Comforting Southern Biscuits: Perfect for Any Occasion

Hey there, culinary enthusiasts! This is Gary Vaynerchuk, and today we’re talking about my favorite southern-style cuisine recipe. That’s right, folks, we are going to be making fluffy Southern biscuits! I’m telling you the aroma alone will make your mouth water.

I’m excited to share this recipe with you today because I know it will quickly become a staple in your culinary arsenal. These biscuits are incredibly easy to make and require just a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen.

As a chef who specializes in southern-style cuisine, I can confidently say that this is one of the best biscuits recipes that you’ll ever taste. The fluffy and flaky texture of these biscuits will leave you and your loved ones wanting more.

So, get ready to roll up your sleeves because we’re about to dive into making these mouth-watering biscuits. Don’t worry if you’ve never made biscuits before because after following this recipe, you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with your newfound baking skills.

Trust me when I say this – once you make these fluffy Southern biscuits, they’ll become a regular feature on your breakfast or brunch table. So let’s gather our ingredients and get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fluffy Southern Biscuits
Fluffy Southern Biscuits

Listen up, biscuit lovers! If you’re looking for the fluffiest and most indulgent Southern biscuits out there, then I’ve got just the recipe for you. Trust me when I say that this recipe is a game-changer. So, buckle up and get ready to experience a taste of heaven.

What makes these biscuits so special, you ask? Well, let me break it down for you. First of all, we use a combination of both butter and shortening to help achieve that perfect texture – super fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy on top. Secondly, we use self-rising flour to help make the dough rise perfectly every single time. And thirdly, we throw a pinch of love into the mix (figuratively speaking) because let’s be real, you can’t make amazing food without love.

But don’t just take my word for it. Imagine biting into a warm and fluffy Southern biscuit fresh out of the oven. The buttery aroma is wafting through the kitchen and those crispy golden edges are calling your name. As you break open the biscuit, steam pours out and reveals an air pocket-filled interior that is almost cloud-like in texture. You smear on some butter or jam, take a bite, and instantly fall in love.

So why settle for mediocre store-bought biscuits when you can make these bad boys from scratch? Trust me, once you try this recipe, there will be no going back.

Ingredient List

 Close-up of fresh, oven-baked Southern biscuits straight out of the oven
Close-up of fresh, oven-baked Southern biscuits straight out of the oven

Before we begin with the recipe, let me introduce you to the star players of this southern biscuit recipe. These biscuits require only a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Cold Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cold butter, grated or cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk

Don’t worry if you don’t have self-rising flour on hand because I’ll show you a simple hack to substitute it. Let’s make some Southern Buttermilk Biscuits!

The Recipe How-To

 A plate of fluffy, golden-brown biscuits being served for breakfast
A plate of fluffy, golden-brown biscuits being served for breakfast

Getting Started

Before making fluffy Southern biscuits, make sure to preheat your oven to 450°F.

Recipe Ingredients:
– 3 cups self-rising flour
– 3/4 cup cold butter
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 ½ teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 1 tablespoon baking powder
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 2 cups buttermilk

Preparing the Dough

In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Make sure to sift these ingredients all together. Then, use a box grater to grate the frozen butter into the dry ingredients. Mix the butter with fingers until it’s well-incorporated into the flour mixture.

Then pour in cold buttermilk and mix until the dough fluffy just comes together.

Kneading & Cutting the Dough

Prep a clean surface for rolling out biscuit dough. Sprinkle some flour on a cutting board or flat surface before turning out the dough onto it. Ensure that your hands are floured before handling the dough.

With your hands, knead the dough using a folding-kneading motion about ten times until it takes on a smooth texture. Use a rolling pin to even-out the surface of your now flattened dough.

Using a biscuit cutter or glass dipped in flour, begin cutting circles of dough out of the flattened mass. Place each cut-out biscuit into an ungreased cake pan or on a parchment-lined baking sheet.


Once all biscuits have been cut (try not to twist your cutter), place them in your preheated oven at 425°F degrees for approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Don’t forget that oven temperatures vary which means that you should keep watching over them so that they don’t burn… or worse… stay doughy and undercooked!


There’s nothing quite like the southern aroma of homemade fluffy biscuits wafting through your kitchen. Once the golden biscuits have been removed from the oven, serve them up alongside savory dishes using soft butter, honey, or homemade sausage gravy.

Congratulations! You just learned how to make Southern Biscuits that are Fluffy and Delicious.

Substitutions and Variations

 Homemade biscuits that are light and flaky on the inside
Homemade biscuits that are light and flaky on the inside

Looking to switch things up with your southern biscuits recipe? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with some substitution and variation ideas!

Firstly, let’s talk flour. For this recipe, we used self-rising flour, but if that’s not available, you can always make your own by adding 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to each cup of all-purpose flour. However, if you want to take your biscuits to the next level, try using White Lily flour. This special flour made from soft wheat berries is key in making incredibly fluffy and tender biscuits.

Next up is butter. We used cold unsalted butter, but you can also use shortening to get a flakier biscuit. Alternatively, if you want a more buttery flavor, try grating frozen butter into the dry ingredients before mixing in the wet ingredients.

For those avoiding dairy, you can replace the milk with a non-dairy alternative like almond or coconut milk. You can also use vegan butter or shortening instead of regular butter.

If you’re looking to add a bit of sweetness to your biscuits, try adding a tablespoon or two of sugar to the dry ingredients. On the other hand, if you prefer savory biscuits, leave out the sugar entirely.

Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to switch up the classic southern buttermilk biscuit recipe, try using different liquids like beer or sour cream instead of milk. Or add cheddar cheese and bacon bits for a savory twist.

The options are endless when it comes to variations on this fluffy southern biscuit recipe. Feel free to experiment and have fun creating your own delicious twist on this Southern classic!

Serving and Pairing

 A mouth-watering serving of biscuits topped with a drizzle of honey
A mouth-watering serving of biscuits topped with a drizzle of honey

As a southern-style cuisine chef, I always recommend enjoying my fluffy southern biscuits recipe hot out of the oven with some good ol’ homemade gravy or butter and honey. It’s a classic combination that never disappoints.

But, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try pairing these biscuits with some savory meats like fried chicken, scrambled eggs, or bacon. The buttery and flaky texture of the biscuits perfectly complements the richness of these dishes.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try serving these biscuits with a fruity jam or jelly. The sweetness of the jam will contrast beautifully with the slightly salty and savory flavor of the biscuit.

For a more elevated serving option, serve these biscuits as an accompaniment to a fancy brunch spread or as a side dish to a hearty bowl of soup or chili. You could also cut them into small pieces and use them as a base for mini appetizers like sliders or bruschetta.

No matter how you decide to serve it, these fluffy southern biscuits are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. So go ahead and experiment with your pairings and impress your friends and family with your southern-style culinary skills!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect biscuit pairs perfectly with a dollop of butter
The perfect biscuit pairs perfectly with a dollop of butter

You can make Fluffy Southern Biscuits ahead of time and reheat them just before serving. They are best eaten fresh, but it’s nice to have leftovers for the next morning. You can store the biscuits in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake until warmed through, about 5-7 minutes. Alternatively, you can microwave them briefly, but be careful not to overcook them and make them tough.

If you want to freeze the biscuits before reheating them, place them on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag and store for up to 1 month.

When you’re ready to reheat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place the frozen biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until warmed through.

The key to keeping leftover biscuits fresh is how you store them. Make sure they are completely cool before storing them in an airtight container or bag at room temperature. If you leave them out too long, they will go stale and lose their fluffiness.

With these tips, you’ll be able to make Fluffy Southern Biscuits ahead of time and enjoy them later without sacrificing their delicious flavor and texture!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A basket of warm, delicious biscuits waiting to be devoured
A basket of warm, delicious biscuits waiting to be devoured

Butter is the key to making fluffy biscuits. It’s important to use cold butter and cut it into small pieces before mixing it with the dry ingredients. The cold butter will be absorbed into the flour, creating small pockets of air that make the dough light and fluffy.

When making biscuits, it’s important to handle the dough as little as possible. Overworking the dough will cause the biscuits to become tough and dense. Use a light touch and work quickly to keep the dough fluffy.

To make Southern buttermilk biscuits, be sure to use self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour. Self-rising flour already contains baking powder and salt, which will help your biscuits rise higher and have a tender crumb.

Don’t overmix the biscuit dough! Mix until all ingredients are just combined. Using over-mixed dough can lead to tougher, less airy biscuits.

Before cutting your biscuits from their dough, dip your biscuit cutter in flour. By doing so, you ensure a clean cut that doesn’t stick to or crush your dough.

Preheating your oven is essential when making flaky buttermilk biscuits. The high initial heat causes rapid rising for an initial boost in height for flakiness.

For those who don’t have self-rising flour on hand, mix together 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (the ratio for self-rising flour).

If you want taller, flakier biscuits brush them with melted butter right after removing them from the oven! This also adds extra richness!

Lastly, grate frozen butter onto a large cheese grater when making biscuit dough. As long as you move quickly and get into that hot oven fast enough, frozen butter results in super flaky biscuit layers!


Before you dive into making these fluffy Southern biscuits, let me answer some common questions that may come to mind. Here are the frequently asked questions and their answers to help guide you through the process!

What is the secret to fluffy biscuits?

When making biscuits, it’s important to use cold butter. This will help create a fluffy texture as opposed to using warm butter which will be soaked up by the flour and make the dough dense. It’s like preparing a pie crust, where cold butter will leave small clumps that can be seen in the dough.

What makes Southern biscuits different?

Southern-style biscuits have a special touch that sets them apart from others, and this could be credited to the key ingredient they use – soft wheat flour. Soft wheat flour is abundant in temperate and humid climates, such as those found in the mid-Atlantic region. As a result, chefs in these areas have been using this type of flour for quite some time.

What is the difference between northern and southern biscuits?

When it comes to cooking in the Southern states, lard or shortening often take the place of butter as the preferred fat. Biscuits are an important part of Southern cuisine and are even made with a unique flour known as White Lily, which is not commonly found in Northern regions. Southerners take pride in their biscuits, not only for their delicious taste but also for their cultural significance.

Is buttermilk or heavy cream better for biscuits?

Buttermilk is a key ingredient in preparing biscuits. It serves a dual-purpose by providing both the necessary fat and liquid content while also adding acidity to the dough. When combined with leaveners, this acidity helps the dough to rise.

Bottom Line

And there you have it, my Fluffy Southern Biscuits recipe. It’s a tried-and-true method that I’ve used in my own restaurant for many years. If you follow these instructions and use the right ingredients, you’ll make heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits each and every time.

It’s important to use high-quality ingredients such as cold butter and self-rising flour to achieve perfect biscuits. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations, such as adding cheese or herbs for extra flavor.

With patience and practice, making fluffy biscuits will become second nature to you. It’s a skill that will impress your family and friends, and leave them begging for more.

So go ahead and give it a try – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Happy baking!

Fluffy Southern Biscuits

Fluffy Southern Biscuits Recipe

One day I was just setting around the house thinking to myself "I would really love to start making homemade recipes of my own". That particular day I was craving biscuits so I thought why not start by making homemade biscuits. I gave it a shot and my biscuits were horrible. A couple of days later I thought I would give it another try and to my surprise they turned out perfect. I have been using this recipe every since. Enjoy!!! 🙂
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern American
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 340.5 kcal


  • 2 1/4 cups self rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg


  • **Preheat oven to 425 degrees**.
  • 1. Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl [includes flour(self rising or all purpose), salt, baking powder, and sugar].
  • 2. Cut small pieces of butter or shortening into the dry mix. With a fork mash the pieces of butter or shortening into the mix well so that it all becomes small crumbles.
  • 3. Add in the milk and beaten egg.
  • 4. Stir mixture until dough forms.
  • 5. Place dough on lightly floured board and knead dough.
  • 6. Cut dough with a biscuit cutter or use a glass that is floured.
  • 7. Place biscuit on a baking sheet or a thin pan about 1/2 inch. At this point you can add melted butter on the top of the biscuits.
  • 8. Put biscuits in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes(or until they are golden brown).

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Serving: 107gCalories: 340.5kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 6.7gFat: 17.6gSaturated Fat: 10.7gCholesterol: 75.5mgSodium: 1191.4mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 2.2g
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