Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
5 from 7 votes

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

These biscuits are light, buttery tasting and simple to make. Serve with your favorite fruit-spread or make them for savory sausage gravy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Quick Bread
Servings: 16 biscuits
Author: Good Dinner Mom


  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting the board
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon baking powder use one without aluminum
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter very cold
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk approx


  • Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.
  • If using a food processor, pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined.
  • If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board.
  • Dip your fingers in flour to help keep the dough from sticking to you. Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it's about ½" thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
  • Use a round cutter to cut into rounds. Do not twist cutter as you push down. This compromises the dough to it doesn't rise up as high.
  • You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more.
  • Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you like soft sides, place them touching each other. If you like"crusty" sides, place them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
  • Bake for about8-10 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
  • Do not overbake.
  • Note: The key to real biscuits is not in the ingredients, but in the handling of the dough.
  • The dough must be handled as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits.
  • A food processor produces superior biscuits, because the ingredients stay colder and there's less chance of overmixing.
  • You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly.
  • Rolling with a rolling pin is a guaranteed way to overstimulate the gluten, resulting in a tougher biscuit.
  • Note 2: You can make these biscuits, cut them, put them on cookie sheets and freeze them for up to a month.
  • When you want fresh biscuits, simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 15-18 minutes.