Easy Fluffy Biscuits

These are the most delicious, fluffy homemade biscuits we’ve ever made! Our quick and easy biscuit recipe calls for milk or buttermilk and makes the best tall and fluffy biscuits!

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This recipe makes amazing American-style biscuits. It’s super simple and makes tall, fluffy biscuits ready for breakfast, sandwiches, and more!

The secret to the best biscuits is using very cold butter and baking powder. We’ve made a lot of biscuits, but this easy biscuits recipe is the one we turn to the most!

Baked Biscuits in a Skillet

Key Ingredients

  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour, but soft white wheat flour like White Lilly, Martha White, and Bob’s Red Mill Fine Pastry Flour is excellent for biscuits. Its lower protein content shuts down gluten formation, making them even more light, fluffy, and tender. You can also use self-rising flour, but you will need to add extra baking powder. See the tips in the recipe below.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: We use 5 teaspoons of baking powder in this biscuit recipe. I know that seems like a lot, but trust me. The extra baking powder makes our biscuits fluffy and tender, and baking soda helps them brown nicely.
  • Sugar and Salt: Add flavor. We don’t add a lot of sugar (just 1 tablespoon).
  • Cold Butter: I love using European-style salted butter, like Kerrygold or Plugra, since they make our biscuits tender and delicious. If you don’t have European salted butter, plain butter works (salted or unsalted). I love the slightly more salty flavor when using salted butter in our recipe, but you can always hold back on some of the salt called for in the recipe if you aren’t looking for more savory/salty biscuits.
  • Milk or Buttermilk: I love how this recipe works with milk or buttermilk. If you love the tangy flavor of buttermilk, use it. You won’t need to change anything in the recipe.

How to Make the Best Biscuits

I use my food processor to make biscuits. It does a great job of quickly cutting the cold butter into our flour mixture. When cutting the butter into the flour, you want to be as quick as possible so the butter does not warm up. Cold butter = flaky, tender homemade biscuits

Cold butter and flour for biscuits

When the butter and flour look crumbly, we stir in milk (or use buttermilk), and then form the dough. You want biscuit dough to look shaggy, with lots of specks of butter.

Adding milk to the biscuits dough

We don’t use a rolling pin to roll out our dough. Instead, we press the dough out with our fingers. You can see us do this in our recipe video.

For extra flaky layers, press the biscuit dough into a rough rectangle and then fold the sides into the middle, like a letter. Then we rotate the new rectangle, press it out, and do it again.

Folding the biscuit dough

If the dough needs it, we will do it for a third time before pressing it into a final rectangle and cutting out our biscuits. Watch our video to see me do this. It’s easy!

How to Make Biscuits Without a Food Processor

You can absolutely make biscuits from scratch by hand. Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl, and use your hands or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until crumbly. We do this when making our easy drop biscuits and these cheese biscuits.

If you start to notice your butter is softening too much or if your kitchen is very warm, place the bowl with flour and butter into the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes before adding the milk.

For the Best Biscuits, Bake Them Close Together

We use an oven-safe skillet to bake biscuits and find that they bake up better when they are placed close together. Since we use such a hot oven, the liquid in the dough steams and helps them to rise. If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, use a baking sheet, but still place the biscuits closer together than you would cookie dough.

Cutting out biscuits

What to Serve with Biscuits

I love serving these biscuits while they are still warm. Here are some ideas for how to serve them:

Tall Fluffy Homemade Biscuits

Easy Fluffy Biscuits

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These are the most tender and fluffy biscuits from scratch we’ve ever made. These baking powder biscuits are big, tall, tender, and delicious. My preferred method is to get out my food processor. It’s an excellent tool for cutting the cold butter into our flour mixture since it’s quick. If you don’t feel like getting your food processor out, you can use your hands or a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour (tips are provided in the notes section).

Makes 7 to 8 biscuits

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour, see notes for self-rising flour

5 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

6 tablespoons (85g) cold butter, see notes

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (207ml) whole milk or buttermilk


    1Heat the oven to 425°F (218°C) and set aside an oven-safe 10-inch or 12-inch skillet like a cast iron pan or, if you do not have one, set aside a baking sheet instead.

    2Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse three to four times so that it is mixed.

    3Cut the cold butter into cubes or thin slices, then scatter it over the flour in the food processor. Pulse 5 to 7 times or until the butter turns into tiny bits — see our photos and video for reference.

    4Empty the butter-flour mixture into a large bowl. Make a well in the middle, and then pour in the milk (or buttermilk). Stir until a shaggy dough forms.

    5Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle a little flour on top, and then bring the dough together with your hands. It might be a bit sticky, so add flour as needed.

    6Without working the dough too much, pat it down into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick. Fold the dough into thirds, like a letter — see our photos and video for reference. Rotate the rectangle 90 degrees, and then repeat this process two more times.

    7Pat the dough into a rectangle between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch thick. Then use a biscuit cutter to cut out your biscuits — we use a 3-inch round cutter. Do not twist the cutter, as this will seal the edges of the biscuits and prevent them from rising.

    8Place the cut-out biscuits into the skillet (or onto a baking sheet). Keeping them close to each other helps them rise.

    9Gently press together the scraps and use them to make more biscuits, but be careful not to overwork the dough, or else they will be tough.

    10Bake the biscuits until golden brown and have risen, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to make buttermilk biscuits: Use the same amount of buttermilk as milk called for in our biscuits recipe. Buttermilk adds a tangy flavor to the biscuits and makes them slightly more tender.
  • Butter: We use salted European butter in this recipe. It will work with unsalted or salted butter. I like the extra saltiness of salted butter, but you can reduce the salt to 3/4 teaspoon if you prefer.
  • Self-rising flour: If you use self-rising flour, there won’t be enough baking powder added to the biscuit dough. So, whisk in 2 extra teaspoons of baking powder. Use 1/2 teaspoon salt instead.
  • Baking soda: In the video, I say 1/2 tsp of baking soda. This is incorrect. Use 1/4 tsp.
  • Recipe inspired and adapted from Sam Sifton’s All-Purpose Biscuits as well as our Buttermilk Biscuits
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 Biscuit (8 total) / Calories 211 / Total Fat 9g / Saturated Fat 5.5g / Cholesterol 23.4mg / Sodium 279.4mg / Carbohydrate 29.6g / Dietary Fiber 1g / Total Sugars 2.9g / Protein 4.2g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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131 comments… Leave a Review
  • Jessica Love April 22, 2024, 12:32 pm

    This was the perfect way to add biscuits to the breakfast pile up in the morning, when the whole family is hungry and I’m a busy mamma! I used a smaller shaped cookie cutter to appeal to our toddlers lol. Adding more sugar or even more flavor with cheese or garlic won’t hurt at all! They still bake beautifully and taste is guaranteed yummy! Thank you *inspiredtaste* for all you do.

    • Adam April 22, 2024, 1:27 pm

      Hi Jessica, We are so happy you tried the recipe! I love that you made smaller more toddler-friendly biscuits (might have to do that myself). Thanks so much for coming back.

  • Sandy April 14, 2024, 8:55 pm

    I have been looking for a tea biscuit recipe for 2 years. I wanted them tall and fluffy and able to split open by hand after baking. This is the recipe!! I add a touch more sugar. And I’ve added sharp cheddar which was great!! Thank you for this great recipe!!!! And the secret really is the bake in that cast iron pan.

    • Adam April 15, 2024, 1:01 pm

      Wonderful! We completely agree. The cast iron pan helps make them so tall and fluffy 🙂

  • Cheri April 14, 2024, 4:17 pm

    I am very new to baking so I look for easy recipes. This is one. The biscuits turned out great. This is going in my little book😊

    • Joanne April 14, 2024, 4:24 pm

      Wonderful! Thanks for coming back, Cheri.

  • Mary April 8, 2024, 11:05 pm

    Hello! These were really fluffy and good although both my husband and I thought they were pretty salty. I used sea salt like it calls for… but I did use salted butter too, because I didn’t have unsalted, so maybe that was the difference. I baked them in a cast iron skillet, which may have been too large because they were not tightly arranged like the picture, but still turned out nice and high. I also may have cut them just a bit too thick and had to cook them for longer. Besides the salt factor, I would definitely make again!

  • donna hardee April 7, 2024, 3:21 pm

    made a triple batch for biscuit, sausage, egg and cheese sanwiches for the freezer. i had to have one before they were cool, and they were delicious.Thank you for the recipe.

    • Adam April 7, 2024, 3:30 pm

      Wonderful! Great idea to make a triple batch. They do disappear quickly 🙂


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