Homemade Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

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There is something extra-special about baking bread with love and from scratch.

These are so light, flakey, and just downright delicious. We’ll show you the tricks to making the best country biscuits ever!  And it’s really much easier than you might think!  And, of course, you’ll want to immediately whip up a batch of homemade biscuits and gravy!

A basket that is lined with an orange checkered cloth and is filled with freshly baked Southern biscuits.

How to Make Southern Buttermilk Biscuits from Scratch

One of the most amazing things about these classic biscuits is that there are only 3 ingredients in them!

But, it’s the way you bring those 3 humble ingredients together that makes all the difference!


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The Ingredients You Will Need

As mentioned, you only need to grab three ingredients to make perfect biscuits every single time. Here they are

Unsalted butter – Cold, cold, cold!
Self-rising flourWhite Lily is best, but other brands will work, too
Buttermilk – Full fat, if possible. But even more important – Cold, cold, cold!

EXPERT TIP: To achieve the ideal texture for the ice-cold butter is to grate it with a box grater. It will create ribbons of cold butter. You’ll just need a total of 8 tbsp (1 stick), but using half of two sticks makes it easier!

Grated butter next to a box grater

Tips For Perfect Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Keep It Cold – Make sure all of your ingredients are ice-cold. Stick the butter in the freezer for a few hours, then let it sit out for about 15 minutes before grating. After combining it with the flour, place the bowl back in the freezer. Even after you’ve formed the biscuits, place them back in the freezer for 15 minutes. When the biscuits hit the hot oven, they will release steam and become beautifully flakey with some height!

Sticky Is Best – Do your best to not overwork the dough. You don’t want to break down the gluten, plus your hands will warm the butter. The dough should be sticky, but still pliable enough to form a rectangle.

Forming the Biscuits – It’s more important that your dough has height when you cut the biscuits than anything else. You’ll want the dough to be about ¾-inch to 1-inch in height. The next important thing to remember is to push the biscuit cutter straight down. Don’t twist and turn the dough, this will keep the biscuit from rising as it bakes.

A person using a biscuit cutter to cut a round piece of dough from a slab of biscuit dough on a black marble counter.

These gorgeous gems only take about 15 to 20 minutes to fluff and turn a beautiful golden brown.

You might as well do them the true Southern way and finish them off with a few brushes of melted butter. Hit them with a little butter before baking, and then again once they’re done.

Biscuit heaven.

A pastry brush being used to smear melted butter over the top of a Southern biscuit on parchment paper.

How and When To Serve

Of course, these glorious biscuits are magnificent for a breakfast feast. Right alongside the fluffiest scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and potatoes is nothing short of breakfast perfection.

But these are wonderful served at lunch or dinnertime. For the ultimate Southern-style feast, make a batch of Southern Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, slow-cooked green beans, and then biscuits. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

EXPERT TIP: One batch of this dough will yield about 9 to 10 biscuits. The recipe can easily be doubled. Keep leftover biscuits in a large plastic baggie and then gently reheat them in the microwave for about 10 seconds. You can also reheat them in your air-fryer.

An overhead view of a basket that is lined with a kitchen cloth and is filled with homemade Southern biscuits.

Other Classic Bread Baking Dishes to Try

We just love baking bread of all types. Here are some of our favorites that you will want to try:

Homemade Country White Bread
Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls
Focaccia with Rosemary, Sea Salt, and Olive Oil
Homemade Monkey Bread
Zucchini Bread
Banana Nut Bread
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls
Orange Sweet Rolls

But in the meantime, aren’t these babies calling your name? Made even better with a little softened butter and a drizzle of honey!

A person using a honey stick to drizzle golden honey over a Southern biscuit that has been split open on a plate.

There is something truly magical about these homemade biscuits.

Follow the tips and techniques outlined in this recipe, and you’ll have perfect biscuits every single time.

And, remember, practice makes perfect!

Two biscuits sitting on a white plate, one that has been split open and drizzled with honey.

Ready to make the best Southern biscuits this side of Savanah, Georgia? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of them, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

A pastry brush being used to smear melted butter over the top of a Southern biscuit on parchment paper.

Homemade Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

These Homemade Southern Buttermilk Biscuits are something to behold.  Not hard to make but one of the most delicious items you will ever encounter.  Bake biscuits like true Southerners, and you will be so happy!  They are perfect for Biscuits and Gravy! 
4.97 from 27 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern, U.S.
Keyword: Homemade biscuits, how to make Southern biscuits, Southern biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 545kcal



  • ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick, frozen
  • cups self-rising flour (We love White Lily)
  • 1 cup buttermilk cold
  • 2 tbsp butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Take butter out of the freezer and let thaw for about 5 to 15 minutes.
  • Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the butter. (Using half of two partially frozen sticks of butter is easier than grating all of just one).
  • Add the butter to the flour and toss together with spoons (or briefly with your hands). Place back in the freezer for another 15 minutes.
  • Pour the buttermilk into the flour/butter mixture and stir until just incorporated. The batter will be sticky.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured cool surface and add a little more flour, if too wet. Working quickly, use your hands to press the dough into a rectangle that is about 3/4" to 1" thick.
  • Use a bench scraper, or a large knife and slice the dough into quarters. Stack the quarters on top of each other and quickly, again, press the dough into a thick rectangle (3/4" to 1"). Repeat this process two more times.
  • Use a 2 to 3-inch biscuit cutter to gently cut the biscuits. Be sure to press straight down, don't twist and turn the cutter. You may need to pull the dough away from the biscuits. Carefully transfer them to a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 1 inch apart from each other. Form excess dough into another square and form another biscuit or two. You should yield about 6 to 7 biscuits. Place the biscuits back in the freezer for another 15 minutes.
  • Brush a little melted butter over the tops of each of the biscuits. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until lightly golden on top, turning the pan around halfway through. Remove from oven and brush more melted butter over the tops.



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The dough, after adding the buttermilk, will be "shaggy" but should come together. You may need to add another little bit of buttermilk.  It will stick somewhat to your fingers. This is normal. 
Review the "Tips" in the blog post for critical steps for making perfect biscuits. Here are the key points:
  • Everything should be super cold
  • White Lily self-rising flour is best (there is a link in the blog post)
  • Don't over-knead the dough, at all - just gently press it into a rectangle about 3/4-inch thick
  • Be sure to press the cutter straight down and don't twist it when cutting the biscuit. 
Leftover biscuits can be kept in a large zipper bag. Reheat in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Let thaw completely and then reheat in a 350°F for about 15 minutes. 


Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 986IU | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
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POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in June 2018, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in February 2023!


  • My mother is a biscuit-lover. In fact, my whole family is! We are all the time trying to find biscuits we ALL like. This recipe is amazing! Thank you so much for your help!

  • 5 stars
    WOW! My mother loves Biscuits, and she can never find ones she likes. She is always searching for the right biscuits. Now, she is never going to eat ANY other biscuits! Thank you so much!

    • Jodalea, that is so AWESOME to hear!! We are THRILLED that you, and especially your mom, are loving these biscuits!! That makes us so happy! Thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Lawd, these biscuits are Smack Your Momma Good!!! They are fabulous and so easy to make. Fluffy, tender layers, oh my goodness, I just can’t say enough. That butter trick is wonderful. I’ve used that little tidbit of genius in 3 of my other favorite recipes. So simple and very helpful.

    • Hi Trish! That is all music to our ears!! We are THRILLED you had such great success with the biscuits! That really makes us so happ to hear! And thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That really means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Jessica!! You have no idea how happy you have made us!! We LOVE making these biscuits and we’re so thrilled you are having success with them, too. Thanks so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I am from the south, and have tried to make biscuits so many times before finding this recipe, and each time failed. This recipe and detailed instructions are a lifesaver. I can now make great biscuits thanks to y’all. Thank you!

    • AWESOME!!!!! We are SO GLAD you had success with the biscuits! Isn’t that just about the best feeling in the world pulling warm beautiful homemade biscuits out of the oven? Congratulations and thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the GREAT review!! We appreciate that so very much!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Amazing! After several disasterous attempts at making biscuits I have finally found the one!!! They turned out beautiful and delicious…thank you!

    • Yes! Yes! Yes! We are THRILLED that you had such major success with our biscuits recipe!! FANTASTIC!! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review!!!! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 4 stars
    Just made my first ever batch if southern butter biscuits. I live in the UK. Not sure I have the layering bit down yet but I am going to keep practicing.

  • 5 stars
    What do I do with the bits of dough after cutting out the biscuits? Can I re-roll and cut more biscuits out of what is left? Or just re-roll that leftover dough and cut it with a knife to get square biscuits and no more leftovers?? I wouldn’t want to waste anything!

    I just found your blog and I love your recipes! Very nice!

    • Hi Pamela! So very sorry for the delayed response!! Yes, absolutely, that’s the best way to handle the extra scraps of dough, roll them up and make more biscuits!! Let us know how they turn out and we are so glad you found us and we found you!! All the best, and Happy New Year!! Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Hello there,
    This is a nice post! I always rush when I make biscuits and end up not having cold butter. I think I’ll do the cheese grater trick and put the grated butter in the fridge overnight and then toss them in to the mix when I’m ready to do it. Think that’ll work?

    • Hey Nick! Yes, that would work perfectly. Or, you could even put the grated cheese in the freezer for about 15 minutes before adding into the mix…just make sure its nice and cold, and you’ll be set!! Let us know how it turns out! Best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Tara!

      Thanks for the heads up! The recipe is correct! I start with 2 1/2 cups of the self rising flour, and then usually add another 1/4 cup to get a slightly sticky batter. We need to correct the video! Thanks again! Kris & Wesley

      • 5 stars
        I made these biscuits today after your clarification. Now this TN born and breed girl made biscuits for the first time. My southern WV hubby, raised on homestyle biscuits, admitted these were the best ever! I truly have never appreciated the taste of biscuits, but these are heavenly! Thank you so much for your timely reply and awesome recipe!

      • Hi Tara! That is so wonderful to hear! We couldn’t be happier to hear that you and your hubby loved the biscuits. Sounds like you made them perfectly!! Congrats! And thank you SO MUCH for letting us know. Stay in touch! Best, Kris & Wesley

      • 5 stars
        Just a follow up! Please let those of us who do not understand that you need to shake buttermilk when first using. Since I had such an awesome experience with your biscuit recipe…..it got me thinking! These heavenly biscuits remind me of Red Lobster’s cheese/garlic biscuits……only better! So guess what? I roasted three BIG garlic cloves. Mashed into a paste. After making the dough, I added my garlic paste and about one cup of Cheddar cheese. I cut my dough out with a Mason Jar lid. Bake as directed. Brushed with butter, sprinkled with garlic powder, topped with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese. OMG….there are no words ! Kris & Wesley, I urge you to try this!

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