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Buttermilk Biscuits

These Buttermilk Biscuits will make your house smell so delicious and they are very simple to make. We decided to turn ours into breakfast sandwiches with bacon, eggs and cheese today! I know they will pair well with anything… especially Hamburg Soup. They are super soft with a slight hint of sweetness.

Close up picture of buttermilk biscuits with 2 others on a plate in the background

How to make Buttermilk Biscuits

To start, add the yeast to the water and let it stand for 5 minutes. Then, combine your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Next, cut in your shortening until it is a fine crumble. Last, add your yeast and buttermilk.

Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. It will rise slightly while it is refrigerated.

Next, turn the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. Knead the dough lightly about 5 times. It will be sticky so be sure to use plenty of flour on your hands and underneath.

Then, roll your dough out until it is 1/2? thick then cut with a round biscuit cutter. You can use any size, but keep in mind the baking time will vary. For our biscuits we used a 3-inch cutter. I wanted them on the larger size for the sandwiches.

Dough rolled out and cut into biscuits
Biscuits placed onto baking sheet before brushing with butter

Once they are all cut out (you will have to roll out the dough a second or third time to use it all up) place the biscuits on a pan sprayed with cooking spray and brush them with melted butter.

Bake at 450 degrees until golden brown. (About 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your biscuits.) Enjoy!

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Are you looking for a meal recipe to pair with these Buttermilk Biscuits? Here are some suggestions: Easy Homemade Pasta Carbonara, Italian Wedding Soup, Hamburg Soup, Italian Sausage Orzo, Carrot Rice Soup, Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken and Shepherd’s Pie.

close up of a buttermilk biscuit on a white plate with 2 in the background

Buttermilk Biscuits

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Buttermilk biscuits are super soft with a hint of sweetness. Great to pair with soup or pasta dishes!


  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2-3 tbsp melted butter


  1. Combine yeast with warm water. Stir to dissolve and let stand for 5 minutes
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cut in shortening until it is a fine crumble. You can use a fork or pastry blender to do this.
  4. Stir in yeast and buttermilk until just moist.
  5. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. Before rolling out the dough, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  7. Put dough on floured surface and knead 5 times. Add a little flour if it is really sticky.
  8. Roll out dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut with desired round cutter.
  9. Place on greased baking pan.
  10. Melt butter and brush on top of biscuits.
  11. Bake at 450 degrees until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes depending on size.
  12. Serve and enjoy!


Biscuits can be made larger or small, just be sure to adjust baking time.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 557mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 8g

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This post was originally published on November 18, 2018 and updated on September 9, 2020.

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