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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.