Baking Powder Biscuits


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  • Yield : 12 - 16
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 15m

My grandma used to make baking powder biscuits quite often, and this was the recipe she used – she always used lard or shortening in her biscuits.

I hadn’t made them in a few years, but when I made Dandelion Jelly, I knew right away I would be making a batch of biscuits to go with it.:)

These can be made very quickly with basic ingredients and enjoyed straight from the oven.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup margarine, butter, shortening, or lard
  • 3/4 cup milk


Step 1

Preheat oven to 450F. Combine dry ingredients.

Step 2

Cut in margarine using pastry cutter or 2 butter knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Step 3

Add milk all at once and combine using a fork until dough comes together.

Step 4

Turn out and knead 10 - 15 times, don't overwork the dough.

Step 5

Pat dough out to 1/2" thickness and use a cutter or top of a 2" glass dipped in flour to cut into biscuits.

Step 6

Place on ungreased baking sheet, 12 per sheet. Brush tops with milk for a golden coloring.

Step 7

Bake for 10 minutes.

Comments (20)

  1. posted by Fizzgig on April 18, 2015

    I think if I had to choose a last meal, baking powder biscuits might be included. I can’t have gluten or dairy and after a couple years of searching for a decent recipe I decided to just try the simple recipe off the back of Rumford’s baking powder. I subbed the flour for a cup for cup gluten free mix and swapped the butter for a dairy free alternative. Let me tell you, it tasted exactly like I remember, I couldn’t believe it. Face palm for not trying THAT sooner. D’oh.
    Your recipe is pretty close to identical, amount of baking powder aside (you should give 3 tbsp a try next time, just for fun.) :)

    • posted by Fizzgig on April 18, 2015

      Ok, so.. it’s bedtime.. and I’m clearly tired.. Rumford is rude and instead of stating 1 tbsp on their recipe, they say 3 tsp. (IDENTICAL!) I can only imagine the explosion that would occur with 3 times the amount! Please ignore my sleepy bad memory from my first comments last sentence ^^^^^^^.

      • posted by Yogurt Hydro on April 18, 2015

        Hahaha! Thanks for the laugh – and the substitution ideas!

  2. posted by Sandra Watts on May 28, 2015

    Biscuits are my downfall. I love them!

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 19, 2015

      I understand lol. I’m lucky Kevin eats most of them before I have the chance.;)

  3. posted by stayupgetdown on June 15, 2015

    These biscuits are to die for! yum! Will definitely make one. :D

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 19, 2015

      I love them hot out of the oven with butter and jam…Yum.:)

  4. posted by Alina Conn on June 15, 2015

    My husband and children love biscuits. I will most definitely have to try this recipe this coming weekend.

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 19, 2015

      I made 2 batches last time. Kevin brought home a couple of hungry construction workers that evening, and they beelined to these biscuits lol. They inhaled them.:) I was glad I made the extra batch!

  5. posted by Linda Manns Linneman on June 23, 2015

    These look so good. They also sound fairly easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 27, 2015

      Thanks Linda.:) They’re easy enough that you won’t need a recipe once you’ve done it a couple times.:)

  6. posted by Mai Tran on June 24, 2015

    What an easy recipe for breakfast! Thanks for sharing. Must taste with butter.

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 27, 2015

      Oh yes, still warm from the oven with melted butter..yum!

  7. posted by Kristin K on June 26, 2015

    These baking powder biscuits look absolutely delish!!! Thanks for the recipe…gonna try it out!

  8. posted by johnhutchens1 on August 1, 2015

    these sound great. My wife made dandelion jelly so I will make these to go with her jelly

    • posted by YogurtHydro on August 6, 2015

      These are great with dandelion jelly – they are so simple, but delicious.

  9. posted by Starla B on November 21, 2015

    Those look and sound delicious. I can’t imagine being able to make my own biscuits.. Lol. I have never tried! Especially with fresh jelly- yum!

    • posted by YogurtHydro on November 27, 2015

      These are dead easy Starla, perfect for a beginner!:)

  10. posted by alicia szemon on November 26, 2015

    i love any kind of biscuits! i will have to try these ones

  11. posted by Linda Manns Linneman on February 25, 2016

    I love biscuits. These sound so good and easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing


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