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.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk biscuit recipe, easy buttermilk biscuit recipe, how to make biscuits
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 178 kcal
Author Shannon Stonger


  • 2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour organic
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup butter (or lard or coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk plus an additional 1-2 Tablespoons as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and sprinkle it lightly with flour.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix together thoroughly with a whisk or fork. 

  3. 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.

    pats of button on dry flour
  4. 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.
  5. Move dough to the prepared baking sheet and press evenly into a 3/4 inch disc. 

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

Recipe Notes

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: