These EASY homemade biscuits are buttery, flakey, soft and so delicious! The butter biscuits are so quick to make, and you can’t beat the flavor of freshly baked biscuits.

Serve these buttery biscuits over a hearty sausage gravy for breakfast or serve with butter and jam!

Three homemade biscuits stacked on top of each other.

Breakfast is the perfect time of the day! From this biscuit recipe to our chocolate chip pancakes, we have so many breakfast recipes.

HOMEMADE BISCUITS-

There is no better recipe than this homemade biscuit recipe resulting than these soft, fluffy, and flaky layers! We love how easy these biscuits are to make, making breakfast a breeze. The biscuits are so buttery and flaky and truly just melt in your mouth.

Biscuits laid out next to a bowl of butter and jar of honey.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE BISCUITS-

With just a few basic ingredients you can have these biscuits ready to be served in under 30 minutes! They taste

  • Flour– You want to use a good quality all-purpose flour.
  • Sugar and salt– For extra flavors!
  • Cream of tartar– Gives you that fluffy biscuit.
  • Baking powder– The baking powder is what helps you get that self-rise fluffy and flakey biscuit.
  • Cold Butter– Use COLD unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • Egg– This recipe calls for a large egg.
  • Half and half– You want to use half & half or whole milk for this recipe.
How to make biscuits from scratch with milk, egg, flour, sugar and butter.

HOW TO MAKE BISCUITS-

  1. PREP– Line a large 21”x15” baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. BUTTER– Cube your butter and place in the freezer while you prepare and measure the rest of the ingredients. You can also just grate the butter on a box grater if you find that easier.
  3. DRY INGREDIENTS– In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, cream of tartar and baking powder for the flour mixture.
  4. ADD BUTTER- With a pastry cutter, mix in the butter until crumbly, don’t overbeat.
  5. WET INGREDIENTS– In a small bowl, whisk together egg and half & half. Pour it into the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  6. SHAPE– Lightly dust work space with flour and add the batter to the floured surface. Shape into a rectangle then fold one side into the center and repeat with the other side. (Tip: This folding process is what will get you the flakey layers).
  7. ROLL OUT- With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about a 5”x10” rectangle. With a biscuit mold, make 10 biscuits and then with the extra dough, create the last 2 biscuits.
  8. BAKE– Add the biscuit to the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown. Once cooked, remove from the oven and brush the tops with the melted butter.
  9. Enjoy!
Step by step collage on how to shape biscuits with a mold.

Serve with-

These biscuits are great to serve as a side dish with your favorite entree: Here are some ideas-

STORING HOMEMADE BISCUITS-

Easily store the biscuits with these 3 methods of storing:

  • COUNTER– Store these at room temp in a plastic bag or air tight container for a couple days.
  • FRIDGE– Storing these in the fridge, the biscuits will last for up to a week.
  • FREEZE– You can freeze these for up to 3-4 months in a freezer bag.
Biscuit cut in half topped with butter, jam and honey.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

Can biscuits be made in advance?

Yes! This biscuit dough are even great to make the night before. Prepare per instructions and refrigerate the shaped biscuits, covered. Bake in the morning per instructions adding a few minutes to the baking time.

Can I substitute the half and half?

Yes! You can use milk or buttermilk instead but the biscuits won’t be as fluffy.

Why are my biscuits hard?

Usually over baked biscuits tend to harden and be tough. Also if you over mix and overwork the dough while shaping it will also tend to result in hard biscuits.

Do I need to use a biscuit cutter?

No, you can also just shape the biscuits into squares instead of round biscuits.

How to reheat biscuits?

Reheat the biscuits in a microwave, toaster oven or in the oven until reheated and warm.

Why are my biscuits not rising?

If your biscuits are not rising, this could mean your baking powder is old.

Homemade buttery biscuits on a baking sheet.

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Homemade Biscuits Recipe

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5 from 11 votes
The easiest homemade biscuit recipe. Flaky, butter and soft biscuits that are so quick to make and foolproof. Enjoy with jam or gravy for the ultimate breakfast.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, measured then sifted
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted for brushing tops

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large 21”x15” baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cube butter and place in the freezer while you prep and measure remaining ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, combine sifted flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar.
  • Mix in the butter with the flour ingredients until crumbly. Don't overbeat.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the half and half with egg.
  • Create a well in the center and pour in the wet ingredients and mix with metal spoon just until incorporated.
  • Lightly dust workspace with flour and add the batter to the floured surface. Shape into a rectangle then fold one side into the center and repeat with the other side.
  • With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about a 5”x10” rectangle. With a biscuit mold, make 10 biscuits and then with the extra dough, create the last 2 biscuits.
  • Carefully transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes, or until golden.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and brush the tops with melted butter. Enjoy!

Notes

TO FREEZE:
Layout the uncooked biscuits onto a platter and freeze. Once the biscuits are frozen transfer into freezer bags. 
TO REHEAT: 
When ready to heat, remove from the freezer and bake by adding a few extra minutes to the baking time. 

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 408IUCalcium: 120mgIron: 2mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)