Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe
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Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

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Nutrition Facts: 1 biscuit equals 197 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 451 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


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


  1. 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.
  2. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with butter. Serve warm. Yield: 9 biscuits.
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.
Originally published as Southern Buttermilk Biscuits in Quick Cooking May/June 2001

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Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"Loved this, one question where can I find buttermilk powder, we don't,.t drink it just used to bake with."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"really good. I ended up rolling them out and folding them over and re-rolling several times to layer the butter. The colder the ingredients when you roll it out, the more flaky it will be."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"This is a great biscuit recipe. I used the substitute for self rising flour and they turned out picture perfect. Nice and tall and a great texture. The flavor is phenomenal-nice and buttery with a slight tang from the buttermilk. Perfection!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"This recipe only makes 6-7 biscuits, but it is really really good. I have tried so many different biscuit recipes from the internet and had yet to find one that produced light, fluffy, and tasty biscuits like this one! I didn't really change anything except I used buttermilk powder (3 TBSP) plus 3/4 cup of water in place of the actual buttermilk called for. I also did not brush the tops with butter because I was making the biscuits for breakfast gravy. Plus, the butter flavor in these is so good, I found myself wishing I had some Bob White syrup to slather on one of these babies!"

Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"Easy and deeeelicious! My kind of recipe! I used the substitute for self-rising flour and used unsalted butter. Turned out just right. My favorite biscuit recipe now. Thanks."

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