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Basic Biscuits Recipe

Basic Biscuits Recipe

The ingredients for these biscuits are very simple, so you are likely to have them on hand. They're easy to make, and their from-scratch flavor is wonderful.—Jennifer Trenhaile, Emerson, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine the egg, milk and honey; stir into flour mixture just until combined. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place 1 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 10 biscuits.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 208 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 265563
Reviewed May. 5, 2017

"A decent basic biscuit recipe."

Troy1977 User ID: 8784342 244479
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Oh my I want to shake your mother and father's hand for giving the world such an awesome woman. Your biscuits are wonderful a definite keeper in my recipes."

Crystal6789 User ID: 5768435 241921
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Delicious! I was happy to find a recipe that didn't require butter milk, I rarely keep it on hand. The biscuits were very tender and flavorful."

LCWelch User ID: 8080503 239531
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Wonderful recipe!"

Candon User ID: 6763924 225371
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2015


bossysara User ID: 8025603 41039
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"These came out so perfect! Thank you! LOVE them. Next time I'll have to double the recipe because these only lasted 10 minutes!"

EmmasMomma User ID: 4434313 71217
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Perfect basic biscuit! Just a touch of sweetness, baked up nice and big & flaky."

Nebraskarancher User ID: 7552454 59828
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"Made exactly as recipe read. Awesome biscuit! Moist and flaky, rose nicely. Tasted a little sweeter than what I'm used to. Next time might reduce sugar or honey a little bit. Batter is really moist but sets up well with a little flour and pats out nicely."

mikibunny31 User ID: 7066772 71215
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"I didn't have milk so I used evaporated milk and I didn't have the time or space to roll the dough out so I made them into drop biscuits. Despite my changes this was delicious, fluffy inside and crispy outside."

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 79656
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"These were the best biscuits I have ever made. Very moist and flakey. I used one third whole wheat flour, just a splash more milk, and grated cheddar cheese.

I will make these often."

LAWSGRILLDAD User ID: 7638140 32916
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Sub. 1/2 cup shortening with 1 stick of real butter(diced small), Great Biscuit!

Butter cost a little more but well worth it."

tandtgillette User ID: 1268692 28523
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"I've been using this recipe to make biscuits for several years now and they always turn out great! Tender and flaky, just a little sweet, delicious--always a hit!"

Little Evil User ID: 6469724 80537
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"This is the 2nd time in my life I ever tried making biscuits.. First time my Ex called them Ellie May Biscuits. This time they turned out good. Definately will use this recipe again !!!!"

carolhm25 User ID: 2116228 80536
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"This is an easy and quick recipe for biscuits. Yes, the dough is sticky. Yes, that is the way it is supposed to be so you can add the flour as it is kneaded. This way you do not add too much flour. It is probably is great as a drop biscuit as well but for any rolled biscuit, you always add the last amount of flour as the dough is kneaded."

Tennessee Momm User ID: 4848549 79654
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"The Best Biscuit Recipe for taste and beauty! Delicious and everyone wants more!"

catiecakes71 User ID: 7451935 79649
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"I made these biscuits because of a craving, and I was so disappointed! Was to sticky to roll, so I dropped them on the cookie sheet and they came out flat! I even tried putting them in a cupcake pan so they'd hold, and they were still a flop. Would not make this again."

stacydohle User ID: 7168757 203757
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"My family loved these biscuits. I followed the directions exactly and they were perfect. They were easy to roll out and were tender and golden brown when done. Now I have to make them again. Some peple said they were drop biscuits. Theyre not. The dough is sticky but needs to be. Once you you add flour to the table before rolling it out it comes out perfect. Its the way it should be. Thanks for the recipe !"

sakter User ID: 7394507 25410
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"nice site may help to teach us many new recipe daily."

HighDee215 User ID: 7318317 80535
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"The biscuit taste very good but it is a drop biscuit."

meggan User ID: 1522862 74471
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"These would make a good brunch biscuit"

Nicolejanine User ID: 6593167 44177
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"Perfect addition to any soup or stew meal. These biscuits are so easy to make and come out perfect each time!"

Ldeponceau User ID: 6225919 74468
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013


bereitbach User ID: 4958434 100622
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"The dough seemed too sticky to roll out after I finished adding the ingredients and I didn't want to add as much extra flour as it seemed like it would need. Instead, I just scooped out the dough with a spoon and made drop biscuits. It worked great and they tasted wonderful with a sweet gravy."

LandKA User ID: 6458158 25409
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I made these with whole wheat & left out the honey (as my husband doesn't like honey!). Instead of kneading & rolling out the dough I just left it in the mixer for slightly longer & hand formed the dough into balls. They were delicious!"

EmmyAnne24 User ID: 6506191 28521
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Yummy, fluffy, soft, easy to make biscuits!! Highly recommend this recipe--the honey gives it a nice mild flavor instead of the bitter biscuits that come out of other recipes. If you're looking for an easy, yummy, biscuit recipe, this is a GREAT one!"

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 59825
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I've made this biscuit recipe over and over again. It is very good and fairly easy to make."

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 59745
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I have to agree with Crystal Dawn, I had the best results with these biscuits where others just didn't make the grade. This will now be my go-to recipe for biscuits."

Tumbleweeds User ID: 594905 203756
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Would not use Splenda - side effect is weight gain."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 203755
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"These basic biscuits were nice and fluffy."

CrYsTaL DaWn User ID: 5178859 79648
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"I'm not a biscuit maker... ruined every previous attempt. UNTIL NOW!!!! These are great!! Thank you!!!!"

mgr7fun User ID: 1004701 44172
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"quick and easy to make. Didn't need to change a thing! The honey added a nice gentle taste to the biscuit. Wonderful!"

m_wink_boys User ID: 3782562 100621
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"I loved this recipe. Was happy with how fluffy the biscuits turned out, and the flavor was excellent. Will make again!"

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