Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Indulge in the fluffy goodness of Southern Buttermilk Biscuits, a classic comfort food that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a side dish. These biscuits are light, tender, and oh-so-delicious, making them a must-try recipe for biscuit lovers.

Why Make This Recipe

Making Southern Buttermilk Biscuits from scratch allows you to enjoy the warm, freshly baked goodness right from your oven. These biscuits are versatile and can be enjoyed with butter, jam, honey, or alongside your favorite savory dishes like fried chicken or sausage gravy.

How to Make Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (White Lily Flour recommended)

  • 5 tsp baking powder

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter or vegetable shortening

  • 1 to 1 1/4 cup cold buttermilk

  • Melted butter or heavy cream to brush the tops


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Cut the cold butter or shortening into the dry ingredients until crumbly.

  4. Mix in cold buttermilk just until the crumbs are moistened. Add more buttermilk if needed.

  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into rounds.

  6. Place biscuits on the baking sheet, brush the tops with melted butter or cream.

  7. Bake at 450°F for 13-15 minutes until golden and puffed.

  8. Brush with more melted butter after baking. Serve warm.

How to Serve Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Serve these biscuits warm with butter, jam, honey, or as a side to your favorite meals like fried chicken, bacon and eggs, or sausage gravy.

How to Store Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Store leftover biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. To keep them fresh longer, store in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tips to Make Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

  • Use cold butter or shortening for flakier biscuits.

  • Handle the dough gently to maintain the fluffiness.

  • Do not twist the biscuit cutter when cutting the dough to prevent uneven rising.


For a savory twist, add shredded cheese, herbs, or cooked and crumbled bacon into the biscuit dough before baking for extra flavor.


  1. Can I use salted butter for the biscuits? Yes, but adjust the salt in the recipe accordingly.

  2. Can I substitute regular milk for buttermilk? You can create a buttermilk substitute by adding vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk.

  3. Why are my biscuits not rising properly? Ensure your baking powder is fresh and evenly distributed in the dough for proper rising.

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