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Fluffy Biscuits Recipe

Fluffy Biscuits Recipe

If you're looking for a flaky basic biscuit, this recipe is the best. These golden-brown rolls bake up tall, light and tender. Their mild flavor tastes even better when the warm biscuits are spread with butter or jam. —Nancy Horsburgh, Everett, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings


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


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk egg and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • 2. Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead 20 times. Roll to 3/4-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 166 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 269968
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2017

"The only change I made was to use butter instead of shortening. Family liked the recipe."

cookb4 User ID: 2576615 259261
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"I used butter flavored Crisco shortening, and the biscuits turned out light for a biscuit, however I agree with some previous reviews that they lacked flavor. I was surprised by that."

Gina User ID: 9011912 258970
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017

"Terrible, don't waste your time. I threw these outside to the blue jays and crows. They did not rise, smelled terrible. After throwing them outside I baked a batch from the good ole' recipe on the Bakewell Cream can and they were perfect. Thank God I had enough time to bake 2 batches."

Crystal User ID: 7477150 256948
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2016

"These are fantastic!!!! This will be the only biscuit recipe I will ever use!!! Thank you so much!!"

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 254125
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

"I used butter instead of shortening and they were great! Great flavor and I will definitely make again!"

Stephwelty User ID: 8912241 252600
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"easy to make. I followed directions but had a bitter after taste from all the baking powder. Probably would not use again unless i cut back on baking powder."

djade1123 User ID: 6548421 249265
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2016

"Just made these biscuits and we really enjoyed them. My 3 year old daughter kept telling me I made yummy pancakes lol. Definitely a keeper"

KookieB User ID: 8859340 248239
Reviewed May. 15, 2016

"Just tried this recipe after looking online and trying many recipes.

They came out great and a keeper for sure. easy! 5 * Glad I doubled it!"

RTSW8078CJ User ID: 8838507 247221
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"These were really bad. I had to toss out the whole thing. All I could taste was bitter bitter baking soda. Is it really meant to have 4 tsp? This can't be right?!?

Omg- as I wrote this I realized my mistake. baking powder!!!! I'll try again tomorrow."

Aquarius_FairyTail User ID: 8808549 245596
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016


CharlottePenry User ID: 8720482 242700
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"I have been making this recipe for years. I originally got it from This is the only biscuit recipe I will use. I couldn't make biscuits worth beans before I found this recipe."

dudley2011 User ID: 6980316 231199
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"These were perfect! The only thing I changed, was I sifted the dry ingredients, and baked them on my baking stone on the lowest rack. PERFECT! Thank you!"

missgloria967 User ID: 8216981 218076
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"I thought the recipe was generally okay. However, I stuck the biscuits back in the oven a couple of times and they were still mushy on the inside. I thought the flavor was pretty bland, even for a biscuit. Regardless, they were all eaten. They just weren't as good as some recipes I have tried."

Marghee User ID: 8127261 71046
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"I used half butter and half lard. Delicious!!"

katherine67 User ID: 8080112 89077
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"Very nice. ... what a great find!!!"

deanne36 User ID: 6338088 59822
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"This is the fluffy biscuit recipe I've been looking for!! I used real butter instead of shortening but these were the lightest fluffiest biscuits I've ever made and they tasted heavenly!!"

Mamumba User ID: 8001798 141154
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"This was so easy to make. They turned out light and fluffy and so delicious that the whole dozen was gone in no time! I experimented with my second batch and put dollops of slightly moister batter into a muffin tim. I baked them for a couple of minutes more than the cut biscuits. Once again they were scrumptious."

SherryGraves User ID: 1044343 49206
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"These biscuits turned out very light and fluffy but had very little flavor. I'm still searching for the perfect tea biscuit!"

dustsar User ID: 5417961 49205
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

"I used butter and 2 1/2 c. Flour, plus more for kneading but they came out great! My new favorite."

s_pants User ID: 174050 49203
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"My only complaint is that each time I have made these I only get 8 biscuits instead of 12. I make sure the dough is rolled out to 3/4 inch thickness and I have a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. They are so good, just wish there were a few more!"

Pinfox User ID: 7678446 49202
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"So easy and they are yummy"

tawana1956 User ID: 7440710 59819
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013


cbradbury User ID: 3111898 141150
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Best biscuit recipe EVER!!! So easy and quick. Definitely a keeper! Thank you!"

peachynonni User ID: 4215913 56023
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"These turn out perfect every time! Just love them!"

dmcox1 User ID: 5569512 128488
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"As others said, this is a "tea biscuit" It has a light texture and is especially delicious with jelly. Be sure to make this nice and thick-mine rose up and looked great"

Tammyfaye User ID: 44442 49201
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"I have been looking for years for the perfect tea biscuit. My looking is finally over!! These biscuits turned out light and fluffy and were so simple to make. Just had 2 topped with rhubarb jelly along with a cuppa tea...absolutely delicious. Definitely a keeper recipe....Many thanks for sharing, Nancy."

abreendre User ID: 1799143 135850
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"Great fluffy biscuits. I think the kneading makes the difference, but still quick."

T.B User ID: 7101432 59818
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"The best bicuit recipe ever!! my whol family loves it! thankyou!"

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 55184
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I've made lots of biscuit recipes. This one is the best. I like it best with butter instead of shortening. Excellent. I don't think you could make a mistake with this one."

Spritzer User ID: 7012135 128472
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"I have made many biscuit recipes, and none have turned out so good as this, and so simple to make! Plus I used butter, since I didn't have shortening, AND I used gluten-free flour, which is notorious for making baked goods too hard. Definite favorite, and will be saved. One thing I learned from one of my recipe books, is that if you mix the dough too much, it will lose it's fluffy consistency when baking. Just a tip, that worked for me!"

yumz User ID: 6605183 131380
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"My most used and best loved biscuit recipe! Just be careful if your oven cooks a little hot to adjust temp down to 425 and keep a close eye on it. Also, some cookie sheets I own will tend to brown the bottoms too much. My favorite cookie sheets for these are Farberware that have a nonstick finish but the finish isn't very dark."

Chocolateeyes User ID: 3861604 49173
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"I have had the same recipe for years and it is my favorite biscuit recipe! Tonight I made them again and made a double batch using 2/3 cup of past date whipping cream and 2/3 cup of hazelnut coffee cream....delicious! Now, when I need biscuits for a dessert I will use a flavoured coffee cream. DELICIOUS!"

shmsimpson User ID: 5504412 65135
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"These biscuits turned out hard, flat, and tasteless. I followed the recipe to a T and was very disappointed."

AshCakes User ID: 6384277 46427
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"This is THE best batch of biscuits that I ever made! I will never buy biscuits again. They came out just like the picture. They were so light and fluffy. Not to mention how delicious they are!"

moisarah User ID: 1155009 140979
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"This is the best biscuit recipe ever! I even forgot to cut in the shortening before the wet ingredients. I cut it in the best I could and they still came out fluffy and tender! Yum!"

felinaaa User ID: 3202622 71038
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Really good flavor and rises nice....light texture too!"

jesskat3 User ID: 1291631 46425
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"Very easy, very yummy biscuits. I make them often."

rhiler User ID: 2066529 129308
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"I make these biscuits all the time. They turn out perfect every time."

wooley ewe User ID: 3416445 96455
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"I made them with a group of young girls in a baking class and they turned out wonderful. They all loved them. I will be making more of them."

home with the boysx4 User ID: 5298098 96206
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"All my picky guys liked them and they turned out looking just like the picture"

Kelowna User ID: 3697273 65133
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"M-m-m, that was the comments at the dinner table when I made these. I don't know what the secret is, but it worked and I have made many (not so great) biscuits in my time. .....jj"

Tiel_Mom User ID: 4287937 71037
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"Very tender biscuits that have a light, buttery, taste with a touch of sweetness. They also stay fresh and soft for more than 1 day. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and the presentation was lovely. Make sure you cut the biscuits very thick, 3/4 to 1 inch thick as they do not rise as much as buttermilk biscuits. You can definitely see the layers and pull the biscuits apart. I also think that this recipe could also be used for making tea biscuits, by adding raisins and topping with a vanilla glaze."

noboty User ID: 168928 55183
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2009

"My very favorite biscuit recipe."

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