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Easy Homemade Dinner Biscuits

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4.7 from 6 reviews

Looking for a quick & simple biscuit recipe? This recipe for easy homemade dinner biscuits is a winner. Extra butter & extra salt mean extra yum!


  • 2 cups flour*
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾  tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ ¾ cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Add ½ 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 the bowl should be pretty clean when you’re done kneading.
  5. For drop biscuits: Pull off a golf ball-sized portion and form it into a ball. Press down slightly and place the biscuits on a large cookie sheet, 1″ apart.
  6. For rolled biscuits: Roll out the dough into a rectangle, approximately ½ ” thick. Cut into equal pieces and place on a large cookie sheet, 1″ apart.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes.
  8. Rotate the pan at 180 degrees and bake for another two minutes, if needed. The biscuits should be lightly 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, and everything in between and in various proportions. If you have 2 cups of flour, the biscuits will turn out delicious (though more “hearty” with whole grains).


Adapted from Joy of Cooking