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Angel Biscuits

I first received a sample of these light, wonderful angel biscuits, along with the recipe, from an elderly gentleman friend. I now bake them often as a Saturday-morning treat, served with butter and honey. They're perfect with sausage gravy, too! —Faye Hintz, Springfield, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
  • Melted butter


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in warm buttermilk; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in yeast mixture.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 3-4 times. Roll out to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Lightly brush tops with melted butter. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 biscuit (calculated without butter): 150 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Phil
    Feb 3, 2021

    If I wanted to reduce by half would I half ALL ingredients?

  • Eddie
    Jul 1, 2020

    No comment left

  • mogarbennett
    Jun 20, 2020

    This is the easiest and greatest tasting Angel Biscuits recipe that I ever prepared. My family loves them. I whipped up a batch last week and was really happy. My family said they’re better than homemade yeast rolls which is a family favorite. They raved so much about them I prepared them again this week for Father’s Day and double the recipe. Thanks for sharing. Much love ??

  • shannondobos
    Jan 30, 2019

    These biscuits were fantastic! I made a half batch last night just to try them, and I was really impressed. They rose beautifully and were the perfect texture.

  • LeslieH
    Jul 29, 2018

    Only one word for these. Delicious!

  • 2124arizona
    May 8, 2017

    This is my favorite biscuit recipe! My Mom has also used this one!

  • JMartinelli13
    May 6, 2017

    Great recipe even for someone who may be hesitant working with yeast!

  • John
    Dec 15, 2016

    These are our favorite biscuits to pair with sausage gravy and serve on Christmas morning. This is a no-fail recipe. It has less of the traditional baking soda taste (Southerners might find that distasteful), but they always turn out fluffy and have a great texture/flavor. Out with the hockey pucks and in with a no-fail recipe!

  • lvarner
    Jan 4, 2016

    These are so good! They are light and so tasty. They are great to make for a company dinner or a special dinner for family. I love to serve them with butter and jam or honey butter.

  • jEFF87
    Oct 23, 2014

    Can these biscuits be freeze and how long.