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Buttermilk Angel Biscuits

When I make these slightly sweet biscuits, sometimes I cut them and fold over one side about a third of the way for a more traditional look. —Carol Holladay, Danville, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 5-1/4 to 5-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-3/4 cups buttermilk


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, whisk 5-1/4 cups flour, sugar and baking soda. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and yeast mixture to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times, adding flour if needed. Roll dough to 3/4-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 450°. Bake 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 biscuit: 180 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 386mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • sami62
    Jan 28, 2015

    Excellent! Easy! Delicious

  • cowboysrestlessheart
    Apr 21, 2014

    Excellent taste and texture. Very light and stay together when sliced, spreading butter and Jam. I made the full recipe exactly to the directions to test it but next time will only make half as it makes a full 2 dozen. I used butter flavored Crisco which gave them a light buttery flavor too. I found the dough easy to work with even though it was sticky (as noted), it was easy to knead and cut.

  • CatMurphy
    Apr 16, 2014

    These were good, but not sure if the addition of yeast made them any better than my regular buttermilk biscuits.

  • danielleylee
    Apr 6, 2014

    I saw these in the April/May 2014 magazine and couldn't wait to make them. I made these this morning and they turned out very light but not flaky. They go very good with apple butter. And if you have any left they freeze well.

  • jleathers
    Mar 23, 2014

    At first I was not sure about this recipe since it included active dry yeast, however, I was pleasantly surprised. These are not hearty biscuits, they are very tender, but very good. We ate them with grilled chicken, green beans and crock pot potatoes. I had one for dessert and put peach preserves on them. Very good!! I made them exactly as the recipe stated. Thanks for a different biscuit!!