Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke
Hands-On Time
10 Mins
Total Time
22 Mins
Makes about 3 dozen

It only takes three ingredients to make quick, from-scratch buttermilk biscuits. Fill biscuits with thinly sliced ham, if desired.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425º. Cut shortening into flour with a pastry blender until crumbly. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Step 2

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 to 5 times. Pat or roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness, cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, and place on 2 lightly greased baking sheets.

Step 3

Bake at 425º for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 4

Freezing instructions: Place unbaked biscuits on pans in freezer for 30 minutes or until frozen. Transfer frozen biscuits to zip-top plastic freezer bags, and freeze up to 3 months. Bake frozen biscuits at 425º on lightly greased baking sheets 14 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Ratings & Reviews


February 25, 2016
My husband loved these biscuits.  They were very easy to make. Next time I make these I will take jperkys advice and use 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter. 

DSV3156's Review

September 23, 2012
I've used White Lily Self-Rising Flour to make biscuits for AGES, and this recipe is identical to the one on the side of their bag. I like to mix up batches of the flour and shortening mix and store it in a plastic container. When you want biscuits, just dip out the amount you need, add the buttermilk, and you're ready to go. If you substitute butter for half of the shortening, just store the mixture in the the fridge. The only way to mess up this recipe is to use all-purpose flour instead of self-rising.

jperky's Review

March 09, 2012
Excellent recipe. I use 1/2 Cup shortening and 1/2 Cup Butter. Great butter flavor. :)

DonnaBLong's Review

June 09, 2011

colibrime's Review

June 05, 2011

wishin4tn's Review

May 20, 2011
Good southern biscuit! I wonder if CookingMomJ used all-purpose flour instead of self-rising?

CookingMomJ's Review

March 27, 2011
I wish I could rated it lower than one star. This recipe is HORRIBLE! No rise and absolutely NO taste! I should have added a little salt, that would have made them pallitable. I've made a fair amount of biscuits in my time. I'm sure, I will never find one this bad again.