Basic Butter Biscuits

Everyone needs a good biscuit recipe, and in my opinion, this is a great one to keep on hand! Using real butter leads to a tasty biscuit that is slightly crisp on the outside while being tender and flaky on the inside. These hold up well to gravy, can be split to make breakfast sandwiches, or can be eaten all by themselves with just a little honey.
I keep a box of butter in the freezer just for this recipe. Here’s why: instead of cutting the butter into the flour, simply grate the frozen butter with your cheese grater. It’s quick and simple. As the little clumps of butter melt while baking, they create the flaky nature of the biscuits.
Cutting the dough into circles makes the biscuits pretty! I don’t own a biscuit cutter, so I use a regular mouth metal canning ring to cut mine. No canning ring? The floured rim of a cup works well too. Be sure to bake these on a heavy sheet or baking stone, or they’ll burn and let’s face it: no one wants a biscuit with a burnt bottom.
Basic Butter Biscuits recipe
Butter Biscuits
2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
3 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cup butter, frozen
3/4 cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar. Grate the butter into the bowl on the largest holes of your box grater. Stir butter into flour mixture. Add the milk and stir until just combined – do not over mix. Pat dough on a floured surface until it’s 3/4 inch thick. Cut into biscuits using a biscuit cutter, a metal canning ring, or a floured rim of a cup.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet or baking stone. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 10 biscuits.
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7 Responses
  1. deb c

    Ya missed an important step…..pay attention while grating….do not space off into lala land…..otherwise a couple of band-aids may be required….ooops…..these were great…how can one go wrong with butter and sugar!! Thanks!!

    1. Deb, every time I get an email that says you left a comment I can’t wait to read it. Yours are the best. EVER! Seriously, you make my day. Thank you for taking the time to write me great notes.

  2. katie w

    Just wanted to pop in and say this is the only biscuit recipe I ever make. They are just so fluffy and delicious! I usually use 50% whole wheat flour and they are still amazing. My husband just recently raved about this recipe to my sister in law, so I had to share the recipe! Thanks!

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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