Southern Butter Biscuits

In the heart of Southern kitchens, where culinary traditions are a sacred legacy, Southern Butter Biscuits stand tall as a testament to comfort and simplicity. These flaky, buttery delights have graced tables for generations, offering a warm embrace in every bite. Join me as we embark on a journey to craft these Southern Butter Biscuits, an art form that transforms a handful of ingredients into golden, pillowy perfection.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted for a light texture
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, the leavening magic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, for a hint of sweetness
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to balance the flavors
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, chilled, for a rich and tender crumb



Step 1: Preheat and Prepare Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C) to set the stage for the biscuit-making extravaganza. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, ensuring your biscuits bake to perfection without sticking.

Step 2: Sifting Symphony In a large mixing bowl, sift the all-purpose flour for a light and airy texture. Sifting is the first note in the symphony of creating the perfect Southern Butter Biscuits.

Step 3: Leavening Magic Add baking powder to the sifted flour, bringing the leavening magic that will give your biscuits that sought-after flakiness.

Step 4: Sweet Harmony Introduce granulated sugar to the mix, creating a sweet harmony that adds a touch of Southern sweetness to your biscuits.

Step 5: Butter Ballet Incorporate the cold, cubed unsalted butter into the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This step is the butter ballet that ensures the flakiness of your biscuits.

Step 6: Liquid Elegance Pour in the chilled whole milk, stirring gently with a wooden spoon or spatula until the dough just comes together. Be cautious not to overmix; a few lumps are the secret to tender biscuits.

Step 7: Knead and Fold Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead it a few times. Pat the dough into a rectangle and fold it in thirds, like a letter. Repeat this process two more times. This kneading and folding ritual creates the layers that will make your biscuits irresistibly flaky.

Step 8: Cut and Place Roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thickness. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut out your biscuits and place them on the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they’re close but not touching. The proximity encourages the biscuits to rise and support each other in their journey to golden perfection.

Step 9: Bake to Golden Bliss Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Keep a watchful eye to ensure they reach Southern perfection without crossing into overly brown territory.

Step 10: Southern Comfort Served Once baked to a golden bliss, transfer your Southern Butter Biscuits to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve them warm, allowing the aroma of buttery goodness to envelop your kitchen in Southern comfort.



For a delightful twist, brush the tops of your biscuits with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven. This adds an extra layer of richness and flavor, making your Southern Butter Biscuits even more irresistible.



Cold Butter, Flaky Biscuits: Ensure the butter is cold when incorporating it into the dry ingredients. This cold-to-hot transition in the oven creates pockets of steam, resulting in flaky layers.

Handle with Care: Be gentle when working with the dough. Overhandling can lead to tough biscuits, so embrace a light touch for Southern perfection.

Chilled Milk, Tender Crumb: Using chilled whole milk contributes to a tender crumb in your biscuits, enhancing their overall texture.


As you break open a warm Southern Butter Biscuit, let the flaky layers and buttery aroma transport you to the heart of Southern hospitality. These simple yet sublime creations are more than a side dish; they’re a taste of tradition, a culinary embrace that transcends time. So, whether paired with gravy, jam, or simply enjoyed on their own, savor each bite as a tribute to the craftsmanship and comfort that define Southern cuisine.

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