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Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe
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Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

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The recipe for these four-ingredient biscuit has been handed down for many generations.—Fran Thompson, Tarboro, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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. 6, 2015

"This is my new favorite recipe for biscuits. It's so easy and tasty! Although I've found that it only makes 6-7 biscuits, not 9 like the recipe says."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"This is the best biscuit recipe I have found and I have been searching for a long time..Love the butter in it..It's now at the top of my list...and really easy also."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"These are easy quick and delicious ??"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Easy and delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"In the past couple of weeks I have tried several different buttermilk biscuit recipes. This was the winner! The biscuits had the perfect taste and texture! To top it off, it was so easy. I will save this one and make them again."

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