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Grandma’s Biscuits

Homemade biscuits add a warm and comforting touch to any meal. My grandmother makes these tender biscuits to go with her seafood chowder. —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 biscuits


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


  • Preheat oven to 450°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk; stir just until moistened.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times. Pat dough into a 10x4-in. rectangle. Cut rectangle lengthwise in half; cut crosswise to make 10 squares.
  • Place 1 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet; brush tops with egg. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 biscuit: 165 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 371mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • pattyfrog
    Jan 19, 2021

    These were hard. By tomorrow they will be inedible. I didn't knead them because thats a sure way to get hard biscuits. I only turned the dough and shaped it. The recipe should call for more milk (preferably buttermilk) and a second leavening agent. A little baking soda would have helped to lighten them up. The reviewer who said they came out like hockey picks was right. I've been making biscuits from various recipes for many years. This is not a well thought out recipe. I'm surprised Taste of Home didn't screen this one out.

  • s_pants
    Jun 14, 2020

    I made these with Bob's Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour (including 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum) and soy milk. Also used butter flavored shortening. These were great and I would definitely make them again!

  • pinkbeach
    Dec 16, 2019

    Mgrandell55, All your ingredients need to be COLD. Mix shortening and dry ingredients together. When adding milk, make sure it's cold and only enough to get things to hold together. DO NOT over mix. That is what makes pucks. Less handling is more.

  • Mgrandell55
    May 12, 2019

    I am a new retiree who never had time to really cook before, hubby liked to cook so he did ! This recipe looked just my speed and was for "homemade biscuits ", music to my husband's ears ! Well I am almost in tears, the biscuits are as hard as hockey pucks, I followed the recipe exact ?? Can someone tell me what happened ??

  • Allison
    Mar 29, 2019

    Quick and easy and great with honey or butter and jam! Me and my husband love these.

  • familyfothree
    Feb 5, 2017

    No comment left

  • Pamwh
    Jan 22, 2016

    The biscuits had pretty good flavor but I thought they were fairly dense and heavy. Not a big fan.

  • debpenns
    Jan 22, 2016

    No comment left

  • KarenKeefe
    Jan 22, 2016

    These were really great! I took the advice of others and used buttermilk. No more "Bisquck" biscuits again!

  • h2oville
    Jan 21, 2016

    My mother made what sounds like same biscuit, but were called Baking Powder Biscuits. She didn't have good luck rolling them out so dropped them on the baking sheet. Made them especially when she made fresh rhubarb sauce to put over them.