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Mom's Baking Powder Biscuits

"This is the recipe my mom always made. I like to use the butter flavored shortening, but you can use regular. Amount of biscuits you get depends on how big around you make them and the thickness. My daughter likes me to make smaller ones."
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30 m servings 66 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 - 3 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 66 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 2.9 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 8.4g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 127 mg
  • 5%

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.
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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the shortening and mix until in little pieces. Add milk a little at a time and mix until it forms a ball.
  3. Roll out on floured board to 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Cut out in desired size and dip in melted shortening. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Variation: For shortcakes add 2 tablespoons for sugar to the dough and roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick.

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  1. 287 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is definitely a very simple recipe for biscuits! I have made these biscuits 2 ways: with shortening or with butter/margerine. When I used the shortening, it made the biscuits flaky, but w...

Most helpful critical review

3.5 stars. Easy, quick, but lack flavor. Don't over work dough.

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This is definitely a very simple recipe for biscuits! I have made these biscuits 2 ways: with shortening or with butter/margerine. When I used the shortening, it made the biscuits flaky, but w...

This is a great recipe! My husband loves these. I make up the recipe as is but I make the biscuits twice as big so we can make breakfast sandwiches. I have used different types of butter/oil ...

This recipe is excellent. It's very easy to make and doesn't take a lot of time. The only change I made was doubling the amount of baking powder. The biscuits turned out really fluffly and made ...

my fiance's family is from the south and he asked me if i could make biscuits. i tried thid recipe, and he said they were just like his grandmothers! this recipe is very easy. dont get scared th...

I've been up since 4:30 this morning and figured what the hay...I'll try to make biscuits for breakfast. My mom used to make the best biscuits in the whole world. Well, these are almost as gre...

I gave this recipe a 5 star rating because they are easy to make and taste great, they came out crusty on the outside with a soft inside, yum. The only thing I changed was that I didn't dip the...

I had no problems with this recipe! The biscuits were light and fluffy, and were wonderfully crisp on the outside. I personally prefer lighter biscuits, so I reduced the baking time by one minut...

Very good! This made a perfect dough. Very easy to work with and the taste was perfection! Thanks! PS reduced salt to 1/2 tsp. and used margarine instead of shortening.

Easy to make, but pan is extremely hot. So don't let kids touch it, or take it out of the oven. (The heat goes through most hotmittens) Doesn't take long to make and is easy to clean-up after....