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Flaky buttermilk biscuits are a breakfast tradition in the South, and they’re easy to make at home too! Here’s how to make perfect buttermilk biscuits every time.

baked buttermilk biscuits sitting in a cast iron skillet

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Buttermilk biscuits are a classic Southern breakfast food, along with other favorites like grits, chicken and waffles, and fried eggs. While I’ve shared butterswim biscuits and easy homemade biscuits in the past, I can’t believe I haven’t shared my buttermilk biscuit recipe yet. It’s definitely time!

Let me tell you, nothing compares to the taste and texture of homemade buttermilk biscuits. Not only are they delicious, they’re also incredibly easy to make. You can customize them with herbs and cheese and they freeze well too, so you can always have some on hand when that biscuit craving strikes. 

Whether you’re serving them for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dinner side dish for sopping up gravy and sauces, these buttermilk biscuits are sure to be a hit!

close up image of stacked buttermilk biscuits served on a white round plate

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

As you might have guessed from the name, buttermilk biscuits are made with buttermilk. The high fat content of buttermilk makes these biscuits extra rich, fluffy, and tender. The acidity in the buttermilk helps activate the baking powder in the recipe, which produces a more light and airy texture than traditional biscuit recipes. 

With their light and fluffy insides and crispy golden crust on the outside, these biscuits can be enjoyed as a side, a sandwich base, or just eat them on their own with a smear of butter, honey, jam, or jelly. The possibilities are endless! 

ingredients to make buttermilk biscuits

Ingredients

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salted butter – This needs to be very cold; cold butter is key to flaky layers.
  • Honey
  • Buttermilk – You can make your own by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup, then adding whole milk until it reaches the 1 cup mark. Whisk and let sit for 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
  • Heavy cream

Variations

You can fold shredded cheddar cheese or fresh minced herbs like thyme, chives, or rosemary into the dough if you’d like.

steps to make buttermilk biscuits

How to Make Buttermilk Biscuits

  1. Prepare: Preheat your oven to 425ºF and grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet
  2. Start the dough: Pulse the dry ingredients and cold butter in a food processor until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Transfer this mixture to a bowl.
  3. Finish the dough: Pour the buttermilk and honey into the bowl; stir, then knead the dough with your hands or a rubber spatula. Stop kneading once the dough just starts sticking together. 
  4. Turn out the dough: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat it with your hands until it’s 3/4-inch thick.
  5. Cut the biscuits: Use a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter to cut 3-inch circles in the dough. Pat together the scraps and repeat until there’s no more dough.
  6. Bake: Place the biscuits in the greased skillet, then brush them with the cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Cool and serve: Let the buttermilk biscuits cool in the skillet for about 10 minutes. Then, pull the biscuits apart and serve them warm. 
close up image of a buttermilk biscuit with a bite taken out of it, drizzled with honey and served on a white round plate

Quick Tip

The dough will look a little shaggy after kneading, and that’s okay; over-mixing will make the biscuits tough.

How to Store Leftover Buttermilk Biscuits

If you have leftover biscuits, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. 

You can also freeze the extra biscuits for up to two months. Place them in a freezer bag or airtight container. To reheat them, wrap each biscuit in a damp paper towel and heat on high in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

Serving Suggestions

Buttermilk biscuits are a great side for any meal! Serve them with eggs and bacon for a classic Southern breakfast plate, or use them as the base for sliders or old-fashioned biscuits and gravy.

They can be served alongside soups and salads as an alternative to bread, too. Biscuits are also amazing when split open and topped with melted butter and your favorite jam. Honey butter is great with buttermilk biscuits too!

FAQs

What does buttermilk do for biscuits?

Buttermilk gives biscuits a rich and tangy flavor, as well as a hint of sweetness. Buttermilk also helps tenderize the dough, giving them an irresistibly soft, fluffy texture. 

What is the difference between a scone and a buttermilk biscuit?

The main difference between scones and biscuits is the texture. Scones are usually a bit more dense and dry than biscuits, while biscuits tend to be fluffier and lighter. Scone recipes also often include extra ingredients like dried fruit and spices, while biscuit recipes typically use just a few simple ingredients. Buttermilk provides both of these baked goods with a delicious, rich flavor.

What is the best flour for buttermilk biscuits?

For a light and fluffy biscuit, we recommend using all-purpose flour. This type of flour is versatile and easy to find anywhere. You can also try white whole wheat or gluten-free flour, but the texture will be different, as will the taste.

Do you put eggs in buttermilk biscuits?

No, eggs are not typically used in buttermilk biscuit recipes. The acidity of the buttermilk helps to activate the leavening agent (baking powder or baking soda) and give the biscuits their signature rise. 

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Flaky buttermilk biscuits are a breakfast tradition in the South, and they’re easy to make at home too! Here’s how to make perfect buttermilk biscuits every time.
2.50 from 2 votes
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ cup cold salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and grease a 10” cast iron skillet.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and cold butter into a food processor and pulse until the mix looks like coarse crumbles. Pour the mix into a large bowl.
  • Pour the buttermilk and honey into the bowl and knead the dough together with a rubber spatula or by hand. The dough will look a little shaggy which is good. You do not want to overmix or the biscuits will be too tough. Stop mixing once the dough just starts sticking together.
  • Sprinkle a flat work surface with a little flour then pat the dough flat with your hands until it is about ¾ of an inch thick. You can use a rolling pin but roll gently, the dough is very soft!
  • Cut the dough into 3 inch circles using a cookie cutter. Place the biscuits in the greased skillet. The biscuits should be touching inside the skillet but not completely crushed- you want that circular shape!
  • Re-roll any scrap dough and cut out more biscuits.
  • Brush the biscuits with the heavy cream and then place the skillet in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let the biscuits cool in the skillet for about 10 minutes. Pull apart the biscuits and serve while nice and warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: buttermilk biscuits
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. 2 stars
    Agreed with Marcela, there is way too much baking soda in this recipe. The biscuits came out looking good and the texture was nice but the taste was very bitter and pretty much inedible. Based on other biscuit recipes maybe the tablespoons were a typo and it should be two teaspoons?

  2. 3 stars
    It sounded really easy and fast, but they turned out dry, I doubted many times about the amount of baking powder and 2 tablespoons are too much, they tested a little bitter, are you sure that is not too much BP?

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