Basic Biscuits


This homemade biscuit recipe uses simple ingredients and baking powder as the leavening. The biscuits turn out golden brown and super tender inside.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
10 biscuits

Looking for a homemade biscuit recipe that's perfect for beginners and experienced cooks alike? Your search ends here. This tried-and-true recipe is beloved by the Allrecipes community because it's easy to make with just five ingredients, it calls for kitchen staples you probably already have on hand, and it's absolutely delicious.

Basic Biscuit Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this top-rated biscuit recipe:

  • Flour: All-purpose flour holds the ingredients together. Also, the protein in flour (when combined with moisture and heat) creates gluten, which provides structure.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder, not yeast, is used as a leavener in this easy biscuit recipe. It causes the dough to expand, giving the biscuits volume and texture.
  • Salt: Salt acts as a flavor enhancer and it strengthens the protein in the dough.
  • Shortening: Shortening is made of purely fat, unlike butter which contains water and milk solids. This means it's better at reducing (or "shortening!") gluten strands, resulting in a soft and crumbly biscuit.
  • Milk: Cold milk adds moisture, flavor, and structure to the biscuit dough.

How to Make Biscuits

You'll find the full recipe below, but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

  1. Prepare the Dough: Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening, then add the milk. Mix until the dough is soft and doesn't stick to the side of the bowl.
  2. Knead and Roll: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll the dough into an even sheet that's about ½-inch thick.
  3. Cut and Bake: Use a lightly floured biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place the cut biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Re-roll the dough, repeating the cutting process, until all the dough is gone. Bake until golden brown.

What to Serve With Biscuits

Top your biscuits with homemade sausage gravy, jam, honey butter, or the spread of your choice. You can also pair them with breakfast meats — such as bacon, sausage, or chicken — or serve them with a hearty soup or stew (you can't go wrong with a classic beef stew).

More inspiration: 10 Ways to Dress Up Your Homemade Biscuits

How to Store Biscuits

Store homemade biscuits in an airtight container (or, if you want to go the extra mile, wrap them individually in aluminum foil) at room temperature for up to two days. To make them last for up to a week, store them wrapped or in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can You Freeze Biscuits?

Yes! You can freeze homemade biscuits. Just place them in a freezer bag, squeeze out the excess air, seal the bag, and store in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw frozen biscuits in the fridge, microwave, or oven.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"What a simple yet delicious recipe for a basic biscuit," raves Gringuito. "Halved the recipe and added some freshly grated cheese for flavor. Served with soft salted butter to make them extra rich and tasty."

"I have made these biscuits numerous times and they are always a hit," says keiravion. "In an effort to make these like my grandma's homemade biscuits (mmm...memories!) I substitute buttermilk."

"My family likes to have these straight out of the oven, smeared with some jam and butter," according to Rita. "The leftovers are paired with soup."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup shortening

  • ¾ cup cold milk


  1. Gather all ingredients and preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

    a top down view of ingredients gathered for basic biscuits.

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  2. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

    a top down view of flour, salt, and baking powder being sifted into a mixing bowl

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    a top down view of shortening being cut into flour mixture in a mixing bowl.

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    a top down view of shortening cut into flour until it resembles coarse sand.

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  3. Pour milk into flour mixture while stirring with a fork. Mix in milk until dough is soft, moist and pulls away from the side of the bowl.

    a top down view of milk being added to basic biscuit batter.

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    a top down view of biscuit batter coming together in a mixing bowl.

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  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead dough briefly, 5 to 7 times.

    a top down view of biscuit dough turned out on a lightly floured counter top

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    a top down view of basic biscuit dough being kneaded on a lightly floured counter top.

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  5. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick sheet and cut out biscuits with a floured cookie cutter. Press together unused dough and repeat rolling and cutting procedure.

    a top down view of basic biscuit dough being rolled out on a lightly floured counter top.

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    biscuits being cut out and placed on a baking sheet.

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  6. Place biscuits on ungreased baking sheets and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

    a top down view of ten unbaked biscuits sitting on a baking sheet ready for the oven.

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    a top down view of perfectly golden-brown basic biscuit fresh out of the oven.

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  7. Enjoy!

    a heaping pile of fresh golden-brown basic biscuits in a towel lined basket

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
11g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 54mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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