Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

There is nothing better than a melt-in-your-mouth, Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits… topped with a smear of butter and a drizzle of honey.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Here’s a step-by-step for you on how to make light and flaky buttermilk biscuits.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

The biscuit dough can be made in the food processor or by hand. Butter is cut into the dry ingredients and then mixed with buttermilk.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com
I’ve made flaky pastry many times by using the dough-folding method so I thought it might be a good idea to try this for the biscuits. The dough is rolled out and then folded into thirds like you’d fold paper to put into an envelope.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Then it’s rolled out again and you repeat the folding.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Roll it out one last time.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Punch out your biscuits with a biscuit cutter (or the bottom of a glass).

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Place biscuits on a baking sheet, and bake them until they have risen nicely and are golden brown.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

If you eat them right away, you can take advantage of the ease of melting butter and the soft, tender, flaky insides.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

A little dollop of jam or a drizzle of honey completes these perfect little biscuits.  And they turn out light and flaky, just as I was hoping.

Yield: 12 to 14 biscuits

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray baking pan with nonstick spray (or line with parchment paper).
  2. Mixing with the food processor: Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the dry mixture together a few times to blend. Add butter and continue to pulse until fine crumbs form. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and stir in buttermilk with a wooden spoon until the dough is mixed together and a little sticky. Mixing by hand: In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add butter and use a pastry cutter (or use your fingers) to work the butter into the dry mixture and form fine crumbs. Stir in buttermilk with a wooden spoon until the dough is mixed together and a little sticky.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead lightly and form into a small round. Roll dough into a 9x5-inch rectangle (1/2 inch thick); dust the top of the dough lightly with flour. Fold dough crosswise into thirds (as if you're folding a piece of paper to slide into an envelope). Re-roll dough into another 9x5-inch rectangle (1/2 inch thick). Fold into thirds again; roll into another rectangle. Cut dough with a 1 3/4-inch biscuit cutter to form 12 to 14 dough rounds. Gather scraps and gently pat the dough together again to cut more biscuits.
  4. Place dough rounds, 1 inch apart, on prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden. Remove from pan; cool 2 minutes on wire racks. Serve warm.


  • If the dough seems too sticky, sprinkle a little more flour, as needed, and knead it into the dough.
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12 Responses to “Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits”

  1. postedJan 27, 2011 5:08 AM

    I have a fail-proof biscuit recipe that I always use… but i simply HAVE to try these, they look scrumptious! omnomnomnom

  2. postedFeb 2, 2011 7:28 AM

    I’m drooling! I can’t wait to try these and surprise my husband. He loves a good biscuit.

  3. postedFeb 22, 2011 3:16 PM

    I just tried to make these, but the dough turned out more like batter and I ended up just baking them in muffin tins because it was so thin. There was no way I could have folded it, even after adding a bit of flour. Is there a typo in this recipe, maybe? I checked and triple-checked and I followed it exactly…

    • March 13th, 2011 @ 2:50 PM

      @Alex, I had the same problem my first try and the reason why was I used 1 tbsp of vinegar plus 2% milk to make one cup. If you do this instead of using the buttermilk cut back the liquid to 3/4 cup and it will work perfectly. Buttermilk is just not a watery as milk. Biscuit are a hit a our house.

  4. postedMay 2, 2011 6:45 PM

    This is my go-to recipe for biscuits now. We absolutely LOVE them!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • May 2nd, 2011 @ 11:31 PM

      Yay! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  5. postedDec 9, 2013 5:45 PM

    These are great! The dough was perfect consistency. 🙂

  6. postedFeb 6, 2014 6:14 AM

    We love these….I was wondering if you ever tried to make them ahead and freeze them

    • February 6th, 2014 @ 8:05 AM

      I haven’t tried freezing these yet!

  7. postedNov 11, 2014 5:09 AM
    Charlotte Moore

    This recipe is very similar to the one I now use. Almost my whole life I have made biscuits by just patting the dough out then cutting them. After I tried a recipe of folding them and refolding them my biscuits are the best I have made. I will never go back to the old way. Buttermilk makes the best ones.

  8. postedApr 24, 2015 9:04 AM

    Just made these for the first time. I never seem to have buttermilk on hand, so I substituted 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup milk for it. The tang of the sour cream worked beautifully as a substitute. This will be my go to recipe. I’d like to try making them and freezing the dough for when I want fresh biscuits.

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