perfect buttermilk biscuits

by Amy on 13 September 2011

most weekdays, my husband + i just make a quick breakfast – nothing fancy. so, we both look forward to the weekends, when we can take the time to make a big, hearty, leisurely breakfast. this past weekend i woke up with a major hankering for biscuits, so, i gathered up the ingredients for these delicious little numbers, + set about making a delicious meal of eggs, bacon, biscuits, + jam.

believe it or not, after living 11 years in tennesee, this was my first time making buttermilk biscuits. i cannot praise these enough! the dough is a cinch to make – it came together super quickly + easily. + the flavor? absolutely delicious. they’re light, flaky, buttery + have the perfect texture – serious biscuity awesomeness. they made for a delicious breakfast that morning. + snack that afternoon. + accompaniment to chili that evening while we watched football. gotta love versatile food! =)

a huge thanks goes to fab fellow food blogger erin, who shared this delicious recipe with me. a born + raised southerner, i knew she’d have the perfect buttermilk biscuit recipe, + she did! thanks, erin!

buttermilk biscuits

makes about a dozen biscuits, adapted from one particular kitchen


1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup cold butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
3-4 tablespoons butter, melted, for brushing the tops of the biscuits


preheat oven to 425 degrees. combine flour, salt, + baking powder in a bowl or in a food processor, then add in butter with a pastry blender or fork, or pulse in the food processor until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal.

slowly add buttermilk, gently stirring with a rubber spatula or your fingers; add just enough so that it turns into dough.

turn onto a floured surface + knead it four times, folding it back over itself as you go. FOUR! Then STOP, no matter how much fun it is. Overworked dough = unhappy biscuits

roll the dough out to 1/2” thickness, then cut out biscuits with a ring mold (or drinking glass). place biscuits on a parchment-lined or silpat-lined baking sheet, + brush the tops with melted butter. bake until just starting to turn golden, about 15 minutes.

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1 Cait's Plate September 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

Oh those really do look just absolutely perfect. LOVE the fluffy, flaky, doughy texture to biscuits. SO good.

2 amy September 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

they are perfection! i’m going to play around with adding in savory ingredients – maybe cheddar, chives, etc. – but i’ll be keeping the basic recipe exactly the same. they just turned out so wonderful!

3 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl September 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

I am bookmarking these for sure! My anniversary is coming up and my husband LOVES biscuits and gravy, so I usually make them for him…but I have to admit, my biscuits don’t always turn out so perfect! :-) He eats them anyway, though, ha ha! But these look fabulous, and easy, and PERFECT, so I’m using this recipe this year! Beautiful!

4 amy September 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

awesome! i had no idea they were going to be so easy to make – i always thought biscuits could be finicky, you know? apparently this is the perfect recipe, though – can’t wait to hear how they turn out for you and your husband! you’ll have to share your gravy recipe, too!

5 Vivek September 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

I LOVE biscuits…with everything…especially gravy! So glad you’re onto our Southern trend now!

PS – if you put some grated Kenny’s norwood cheese and a few snipped chives into the butter/flour mixture before you add buttermilk, you would have an amazing variation!

6 amy September 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

i’ve never made my own gravy for biscuits + gravy so that’ll be my next southern cooking endeavor. if you have a great recipe, feel free to share! i absolutely love your variation idea with Kenny’s norwood cheese + chives. that’s exactly the type of variation i was envisioning! would be great with chili. or with some fried chicken!

7 Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook September 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

Foodie confession; the only biscuits I ever made were pillsbury grands. But these look so simple and delicious now I question why I never tried home made before. Saving these so I can make with some turkey/chicken with gravy. (Gotta dip the biscuit in the gravy. Gotta!)

8 amy September 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

i’m right there with ya! once i made these i thought, why did it take me so long to make biscuits? especially shameful, having lived in the South for 10+ years. =) i can’t wait to hear how they turn out with you. they’d be awesome with chicken + gravy!

9 Janet September 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

These look good. It’s making me want to run to Popeye’s for lunch just for the biscuits.

10 amy September 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

if you go to popeye’s, make sure you pick up some of their fried chicken, too! i’m not a big fast food person, but their fried chicken is amazing! that’s actually the next southern dish to master on my to-make list: fried chicken. =)

11 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots September 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday: food and family. These biscuits look so delicious! :-)

12 amy September 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

amen! there are few combinations as wonderful as food + family. =)

13 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite September 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

these are truly gorgeous and making me long for an afternoon on the couch with a big bowl of chili while watching multi-colored leaves bristle on by my terrace door. I cannot wait to try them!!

14 amy September 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

how fantastic does that sound?! that’s one thing i miss since moving from boston to nashville – the gorgeous fall foliage! my husband suggested we travel up north this fall to do some ‘leaf-peeping’ as he puts it + i think i might take him up on the idea!

15 Erin @ One Particular Kitchen September 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

Amy, these are PERFECTION!! I’m totally adding this link to my post. They’re just so pretty! And you should definitely do some gravy, too, which is also shockingly easy. :)

16 amy September 13, 2011 at 11:38 am

ooh, i didn’t realize that you had a gravy recipe, too! thank you so much for both recipes. don’t be surprised if my husband sends you flowers one of these days to thank you for helping me southernify my cooking skills!

17 Renee September 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Oh yea! Now I have another reason to play with my food processor. It looks like it is biscuit time!!

18 amy September 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

renee, i used my food processor for these rather than doing it by hand + it make the dough a cinch to make. you’re gonna love these!

19 ErinsFoodFiles September 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

These DO look like the perfect biscuits!

20 amy September 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

aww, thanks erin. they did turn out awfully purty!

21 Lesley September 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Okay, I’m going to be your one detractor–I don’t like flaky biscuits! I like poofy, crumbly biscuits like the Cracker Barrel biscuits. It drives me nuts to see layers in a biscuit and I’m not sure why! However, I will say those are some very pretty biscuits! :)

22 amy September 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm

i always welcome any sort of feedback, so detract away! =) i definitely love the flaky layers, but i can’t actually pinpoint why. because they’re delicious + delicate, i guess? i’ve never tried cracker barrel’s biscuits (a crime, i know!) but i’d be willing to take a fieldtrip there for comparison’s sake. =)

23 Ally Garner September 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

These look delish Amy! That recipe is pretty similar to my Great-Grandmother’s too. Nothing better than southern biscuits!

24 amy September 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

how fab that it’s similar to your great-grandma’s recipes – some of the best recipes are traditional ones that have stood the test of time!

25 Grishma September 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Looks delicious and one more recipe for me :) I have bookmarked few of your recipes and now this one too! Also good suggestion Vivek! I make mine with goat cheese, onions and some seasoning. Love it with my evening tea.

26 amy September 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

your variation sounds delightful, grishma! i have a few more vegetarian posts coming through over the next few weeks – get excited! =)

27 Jess September 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Just found your blog, and I’m so glad! Can’t wait to check out all your recipes!

28 amy September 14, 2011 at 7:56 am

i’m happy you found your way over here, jess – i love meeting new bloggers. off to check out your site!

29 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} September 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

I love homemade biscuits. I know what I am making tonight!! I’ll have to give your recipe a try!

30 amy September 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

that’s great! i’d love it if you report back + tell me how they turned out for you. =)

31 Blond Duck September 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Those would be perfect with chicken pot pie!

32 amy September 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

and the weather’s just about to cool off enough for chicken pot pie, too. i like the way you think!

33 New York Diaries September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

One look at your intro picture, and I was instantly hungry. I haven’t had a biscuit in FOREVER…..they just aren’t as commonplace in this Yankee town.

34 amy September 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

i hear ya – i grew up in Boston + only ate biscuits a handful of times before moving down to Tennessee for college. i’m pretty sure i never had a homemade ones before living in the south, either – only the ol’ pillsbury grands in a can!

35 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD September 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Yay, we love buttermilk biscuits and am so glad to have found a great recipe for them, now I will actually make some from scratch. Thanks for sharing hun :)

36 amy September 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

you are so welcome, steph! can’t wait to hear how they turn out for you – the kiddos can even help a bit with ’em!

37 Simply Life September 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

oh wow, you’re right -those do look PERFECT!!!

38 amy September 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm

you are so sweet – thank you so much!

39 Marina September 15, 2011 at 6:06 am

They are so perfect! :) Yum!

40 amy September 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

thanks, marina!

41 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 5, 2011 at 10:35 am

Amy, I meant to tell you–I made these last weekend for my anniversary, and they were FABULOUS. I’ve never had much success with homemade biscuits, but these were a cinch (and a big hit with the hubby)! Thanks so much for the post!

42 amy October 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

yay, that’s great news! so glad they turned out fabulous for you + the hubs. =)

43 Sharon February 15, 2015 at 8:17 am

Can you double or do you need to make one recipe worth at a time? To keep the kneading minimal..

44 amy February 15, 2015 at 9:19 am

Hi Sharon! I haven’t tried doubling the recipe but you should be able to, no problem. Just be mindful to still only knead it 4 times – not overworking the dough is critical to these awesome biscuits. Report back how it goes if you double it!

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