This is not a fancy-shmancy flaky buttermilk layered biscuit, but another quick-and-easy-get-it-on-the-table recipe. Better and cheaper than a mix, and fast enough to make every day. With a little elbow grease, you can have fresh homemade biscuits in the oven in about 6 minutes, and on the table in another 12.
From my mother-in-law.

Biscuits makes 12

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then add:

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup milk

Mix till dough forms a ball, then knead 20-25 times in bowl (thus the large mixing bowl). Kneading just a little makes a less crumbly biscuit. Kneading too much will make a tough biscuit. Kneading in the bowl saves time on cleanup later, since the counter will have just a dusting of flour where you rolled & cut.

Pat or roll 1/2″ thick (or as desired) and cut into 2″ circles with a small Sponge Bob cup. You don’t have a Sponge Bob cup? Try another character, or in a pinch, a regular small cup or biscuit cutter. Place on a cookie sheet and bake about 12 minutes, til bottom just begins to brown. Butter while hot, and serve warm.

On the correct way to butter biscuits:

Biscuits should be buttered while hot, fresh out of the oven. Everyone wants butter on their biscuits, so don’t bother asking. Even if you do ask and they say no, they really do want butter. They just don’t know it yet.

Look for a natural crack in the biscuit, and insert a fork. Don’t actually cut it in half; just lift the top gently. Use fork to slice a small pat of butter off the stick (no need to soften butter). The fork holds the butter much better than a butter knife, especially better than a warm one that is being used to split hot biscuits. Slip into biscuit and drop the top back into place, leaving butter to melt quietly inside.


  1. Betsy Negley says:

    Don’t know if you get comments on old posts or not but just had to share. I printed off your recipe for biscuits about 4 years ago and have used it religiously ever since. Recently, the recipe went missing! I found another recipe that was similar but not exactly the same. And, while those biscuits were OK, they weren’t yours! So I have been trolling the internet look for the recipe. I am very relieved to have found it again and will be bookmarking this page, just in case!

  2. Another thanks, here. Much easier to make than the ones with butter, less fat than my previous favorite recipe, and still yuummy.

    I just made these, only with whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour and half as much salt. And I used a plain, boring small glass.

  3. Mrs. Happy Housewife says:

    We made the biscuits yesterday and they were yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. even easier and faster if you use self-rising flour. I never rolled them out either — just pinch of a piece of dough the size you want, form it into a ball, place it on the pan and flatter it with the back of your fingers. This is the recipe I always used for biscuits when my children were young. It is also good as a topping for pot pie and even okay as the crusty part of a cobbler pie.

  5. Yum. And thanks for several laughs in one post!


  6. Mrs. Happy Housewife says:

    Thank you for the recipe and tips. I’ll try this tomorrow morning.

  7. a suburban housewife says:

    Never thought I’d experience hunger pains while blog reading…

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