Buttermilk Biscuits

As many of you know, I lived in Mississippi my entire life until we moved to NYC in 2010. While I do so love living here, one thing is just not the same. Biscuits! Honestly, biscuits are so ubiquitous in the South, that I never really bothered making them that often. If I had a hankering, we’d just go get breakfast in a restaurant or pick up a sausage or chicken biscuit at any available place.

Recently, the idea to bake biscuits got in my head and wouldn’t go away. So, I decided that I would bake some. Eventually. Then, I got a little extra push in that direction.

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That push came in the form of a box full of biscuit essentials from White Lily. If you’re not familiar with White Lily, it is what I think of as Southern flour. I can’t remember ever being in a grocery store in the South and not seeing it on the shelves. It’s the first choice of many for baking biscuits. Last fall, White Lily began a “Save the Biscuit” campaign, and I am all too happy to help with the crusade.

So, armed with my biscuit-making tools, I got to work and made a batch of biscuits. We ate those, and I made more not long after that. And, there’s been another batch recently, too. I think I’m making up for lost time.

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If biscuits have never been a big part of your eating life, this is the time to change that. They’re amazingly simple to make. And, most importantly, they’re so delicious and versatile. I love to spread a little butter on a warm biscuit and then slather it with preserves. They’re also good with breakfast meats like sausage (my favorite) and bacon. You can even put them on the dinner table alongside soup or chili or a whole slew of options. If you’re a little more daring, spread on a little cream cheese and top with pepper jelly.

One quick ingredient note…. I make my biscuits with butter instead of shortening. I won’t argue that shortening makes a fine biscuit, but I just generally don’t bake with it. Feel free to substitute an equal amount of shortening if you like.

Scroll past the recipe for a White Lily giveaway!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold & cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2/3 - 3/4 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 500°. Grease or line baking sheet.

Whisk together flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add butter and mix using a pastry blender or a fork or two knives. For flaky biscuits, mix until butter is the size of small peas. For tender biscuits, mix until butter is the size of fine crumbs.

Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Slowly add buttermilk and continue mixing. Add just enough buttermilk until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Do not overmix.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead dough gently 2-3 times until the dough holds together for rolling. Roll dough into a circle about 1/2-inch thick. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut dough into rounds. Gather dough and re-roll as necessary.

Place biscuits on prepared pan. For crisper sides, place biscuits an inch apart. For softer sides, place biscuits so that they are almost touching.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.


Recipe adapted from White Lily.


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  • White Lily Self-Rising Flour
  • Flour Sifter
  • Pastry Blender
  • Biscuit Cutter
  • White Lily Flour Sack Towel
  • White Lily Re-usable Shopping Tote Bag
  • White Lily “Save the Biscuit” T-Shirt

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  1. lacey May 20, 2013 Reply

    Those look delicious! And your right you see it on the shelves everywhere here. What part are you from? We live in Hattiesburg :) I enjoy all your recipes…. :)

    • jennifer May 20, 2013 Reply

      Hi, Lacey! I’m from the northeast corner of MS. I grew up in a tiny town and then lived in Tupelo before moving to NY.

  2. These are the same biscuits my big mama makes. I grew up on them and they are so delish! Very beautiful!

  3. Oooh I love love love biscuits, and I adore you bringing up your Southern pride and gettin’ biscuits back!

  4. Jean Marie May 20, 2013 Reply

    Homemade biscuits are one of the things I adore about being born and raised in the south!! Hats off to White Lily!!

  5. Nancie May 20, 2013 Reply

    Nothing is better then a good biscut! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. Jennie May 20, 2013 Reply

    I love biscuits with European butter!

  7. lacey May 20, 2013 Reply

    My grandpa lives in Jumpertown,MS. Have you ever had/ made chocolate biscuit gravy??? If so do you have a recipe?

    • jennifer May 20, 2013 Reply

      Lacey, I love chocolate gravy! It’s been far too long since I made any. Here’s my favorite recipe for it: Chocolate Gravy.

      And, I know exactly where Jumpertown is! Small world!

  8. LIz May 20, 2013 Reply

    I always use white lily for biscuits!! Regular flour just isn’t the same.

  9. JEP May 20, 2013 Reply

    My favorite way to enjoy biscuits is spreading them with honey butter. When I lived in Texas, we had biscuits with lots of meals.

  10. Martha May 20, 2013 Reply

    Good coastalSoutherners always want homemade Mayhaw jelly on their biscuits.

  11. Jan R May 20, 2013 Reply

    I love biscuits with pot pies.

  12. I honestly had no idea that biscuits were SO easy. I am definitely going to have to try these. They look so perfect!

  13. Marcia May 20, 2013 Reply

    I live in the Chicagoland area, I order White Lily at least once a year. It really does make the best biscuits!

  14. Natalie May 21, 2013 Reply

    I have very vivid memories of my grannie making tons of biscuits for family breakfasts. She would let them rise spread out cross the washer and dryer, and it was like it was my life’s mission to sneak pinches of the dough. I think biscuits hold a special place in every Southerner’s heart. Glad you could recreate them in NYC!


  15. How funny I don’t think I’ve ever seen that flour in Memphis! Granted I don’t really look past the Kroger brand. I’ll have to keep an eye out next time

  16. Katie May 21, 2013 Reply

    There are not many recipes with only four ingredients! These biscuits look great adn easy enough for me to have a go!

  17. Donnetta May 21, 2013 Reply

    I like eating biscuits with homemade strawberry jam.

  18. Mary Ann Atzrott May 24, 2013 Reply

    I voted and tweeted!

  19. sharon watkins May 25, 2013 Reply

    i love white lilly to bake with,sure would love to win this prize

  20. Gayle May 29, 2013 Reply

    Is there a place we can order the t-shirt?

    • jennifer May 30, 2013 Reply

      Gayle, I don’t know but I will try to find out.

  21. Kristen February 27, 2014 Reply

    I too have been having the urge to bake biscuits!

  22. Nancye February 28, 2014 Reply

    Try them with chocolate gravy! Yummy and served warm!

  23. jan November 23, 2014 Reply

    I made these and rolled out too thin but still didnt rise much but were still yummy. my husband ate them all!

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