Flaky Homemade Biscuits

baked biscuits in a bowl with towel underneat

These Flaky Homemade Biscuits are the absolute best! They are soft, fluffy and loaded with flaky layers that are perfect to have with breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Alright you guys – I figured we are so close to Christmas it was FINALLY time to learn how to make homemade biscuits on my own. 

My Mom has been making them for years and it pains me to say that when I posted my Best Southern Biscuits and Gravy post a few years back that I used CANNED BISCUITS. 

Listen, I’m not opposed to canned biscuits. You know who uses canned biscuits? My Granny. Because she made homemade biscuits EVERY SINGLE DAY for my Paw and my Dad and his brothers and sisters. Granny deserves to use those canned biscuits y’all! 

close up of top of a golden baked biscuit

But, since it is a Christmas tradition for us to have biscuits, I wanted to try them out on my own this year. And man oh man, am I glad I did! Mom, I hope I make you proud! 

Why These Biscuits are the BEST: 

First off, they’re so so simple. There is no rising, nothing super crazy about the ingredients – just simple, easy and delicious! 

You do have to use a roller and roll out the dough but there is no yeast, rising time etc. Just one bowl mixing and then rolling the dough out on a clean surface.

These biscuits are not only flaky but incredibly BUTTERY. My mom let me know that one of her secret ingredients is to add a pat of butter on top right before you bake it. 

How could I say no to that?! 

straight on shot of flaky baked homemade biscuit

So, we have buttery, flaky, and SOFT biscuits. 

Annnnnd they’re GOLDEN. Like, perfect golden delicious biscuits that fill your heart with the warm fuzzies. 

They are perfect with a huge slathering of salted butter…or salted butter and fresh warm homemade strawberry jam. Or maybe a slice of spicy sausage and melted cheese with a fried egg? The world is your oyster with these! So let’s get into what you need to make them. 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Self rising flour 
  • Baking powder 
  • Salt 
  • Crisco 
  • Whole milk 
  • Salted butter

How to Make Biscuits: 

Preheat your oven first! It’s a very high temperature so we want to make sure it warms up in time. 

Next, whisk together the self-rising flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Then add in the crisco and incorporate until it’s evenly distributed.

Add in the milk and stir until it’s mixed in. If the dough is too wet, feel free to add a bit more flour until it’s able to be rolled out into a ball. 

It’s going to look something like this: 

biscuit dough in glass bowl

Add flour to a super clean surface as well as your hands and plop it down in it. Shape it with your hands so that it looks something like this: 

biscuit dough rolled into a ball on a marble surface with rolling pin beside it.

And then roll it out with a roller! Roll it out to be about ½ inch thick. Like this: 

biscuit dough rolled out with biscuits cut in the dough.

Use a biscuit cutter to cut them and then make sure to twist the biscuit cutter to make sure that the dough is kind of “removed” from the rest of the dough if that makes sense. This will help ensure that the biscuit doesn’t try to stick together with the rest of the dough when you put it on the sheet pan. 

cut out biscuit dough on the marble surface.

Alright – time to add them to the pan! When they’re on the pan, I melted some butter until it was soft/slightly melted and then I brushed the tops of the biscuits gently with the butter. 

Next, add them to the pre-heated oven and bake them for 9-10 minutes. 

Remove them when they’re golden brown on top – let them cool for a bit on the pan but make sure you are still able to eat them warm! 

baked golden brown biscuit on a sheet pan.

What to Serve Biscuits With: 

Biscuits and Gravy of course! 

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup – any soup would work, but this creamy chicken soup would go wonderfully with biscuits 

3 Ingredient Blackberry Jam – make sure to slather the biscuit with butter and then add this warm jam on top. YUM! 

However you serve these biscuits, I hope you enjoy them! XO – Haylie 

sliced open biscuit with butter in the middle.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits 

Chicken Pot Pie with Everything Bagel Spice Biscuits 

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Flaky Homemade Biscuits

These Flaky Homemade Biscuits are the absolute best! They are soft, fluffy and loaded with flaky layers that are perfect to have with breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword buttery biscuits, flaky biscuits, homemade biscuits, southern biscuits
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Haylie


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp crisco vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp melted/softened butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 485.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the self-rising flour, the baking powder and the salt. To this, add in the crisco. Incorporate it with your hands until it is evenly distributed. Next, add in the milk and stir in. If the dough seems too wet, add a little bit more flour. You want the dough to be able to be rolled out.

  3. On a clean surface, add a sprinkling of flour and then place your ball of dough on top of it. Roll it out with a floured rolling pin until it's about 1/2 inch thick.

  4. Use a biscuit cutter (about 2-2.5 inch large biscuit cutter will work) and make your biscuits, making sure that you TWIST the biscuit cutter to make sure the biscuit is released from the other dough.

  5. Place the biscuits on the sheet pan a few inches apart. (You might have to bake 2 batches.)

  6. Melt/soften butter in the microwave and then gently brush the tops of the biscuit with the butter.

  7. Place in the oven and bake for 9-10 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Let cool for a couple of minutes on the pan and then eat while warm! Repeat until all of the biscuits are cooked - and feel free to roll back up the leftover pieces of dough to make some not so cute biscuits! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes anywhere from 10-16 biscuits, depending on how big your biscuit cutter is. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature and then just warm them up either in the oven or in the microwave when ready to eat. 

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