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Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

The recipe for these four-ingredient biscuits has been handed down for many generations. —Fran Thompson, Tarboro, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 biscuits


  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Melted butter


  • In a large bowl, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3-4 times. Pat or lightly roll to 3/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° until golden brown, 11-13 minutes. Brush tops with butter. Serve warm.
Editor's Note
As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.
Nutrition Facts
1 biscuit: 222 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 508mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Mallory
    Jan 16, 2021

    I’ve been trying to find an easy homemade breakfast recipe for some time now, but everything is packed with sausage and egg, as well as a lot of pre-made ingredients. Using this buttermilk recipe was not only very easy, but fulfilling as well! I feel like a real cook and baker when I can use raw ingredients from home and create something truly delicious. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Laurentiu
    Jan 15, 2021

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  • Elena
    Nov 12, 2020

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  • fleetwood2
    Sep 30, 2020

    I have never been able to make biscuits. These were light and fluffy. Everyone liked them. I made mine in the food processor. I pulsed the dough just until it came together. So easy to make. Excellent recipe!!

  • cindiak
    Aug 19, 2020

    I have always struggled to make good biscuits, and finally found a recipe I liked. Super easy to make and the family loved them.

  • lpugh9
    Jul 14, 2020

    Very good and good texture. Will be my go to recipe.

  • Eloise
    May 4, 2020

    I didn't know it until today but my son gave me this recipe some time go and I love it. The biscuits are crispy, easy, to make and absolutely delicious. Since I only eat homemade biscuits these are my go to. Heavenly!

  • Kae
    Apr 30, 2020

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  • Debbie
    Mar 27, 2020

    i have made these for years very good

  • BradleyMac
    Mar 19, 2020

    Fantastic recipe. I have made them 3 times in a week. My husband keeps requesting this recipe. Our definite go to biscuit recipe.