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A stack of hot buttermilk biscuits.

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Biscuits 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Let me show you how to make biscuits that bake up high, light and fluffy!  I'll tell you the common mistake people make that ruins those flakey layers that you crave!  With 7 simple ingredients like buttermilk, shortening, flour, can devour these warm topped with butter and honey in as little at 30 minutes! 


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  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 Tbs . Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1 cup Buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar and salt.
  4. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
  5. Pour in the buttermilk and mix just until most of the flour is incorporated.
  6. Dump out onto a lightly floured surface and pat the dough out to about 3/4 inch thick. 
  7. Don't knead or work the dough.
  8. Using a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter that is 2 1/2 inches in diameter, cut out biscuits and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Remember to press the cutter straight down without twisting.
  10. Bake the biscuits at 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.


  • Don't sub butter for the shortening.  The results WILL NOT be the same.
  • Butter flavored shortening adds a butter flavor to these which makes them even better!
  • Read through my post for all my tips for this recipe!

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