3-Ingredient Homemade Biscuits

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Trusted for the last 40 years, this easy homemade Biscuit Recipe requires just 3 ingredients. Whip up a batch of homemade biscuits for a dinner side dish, shortcake-starter, or as the base of a breakfast entree.

A basket of homemade biscuits.


 

When someone makes biscuits for 40 years, you know the recipe is a keeper.

Sometimes that person is your mom or your grandma, and sometimes that person is your culinary school BFF’s mother. Sometimes it might just be the best biscuit recipe around, and the most important thing is getting your hands on it!

This easy recipe means you can have fresh bread on the table – fast. Whether you need biscuits for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can have 8 piping-hot biscuits in about 15 minutes.

Recipe ingredients

Ingredients for 3-ingredient biscuits.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Self-rising flour: If you can’t find this or don’t want to invest in a special flour just for baking, make your own self-rising flour. In a bowl, stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon baking powder (not baking soda) and ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Cold butter: “Cold” is key. As the butter melts in the oven when the biscuits bake, it creates steam that yields a flaky, tender crumb. If preferred, you could use cold shortening instead. I tend to keep salted butter on hand (and I prefer the taste) so that’s what I use here, but unsalted butter is fine too.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. To mix the dry ingredients, in a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups self-rising flour and ½ cup cold butter (cut into small cubes). Using a pastry blender, a fork, or 2 knives, cut in butter until a coarse meal develops and butter is evenly distributed. This is what creates all those flaky layers inside the biscuits!
Making biscuit dough in a bowl.
  1. To the flour mixture, add 6 tablespoons of milk (whole milk or heavy cream both work too) and stir until a soft dough forms. If the dough is sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is dry, add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
Making biscuit dough in a bowl.
  1. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 20 seconds. If the dough becomes sticky at any point, add a dusting of flour.
Rolling out biscuit dough.
  1. Using a rolling pin, roll out to 1/2-inch thick and cut out biscuits with a biscuit cutter. (I usually roll the dough into a circle, but a rectangle is fine too). Press together the uncut dough and continue rolling and cutting biscuits.
Cutting out biscuits from dough.
  1. Bake until lightly golden brown on top and fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Brush with melted butter or enjoy with your favorite spread (honey butter is a favorite flavor of mine, but orange marmalade or apple butter are delicious, too!).
Biscuits on a sheet tray after baking.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 8 flaky biscuits. You can absolutely cut the recipe in half for a small batch of 4, or double the recipe to make 16.
  • Storage: Place any extra biscuits in an airtight container or a zip-top storage bag. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: Instead of baking then freezing biscuits, try mixing the dough, cutting into rounds, then freeze the unbaked biscuits individually on a tray or baking sheet for quick carbs any day of the week. Once frozen solid, transfer the biscuits to a freezer-safe container or a zip-top storage bag and freeze for up to a month. When you’re ready, place the prepared frozen biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Cook at 450 degrees for 13 to 17 minutes.
  • Buttermilk: In certain circles, biscuits aren’t really biscuits unless they are made with buttermilk. My recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits is a little more involved than this 3-ingredient version, but it’s always worth the effort!
  • Biscuits and Gravy: One of the best ways to enjoy flaky homemade biscuits is with a thick ladle of sausage gravy on top.
  • Beer Bread: This Beer Bread Recipe is a yeast-free quick bread leavened with baking powder and beer or any other carbonated beverage like clear soda, ginger ale, or sparkling water. It’s soft and delicious, perfect with butter or creamy dips and spreads.
A basket of homemade biscuits.

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A basket of homemade biscuits.

3-Ingredient Homemade Biscuits

Trusted for the last 40 years, this easy homemade biscuit recipe requires just 3 ingredients. Whip up a batch of homemade biscuits for a dinner side dish, shortcake-starter, or as the base of a breakfast entree.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 biscuits
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 221
4.99 from 429 votes

Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and butter. Using a pastry cutter, a fork, or 2 knives, cut in butter until a coarse meal develops and butter is evenly distributed. 
  • Add milk and stir until a soft dough forms. If the dough is sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is dry, add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 20 seconds, adding flour if the dough becomes sticky. 
  • Roll out to 1/2-inch thick and cut out biscuits with a biscuit cutter. Press together the uncut dough and continue rolling and cutting biscuits.
  • Bake until lightly golden brown on top and fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes.

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Notes

  1. Self-rising flour: If you can’t find this or don’t want to invest in a special flour just for baking, make your own self-rising flour. In a bowl, stir together 2 cups all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt.
  2. Cold butter: “Cold” is key. As the butter melts in the oven when the biscuits bake, it creates steam that yields a flaky, tender crumb. If preferred, you could use cold shortening instead.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 8 flaky biscuits. You can absolutely double the ingredients called for in this homemade biscuit recipe to bake 16 biscuits, or triple for 24.
  4. Storage: If you’re lucky enough to have them, place any extra biscuits in an airtight container or a zip-top storage bag. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 biscuitCalories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 373IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.3mg
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  1. I’ve made these biscuits a few times and from another commenter 11 tbsp of milk seems to work well for me. They’ve been delicious every time but the batch I’m making today seems to look the best before baking. It did only make 7 biscuits for me but I’m not complaining as they are delicious and simple to make. Thank you.

  2. The best recipes you’ll love, my favorite is the 3 ingredient fluffy biscuits, they turned out great, so we made around 200 biscuits put in bread bags and into the freezer, good for anytime, they’re even good for pets, follow instructions first then create your own perfection, Have a Great Day, from Montana5 stars

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