Homemade Biscuits Recipes

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Grandma's homemade biscuits recipes are the greatest. Make old fashioned biscuits that taste absolutely delicious when split apart and spread with butter, honey, or your favorite jam preserves. Consider them a healthy dessert!

Grandma's Homemade Biscuits Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Tea biscuits are delicious when eaten warm from the oven with butter or with your favorite jams or jelly preserves generously spread upon them.

You'll love these old fashioned homemade biscuits recipes. They are so easy to make. Make some today!

Sweet Tea Biscuits

Sift one quart flour, with three teaspoons baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Add enough milk to make dough as soft as can be rolled.

Roll out an inch thick, spread with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar, roll like jelly roll, cut in slices about an inch thick, and bake till done.

Cream Tea Biscuits

1 cup thin sweet cream
2 cups flour (enough to roll dough)
1 teaspoon baking powder to each cup flour

Put cream in bowl, add flour with baking powder gradually so as not to get the dough too stiff. Roll to 1/2 inch thick, cut, bake in oven not so hot as required for other biscuits. Makes 10 biscuits.

Basic Rolled Biscuits

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 to 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450°F. Sift dry ingredients into bowl, Mix in milk, cut in shortening with fork. Place dough on ungreased pan and roll or pat with hand to 1/2-inch thick. Cut and bake 10 to 15 minutes in oven until done.

Plain Tea Biscuits

4 cups flour, sifted
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 dessert-spoons white sugar
1 scant teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 cup cream

Sift the cream of tartar and soda with the flour. Mix all with spoon, roll out, cut, and bake well in hot oven. A handful of currants is sometimes added. If no cream is at hand, substitute 1 tablespoon lard, or butter. —Women's Institute Homemade Biscuits Recipe

Light Foam Biscuits

1 quart (1 pound sifted or 3 coffee-cupfuls) flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon lard
1 tablespoon butter
1 coffee cup whole milk
1 egg (beaten separately and mixed with milk)

Mix as usual, cut and bake 20 minutes in quick (425°F) oven.

Biscuits for 100 People

Are you having a LARGE gathering or family reunion? Here's the old fashioned homemade biscuits recipe you've been looking for. Now you can make tasty biscuits for up to 100 people.

6-1/2 quarts of flour, 1/2 cup salt, 3/4 cup baking powder, 3 cups lard, 2 quarts milk. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder, and sift twice. Cut or rub in the lard. Add milk slowly to make a soft dough.

Roll dough out on slightly floured board to 3/4-inch thickness and cut with a sharp biscuit cutter. Place on greased baking sheets and bake in a quick oven (425°F) 10 to 15 minutes. This recipe will make about 100 biscuits.

Tea Biscuits

2 cups bread flour, 4 level teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 level teaspoons shortening, milk enough to make a soft dough. Bake in hot oven (425°F) till done. —Mrs. K. Denoon

Tea Biscuits

4 cups flour, 1 scant cup lard and butter (mixed), 1 teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, milk enough to make a dough soft enough to handle. Bake in a quick oven (425°F) for 20 minutes, or until done. —Mrs. A. Long

Old Time Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

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2 cups flour, sifted
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
Lard size of walnut
Buttermilk (enough to make soft dough NOT thick enough to roll)

Mix together and empty onto well floured board, smooth out a little and cut into size desired. Bake in hot (425°F) oven.

Sweet Rice Biscuits

1/2 pound flour, 1/2 pound butter, 1/2 pound ground rice, 1/2 pound castor sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 2 eggs. Mix flour and ground rice together, put in butter, mix in sugar and baking powder.

Make into a stiff paste with eggs; roll our thinly, cut in rounds and bake in moderate (375°F) oven on buttered baking sheet. When cold put two together with icing or jam. —Mrs. M. Watson

Pinwheel Biscuits

This old fashioned homemade biscuits recipe is a family favorite. Mom often used it to make delicious pinwheel biscuits to take to family gatherings or to serve on special occasions.

Though the biscuits recipe calls for a filling of chopped raisins and citron, she often substituted small whole raisins, and-or sometimes chopped nuts. Delicious either way.

Mix batter: Two cups of flour, quarter teaspoonful salt, four teaspoonfuls baking powder, two teaspoonfuls butter, three-quarters cup milk.

Roll batter one-fourth inch thick, spread with two tablespoonfuls melted butter after rolling, then spread on a mixture of two tablespoonfuls sugar, one-half teaspoonful cinnamon, one-third cup chopped raisins and citron, roll like jelly roll, cut off in slices, spread with softened butter and bake until done.

Pinwheel biscuits are delicious.

Old Fashioned Homemade Biscuits Recipes

Royal Cook Book (1922)

Hot Biscuits

Enjoy a light, flaky, hot biscuit with a crisp, brown crust, just from the oven, broken apart and spread with butter, honey, jam, or marmalade. So good!

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup milk

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add shortening and rub in very lightly; add liquid slowly; roll or pat out with hands on floured board to about one inch in thickness (handle as little as possible); cut with biscuit cuter. Bake in hot (425°F) oven 15 to 20 minutes.

Emergency or Drop Biscuits

Same as above Hot Biscuits, but with the addition of more milk to make stiff batter. Drop by spoonfuls on greased pan or in muffin tins and bake in hot oven.

Whole Wheat or Health Biscuits

2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons shortening
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons cut raisins

Mix flour, salt, and baking powder well or sift through coarse strainer; rub shortening in lightly; add raisins, milk, and mix to soft dough.

Drop with tablespoon quite far apart on greased baking tin or in muffin tins. Bake in moderate (375°F) oven about 25 minutes.

Cheese Biscuits

1-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons grated cheese
2/3 cup milk

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; add cheese, mix in lightly; add milk slowly, just enough to hold dough together.

Roll out on floured board about 1/2-inch thick; cut with biscuit cutter. Bake in hot oven 12 to 15 minutes.

Bran Biscuits

1/2 cup bran
1-1/2 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons melted shortening

For this healthy homemade biscuits recipe, mix thoroughly bran, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar; add sufficient water to make soft dough; add shortening; roll on floured board to about 1/4-inch thick; cut with biscuit cutter. Bake in hot (425°F) oven 12 to 15 minutes.

The Secret to Southern Biscuit Making

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Cooks in the Old South were famous for their light, fluffy biscuits. Their SECRET to making perfect biscuits wasn't so much in the homemade biscuits recipe used, it was in the type of flour used.

A preferred flour of Southern bakers since 1883, White Lily® self-rising flour is made from a soft winter wheat that's lower in protein and gluten than most conventional all-purpose flours.

To substitute White Lily® flour in your favorite recipe, use 1 cup and 2 tablespoons White Lily self-rising flour for every cup of regular all-purpose flour.

However, if White Lily® flour is unavailable in your area, for each cup of regular all-purpose flour, try substituting 1 cup cake flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Vintage 1922 Royal Baking Powder Illustration of Girl with Homemade BiscuitsMakes the Best Biscuits — Vintage 1922 Illustration

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