Buttermilk Biscuits

I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring, and Happy May!  I had to step away for a few weeks, and am looking forward to catching up!

What’s not to love about homemade biscuits?  They are one of my favorite indulgences, and I am always coming up with new varieties, including blueberry, cinnamon, feta and spinach cheese, and cheesy beer biscuits.  The possibilities are endless.  But, back to the reason for this post….buttermilk biscuits.  I first shared these 2 years ago, and just had to share them again. 😀  They are the perfect flaky, salty, and buttery accompaniment to any breakfast food.  We love them with honey butter, honey, nut butters, and molasses…yes, molasses!  When my husband’s grandmother was little, her mother would poke a hole inside the biscuit and pour molasses into it.  It was the perfect way to play and have dessert at the same time.  I used to love hearing her tell this story, and the taste even more.  There are different types of molasses, resulting from the boiling process of sugar cane, so pick your favorite!  I like blackstrap molasses, because it is very high in potassium, iron, and calcium.  It is very unique to have a sweetener containing actual nutrition.  The taste is very intense though.  You can also try them with homemade honey butter (see below), which is super easy to make.

I hope you enjoy these biscuits as much as we do.  They are not difficult to make, and can be made from start to finish in around 40 minutes.

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Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter

20 to 24 biscuits


  • 2 cups all purpose flour and more for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ stick cold unsalted butter (¼ cup) and 1 Tbsp for brushing on biscuits
  • 1 cup buttermilk or milk (2% milk fat or higher)
  • oil for greasing pan
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a pan and set aside.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together, and then add the sugar and salt, and whisk together well.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour. Now you will need to 'cut' the butter into the flour. I use a pastry blender and manually perform this step, until the butter is well incorporated into the flour, and only little pieces are seen within the flour mixture.
  • Once this is complete, add the milk.
  • It is important not to over mix, just give it a quick couple of stirs until the milk is incorporated. Drop the dough onto a well floured surface. Sprinkle flour on top to ensure that all wet and sticky areas are covered.
  • Lightly and consistently flatten the dough, being mindful of any sticky areas. Flatten to your desired thickness (approx 3/4 in.). Cut your biscuits and place on the pan and in the oven. Set the timer for 12 minutes and then melt the remaining butter. When they are about 5 minutes away from being done, remove the biscuits from the oven and pause the timer. Quickly and lightly brush the biscuits with the melted butter. Place back in the oven for the remaining 5 minutes. At this point, they should be done and lightly browned on top and bottom.
  • Homemade Honey Butter
  • Making homemade honey butter is super easy. Add 2 cups heavy cream to a food processor, and let it run until the liquid begins to separate from the butter (about 10 minutes). Drain the liquid and squeeze the butter (but save the liquid, which is buttermilk (This is not the same as the buttermilk you find at the store, as it will not be as acidic. However, it works well in pancakes and biscuits.)).
  • Mix the butter and 2 Tbsp honey, using a spatula or hand mixer (add more if you want it sweeter). Wrap it in wax or parchment paper and store in the fridge for several days (or freezer for longer storage).
  • Notes

    #1 Make the biscuit dry ingredients ahead of time. Anytime I am having guests, I will make this several days ahead.

    #2 Make the biscuit dough ahead of time and freeze. They should hold up in the freezer for a couple of months, if packaged well. Take out, defrost, and bake! You can also bake and then freeze. Simply take out and let defrost, and then heat through.

    I am excited to bring my biscuits to Fiesta Friday #169!  Your lovely co-hosts this week are Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Sue @ Birgerbird

    53 Responses to“Buttermilk Biscuits”

    1. 05/04/2017 at 8:05 am #

      We love biscuits too!!

      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 9:15 am #

        They are so yummy! I hope you are doing well Cheryl and Christós Anésti! Have a wonderful day 😀

        • 05/04/2017 at 2:52 pm #

          Hi Antonia-all is good! Kalo Mina.

        • Zoale.com
          05/04/2017 at 9:46 pm #

          Glad to hear it! Thank you 😀

    2. 05/04/2017 at 8:34 am #

      Sounds wonderful, Antonia. I’ve been making your garlic knots a lot lately – they’re the perfect little side for all the salads we’re trying to eat here (in prep for summer). I like it that the biscuits can be made in advance and that they freeze well. Thanks for another great recipe. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 9:21 am #

        Thank you so much Diana! I hope you have been doing well! How awesome, I’m glad you all like them 😀 Have a fantastic day!

    3. Liz
      05/04/2017 at 9:36 am #

      The first photo is awesome. Everything blends so well. I want to eat the biscuits now!!!!

      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 9:40 am #

        Thank you for your kind words Liz!

        • Liz
          05/04/2017 at 9:52 am #

          You’re welcome. I love cooking with buttermilk. It makes a great difference.

        • Zoale.com
          05/04/2017 at 10:31 am #

          I agree, it’s wonderful!

    4. David McCreary
      05/04/2017 at 9:45 am #

      These look fantastic! I will try to make them sometime in the next few weeks. Now that Jenny is working full time, I get to do more of the cooking.

      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 10:30 am #

        Thanks so much Dave! That’s awesome, I hope you all enjoy them! Tell Jenny I said hi! Have a great day 😀

    5. 05/04/2017 at 11:03 am #

      So good to hear from you Antonia! I’ve been taking a bit of a break from blogging myself the past month. You make these biscuits sound easy to make, especially for someone who’s never made biscuits before (can you believe that)?! And the idea of molasses sounds wonderfully rich and delicious!

      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 9:42 pm #

        It is great to hear from you too Heather! You are so kind, thank you! I hope you get a chance to try them 😀 Have a happy Friday!

    6. 05/04/2017 at 11:25 am #

      Love buttermilk biscuits. Hope all is well.

      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 9:43 pm #

        Aren’t they yummy? It is, I hope all is well with you too Joseph! Have a wonderful day tomorrow 😀

    7. 05/04/2017 at 11:33 am #

      That top image looks so delicious! A biscuit would be perfect with my morning tea. It’s been ages since I had a biscuit and jam.

      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 9:44 pm #

        Thank you so much Deborah! A perfect thing to have with tea! Have a wonderful Friday!

        • 05/04/2017 at 10:38 pm #

          Hope your evening and Friday are lovely.💞

        • Zoale.com
          05/07/2017 at 11:07 pm #

          Thank you Deborah! I hope you had a nice weekend! I am sorry for the delay!

    8. 05/04/2017 at 4:21 pm #


      • Zoale.com
        05/04/2017 at 9:46 pm #

        Thank you Lynn! I hope you are doing well. Have a great Friday and weekend 😀

    9. 05/05/2017 at 10:17 am #

      This is exactly what I could eat right now Antonia 🙂 These are gorgeous !!! Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        05/07/2017 at 11:08 pm #

        Thank you Lynne! It was a very nice weekend, thank you! I hope you had a nice weekend as well!

    10. 05/06/2017 at 1:36 am #

      Love love biscuits!! And this look tender & crispy around the edges. perfect. thanks!

      • Zoale.com
        05/07/2017 at 11:08 pm #

        Thank you so much Rhonda! Have a wonderful week!

    11. 05/08/2017 at 5:09 am #

      This is a lovely recipe, and so convenient as you can prepare the ingredients and even freeze the dough ahead! Thank you for sharing with FF:)

      • Zoale.com
        05/09/2017 at 9:09 am #

        Thank you Monika! Happy Fiesta Friday to you as well and have a wonderful day!

    12. Sandhya
      05/09/2017 at 11:02 pm #

      Antonia, The biscuits look picture perfect! I like the idea of poking a hole in it and adding molasses in it as I love molasses!

      • Zoale.com
        05/11/2017 at 7:51 am #

        Thank you so much Sandhya! I hope you have a wonderful day 😀

    13. 05/12/2017 at 5:31 am #

      LOVE biscuits!! 😋

      • Zoale.com
        05/15/2017 at 9:28 am #

        They’re the best! Have a great day! 😀

    14. 05/12/2017 at 11:10 pm #

      Your first pic tempts me a lot feel.. looks perfect for breakfast

      • Zoale.com
        05/15/2017 at 9:30 am #

        Thank you Vidya! Have a great week! 😀

    15. 05/15/2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Your buttermilk biscuits sound wonderful, Antonia, and they look delicious, too. I also enjoyed reading about the different types of molasses. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        05/16/2017 at 9:46 am #

        Thank you so much Millie! Molasses is such a unique tasting sweetener. Have a beautiful day 😀

    16. 05/21/2017 at 11:32 am #

      Looks so yummy Antonia…

      • Zoale.com
        05/23/2017 at 9:51 am #

        Thanks Swapna! Have a wonderful day 😀

    17. 06/01/2017 at 10:13 am #

      Yum!! This looks so delicious Antonia! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        06/08/2017 at 9:06 am #

        Thank you so much! Have a great day!

    18. 06/09/2017 at 12:19 am #

      I’m glad you reposted! These look beautiful. I don’t know why I never make biscuits – well, hardlly ever, but after seeing these I need to get on board! How about molasses whipped with butter! Yum!

      • Zoale.com
        06/13/2017 at 8:46 pm #

        Thank you so much Mollie! That sounds yummy, great idea! Have a great rest of your week!

        • 06/15/2017 at 11:41 am #

          You, too!

        • Zoale.com
          06/21/2017 at 9:19 pm #


    19. 06/09/2017 at 6:51 pm #

      Wonderful! I love the biscuits. Thanks for the recipe…

      • Zoale.com
        06/13/2017 at 8:47 pm #

        Thank you Maniparna!

    20. 06/11/2017 at 5:44 am #

      oh how delish! In Australia we call these scone and biscuits are what we call cookies 😉 You can’t beat home-made.

      • Zoale.com
        06/13/2017 at 8:49 pm #

        Thank you! So true 😀 Have a fantastic rest of your week!

    21. Anita Kushwaha
      06/26/2017 at 10:54 am #

      They look so lovely and fluffy!

      • Zoale.com
        06/28/2017 at 4:13 pm #

        Thank you Anita!

    22. 08/11/2017 at 11:05 am #

      This is comfort food for me. I love them.

      • Zoale.com
        08/11/2017 at 5:45 pm #

        Yes, me too Jacqui! 😀

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