Basic Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients for Basic Biscuits Recipe

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ¾ cup liquid (all milk or half milk and half water)


  1. Mix dry ingredients and sift twice.
  2. Work in fat with fingertips or cut in with two knives.
  3. Add the liquid gradually, mixing with a knife in a soft dough.
  4. Toss on a floured board, pat, and roll lightly to one-half inch in thickness.
  5. Shape with a biscuit cutter.
  6. Bake in hot oven (450-460 degrees F.) twelve to fifteen minutes.

Emergency Biscuit

  1. Use the recipe above but use more liquid to make the dough soft enough to drop from the spoon.
  2. The amount of the liquid in most cases will be just half the amount of flour (two cups of flour to one cup liquid).
  3. Drop the biscuit on to a well-greased pan, or bake in greased muffin tins, in a hot oven (450-460 degrees F.).


Basic Biscuits Recipe