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Baking Powder Biscuits

Prep Time:15 min
Cook Time:10 min
Yield:14 Biscuits


  • 2 cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk


  1. 1.
    HEAT oven to 450°F. COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl; mix well. With pastry blender or fork, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stirring with fork, add enough milk until mixture leaves sides of bowl and forms a soft, moist dough.

  2. 2.
    TOSS dough lightly on floured surface until no longer sticky. Roll or press dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-inch round cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. 3.
    BAKE 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm.

  4. TIP
    FOOD PROCESSOR DIRECTIONS: In food processor bowl with metal blade, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Process with 5 on/off pulses to mix. Add shortening to flour mixture. Process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1/2 to 2/3 cup milk; process with on/off pulses just until ball starts to form. On lightly floured surface, roll or press dough to 1/2­-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2­-inch round cutter. Continue as directed above.


  6. 1.
    BUTTERMILK BISCUITS: Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to flour. Substitute buttermilk for milk.

  7. 2.
    CHEESE BISCUITS: Add 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese to flour-shortening mixture. Bake on cookie sheet sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.

  8. 3.
    DROP BISCUITS: Increase milk to 1 1/4 cups. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.

  9. 4.
    SOFT-SIDED BISCUITS: Place biscuits in 9-inch round or square pan or on cookie sheet with sides touching. Bake at 450°F for 12 to 14 minutes.

    High Altitude (above 3500 ft.):

  11. 1.
    No change.


Serving Size (1 biscuit), Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 70), Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 190mg, Total Carbohydrate 15g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 1g), Protein 2g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 8%, Iron 6%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Baking Powder Biscuits 4.8 5 33 39
Terrific recipe. I've been making these biscuits for years and they never let me down. They are very simple and easy to make. Delicious hot out of the oven on a Sunday morning with some butter and jam. April 7, 2013
This recipe has been great for years. I have used this recipe for many, many years. Made my kids biscuits with this recipe. Now, they are making them for their kids. Has never let me down!! April 7, 2013
Excellent biscuit recipe These biscuits turn out wonderful every time. This is the same recipe my Grandmother and Mother made. It can't get any easier or better than these! April 7, 2013
Mama'a Biscuits These biscuits remind me of the ones my mom used to make. They are yummy and delicious. April 3, 2013
Yummy, buttery and delicious These are fluffy and taste great with honey and butter. I have made these for years. I always knead with my hands and cut them out with a glass. March 24, 2013
delicious My sister made this for me. It was absolutely delicious. March 24, 2013
A Southern Classic Tastes great by themselves or topped with sausage gravy. March 24, 2013
Great basic biscuit recipe These were good as they were, but I substituted the butter flavored Crisco, and my crew went WILD for them. I've also tried adding other herbs and flavorings and they've all been a hit. This is a recipe box must have. March 23, 2013
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