Think delicious, flaky, Southern-style buttermilk biscuits are too complicated? These fabulous, Ridiculously Easy Biscuit Recipes will definitely change your mind!
Although I love to cook and bake, I spent most of my adult life thinking I could never make good biscuits. It wasn't that I didn't try, but the results were often a little embarrassing and never anything to brag about. I began to think that you had to have a bloodline that included an authentic Southern mama or grandma to accomplish this skill. Although I've lived in North Carolina for over 40 years, my roots are as Midwestern as you can get. But one day I ran into a technique that changed my biscuit-loving life. These six fabulous, ridiculously easy buttermilk biscuit recipes will change your life too (at least your culinary life)!
If you are one of those blessed Southern folks who grew up watching your mama or grandmama magically transform simple ingredients like flour, butter, buttermilk and baking powder into tall, flaky, stand-at-attention works of art, don't turn away quite yet. You might just learn a new way of doing things that will take biscuits from special-occasion to everyday-easy.
I'd feel a little sacrilegious saying that if I hadn't received more than a few statements like the ones below.
These were soooo easy and came out beautiful in 11 minutes. Delicious and I will never ask my mom to make buttermilk biscuits again because these were BETTER and EASIER – and my kitchen didn’t get trashed in the process.
Thank you from a serious southerner-these met and surpassed the mark. Wow.
Let me preface this comment by saying that I am an old lady that has been making all kinds of biscuits and bread for eons. I come from a long line of southern cooks that swear that buttermilk biscuits are the best kind of biscuit. Usually, I make buttermilk biscuits with shortening but this recipe is absolutely genius. I can’t believe that this method never even occurred to me but I am just happy to have found your recipe. My children and grandchildren request these biscuits a couple of times a week. Thank you so much for posting it.
I’ve made these a couple of times. So good and love how easy they are to make. I made a different recipe before which did not come out well. My family was expecting their Grandmother’s biscuits, who whipped them up with ease. That’s not what they got. But when I found this recipe my husband said they were pretty close, so I’ll take it!
I made these biscuits today, and I was shocked by how good they are! Absolutely perfect, and so simple to make.
These went perfect with sausage gravy. I’ve tried replicating the biscuits my grandmother use to make, but never could get them quite right, these are on par with those delicious biscuits that I haven’t had in years. This will be my go-to biscuit recipe from now on. Thanks!!
This recipe is brilliant! I made my first biscuits with my mother over 60 years ago. This recipe beats anything I’ve done before.
Hello. Did exactly as you said and they came out DELICIOUS AND PERFECT. Wanted pictures but got eaten too fast.😁
There are a lot more of these types of declarations if you scroll back further in the comment archives, but I think you get the point. Whether you're Southern, Northern, from the East Coast, West Coast or from somewhere across the wide blue waters, these ridiculously easy biscuit recipes will seriously change your culinary life!
The comments above are from the first biscuit recipe that I published back in 2016, our Ridiculously Easy Buttermilk Biscuits. It all started with a technique I discovered on the Serious Eats website, which originated with the clever folks over at Cook's Illustrated. It was an article explaining a minimal-effort method for cutting butter into flour, the age-old, tedious technique used to create flaky, tender biscuits and scones.
They explained that the purpose of cutting butter into flour (with a pair of knives, a pastry cutter or your fingers) was to create evenly sized pieces of cold butter, that are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. The magic happens when these little butter chunks melt in the oven, creating pockets of steam that are essential in achieving the wonderful flaky layers and tender crumb that good biscuits are renowned for.
It's not a terribly difficult technique, just kind of fussy and time-consuming. Cook's Illustrated figured out that you could achieve the same thing with a much easier method.
The Ridiculously Easy Way!
This is how it works:
- Melt the butter in the microwave. Set aside to cool a bit.
- Place a measuring cup with the buttermilk in the freezer for 10 minutes to get nice and cold.
- Pour the butter into the cold buttermilk and give it a good stir with a fork.
- VOILA! Tiny chunks of cold butter suspended in the buttermilk.
- Pour the magic mixture into your dry ingredients and you've got the same texture as if you'd "cut the butter in". Check out what I mean:
And if you're one of those seeing-is-believing types, we made a video to prove just how easy this technique is. Check it out!
Five Ridiculously Easy Biscuit Recipes
I was super excited about the technique and when my first batch of Ridiculously Easy Buttermilk Biscuits rolled out of the oven, I was in Southern mama nirvana. They were tall, flaky and... OH SO DELICIOUS!
I've been running with the technique ever since, creating three more biscuit recipes that family, friends, neighbors, etc. have gone crazy over!
Check out these other unique and delicious adaptations of our buttermilk biscuit recipe here:
These tall, flaky, Ridiculously Easy Cheddar Chive Biscuits are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They’ll have you quite smitten, at the first bite!
This fabulous Buttermilk Sugar Biscuits recipe was originally published in the New York Times. With our ridiculously easy technique, it's now SO easy, in addition to being crazy delicious!
These Ridiculously Easy Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits can be thrown together with minimal effort and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner! They’re also ridiculously delicious!
A buttermilk biscuit recipe for the sweet tooths in your life!
These Ridiculous Easy Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits are tender, flaky and studded with sweet raisins. Ridiculously easy... ridiculously delicious!
And last but not least is our Biscuit Focaccia, a uniquely delicious and easy recipe you don't want to miss. In the time it takes to preheat the oven, you can have this, crisp, buttery, FABULOUS Biscuit Focaccia stirred together and ready to bake!
Before I sign off for the day, I wanted to also share some fabulous jam recipes to serve with your wonderful biscuits. They are also minimum-effort recipes that will take biscuits or even everyday toast to a whole new level. They all come with free printable labels which make them really fun for gifting.
This fresh-tasting Raspberry Freezer Jam, prepared with fresh or frozen berries, can be made any time of year! And it takes less than 10-minutes of hands-on time!!
With minimal hands-on time and a few simple ingredients, this no-fail, super-easy Peach Freezer Jam will be a delicious taste of summer all year long!
An easy, no-fail, super-delicious recipe for Blackberry Freezer Jam. Make it when sweet, ripe blackberries are in season and you'll be thanking yourself all year long!
This super Easy Blackberry Jelly recipe yields delicious, shimmering clear jelly that's perfect for toast, scones, biscuits, bagels, crumpets, you name it!!
So there you have it, four Ridiculously Easy Biscuit Recipes that will change your life! Make some this week, or this weekend, or better yet... today! Serve them with one of these fabulous jewel-toned jams or jellies and a little good old Southern hospitality! No one will believe that you haven't been making biscuits all your life!
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