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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 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."

Reviewed May. 14, 2015

"A beautiful texture and very tasty. Definitely a recipe to make again."

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 ??"

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