This homemade Buttermilk Biscuits recipe is flaky, quick to make, and uses simple pantry ingredients. They’re outrageously delicious and SO much better than store bought!

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Buttermilk Biscuits freshly baked, stacked on a plate.

Why this is the BEST Buttermilk Biscuits recipe:

  • Texture – These have a perfectly light and fluffy texture since it is folded into layers, similar to a puff pastry. This method makes them flaky and soft.
  • Honey – Sweetened with honey instead of sugar, which adds amazing flavor and softness.
  • Versatile – Eat warm slathered with butter and homemade strawberry jam, or enjoy with a warm bowl of soup. Use for breakfast sandwiches, as a side to egg casserole, or with our delicious sausage gravy to go over the top!

How to make Biscuits:

Combine Dry Ingredients: Stir baking powder, flour, and salt together in a large bowl. Grate the frozen butter into the flour and use a pastry blender or fork to work the butter in. Place the mixing bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes. Similar to pie crust, we want our ingredients to stay cold up until the biscuits go into the oven so that they bake with flakey, tender layers.

Add Wet Ingredients: Measure buttermilk into a liquid measuring cup and stir in the honey. Add to the flour mixture from the fridge and stir together just until combined. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently mold into a ball.

Shape Dough: Press the dough with your hands (or a rolling pin) into a rectangle that is about ½ inch thick.  Fold the dough into thirds, like a brochure.  Repeat that process one more time, pressing the dough down to ½ inch thick and then folding it into thirds. This process helps create layers that will allow for a flakey biscuit texture.

Homemade buttermilk biscuit dough folded, then cut with round cookie cutters.

Cut Out Biscuits: Roll the dough just ¾ inch thick and use biscuits cutters to cut into desired sizes.

Uncooked biscuits placed on a baking sheet, ready to bake.

Bake: Place biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake them for 10-12 minutes at 400°.

Serve: I love to serve these homemade buttermilk biscuits with strawberry jam, sausage gravy, with a bowl of soup, or topped with whipped cream and strawberries for a strawberry shortcake!

Baked biscuits on a hot pan right out of the oven.

Tips for Perfect Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits:

  • Use frozen butter.
  • Don’t over mix the dough.
  • Fold the biscuits into layers.
  • Push straight down with a sharp biscuit cutter.

Storage and Freezing Instructions:

To Store: Keep biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

To Freeze: Prepare dough up until baking. Place uncooked biscuits on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Gently lay plastic wrap on top and put the cookie sheet in the freezer. Once your biscuits are frozen, place them in a gallon ziplock bag and put them back in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat them, place them back on a parchment lined baking sheet and allow them to come to room temperature. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes. You can also freeze fully baked biscuits in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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Recipe

Buttermilk Biscuits freshly baked, stacked on a plate.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 30 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons frozen butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk*
  • 3 Tablespoons honey

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture and then use a pastry blender or fork to incorporate it until mixture resembles coarse meal. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Stir honey into buttermilk until well blended. 
  • Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until moist. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form gently into a ball.  Roll or pat the dough into a rectangle ½ inch thick.
  • Fold the dough into thirds (as if folding a piece of paper to fit into an envelope).  Gently re-roll dough into a rectangle, ½ inch thick. Fold dough into thirds one more time. Gently roll to a 3/4-inch thickness.
  • Cut dough with a biscuit or cookie cutter to form 10-12 biscuits. Place them 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Remove from pan and cool on wire racks.

Notes

To Store: Keep biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the fridge for up to a week.
To Freeze: Prepare dough up until baking. Place uncooked biscuits on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Gently lay plastic wrap on top and put the cookie sheet in the freezer. Once your biscuits are frozen, place them in a gallon ziplock bag and put them back in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat them, place them back on a parchment lined baking sheet and allow them to come to room temperature. Bake at400° for 10-12 minutes. You can also freeze fully baked biscuits in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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Nutrition

Calories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 156mgPotassium: 131mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1mg

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*I originally shared this recipe April 2013. Updated December 2018 and March 2022.

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  1. Great recipe, but it only makes around 5 biscuits at the specified height. I noticed that the 10-12 it said it would make does not angle when you press the 2x and 3x ingredient buttons, so it’s possible the author just tried to go for the average. Either way keep that in mind.

  2. The biscuits are great in flavor but the recipe does not make the amount it says with the hight it says to roll out to. I started rolling into a square to the correct hight. Then I cut off a thin edge around the sides and make square biscuits It makes 9 and they rise on all sides because of the cutting.

  3. 5 stars
    Best biscuits I’ve ever eaten! I used whipping cream instead of butter milk and they came out fluffy and tasty, best part is this recipe doesn’t have that oily after taste like the canned biscuits has.

  4. If I roll this dough to 3/4 inch thickness, I get 5 biscuits if I’m lucky. To get 11 I had to roll it out to 1/2 inch thickness. I’ve never been able to get 12.

  5. 1 star
    Followed these instructions was left with a sticking mess that never formed up. Could never fold the dough over, was nearly impossible to roll out…. Had to use a lot of flour on the surface to even begin to handle things so I could cut them. Not sure what went wrong but clearly something didn’t pan out. Bummed.

  6. 5 stars
    Used vegan butter (Earth Balance) & agave instead of honey. These biscuits worked well, & I’ll definitely make them again!

    1. 2 stars
      I made these to exact specifications and my biscuits did not rise, did not like the sweet back-taste and would not use this recipe again. Needed more salt, less sweet – wish I had left the honey out!

  7. 5 stars
    These were delicious! The first time i wasn’t patient enough to fold them over enough times, but the second time that made all the difference. I also found the easiest way to grate the butter was with a zucchini spiralizer. Uniform thin pieces of butter that were super easy to blend in!

  8. 4 stars
    The biscuits were kinda undercooked even after 15 min at 400f. Then I looked at a few other recipes and they suggested 450-475f. Sharing in case this helps others. Biscuits tasted great otherwise!

  9. 5 stars
    These were really good! I accidentally used self rising flour and they were still good! Very fluffy! They reminded me of restaurant style biscuits.

  10. 5 stars
    These remind me of my granny’s biscuits from so long ago. The first time I tasted one, I started to well up! I used to watch her make little mini-biscuits for dinner. In the morning, sis and I would split them in half, add some butter and bake them again under the broiler as “biscuit toast”. Just like granny’s, they are SO delicious!