will be fine. The key is in how much you handle the dough. Knead and roll gently and as little as possible.

Square biscuits can be cut out all at once, which means there's no re-rolling scraps. When the scraps are rerolled to cut out additional biscuits, and they will be a bit denser. Serve with delicious Southern cream gravy.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (9 ounces, spoon and sweep)
  • 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 (well shaken)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 450 F. Adjust the oven rack to center position. 

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Cut in chilled shortening and butter until you have pieces the size of small peas. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients; pour in buttermilk. With a wooden spoon, gently blend dry ingredients into the buttermilk, just until mixture is clumping together. If necessary, add a few more teaspoons of buttermilk.

  3. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Pat the dough out into a circle about 8 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick. Using a 2 1/2 to 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out and place on ungreased baking sheet. Gather the scraps and pat into a round and repeat. 

  4. Bake on the center oven rack for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops of the biscuits are lightly browned.

  5. Makes 10 to 12 biscuits, depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.