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Fluffy Biscuits

If you're looking for a flaky basic biscuit, this recipe is the best. These golden brown rolls bake up tall, light and tender. They're good on their own, but taste even better served warm and spread with butter or jam. —Nancy Horsburgh, Everett, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 8 biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk together egg and milk. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.
  • On a well-floured surface, knead dough gently 8-10 times. Roll to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 biscuit: 249 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 407mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • Sharon
    Jul 24, 2020

    No comment left

  • cleetay50
    May 30, 2020

    Excellent biscuit. Light fluffy, I got 9 out of the batch. Great warm with butter and jam. Made them with butter. No problems with this recipe. As someone else noted, make sure use baking powder not baking soda.

  • Katie
    Apr 25, 2020

    I absolutely love this recipe! Always turn out nice and fluffy!

  • homemadewithlove
    Apr 19, 2020

    Good flavor but didn't rise like I thought they would with 4 tsp.baking powder. Baked only 12 min but not as moist as should have been.

  • Rex
    Jun 18, 2019

    I substituted buttermilk for the milk. I've made these several times. It is now my standard biscuit recipe. Going to make some today to appease the mob.

  • Terri
    Mar 4, 2019

    I used butter instead of shortening and they were wonderful. They had what I call come back in em. I ate 3 they kept calling me back for more!

  • L
    Dec 16, 2018

    I always follow a new recipe exactly the first time I make it. These were good! I know I did not cut in the shortening as much as I should have. The taste of baking powder in some but not all of the biscuits tells me I probably didn't blend the dry ingredients enough either. They were still good

  • Regina
    Apr 17, 2018

    My hubby thought they were a little dry. I thought they needed a little more salt. I will make them again with butter instead of Crisco, or as Alton Brown suggest, half butter and half shortening.

  • Elyse
    Mar 31, 2018

    The recipe is great! Just I had to add more milk than required. Otherwise great recipe!

  • Lori
    Mar 9, 2018

    Easily the best biscuit recipe I have ever found. I followed the exact directions and these will be my 'go to' from now on!!