Extra butter… extra salt… fresh out of the oven, warm gooey goodness…
Yep, that pretty much describes the amazing deliciousness of these easy homemade dinner biscuits. It also explains why these balls of yum end up on our dinner table once a week. They make Mr. Crumbs do this cute little “I’ve died and gone to heaven” eye-roll thing that he does when something hits the spot just right. And these do it to him every.single.time.
Besides being easy (and delicious – did I mention that already?), they’re REALLY quick to pull together. Even more so if you have a stand mixer, but if you don’t, it’s only a five-minute job at the most. That includes intervening when the 4-year-old tries to lick the dough stuck to her hands and assisting the 6-year-old in keeping his fingers out of the way from his knife too.
So a note for all you without kids in the kitchen: You can probably make these in 3 minutes.
Good? Double check.
Below is the plain-jane version of our easy homemade dinner biscuits, but that doesn’t make them any less of a star at the table. In fact, this basic recipe is our favorite, and it’s the one we took with us and made for breakfast every day when we went camping last month.
There are times though when you want to “spruce up” dinner a bit… maybe when the boss comes over or when you’re bringing a meal to a new mom? A sprinkling of Italian herbs or grated Parmesan cheese will easily do the trick.
Believe it or not, they can even be transformed into a dessert biscuit with a simple sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar!
Did I just say herbed dinner biscuit AND strawberry shortcake? With the same recipe? Without any additional work? Without any more dishes?!
Although you had me at extra butter…
Easy Homemade Dinner Biscuits
- 2 cups flour*
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2–3/4 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
- Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your hands, taking care not to melt the butter or create a paste. The mixture should resemble coarse breadcrumbs.
- Add 1/2 cup of milk and combine until the flour is moistened. Knead the dough into a ball, pressing against the sides of the bowl to pick up any small pieces of dough. If additional milk is needed, add just 2 Tbsp at a time, kneading thoroughly after each addition. Note: The dough should not be wet enough to stick to your hands or the bowl. It should be dry enough to handle easily, and when you’re done kneading, the bowl should be fairly clean.
- For drop biscuits: Pull off a golf ball-sized portion and form into a ball. Press down slightly and place the biscuits on a large cookie sheet, 1″ apart.
- For rolled biscuits: Roll out the dough into a rectangle, approximately 1/2″ thick. Cut into equal pieces and place on a large cookie sheet, 1″ apart.
- Bake for 8 minutes.
- Rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for another two minutes, if needed. The biscuits should be light golden brown on the bottom, and barely browning on top.
* Notes on flour: I have made these biscuits with organic all-purpose flour, freshly ground whole wheat, freshly ground spelt, everything in between and in various proportions. As long as you have 2 cups of flour, the biscuits will turn out delicious (though more “hearty” with whole grains). Adapted from Joy of Cooking
Additional Recipe Notes
Easy Homemade Dinner Biscuits… in 2 Minutes or Less
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and butter in a stand mixer with the paddle blade (not the dough hook). Carefully turn it on low, avoiding the spilling of flour. Once you’re sure the flour won’t spill, turn it on one step higher and allow the paddle to cut in the butter with the flour. Proceed with step 5 above as noted.
Easy Homemade Dinner Biscuits… Go Camping
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and butter as directed. Add 2 Tbsp of powdered milk and store in a Ziploc bag.
When you’re camping, preheat the griddle to 350F. Pour the flour mixture into a bowl (or appropriate container) and add 1/2 cup water. Knead thoroughly. Be very cautious about adding additional water, since you do not have access to additional flour if you add too much.
Place on a griddle and cook for 4-6 minutes, until the bottom is light to medium brown. Flip and continue to cook until both sides are light to medium brown.
Note: If you’re cooking bacon on the griddle too, cook the biscuits in a bit of bacon grease for extra, EXTRA yum.
Easy Homemade Dinner Biscuits… Gone Buttermilk
Reduce the baking powder to 2 tsp and add 1/2 tsp baking soda. Substitute real buttermilk (or any one of these 10 variations) for the milk.
Easy Homemade Dinner Biscuits… Gone Shortcake
Add 1 Tbsp sugar to the flour and roll out to 3/4″ thick. Cut into desired squares or rounds before baking. Allow to cool and split horizontally before filling.
Easy Homemade Dinner Biscuits… As Leftovers
Leftover biscuits are delicious warmed up the next day, but they make an excellent PBJ when you’re low on bread and baking day is still a few days away.
They’re Not Soaked – The Dilemma
Okay, you caught me. These are NOT soaked biscuits as traditional methods would have us make. There’s actually a buttermilk biscuit recipe in Nourishing Traditions (page 484) that sounds good – I just haven’t tried it yet! If you’re making a conscious effort to soak all of your grains, I suggest you either make that recipe (and come back to tell me if it’s good or not!), or make my recipe above using organic all-purpose flour (since it doesn’t require soaking).
These easy homemade dinner biscuits are my go-to when I’m short on time and need an extra item on the dinner table. What’s yours?
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