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Crisco Biscuits

If you want impossibly soft, fluffy, pillow-like biscuits, shortening (like Crisco) is the only way to go; however these biscuits also have BUTTER! It's the best of both biscuit worlds.

Honey drizzled over a biscuit half on a plate with butter.
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A good biscuit recipe is imperative if you want to make Sunday morning biscuits and Sausage Gravy, or just a simple side biscuit for a brunch casserole.

Also be sure to try this sweet and savory biscuits recipe, if you're looking for a spin on traditional biscuits.

Butter vs. Shortening

First off, this recipe is the best biscuit recipe because it uses both shortening and butter. Shortening and butter have their own strengths and their place in a biscuit recipe, like in these biscuits which also use shortening.

This biscuit recipe can be made using a biscuit cutter, or drop biscuits (such as for dumplings).

A highly debated subject is whether or not biscuits should be made with butter or shortening. The answer actually depends on what your goal is.

A biscuit made with primarily butter will have more air pockets, especially when the butter is cold; whereas shortening is easily and evenly distributed throughout the dough, resulting in less air pockets.

A butter biscuit will typically be, more flaky, more crumbly or have a denser crumb texture, and is best suited for cobblers and shortcakes (in my opinion). However, the flavor that butter gives biscuits is what makes it so desirable of an ingredient.

A biscuit made with primarily shortening is soft, light, and fluffy throughout. There is less flakiness going on, but the entire texture is pillow like.

Instructions

Let's get into it.

Here's how to make these amazing biscuits:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Start by combining all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, as shown below and use a fork or pastry cutter to cut in the shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs(photo 1). Add the wet ingredients and stir until combined; dough will be slightly sticky but should come together as a unified ball (photo 2).

A four image collage showing the first 4 steps to making biscuits.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the biscuit dough out to about ¾-inch thickness (photo 3). Use a biscuit cutter or water glass to cut circles out of the dough (photo 4).

See recipe notes for drop biscuit instructions.

Repeat with remaining dough scraps (photo 5) until all the dough has been used.

Arrange biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (or nonstick) about 2 inches apart.

Steps 5 through 6 showing how to butter biscuits.

Melt butter in a microwave safe container, or on the stove top and brush on uncooked biscuits (photos 6 and 7).

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until just golden brown.

Remove from oven and brush with more melted butter.

Baked biscuits on a baking sheet being brushed with melted butter.

FAQ's

How do I make biscuits fluffy?

Use shortening as the primary fat and don't overwork the dough.

What is the the best flour for biscuits?

All purpose flour and bread flour will make very light, fluffy biscuits along with the right technique and recipe.

A basket of biscuits with butter and honey.

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📖 Recipe

Honey drizzled over a biscuit half on a plate with butter.

Southern (Crisco/Shortening) Biscuits

Soft and fluffy shortening biscuits made with buttermilk and brushed with melted butter before and after baking.
4.98 from 40 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crisco biscuits, fluffy biscuits, shortening biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 biscuits
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $0.95

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup shortening like Crisco
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
  • 1 stick melted butter for brushing biscuits

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine 4 ½ cups all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl until evenly mixed.
  • Cut in 1 cup of shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add 1 ¾ cups buttermilk and mix until soft and combined.
  • Turn dough  out onto generously floured surface.
  • Roll out into a ¾-INCH thick slab.
  • Use a biscuit cutter or glass to cut out biscuits; roll up excess scraps and re-roll another slab to cut more biscuits until little to no dough remains.
  • Brush with melted butter.
  • Bake on a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, brush again with melted butter while still hot.

Notes

  • FOR DROP BISCUITS: MAKE RECIPE AS IS, BUT DON'T ROLL OUT ONTO A FLOURED SURFACE. INSTEAD, LEAVE THE DOUGH IN THE BOWL, AND USE A FORK OR SPOON TO "SCOOP" 2 INCH SECTIONS OUT AND "DROP" THEM INTO A GREASED PAN ABOUT 1-2 INCHES APART. BAKE AS INSTRUCTED.
  • Any brand of vegetable shortening will work, however Crisco is a popular and trusted brand.
  • Recipe makes a large batch, about 18 dozen biscuits so cut in half to make a smaller batch.
  • If you don't have buttermilk, you can make a buttermilk "substitute" by combining the milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice; stir and let sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Use in place of buttermilk called for in recipe.
  • If you do not have a biscuit cutter, use a small glass. Dust the rim with flour to prevent sticking.
  • These biscuits are so very soft and are great served straight up; with butter and jam.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg
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Recipe Rating




Jay

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Pretty darn good ! If you don’t have buttermilk use regular milk instead and they are just as delicious. Love these is south west Georgia

Kaye Standridge

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Sarah

Tuesday 19th of September 2023

Easy and fabulous recipe, thanks!!

Natalie

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Thank you, these are the biscuits my grandma used to make. She would bake them every time she made spaghetti. Pop Pop would butter them the minute they came out of the oven.. I'd eat them hot or cold. When I went away to college she would make them and send them to me when my mom visited.

I asked her by letter for the recipe a few years ago. She told "They were your grandfather's mother's recipe. I don't remember it anymore." I knew she made them with just Crisco shortening, milk and flour b/c she'd taught me when I was a teenager and I made them with her, but I didn't remember the amounts or the temperature, etc.

Pop Pop has been gone 30+ years. Gran has been gone 3. I've been out of college for 30, which is the last time Gran made them. I'm making them tonight, to go with my spaghetti, just like Gran made.

Linda Thomas

Tuesday 25th of July 2023

Amazing homemade biscuit recipe. First time I made them and they are perfect and I will use this recipe from here on out. The only thing I would do to change would be as a half teaspoon of salt but that is just a personal preference of mine and does not reflect on the recipe negatively. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

Val

Friday 13th of October 2023

@Linda Thomas, hi! Just a quick tip!!! Normally salt amounts change depending on the type of salt. If you ever find a recipe that doesn’t seem to have a lot of flour and looks like too much salt and they don’t specify the kind, I would assume is coarse kosher salt, Use this salt. But if you don’t have that kind in your pantry but have table salt instead I recommend cutting the recipe’s salt amount in half. Table salt is very salty and strong! Hoping this helps!!! ❤️🙏🏼