Combine flour and baking powder; stir well. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle milk evenly over flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 10 to 12 times.
Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on greased baking sheets. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.