Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller


Serve these from-scratch biscuits warm with butter, honey, and jam, along with two platters--one with seared slices of country ham and pepper jelly and another with deli ham and pimiento cheese.


Makes 3 dozen
Total time: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes


5 cups self-rising flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
Parchment paper
2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter cubes and shortening into flour mixture with pastry blender or fork just until mixture resembles coarse meal. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

2. Whisk together buttermilk and sweet potato. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

3. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface, and knead lightly 3 or 4 times. Pat or roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, reshaping scraps once. (Do not twist cutter.) Place rounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

4. Bake at 425° for 18 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven, and brush tops of biscuits with melted butter. Serve immediately.

Sara Foster,

Southern Living

December 2013
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