Easy Butter Southern Biscuits

Butter biscuits, a classic and beloved treat, are the perfect combination of simplicity and comfort. These delightful little rounds of joy are a staple in many kitchens due to their straightforward recipe and deliciously buttery taste.

Ideal for breakfast, tea time, or just as a snack, butter biscuits are versatile and can be served with a variety of accompaniments such as jam, honey, or just a simple spread of butter. This recipe offers a straightforward approach to creating these tender, flaky biscuits that are sure to become a favorite in your home.

Who is this Recipe For?

Whether you’re hosting a high-tea, looking for a comforting snack, or simply want to impress your family with your baking prowess, these Butter Biscuits are for you. They’re incredibly versatile, making them an ideal match for a variety of dishes and occasions.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, packed (if using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder (leave out if using self-rising flour)
  • ½ tsp salt (leave out if using self-rising flour)
  • ½ cup butter, salted, cut into small pieces (if using unsalted butter, add ¼ tsp more salt than above)
  • 1 cup milk (regular or buttermilk)


Preheat your oven to 400 F (200 C). In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter in small pieces.

Using your hands, or a pastry blender, work the flour mixture and butter together until the butter is pea-sized and the mixture is crumbly.

Pour in the milk and combine everything with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Be careful not to overmix.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll it out to about ¾ inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits.

Place each biscuit on an ungreased cookie sheet or iron skillet. Arrange them so that they touch each other, which helps them rise higher during baking. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the biscuits are nicely browned.

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