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Buttermilk Biscuits

Soft and fluffy shortening biscuits made with buttermilk and brushed with melted butter.
Author: Erin


  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup shortening like Crisco
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 stick melted butter for brushing biscuits


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 1 1/2 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 3/4 cups buttermilk and mix until soft and combined.
  • Turn dough  out onto generously floured surface.
  • Roll out into a 1 1/4" 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 17-22 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, brush again with melted butter while still hot.


  • Any brand of vegetable shortening will work, however Crisco is a popular and trusted brand.
  • Recipe makes a large batch, about 2 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.