Mom’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


10 servings

Updated: Aug. 22, 2023
These fluffy buttermilk biscuits are so tasty slathered with butter or used to mop up every last drop of gravy off your plate. I can still see Mom pulling these tender gems out of the oven. —Vera Reid, Laramie, Wyoming


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk; knead dough gently. Roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

Can you freeze Mom's Buttermilk Biscuits?

Freeze cooled biscuits in a resealable freezer container. To use, heat in a preheated 350° oven 15-20 minutes.

Buttermilk Biscuits Tips

How do you make sure your biscuits rise?

First, make sure the baking powder and baking soda are fresh (meaning they still have rising power). Work quickly and avoid overhandling the dough. When cutting the biscuits, press firmly and straight down with your cutter, rather than using a twisting motion. Twisting the cutter can pinch the biscuit edges together and inhibit rising. For more biscuit tips, check out our guide to make biscuits.

What do you serve with buttermilk biscuits?

Why not try Dolly Parton’s milk gravy or our sausage gravy? Both are excellent breakfast options. For later in the day, serve biscuits with Easter ham or other impressive holiday roasts.

How do you store buttermilk biscuits?

After cooling completely, store biscuits, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or you can freeze the biscuits for 2-3 months. See above for how to reheat them.

Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 biscuit: 142 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.