Buttermilk Biscuits

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"A Mennonite recipe. We have been using this recipe for years and just love it."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (51.8 g)
  • Calories 169.4
  • Total Fat - 10 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 2.2 mg
  • Sodium - 235.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 17.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 1.1 g
  • Protein - 2.8 g
  • Calcium - 111.4 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F,.

Step 2

Sift dry ingredients together.

Step 3

Mix in shortening with pastry blender, fork, or fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 4

Form a well in center of flour and pour buttermilk in.

Step 5

Mix flour into this, stirring and working until flour leaves sides of bowl and forms a ball. When it comes away from sides without sticking too bad, it's ready. Otherwise, work in a little more flour.

Step 6

Place dough on floured surface and knead 5-6 times. Do not knead too much or dough will become tough.

Step 7

Roll or pat out to about 1/2 thickness and cut with biscuit cutter or floured glass.

Step 8

Place biscuits on ungreased cookie sheet.

Step 9

Bake at 450 degrees F. for 8-12 minutes or until light golden.

Step 10

Brush tops with melted butter, if desired.

Step 11

Serve warm with sausage gravy or butter and preserves, if desired.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I have finally found a tender biscuit recipe I can actually make! Instead of rolling and cutting, I just formed them into half-inch thick patties in my hands, and got exactly 12 good-sized biscuits. Even though I forgot to brush on the melted butter, they were fantastic! I am so excited to finally have an alternative to my grandmother's baking powder biscuits I can hardly stand it. Thank you!

review by:
(25 Dec 2015)


Very good biscuits!We made this recipe to use up some buttermilk and the biscuits are good. We made about 20 and used a coffee cup for the biscuit cutter. I also used butter for the shortening without any problems. Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(3 Sep 2014)

Chef shapeweaver

I made this recipe on 7/201/14 as part of mine and my SO's ,and most importantly for the " Billboard Recipe Tag " in the Games forum. Except for cutting the recipe in half,the recipe was made as it was written.I did think with 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder it would have an after taste,but I was wrong.This made a very good addition to my " throw together " stew. Thanks for posting and " Keep Smiling :) "

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(22 Jul 2014)