Baking Powder Biscuits

12 biscuits
24 min

Sweet little wedges of cloud-like perfection, these simple baking powder biscuits are a snap to make and delicious to boot.

These tasty buggers are awesome.  And when I mean awesome, I mean, well, awesome.  Light and fluffy.  Buttery sweet.  Pillowy soft and delicately crunchy.  Angelic little clouds of perfection.

These are utterly outstanding with a schmear of butter, or blob of jam, or whatever folks put on biscuits, or even as biscuits for gravy I imagine.  Or just plain shoved directly in your face.  Have I done the latter?  

I’mma not gonna share any dark secrets around these here parts people, ahem.

So fast and easy to make, under a half hour all told! Bonus? You likely have all the ingredients on hand already: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and milk.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl then cut the butter in with a pastry blender or smash the butter between your fingers into the flour mix.

This particular blender/cutter thingie I have beats out any other I've tried -- no bruised knuckles, no ingredients flying everywhere. It's perfect so swing by the post to find out more about it!

Add your milk....

And I have tried buttermilk here. Don't waste the ingredient as it doesn't make for a better biscuit, in my opinion.

Then it's time to bring the dough together and cut into wedges for baking. Setting the wedges close together will give you softer finished sides while separating them will give you crunchier ones.

And in very short order, it's biscuit time! Less than 14 minutes to bake!

I love these Baking Powder Biscuits. Love love love.

So delicious, so easy to make, just a few simple ingredients, and what you end up with are little wedges of heaven.

They're great served with darn near anything and even great toasted!

Sure, convenience from the store is grand, but seriously, start to finish, these take less time than driving to the store and back and are waaayyyy tastier.  No joke.

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Recipe details
  • 12  biscuits
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 14 Minutes Total time: 24 min
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  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (12 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) fine sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons (71 g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup (158 ml) milk

Preheat the oven to 450° F (232° C) and add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Lightly whisk with a fork to mix.
Add the cold butter and cut it in with your fingers (rubbing and smushing the butter into the flour) or use a pastry cutter until no larger lumps of butter remain, or the butter pieces are around the size of lentils.
Pour the milk over the ingredients in the bowl and stir with a fork. The dough will become lumpy and will not hold together.
Lightly flour a work surface and turn the contents of the bowl onto it. Keeping your hands off the dough as much as possible to avoid warming the butter, bring the dough together to form a ball and gently knead about 10-15 times.
For round biscuits:
Flatten the dough to about 1/2”-3/4” thick and cut with a 2 1/2” round cutter or a glass. Bring any remaining scraps together and repeat. Place the circles on a cookie sheet, ungreased, either touching slightly for softer sides or apart for crunchier sides.
For triangles:
Chop the dough ball in half and flatten each half to about 6” in diameter. With a large knife or a pastry scraper, slice each of the dough rounds into 6 slices. Set the triangles on an ungreased cookie sheet, either touching slightly for softer sides or apart for crunchier sides.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden.
To cool:
Place a clean kitchen towel on a cooling rack and remove the biscuits from the cookie sheet to the towel. Cover and cool for about 30 minutes to develop the most flavor.
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  • Karen Brown Karen Brown on Apr 15, 2023

    The link in the email advertising this recipe states: "For the absolute perfect, cloud-like, buttery biscuits, you need to be adding this to your batter."

    Adding what? This is a standard biscuit recipe; nothing new, out-of-the-ordinary, or revolutionary here. Getting a little tired of this website's click bait emails.

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    • Becky at The Bake Dept Becky at The Bake Dept on Apr 16, 2023

      Members of the Foodtalk team write the snazzy taglines; I provide the outstanding baking recipes for them to write about. Sorry you feel duped but at least it brought you to this awesome recipe which I feel is different and better than standard. Hope you’ll try it!

      And Mr. Farmer, thanks for your great input, tips, and ideas! Absolutely buttermilk can be used here though I find it takes this particular recipe in a different direction than intended. Not saying it’s wrong, it’s not, just that I personally find these perfect the way they are. Thanks!

  • Becky Davis Steubing Becky Davis Steubing on Apr 15, 2023

    So what was the add? That looks like a standard biscuit recipe.

    • Becky at The Bake Dept Becky at The Bake Dept on Apr 16, 2023

      I’m understanding that Foodtalk wrote a specific tagline for this recipe as a headline. While these biscuits aren’t a major deviation, they are far from standard; they are outstanding. Hope you try them!