Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits from Scratch – Just Like Grandma Made

Want to learn how to make biscuits from scratch? These homemade buttermilk biscuits are the perfect last-minute accompaniment to a meal. They’re great for breakfast, too!

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How to make biscuits from scratch

There are many ways to make good old-fashioned biscuits from scratch.

It starts with organic flour, a bit of leavening, some fat, and some dairy, but there are many possible variations. Ask a bunch of home chefs how to make biscuits from scratch, and each will have a different answer! In this particular biscuit, we are using baking soda as the leavening agent.

Baking powder biscuits are a delicious biscuit in their own right, but the baking soda in this recipe plays off the tang of a classic ingredient – real buttermilk.

Buttermilk comes in several forms. The most common is a commercial variety that is often called cultured buttermilk. It is a thin yogurt consistency and, for truly cultured buttermilk, should list at least one strain of bacteria as an ingredient. A similar cultured buttermilk can be made at home using either a purchased culture or a purchased commercial buttermilk.

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dry ingredients in a teal bowl with pastry blender

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Homemade buttermilk biscuits

The buttermilk I like to use in these biscuits is the real-deal old-fashioned buttermilk left from making homemade butter. It is still tangy and a bit thick from the ripening process raw cream goes through before churning. But it has an unmatched aroma and flavor and makes some of the best biscuits and pancakes around.

Whether you are making your homemade buttermilk biscuits with baking powder or baking soda; buttermilk or milk, one thing always remains the same.

For good homemade buttermilk biscuits, you want to handle the dough as little as possible. This ensures high-rising, tender biscuits that haven’t had too much of their gluten developed.

buttermilk biscuit dough in pyrex blue bowl

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You can use a canning ring or a highball glass to cut the dough into rounds. You can also use a butter knife to cut it into squares.  Serve these homemade buttermilk biscuits with butter, jam, or drizzle them with a bit of this lemon fermented honey

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cutting buttermilk biscuit dough with a canning jar ring


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homemade buttermilk biscuits on a baking tray.

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits from Scratch

Serve these old fashioned buttermilk biscuits with butter, jam, or other favorite toppings. This is an easy and pretty much fail proof recipe for learning how to make biscuits from scratch.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 biscuits
Author: Shannon Stonger


  • 2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour organic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup butter (or lard or coconut oil)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk plus an additional 1-2 Tablespoons as needed


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and sprinkle it lightly with flour.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix together thoroughly with a whisk or fork. 
    2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Add the butter, lard, or coconut oil to the flour mixture and cut the fat into the flour using a pastry cutter until the fat is the size of peas.
    1/4 cup butter
  • Add the buttermilk and mix to combine. If the dough is still a little dry, add additional buttermilk one tablespoon at a time until a stiff dough just comes together. Knead only until a cohesive dough comes together.
    3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Move dough to the prepared baking sheet and press evenly into a 3/4 inch disc. 
  • Cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter or a narrow-mouth canning ring. Once all of the old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits are cut, pull the scraps together and cut into remaining biscuits.
  • Spread the biscuits out on the baking tray and place in preheated oven. Bake for fifteen minutes or until golden brown on the bottom and cooked through.


  • Whether you are making your biscuits with baking powder or baking soda; buttermilk or milk, one thing always remains the same. For good biscuits from scratch, you want to handle the dough as little as possible.
Serve with butter and your favorite sweet topping. Here are some you can make at home:


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the author: Shannon Stonger is the founder of the blog Nourishing Days, where she shares her family’s journey towards sustainability. She is the author of The Doable Off-Grid Homestead, Traditionally Fermented Foods, and the sourdough baking book 100% Rye. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and lives with her husband, five children, and various farm animals on their five-acre homestead in Texas.

5 comments… add one
  • Brenna Saxton Nov 4, 2023 @ 14:48

    I was just telling my husband yesterday that I want to find an easy biscuit recipe for all our jellies and butters. Thank you!

    • AttainableSustainable Nov 9, 2023 @ 8:50

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • Linda Oct 21, 2020 @ 7:15

    Hello Kris, I hope this finds you and yours well and having a bit of fun staying so too. My question is very minor as you have a lot more knowledge than I at this so I am wondering what is in the equation here that we would do better to purchase real buttermilk instead of just adding lemon juice to milk to make buttermilk. Regards, Linda

    • Kris Bordessa Oct 26, 2020 @ 12:16

      You can certainly use that option — I know buttermilk isn’t always handy. The flavor will differ some, but it should be fine.

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 17:05

    I’m defiantly going to make these again!

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