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Angel Biscuits


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 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. biscuit 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.

Nutrition 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.


Average Rating: 4.884615
  • shannondobos
    Jan 30, 2019
    These biscuits were fantastic! I made a half batch last night just to try them, and I was really impressed. They rose beautifully and were the perfect texture.
  • LeslieH
    Jul 29, 2018
    Only one word for these. Delicious!
  • 2124arizona
    May 8, 2017

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

  • JMartinelli13
    May 6, 2017

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

  • John
    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
    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
    Oct 23, 2014
    Can these biscuits be freeze and how long.
  • Jellybug
    Jun 26, 2014

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

  • shecooksalot
    Dec 31, 1969

    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
    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.

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