Classic Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

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Classic Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on July 02, 2024

This classic Southern buttermilk biscuits recipe is a staple in any Southern kitchen. These biscuits are flaky, buttery, and perfect for any meal. The best part? You can prepare them the night before and bake them fresh in the morning!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, grated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (for brushing)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Add the grated cold butter to the flour mixture and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Slowly pour in the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead a few times. Pat the dough into a 1-inch thick square.
  7. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.
  9. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown and cooked through.
  10. Serve warm and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Buttermilk biscuits are a traditional Southern food that dates back to the early 19th century.
  • The acid in buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to create a light and fluffy texture in the biscuits.
  • These biscuits are perfect for breakfast with eggs and bacon or as a side for dinner with fried chicken.