Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

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"This deceptively simple recipe can come out a million different ways with some very minor variations on the ingredients and amounts. This one's my favorite - flaky, but not dry; chewy, but not tough; crisp in just the right spots."
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35 m servings 143 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 143 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 17g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 321 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.
  4. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 5 minutes.
  5. Make a well in the center of butter and flour mixture. Pour in 3/4 cup buttermilk; stir until just combined.
  6. Turn dough onto a floured work surface, pat together into a rectangle.
  7. Fold the rectangle in thirds. Turn dough a half turn, gather any crumbs, and flatten back into a rectangle. Repeat twice more, folding and pressing dough a total of three times.
  8. Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Cut out 12 biscuits using a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter.
  10. Transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. Press an indent into the top of each biscuit with your thumb.
  11. Brush the tops of biscuits with 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 15 minutes.


  1. 497 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is a great recipe! I did not change any of the ingredients, but in the directions I put the flour and ice cold butter into a foodprocessor and blized it together for about 30 seconds- (Much...

Most helpful critical review

Well, I can see I'm in the minority here, but while the flavor was good, these were dry and hard...Maybe it was something I did. I followed the recipe to a 'T'. I've made other biscuits in this ...

This is a great recipe! I did not change any of the ingredients, but in the directions I put the flour and ice cold butter into a foodprocessor and blized it together for about 30 seconds- (Much...

OMG! These biscuits are incredible! They're so "deceptively" easy to make and they come out light, moist, and fluffy. Plus they rise nice and high -what more could you want from a buttermilk bis...

This has become a weekend staple at our home. AMAZING BISCUITS!! I finally figured out how to freeze the un-cooked biscuits so now I always have them on hand, but only have to make them once a w...

I use a "vegetable peeler" to grate an entire stick of butter. It works great! So quick and so much easier! Toss those long thin flakes of butter with the dry ingredients to keep them from stick...

Thanks for the recipe and the video. We love them. I freeze the extra UNCOOKED BISCUITS for a quick eat in the future. Bake them from the frozen state in the preheated oven at 450 for 8 min...

These biscuits were superb! They rose beautifully, they had a wonderful creamy texture, and they tasted great! Definitely will make these again. Thank you for sharing!

Yum! I always make drop biscuits because of ease and convenience but am glad I took the plunge with cut outs! These are easy and delicious! You can't go wrong with Chef John's recipes! p.s. ...

The perfect biscuit recipe! Only change I made was just to use the whole butter stick. The method he uses to work the dough is brilliant. You are not in danger of over working the dough, as that...

Excellent Biscuits! Have made them a couple of times, once following the recipe to the letter. The 2nd time I made them I was a bit short on butter, so I substituted some sour cream in place of ...