Remember Oprah's iconic “I love bread!!” moment? Same, girl. We love bread, too! Especially these SUPER easy, 3-ingredient homemade buttermilk biscuits just like grandma used to make. Believe it or not, you can whip up a batch in just 5-minutes!

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Need a yummy breakfast side? A tasty bread for Thanksgiving dinner? Something to serve with that big pot of chili? When in doubt, the answer is always biscuits! And lucky for you, we've got the easiest, most delicious recipe you'll ever find.

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Grab a mason jar, whip out your apron and rolling pin, and let's do this! You're just a few minutes away from warm, flaky, perfect homemade buttermilk biscuits.


fresh buttermilk biscuits on a napkin, from Shelf Cooking

This won't take long, because this recipe is oh-so-simple. All you need to gather up are three basic ingredients! Even so, we've all been surprised to find our pantry staples depleted at the worst time, so let's prepare for that possibility. Here are three swaps you can make in these buttermilk biscuits:

  • Self-Rising Flour – No self-rising flour in sight? Here's a quick remedy! For every one cup you're substituting, mix together a cup of all-purpose flour, a teaspoon and a half of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Vegetable Oil – If you're out of vegetable oil, try olive oil or melted margarine or butter instead.
  • Buttermilk – This is kind of a critical ingredient, but if you don't have buttermilk in your fridge, don't panic. Grab a cup of regular milk and add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Ta-da! You just made your own buttermilk.

Now you're ready for anything. Let's make some dough, shall we? it's time for biscuits, ya'll!


These biscuits are already perfection, but there's just something exciting about some added flavor! If you have any of these in your kitchen, why not toss them in?

  • Cheese – 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese adds some extra yum to your biscuits. You can even use 1/3 cup of mild gouda or whatever else you have laying around.
  • Bacon – Six slices of crumbled bacon add extra oomph to your biscuit dough.
  • Chives or Green Onions – 2 tablespoons of dried chives, or a 1/4 of chopped fresh impart a kicky flavor.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes + Parm – 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes plus 1/4 cup fresh (not canned), shredded Parmesan cheese make for delicious, robust bread.
  • Rosemary – For a robust, earthy biscuit, add 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary (or 2 tablespoons of dried).

Pro Tip: You can even use up some of that leftover produce, like 1/2 cup blueberries, broccoli, or spinach to your dough!


buttermilk biscuit with white gravy, from Shelf Cooking

These biscuits are good enough to eat plain, but you will be blown away if you pair them with one of these toppings:

  • Avocado – You've probably had avocado toast, but we think avocado biscuits are even better! Fry up an egg to place on top, and you've got a killer breakfast.
  • Canned Pie Filling – Oh, you have a pantry full of pie filling, too? Warm some up, cut your biscuits in half, and top with that fruit!
  • Homemade Gravy – Any gravy is delicious on biscuits. Try making your own white sausage gravy, or check out these tips for making brown gravy.
  • Honey – Slather a little bit of butter and some mighty fine honey on those biscuits, and you'll be glad you did!
  • Jam – Use whatever you have in the fridge, or make your own batch of homemade jam.
  • Pimento Cheese – This southern delicacy is just begging for a biscuit! This easy pimento cheese recipe from allrecipes will be ready in 10-minutes.

Gosh, suddenly we're starving! But wait, there's more. You will LOVE these ideas for incorporating buttermilk biscuits into your next meal.


Biscuits for dinner? Why the heck not?! Try one of these ideas:

  • Chicken and Biscuit Casserole – You know we love a good casserole around here, right? This one gives off major comfort food vibes. Mix 2 cups of shredded cooked chicken, 1/4 cup of baking powder, 2 1/2 cups of milk, and your favorite veggies and seasonings. Drop it in a casserole dish, top with your uncooked biscuit dough, and bake for around 30 minutes at 400°F. Yum!
  • Ham Biscuits – It doesn't get easier than this! Grab some ham and mustard and make a big batch of ham biscuits! Want to make your own ham? We've got a slow cooker ham recipe that's easy peasy!
  • Pizza Rolls – Top a biscuit half with your favorite pizza fixings, then pop it in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes at 350°F. So yummy!
  • Taco Biscuit Bake – Combine cooked, seasoned, and drained ground beef, enchilada sauce or salsa, some cheese, and top with uncooked biscuit dough. Bake at 400°F for around 25-30 minutes or until biscuits are browned. Serve with guacamole, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and sour cream on top, and enjoy!

Don't those all sound good?! Now your meal planning for the week is DONE! You're welcome. 😉 Before you head off to start baking, let's talking freezing and storage tip, shall we?


baking sheet of buttermilk biscuits, from Shelf Cooking

Biscuits are the perfect food to make ahead and freeze for later! We love to double or triple the recipe and keep a few batches in the freezer for make-ahead breakfasts. Want to do the same? Here's what you need to know:

  • How to Freeze Make-Ahead Biscuit Dough – Make your dough per the recipe instructions, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and place the unbaked biscuits on top. Be sure to space them out by a couple of inches! Keep them in the freezer for around five hours. Once frozen, place them in a freezer bag, label your bag, and store for up to six months.
  • How to Bake Frozen Biscuits – When you're ready to eat your biscuits, just place them on a baking sheet, and cook for about 20 minutes at 400°F. No need to thaw before baking!

The next time you wake up to a lazy, rainy (or snowy!) Saturday morning, you'll be glad you have some buttermilk biscuits ready to go. Pop them in the oven, grab your jam and butter, and enjoy a cozy breakfast at home with the family. We won't judge you for baking in your jammies!


Why is it that grandmas always make the best biscuits? It's just a fact of life! We got this authentic southern recipe from Jordan's grandma, and it doesn't disappoint. Share it with your family, gather up the kiddos, and bake together! It's a fun weekend family tradition.

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Grandma's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

These southern-style buttermilk biscuits will melt in your mouth and they're so easy to make!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • cup buttermilk
  • Butter, to taste Optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place your flour in a large bowl.
  • Make a “hole” in the middle–use your fingers or a spoon to dig.
  • Pour the oil into the hole, then gradually add the buttermilk and combine with a fork until roughly mixed. Don't over mix! You want the dough to be chunky and lumpy.
  • Knead the mixture with your hands in the bowl, the lay the dough on a flat, lightly floured surface.
  • Roll the dough with a pin, aiming for a thick consistency. (No one likes thin, wimpy biscuits!)
  • Cut circles out of the dough using a glass jar or cookie cutter.
  • Place on a cookie sheet and let them rise for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place a dab of butter on the top of each biscuit, then bake for around 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

See? We know you had your doubts, but that was easy-peasy, eh?

Tell us, what's your favorite biscuit topping or add-in! Drop us a note in the comments or stop by our Shelf Cooking Facebook community and let us know!

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