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Angel Biscuits Recipe

Angel Biscuits Recipe

I first received a sample of these light, wonderful biscuits, along with the recipe, from an elderly gentleman friend. I now bake them often as a Saturday-morning treat, served with butter and honey. They're perfect with sausage gravy, too! —Faye Hintz, Springfield, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min. YIELD:30 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° - 115°)
  • 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° - 115°)
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
  • Melted butter


  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in warm buttermilk; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in yeast mixture.
  • 3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 3-4 times. Roll out to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a 2-1/2-in. round biscuit cutter or pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels, and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 4. Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Lightly brush tops with melted butter. Serve warm. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 biscuit (calculated without butter): 150 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265735
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"This is my favorite biscuit recipe! My Mom has also used this one!"

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 265576
Reviewed May. 6, 2017

"Great recipe even for someone who may be hesitant working with yeast!"

John User ID: 8985943 258158
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2016

"These are our favorite biscuits to pair with sausage gravy and serve on Christmas morning. This is a no-fail recipe. It has less of the traditional baking soda taste (Southerners might find that distasteful), but they always turn out fluffy and have a great texture/flavor. Out with the hockey pucks and in with a no-fail recipe!"

lvarner User ID: 35803 241016
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"These are so good! They are light and so tasty. They are great to make for a company dinner or a special dinner for family. I love to serve them with butter and jam or honey butter."

jEFF87 User ID: 5502851 287
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"Can these biscuits be freeze and how long."

Jellybug User ID: 53068 171
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"Light, delicious and easy to prepare...Love them!"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 17
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"This is the first biscuit recipe that I have made that has turned out great!!!! They were really easy and tasted so light and fluffy. They also make quiet a bit, which is nice for gatherings."

ndwd User ID: 2012428 43
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"I have been making this recipe for years and I also half it because it does make alot. They always turn out so good. Some times I add grated cheese to the batter with a bit of mince garlic. When they come out of the oven I brush the tops with garlic butter. Excellent with pasta."

Mellibean User ID: 6537141 60
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I often cut this recipe in half as I live alone and it makes far too many biscuits for one person. I keep a couple and give an elderly neighbor man the rest. He loves them! I recently took them to a potluck at work. Everyone was raving over them another lady who had brought some bakery rolls said I did the same. She said these could not be made at home and accused me of buying them! I gave out the recipe, she had egg on her face."

kitchenmouseof5 User ID: 3358765 59
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Very good. Light and fluffy. My husband absolutly loves them."

choralducky User ID: 4511727 46
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I've made this recipe for years and have always loved it. Today I played with it a little. I kneaded it a little longer and added more flour, then I cut it into very large biscuits and topped them with cheese. OMG. They are so good!"

heathernb User ID: 3490715 33
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"Great for dipping in soup, or just eating with butter and jam."

mentha User ID: 1679564 284
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"They are delish i love the and will allways make them for family and friends."

celiot User ID: 2750088 240
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I've used a slightly different version for 25+ years. I usually divide into 2 portions. It will sit happily in the fridge overnight. I can make biscuits for dinner & roll out the rest for cinnamon rolls in the morning. I have also used the dough for pigs in a blanket & my version of piroshki."

linzerbug User ID: 161685 54
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"So addictive. Awesome with sausage gravy. Enjoy!"

pamela1961 User ID: 3520377 75
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"So light and Good........."

Pearlanne User ID: 3375812 271
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"I served these biscuits at a family gathering and the guests loved them. My husband isn't a biscuit lover but he likes these biscuits. They are so light and not dry as some can be. Delicious!!"

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