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Homemade Butter Biscuits from Scratch

If you want a light, fluffy biscuit loaded with buttery flavor, this is the recipe for you! I’m going to show you how to make delicious homemade butter biscuits from scratch. 

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A New Biscuit Recipe

Tonight I had a hankering for some down-home biscuits. Memorable biscuits. Tender, flaky biscuits. I have a great biscuit recipe on this blog already, so of course I figured I’d make that one.

My existing recipe has a shortening base, which makes the biscuits light and fluffy. Tonight, however? Well, I wanted butter. 

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Butter in the biscuits. 

Butter on the biscuits. 

Butter slathered between the layers of the biscuits. 

I have some amazing blackberry jam from nearby Cooper Farms and I knew it would be perfect with some homemade biscuits, so that sealed the deal. 

Butter Biscuit Recipe

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I went on a search across the web for a recipe that seemed just right and landed on the mom on time out site.

I couldn’t wait to give it a try! I’ll share more on my thoughts about this recipe later, but let’s start baking!

Homemade Butter Biscuit Ingredients

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You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need. These are simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry and refrigerator right now! 

  • all purpose flour
  • salt
  • cream of tartar
  • baking powder
  • granulated sugar
  • whole milk
  • butter, divided (salted or unsalted butter, your choice)

How to Make Homemade Butter Biscuits from Scratch

These came together so easily, y’all! 

Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Prep a baking sheet by placing a piece of parchment paper on it. I bake my biscuits spread apart because I like crisp edges but you can always bake yours in a large round baking pan, sides touching, if you like. 

Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. 

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Cut up butter into chunks. You want to work with very cold butter. 

Homemade Butter Biscuits from Out of the Box Baking.com

Add the butter to the flour mixture and work it in with a pastry blender or your hands. (I started with a cutter then switched to my hands. It felt good to work in that butter.) 

Homemade Butter Biscuits from Out of the Box Baking.com

Once you’ve got the butter fully incorporated, add the egg and milk. 

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(I mixed the milk and egg together separate before adding.) 

I used a serving fork (my favorite mixing tool) to bring the dough together. 

Place dough on a floured surface and roll to about an inch thick. (I sprinkled a bit of flour on top of the dough to keep the rolling pin from sticking.) 

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Use a round cutter to cut out your biscuits. I used a large one but you can use any size you like. Depending on the size of the cutter you’ll end up with 10 – 15 biscuits. 

Place biscuits onto the baking sheet. 

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Place in preheated oven for 12 minutes. 

Homemade Butter Biscuits from Out of the Box Baking.com

Melt remaining half cup of butter and set aside. 

Remove biscuits from oven and spread with melted butter. 

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Place back in oven for an additional 3 minutes or until golden brown.

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Baking time may vary, depending on your oven. 

Remove the tray from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 

When you can handle the biscuits, serve them with butter, jam, maple syrup, or anything you like. You can even break them in half and use them for ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches. The choices are endless! 

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Store in airtight container (or wrapped in plastic wrap) for 4 – 5 days. Rewarm in microwave if you like, but only for a few seconds. Any longer and they might harden up. 

What to Expect from these Biscuits

I knew before these ever went into the oven that I would love them. I confess, I had a pinch of the dough. Most biscuit dough isn’t great, but this was. It was soft and loaded with flavor. 

I am so happy with the addition of the salt and the sugar. Those two flavors balance out beautifully. 

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Can I just say. . .these biscuits offer a completely different experience from my baking powder biscuits. They’re sweeter and packed full of flavor. They were perfect with the jam. Delicious, in fact!

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I ate a couple of these for dinner and saved the rest. These are going to last me for days and I’m already thinking of ways to serve them. 

Variations on this Fluffy Biscuits Recipe

I’ll share some variations in a minute but let me tell you some of the ways I plan to eat these. 

Biscuits and gravy: Is there any combination that makes the heart happier? 

Breakfast sandwiches: Like I mentioned above, these are going to be great with ham, cheese, and scrambled eggs. Yum! 

Honey Butter: Merge honey and butter and then split the biscuit in half and liberally apply. Delicious! 

Maple Syrup: Pour it over the top, just like you would with pancakes. Delicious! 

Use self-rising flour: You can substitute the all purpose flour and baking soda with self-rising flour if you like.

Now, here are some ways to change up this delicious biscuits recipe: 

You can skip the butter and use shortening, if you like. The biscuits will be light and fluffy. 

Cinnamon-sugar: Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon to the batter. Or, make cinnamon sugar butter to spread on top. (Yum!) 

Garlic and cheese: Turn these into Cheddar Bay biscuits by adding Italian herbs and cheese. 

There are so many options. Just use your imagination! 

Other Breads from Out of the Box Baking

If you love breads, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few fan favorites. 

Challah Bread: In this post I share a delicious recipe for Challah bread, one you will use again and again! Best of all, it’s an easy recipe to use, even if you’ve never made bread before.

Yeast Rolls: A lot of recipes promise a light a fluffy yeast roll but simply don’t deliver. (Ask me how I know.) This recipe, a simple milk bread recipe, produces perfect rolls!

Easy Italian Herb Bread from Scratch: If you’re looking for an amazing bread filled with Italian flavor, this is the recipe for you. This simple Italian herb bread is easy to whip up and has an added bonus ingredient: parmesan cheese! 

Flaky Crescent Rolls from Scratch: If you love light, fluffy crescent rolls that are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, you’ve come to the right place! These luscious rolls and so delicious and simple to make. 


That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoyed this delicious and easy biscuit recipe. 

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About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

Butter Biscuits

Butter Biscuits

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

If you want a light, fluffy biscuit loaded with buttery flavor, this is the recipe for you! I’m going to show you how to make delicious homemade butter biscuits from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, divided

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prep a baking sheet by placing a piece of parchment paper on it. I bake my biscuits spread apart because I like crisp edges but you can always bake yours in a large round baking pan, sides touching, if you like.
  3. Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.
  4. Cut up butter into chunks. You want to work with very cold butter.
  5. Add the butter to the flour mixture and work it in with a pastry cutter or your hands. (I started with a cutter then switched to my hands. It felt good to work in that butter.)
  6. Once you’ve got the butter fully incorporated, add the egg and milk.
    (I mixed the milk and egg together separate before adding.) I used a serving fork (my favorite mixing tool) to bring the dough together.
  7. Place dough on a floured surface and roll to about an inch thick. (I sprinkled a bit of flour on top to keep the rolling pin from sticking.)
  8. Use a round cutter to cut out your biscuits. I used a large one but you can use any size you like. Depending on the size of the cutter you’ll end up with 10 - 15 biscuits.
  9. Place biscuits onto the baking sheet.
  10. Place in preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  11. Melt remaining half cup of butter and set aside.
  12. Remove biscuits from oven and spread with melted butter.
  13. Place back in oven for an additional 3 minutes or until golden.
  14. Baking time may vary, depending on your oven.
  15. Remove the tray from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  16. When you can handle the biscuits, serve them with butter, jam, maple syrup, or anything you like. You can even break them in half and use them for ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches. The choices are endless!
  17. Store in airtight container for 4 - 5 days. Rewarm in microwave if you like, but only for a few seconds. Any longer and they might harden up.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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