Baking Powder Drop Biscuits Recipe

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One day I had company coming and realized I had run out of biscuit mix. I'd never made biscuits from scratch before, but I decided to give this recipe a try. Now this is the only way I make them!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 172 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 244 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk milk and egg. Stir into crumb mixture just until moistened.
  2. Drop by heaping spoonfuls 2 in. apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Baking Powder Drop Biscuits in Best of Country Breads 2000, p102

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! I was short of biscuit mix and didn't have canned biscuits so had to find an alternative quickly so I was happy to find this recipe. I added buttermilk powder to the mixture and used butter flavored shortening. Will definitely be making these again."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

"Amazing! I'm never making a different biscuit -- EVER. This was easy, fun, AND a huge hit."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"really enjoyed these with our pea soup. I used butter instead of shortening. thought they turned out great!"

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