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Grandma's Baking Powder Biscuits Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Grandma's Baking Powder Biscuits

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"This is my grandmother's biscuit recipe. It is my all-time favorite and has a really good flavor to it. Be sure not to roll out too thin, you want high biscuits! I usually just pat out the dough to the desired thickness, usually 1/2 inch."

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Original recipe makes 1 dozen biscuits Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt into a bowl. Use a pastry cutter to chop vegetable shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk egg and milk together in a separate bowl and slowly add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring as you pour, until dough is moistened and well-mixed. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until biscuits have risen and are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You can place dough on a floured countertop and knead more flour into dough until it no longer sticks to your fingers. Pat out to desired thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter and transfer biscuits to an ungreased cookie sheet.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 09, 2013

Only change I made was to use butter. Delicious, great texture, baked up perfectly. This will be my new go-to biscuit recipe! A tip is to grate the butter into the flour mixture, then just stir together - great way to get the butter into the right size pieces.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 02, 2013

These weren't bad, by any means - they just weren't knock you socks off good. As others have mentioned, they were somewhat dry - which was confusing as the dough itself was nice & moist. Very strong baking powder taste which I guess is what turned us off a bit. With biscuits & gravy, these would be quite good. On their own, however, I'd try something else...

Nov 13, 2012

I used butter in place of shorting and whipping cream in place of milk, a crunch of sea salt on the biscuits just out of the oven, and made the most delectable, perfect biscuits ever! A slight crunch in the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside. : )

Oct 30, 2012

Fluffy, just a tad sweet and plump enough that you can skip rolling and cutting - super easy!

Mar 26, 2013

I have only made biscuits once, and this is my second recipe I've tried and it's great! It does have a distinct sweetness, but I like it! I added a little shredded cheese to jazz mine up and they turned out so well I almost didn't believe it was me who made them! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Mar 24, 2013

First of all I did NOT change anything! These are amazing!, way better than Paula Deans recipe!

Mar 03, 2013

This is an awesome biscuit recipe! My mom, who has always followed her mom's recipe, asked me for this one after eating these drop biscuits! Please note: I also made a batch where I rolled the dough out and cut the biscuits. My husband loved them because they were much easier to pull apart, but their is a difference in texture when you roll them. My mom and I both preferred the drop biscuits to rolling and cutting this recipe..

Jan 30, 2013

It's really hard to find a good biscuit recipe - and lo-and-behold, found one! Oh boy, it was fluffy and absolutely delicious. It's great on it's own or with something (I made this initially to go with Chicken and onions pan fried in honey). Husband loved it a lot, and I'm definitely going to make this again. I did leave out the cream of tartar, and substituted the shortening for butter. I also did the ball method instead of the cut-out. Came out perfect. Enjoy!!


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  • Calories
  • 173 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 9.4 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 271 mg
  • 11%

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

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