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buttermilk biscuits cut in half with melted butter

Traditional Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Traditional Southern Buttermilk Biscuits rise up tall and crisp with a tender middle perfect for jam and butter. Made with tangy buttermilk, these biscuits are a crowd-pleaser!

Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Biscuits
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 170 kcal


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting (if you can find White Lily brand flour - the biscuits will have a softer and fluffier texture on the inside - use 1 cup white lily and 3 cups regular)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¾ sticks very cold salted butter cubed and kept chilled or frozen & grated into mixture
  • 1 1/2 cups cold buttermilk
  • toppings: honey, butter, jam, eggs, cheese, bacon, spinach.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and position racks in the upper and lower thirds.
  2. Line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add the cubed butter or grate in the frozen butter. If using cubed, loosely toss it in the flour until coated and then use your fingers or a pastry blender to cut in the butter until it is the size of peas. Add the buttermilk and stir using a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms.
  5. Place the shaggy dough on a floured surface and knead until it comes together. Keeping in mind that you don't want to overwork the dough and it's ok for it to remain a bit shaggy and dry.
  6. Softly press out the dough to desired thickness - I go for 1".
  7. Using a round biscuit cutter, stamp out the biscuits, combining the scraps to make more biscuits.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden and lofty.
  9. If you have two pans baking, switch them halfway through the baking time.
  10. Let them cool for a minute or two and slice for sandwiches or honey, butter and jam.


adapted from honeyandjam.com

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 170
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.