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Biscuits stacked on a plate with butter and preserves

Fast and Simple Homemade Biscuits

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Biscuits 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These fast homemade biscuits mix up in minutes and come out flaky and tender every time.



2 Cups All Purpose Flour

2 Tablespoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Whole Milk


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees

  1. In a large mixing bowl, use a sifter to add the dry ingredients.
  2. Cut in the cold shortening using a fork until it develops a pebble-like consistency.
  3. Slowly pour in the cold milk, mixing with a fork until the dough becomes tacky and forms into a large ball.
  4. Place the dough ball on a large, lightly floured surface.
  5. Using your hands, knead the ball a few times and pat down into a flat 1/2 inch thick layer -- no need for a rolling pin.
  6. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out individual biscuits and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  7. Combine the dough pieces and form them back into a flat layer to cut more biscuits, until all the dough is used up. You should have about a dozen biscuits; it will vary slightly depending on the size and thickness. 


You can substitute butter for shortening, but the biscuits may not be as fluffy.

Keep your wet ingredients as cold as possible to ensure they mix in properly.

Add the milk slowly and mix as you go, making sure the dough does not get too wet.

Keywords: Simple Biscuits, Homemade Biscuits, Biscuits and Gravy, Southern style biscuits, old fashioned biscuits