Daniel’s Southern Country Biscuits

I've worked my way through several biscuits recipes. Some have eggs, some have yogurt, some are vegan. This recipe is simple, using only a few basic ingredients, but it reminds me of the homemade biscuits I ate growing up. Also, the simplicity makes a great base on which you can build with additional flavors/variations.
Author Daniel Carter
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort foods, southern
Servings 6 biscuits


  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Aluminum Free Baking Powder - You can use regular baking powder, but aluminum free makes much better biscuits
  • 1 tablespoon White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Oils - We've been using peanut oil for a savory pop. We've also had success with Olive and Avocado oils
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon UnSalted Butter


Preheat and prep

  • Preheat oven to 475F
  • Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt).
  • Put oil in measuring cup, add milk. Do not stir.
  • Add milk+oil to dry ingredients
  • Mix lightly to moisten ingredients, then kneed one or two times to form a ball. If using a stand mixer, use dough hook.

Prep biscuit shapes

  • If you're making drop biscuits, separate the dough into 6 equal sizes and roll into balls. If you're making perfectly splittable biscuits, roll dough flat with roller until about 1/2 inch thick. Melt butter and spread evenly on dough. Fold dough sheet in half, then roll out again lightly. Use a large cup or mason jar to cut biscuit shapes
  • Melt butter and glaze tops of dough evenly.

Bake and finish

  • Bake on ungreased pan at 475F for 10-12 minutes until bottoms are lightly brown. (line pan with parchment paper for easy clean up)
  • Use any leftover butter to glaze biscuits tops again.


You can experiment with other flavors in the dry mix before adding oil+milk. For example, I often use 1 teaspoon of crushed Rosemary in the dry ingredients for a rich, aromatic addition that works with either sweet or savory accessories (sausage, jelly, peanut butter)
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