Mom’s Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits are tender, buttery and have a slightly crisp outer layer and are fluffy, hot and steamy on the inside. Saving money by making homemade never was so delicious! Serve these mouthwatering biscuits warm with butter and honey, along with some sausage gravy, or with some fresh chopped strawberries and whipped cream!

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits aren’t a meal, but believe me, I could make them one! Just slather with some butter and honey, give me some hot coffee and I’m good to go! These biscuits are much better than the ones you will ever get in a can. They will taste better and are far more budget friendly!

Mom's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits baked and on a baking sheet.

Why I made Mom’s Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

My desire to document family recipes is very strong. I want my children and other family members to have those recipe and photos at their fingertips. So, prior to my visit back home, as always, I was thinking about recipes mom made that I loved and could document. Mom’s homemade buttermilk biscuit making skills were one thing I felt needed to be shared. So, my oldest son and I spent a day with her to do so!

Another reason I wanted to document mom’s step by step recipe, is because I have never been able to make my own biscuits as good as hers. And, buying those biscuits in a can just don’t cut it. They don’t taste like homemade to me and definitely aren’t worth the money you pay for them.

An open cookbook, flour sifter, and mixing bowl on a moveable baking station

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Making FAQ’s

What kind of fat do you use to make buttermilk biscuits?

If you want flaky, use shortening. If you want flavor, use butter. Dad and Mom have moved on to other fat alternatives and they now use Smart Balance Margarine. However, if you have shortening and/or butter then your good to go. Use a combination of both or just one of them. Use what you have in your house, you will be fine.A tub of smart balance margarine open with a measuring cup filled with margarine

Why do you use buttermilk in biscuits?

Buttermilk has an acidity to it that helps the biscuits to rise and makes them more tender.

What can I substitute for buttermilk?

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can easily make your own. Just pour 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into your measuring cup, then add your milk. Let it sit for a few minutes. You will see the milk begin to curdle. Then, just add it to your recipe as you would the buttermilk.

Do I have to sift the flour for my biscuits?

It is wise to sift your flour. When sitting, flour gets compacted. You want your flour to be light and airy. Sifting it will do so. If you don’t have a flour sifter, you can easily sift by using a whisk to stir the flour first.

Why did my biscuits turn out tough?

There are a few reasons your biscuits could be tough. First, you either didn’t sift your flour, or you packed the flour in tight when measuring in your measuring cup. Second, you could have overworked the dough, Mom’s advice: sift, then lightly spoon the flour into your measuring cup and don’t use a rolling pin, just pat the dough with your hands.Biscuit dough on a floured board with a pair of hands patting the dough out.

Biscuits the way Mom makes them!

Time needed: 45 minutes.

Mom’s Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, step by step instructions directly from Mom!

  1. Prepare your dry ingredients.

    Sift your flour then measure it using a spoon to scoop it lightly into your measuring cup. Add the remaining dry ingredients and using a whisk, blend them together. A pair of hands measuring baking powder

  2. Add the butter or shortening

    Using your hands or a pastry blender, quickly work the fat into the flour mixture until it resembles little pea sized crumbles.A pair of hands working the butter into the dry ingredients

  3. Add your wet ingredients

    Make a well in the center of your flour and butter mixture. Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined.

  4. Turn your buttermilk biscuit dough out onto a floured board.

    Place your biscuit dough on a floured board and lightly pat your dough down with your hands until it is about 1″ thick. Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit dough that has been patted down, uncut

  5. Cut your biscuits from the dough

    Cut with a biscuit cutter. cutting the dough into a round shape using a biscuit cutter

  6. Place on baking sheet

    Place biscuits close together on a ungreased baking sheet. They should “just” be touching one another. Mom states that leaving the grease OFF the baking sheet allows the bottoms of your biscuits to get crispy. They shouldn’t stick to the pan because of the amount of fat in the dough.Mom's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits on baking sheet, close together, just touching one another.

  7. Bake in 450 degree oven

    Bake until golden brown. Approximately 15 minutes.Mom's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, baked and on baking tray with one biscuit broken in half to show inside.

  8. Enjoy while hot!

    As my son states, this is the best part! He says, “As soon as they come out of the oven, taste it to make sure it is good.” I love how these great tips are passed down to generations!A biscuit broken in half held in a mom's hand steaming with melted butter on top and a knife in her other hand.

The best part of making Mom’s Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Spending quality family time together. The best part of putting this recipe guide together for you was the fact that 3 generations got together to recreate this recipe. My mom has been cooking and baking since a very early age as Nanny was quite ill during Mom’s teen years. So, she has a lot of experience! I love that I am able to preserve these recipes with her and my own children!

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I love my mom’s biscuit cutter. So much so, I HAD to have my own! It is perfect to use for cutting out biscuits and cut out cookies! The one in the photos I share with you is the same biscuit cutter she has had ALL of my years – and that’s well over 50. I think it is the best tool out there for biscuits and cookies!

Hand holding a biscuit half with honey being drizzled over top

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Mom's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Mom's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Mom's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, tall and flaky and perfect with butter, honey, with sausage and gravy, and with strawberries as shortcake!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 450. In large mixing bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and cream of tartar. Be sure to sift flour before measuring.
  2. Using a pastry blender or your hands (as mom recommends) quickly cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles pea like crumbs.
  3. Make a well in the center of your flour and butter mixture. Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined.
  4. Turn dough out onto floured board. Knead 5-6 times to bring dough together. Flatten to about 1" thick using your hands. Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on baking sheet, being sure to have the biscuits touch each other slightly.
  5. Bake 10-14 minutes or until biscuits are golden.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 biscuit

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 676mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 6g
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.