How to make Homemade Biscuits from Scratch

There is nothing more Southern than homemade biscuits.

Growing up in the South, we had biscuits as our choice of bread. I loved when momma would pull them out the oven piping hot! I would slather butter all over them and take a bite. Butter would gush out the sides and onto my hands. That is what southern boys are raised on! If I have the choice between biscuits and cornbread, give me a hot biscuit! After you make a really good and hot biscuit, what better to top it off with than some homemade Sausage Gravy? Try our recipe for Homemade Sausage Gravy by clicking here.

Biscuits are really simple as far as ingredients go and very easy to make. They go good with just about any type of supper and can even make a great snack or even a main breakfast dish! We are doing a two-part series here on making Sausage and Gravy biscuits. This will be part one where we show you have to make the lowly, humble homemade biscuit!

Make sure you scroll down for the recipe and then to the bottom for our how-to YouTube video! I am sure you will love it too.

Homemade Biscuits from Scratch

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breads, Breakfast
Servings 9 Biscuits


  • 2 cups Self-Rising flour
  • 3/4 cup Milk You can use whole, 2%, or Buttermilk. Buttermilk for best results.
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Butter or Shortening I prefer butter for taste.
  • 1 tbls melted butter


  • Pre-heat oven to 425-450. If your oven cooks hot use lower temp.
  • Add your flour and fat (butter or shortening) to a mixing bowl. Cut the fat in by using a pastry cutter or a fork. If your butter is frozen you can also use a box grater to grate your butter into the flour. This works well too.
  • Add your milk to the mixture and combine. If the dough is too dry add in a little milk a tablespoon at a time. Same goes if the dough is too wet. Add in a little flour a tablespoon at a time till you get a nice well formed dough ball.
  • Once it has formed a well formed dough, turn out onto a floured surface.
  • You can knead a few times by rolling over on it each other. Do not knead too much as it will make your biscuits hard. Another trick is to roll them out and then fold over a few times. This will help build layers in your biscuits. Again, the trick is not to do too much with the dough.
  • Roll your dough out till it is about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Use a biscuit cutter to cut the biscuits. If you do not have any, you can use a glass cup or plastic cup will work just fine.
  • Place biscuits on a greased metal sheet pan then brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter.
  • Place metal sheet pan in a pre-heated oven at 425-450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Once the tops get to the desired browness, they should be done.

6 thoughts on “How to make Homemade Biscuits from Scratch

  1. Reply
    FrugalHausfrau - January 8, 2018

    A great simple biscuit! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!!


    1. Reply
      Southern Food Junkie - January 10, 2018

      Thanks, Mollie!

  2. Reply
    petra08 - January 9, 2018

    I love a good southern breakfast and biscuits is a must! actually they work just as well for lunch and dinner too! Great recipe! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    1. Reply
      Southern Food Junkie - January 10, 2018

      I agree with you on that! I will have my Sausage gravy recipe up soon. That is really what the biscuit recipe was made for.

  3. Reply
    Debbie - January 19, 2018

    I guess that you are right this is a Southern thing. This is exactly how I make my biscuits.

    1. Reply
      Southern Food Junkie - January 19, 2018

      Its hard to beat some hot buttered biscuits, right? Thanks for stopping by and sharing that with us.

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