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How to Make Buttermilk Biscuits at Home

Add a new recipe to your baking repertoire this season. These delectable buttermilk biscuits are soft and flaky, with just the right amount of crispiness. This easy-to-make recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and can ideally be handcrafted to perfection in your home oven!

The key to nailing this recipe is to use ice-cold butter and cold buttermilk. If you get the temperature right, you are bound to get scrumptious golden-brown biscuits. They only take 15 minutes to bake, and you’ll know when they’re done when you get a whiff of that delicious aroma.

This simple baking project is ideal for beginners as well as experienced bakers; it only takes about 35 minutes in total. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can make this buttermilk biscuit recipe again and again.

Recipe: Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 15 mins
Servings: 12
Yield: 12 biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, sliced
  • ¾ cup buttermilk, cold
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk, for brushing


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2
Bring out the dry ingredients. Begin by whisking flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl. Then, add slices of cold butter with a dash of salt. Use a rubber spatula to mix it all. You can also use a pastry blender or use your fingertips if you prefer. At this point, the mixture should look like coarse crumbs.

Step 3
Make a well in the middle of the dough, pour cold buttermilk, and gently stir. Make sure there are no dry pieces of flour left in the mixture. Continue mixing for a few minutes.

Step 4
Bring out a cutting board or clear the kitchen top. Dust a little bit of flour onto the surface before turning the dough over. Next, pat the dough into a thick rectangular shape. Fold it in thirds and then turn the dough half over. Repeat the process until the dough is about a ½ inch thick rectangle.

Step 5
For this step, you will require special equipment: a biscuit cutter. Using the cutter, carefully create the biscuits, and then pick them up to place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Add the fallen crumbs together and cut out as many biscuits as you can with the dough.

Step 6
Brush the top of the biscuits with some cold buttermilk. Bake for about 15 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Step 7
Cool the biscuits on the pan for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy them warm or at room temperature.

How to Store Your Buttermilk Biscuits
Your biscuits will last for two days when stored at room temperature, for a week when stored in the fridge, or for three months when frozen. Store them in an airtight container to ensure freshness and crispness.

Shweta Gandhi | Contributing Writer

Spring 2024

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