Buttermilk Biscuits

These biscuits are very easy to make and are delicious with any meal of the day. Don’t feel shy about adding some grated cheese, fresh herbs, chopped cooked bacon, green onions or even curry powder to the recipe at the point right before you add the buttermilk. You can also easily double this recipe. I made these to eat with my Corn Chowder.

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  20-25 minutes

Yield: 7-8  2 inch biscuits


9 oz. (2 cups) chilled all-purpose flour, preferably White Lily; more as needed 
2 Tbs. baking powder (preferably aluminum free, such as Rumford) 
3/4 tsp. kosher salt 
4 oz. (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, plus 2 Tbs., melted 
3/4 cup buttermilk, add more if dough not coming together; more for brushing 


1.  Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Chill a food processor blade and bowl as well as a large mixing bowl. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.

Pulsed Butter and Flour in Food Processor

2.  Pulse the flour, baking powder, and salt in the food processor until combined. Add the cold butter and process with ten 1-second pulses; the butter should be the size of small peas. Transfer the mixture to the chilled mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk, moving your hand, with fingers apart, in circles to incorporate it into the dry ingredients. The dough is mixed when it just barely comes together.

Pulled Together Dough into a Square

3.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Pat and roll it into a 1-inch-thick square. Using a floured 2-1/2-inch round pastry cutter, cut out as many biscuits as you can, dipping the cutter in flour between cuts to prevent sticking and making sure to lift the cutter straight up, without twisting. Arrange the biscuits on the parchment-lined sheet so they touch. 

Cutting the Biscuit Dough

Raw Biscuits on Parchment Lined Baking Sheet

4.  Gently gather the remaining dough scraps and press them into a 1-inch-thick rectangle. Cut out as many biscuits as you can and arrange them on the sheet, snug against the others. You should have 7 or 8 biscuits. 

5.  Brush the tops of the biscuits with buttermilk and bake until golden-brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the melted butter. Serve warm. 

make ahead tips

The flour and butter mixture can be stored in a zip-top bag and frozen for up to 1 month. To make biscuits, add the buttermilk and proceed with the recipe.

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