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Rolled Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Rolled Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

I scribbled down this recipe when our family visited the Cooperstown Farm Museum more than 25 years ago. I must have gotten it right, because these biscuits turn out great every time. —Patricia Kile, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in enough buttermilk just to moisten dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3-4 times. Pat or roll to 3/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • 3. Brush with milk. Bake at 450° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 biscuits.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 164 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 382mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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Jellybug User ID: 53068 270099
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2017

"I loved these biscuits, but used whole milk on the tops of biscuits..turned out perfect! Served them with sausage gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs and tater tots..This was a special breakfast.."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 267851
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2017

"Excellent recipe. I sliced my butter into small slices to make it easier to *cut* in. These only made 6 big but would have made 8 regular size."

JLo User ID: 9026246 261511
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"I made these for breakfast on Sunday morning and ate them with honey - so good! I did not have enough flour left so I used 1/2 cup of corn masa flour and I did not add baking soda, just the 3 teaspoons of baking powder. These are quick and easy to make."

Nana berta User ID: 8799795 261026
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"Whipped these out, only had yogurt thinned with milk

My husband raved over them! Problem was there were only8!"

iamnotagolem User ID: 3147791 255381
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2016

"These are the perfect biscuits, even to eat plain."

OhBeeOne User ID: 6442248 242824
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"I've been looking for a great biscuit recipe and I think I've found my "go to"."

mzgrinder User ID: 6418368 240947
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"Quite good, and easy enough to make. Would've liked them to have been a little lighter and fluffier. Still looking for that really light and fluffy."

LindaFS User ID: 7726166 134050
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"Unfortunately I didn't care for these at all. They rose nicely and were light and fluffy but even though I added an extra tbsp. of butter they still tasted like baking powder. I much prefer the buttermilk cheddar biscuits posted on this site."

NanaHenderson User ID: 8002803 74962
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"This is the best recipe for homemade biscuits I have ever made. For years I have looked for a recipe that would make biscuits like my Mom had made when I was young; my search is over. This are BIG biscuits, no matter how you cut them because the rise is big. They aren't heavy, because there isn't much fat in them and the buttermilk (I made my own, I never seem to have any on hand) keeps the biscuit tender not hard. Really great biscuit recipe. Thank you for sharing."

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 129101
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Made ghost shapes for Halloween. Worked out perfectly!"

lizhug User ID: 7181653 90494
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Just made these for dinner. I didn't have buttermilk so substitued 1 cup of 2% milk with 1 Tbs of white vinegar. The biscuits turned out great!!"

Baymare User ID: 7589819 66005
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"Can't wait to try them"

punkintogo User ID: 1638246 74911
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"Made these this morning... light fluffy delicious. Will make these again. The recipe is simple and quick."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 90278
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I just made these this morning to go with some homemade apple butter I made yesterday. I did use half whole wheat pastry flour to add some more whole grain into the mix. Very easy and tasty."

JulieS211 User ID: 5434916 205780
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"These biscuits are light, tender, and rise to a really nice height. And I do feel better that they are lower fat. There seems to be just a little something missing in the flavor, but I'm sure that's from them being lower fat! I'd give them a 4.5 star rating if I could. I covered my baking sheet with the foil-backed parchment paper to avoid having to use anything to keep them from sticking."

Catarina777 User ID: 7304427 103094
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"So, so good! I used my food processor to mix everything together - so easy! I too rarely

have buttermilk on hand so did the vinegar/milk mixture. Came out perfect!"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 102858
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"so light and fluffy. less baking soda so less of a metallic taste."

meyerdo User ID: 220566 74910
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"Very good recipe. Is definitely a keeper. A tip to FACSteacher & others without buttermilk. Put a tblsp vinegar or lemon juice in measuring cup then add enough milk to make 1 cup. Stir, let sit 5 minutes & volia! Buttermilk! We do not use buttermilk very often. When I when need a cup or less of buttermilk I just make my own. You can also use equal amount of plain yogurt."

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 66004
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"While my biscuits didn't look exactly like the picture, they were so light and fluffy! The recipe was quick to put together, too. I used a dry buttermilk powder substitute but would like to try actual buttermilk. I just used what I had on hand. I will make these again!"

turtledaisy User ID: 3675355 52836
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"Very tasty biscuits. Will be making these again for sure!"

bigmamacooks User ID: 2760788 205779
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"I am a new biscuit baker and this is the best recipe I have tried yet! I was impressed with the accuracy of the recipe and the height of the biscuits! I am sharing this recipe with my daughter."

german_girl_with_curls User ID: 5423050 143118
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Can't complain for a lower-fat biscuit recipe! I admit I'm used to the Southern recipe my grandmother made for me as a child, which is LOADED with shortening. It was very moist and flaky but obviously not so healthy. I don't eat a lot of wheat and gluten these days and although I can make some pretty good gluten-free drop biscuits, I was really craving a true wheat-y, buttery, soft biscuit this morning for breakfast. This did just the trick! I will say that I only used 3/4 C. plus 1 Tbsp. of the buttermilk. Next time I will use the full cup as I felt my biscuits were just slightly crumbly and could have used a tad more moisture. I brushed with melted Earth Balance spread instead of the milk and doubled the salt. I also added a tsp. of raw sugar. I think next time I'll add a touch more sugar and salt and an extra Tbsp. of butter for flavor. If you eat them straight from the oven, you are going to get a slight baking powder taste in your let them rest about ten minutes (if that's possible!) before slicing, buttering, and devouring."

baking mama User ID: 3356506 129100
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"Very light fluffy biscuits, but I could taste the baking soda. A little honey with whipped butter did correct it, but I'd try with less next time."

cseidowsky User ID: 2643227 60441
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"I found this recipe yesterday and made them with dinner and my whole family loved them, They gobbled them up right away and was asking for more, they were absolutely delicious! This will now be the only biscuit recipe in my recipe box here at home!"

KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 90493
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"Oh so flaky and delicious! :) :) These are awesome with just about any meal. My new favorite :)"

KR2430 User ID: 5491731 66003
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"This recipe is Wonderful!! Makes a nice thick biscuit. I used these with the Best Ever chicken and Biscuits recipe. What a wonderful meal! Ended it with a buttery biscuit topped with homemade peach butter!"

tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 90277
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"Patricia, you got it right. I made these and they are delicious, AND healthy! I wouldn't change a thing. I make these in bulk and freeze them, and they freeze well.

Tamara Chronister, Montrose, CO"

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