Delicious Buttery Baking Powder Biscuits

These baking powder biscuits are comforting, buttery biscuits that are great for brunch or as a quick snack with cheese or jam.

To make these biscuits, mix the ingredients together and bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for about 15 to 20 minutes.

finished baking powder biscuits

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • flour: all purpose flour is what I used here.
  • baking powder: this acts as a rising agent for the biscuits and gives it that savory taste. Be sure to use aluminum free baking powder for this recipe.
  • salt
  • butter: unsalted butter is ideal.
  • milk: regular whole milk works great here but you can use low fat and non-dairy options.
  • optional: you can add so many flavorings to the biscuits like cheese (1/2 cup is great), chives, rosemary, parsley and more. If you are using cheddar cheese, be sure to use frozen grated cheese when kneading the dough.

How to make this baking powder biscuits recipe

Use cold ingredients

You’ll want cold ingredients for this recipe. Be sure to use cold butter, milk, and flour.

Step 1: You can cube the butter and place it in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. If you are using cheese, grate the required amount and add it to the freezer for the same time. It is not necessary, but it helps.

Mix the dry ingredients

Step 2: Preheat the oven at 400°F.

Step 3: Mix the flour, baking powder and salt thoroughly. Add your optional dry ingredients at this point too. Incorporate fully.

ingredients for baking powder biscuits

Add the butter

Step 4: Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. I highly recommend using a food processor to rub the butter into the flour mixture. It takes 15 to 20 seconds and the processor doesn’t add any extra heat to the ingredients (but your hands do).

Pour in the milk

Step 5: Add the milk to the flour and butter. Another 15 to 20 seconds in the food processor are enough to fully mix the dough.

mixing baking powder biscuits

Roll out the dough

Step 6: Remove the dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Press down the dough with your hands until it is half an inch thick.

Step 7: Fold a third of the rolled out dough over onto the middle third. Fold the other side over onto the middle. Doing this will give your biscuits a layered look as it expands and bakes.

Step 8: Press down the folded dough again with your hands until it is half an inch thick.

cut out biscuits with baking powder

Cut into shapes

Step 9: Cut the biscuits out. 3-inch circular biscuits are the most common shape. But, you can make yours in fun shapes or larger or smaller sizes. Get the kids involved and they’ll decide.

Step 10: Place on a greased baking tray or a parchment-lined tray. Place the biscuits so that the side you pressed when rolling out the dough is to the bottom and the smooth side is on top.

tray of raw baking powder biscuits


Step 11: If you want golden brown biscuits, you can brush them with melted butter or milk. If using cheddar or herbs, you can sprinkle a little extra on top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Serve warm.

baking powder biscuits recipe

Can you batch make this recipe

Double and triple this recipe to make enough biscuits for your get togethers and Sunday limes. You can also freeze them too. They’ll last for months in there.

What to serve with these biscuits

These baking powder biscuits are so versatile – you can serve them with so many sides.

Cut them in half and add your favorite cheese paste or homemade jam. Serve them alongside soups too.

Baking powder biscuits recipe

Simple Baking Powder Biscuits

Soft, buttery and delicious, these baking powder biscuits are fool-proof. You can make it your own with herbs, spices and cheese to mix things up a little.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Servings: 12
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Ros Singh


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 55 g butter (cold, cubed)
  • 1 cup milk (cold)


  • Food processor (optional)


  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Crumble the cold butter into the flour (the food processor works best to do this).
  • Mix in milk.
  • Place on a lightly floured surface.
  • Flatten the dough to ½ inch thickness.
  • Fold the dough into the thirds (fold the left side onto the center and the right side over the left).
  • Flatten the dough again to ½ inch thickness.
  • Cut out 3-inch biscuits.
  • Place on a parchment lined tray with the bottom (smoother) side up.
  • Brush the tops with butter or milk.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

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