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These fluffy, buttery Mile High Biscuits are such a delicious addition to any meal. Use them to build a sandwich, top with sausage gravy or lather with butter and honey!

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biscuit with jam on top and other biscuits in the background

I may not be from the south, but let me tell you – I LOVE a good biscuit!! Especially a fluffy biscuit that’s right outta the oven, slathered with butter and a dollop of my super easy homemade jam! Anyone else’s mouth starting to water?!

A tube of refrigerated biscuit dough can come in handy in a pinch, but nothing compares to a homemade, mile high biscuit! And the best part is, they don’t take long and you likely have all the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch!

honey being drizzled over a mile high biscuit

How to Make Biscuits

First, you’ll preheat the oven. This is an important step as a hot oven will help the biscuits get off to a great start in terms of rising.

Next, you’ll combine the dry ingredients. Then, use a pastry cutter to cut the butter and shortening into small pieces.

pastry cutter in a bowl of biscuit dough

Next, you’ll add the wet ingredients – the egg and milk. Then you’ll stir with a fork just long enough to incorporate them. You don’t want to overmix the dough or it allows too much gluten development which in turn makes a tough biscuit.

biscuit dough in a clear mixing bowl

Next, roll the biscuit dough out to about 1″ thickness on a flour-dusted surface. Cut the biscuits using a cookie or biscuit cutter or cut into squares with a sharp knife.

round cutter cutting biscuit dough

Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until golden brown. I like to brush them with a little melted butter when they come out of the oven – YUM!

Biscuit Tips and Tricks

  • Use fresh baking powder. If you use old/expired baking powder, the biscuits won’t have as much rise.
  • Don’t overmix the dough as that’ll deliver a more tough biscuit. You want light & tender biscuits!
  • Make sure the oven is preheated before placing the pan of biscuits into the oven.
  • Brush with butter once they come out of the oven…..because it’s delicious! 🙂

Other Bread Recipes You Might Like

Garlic Bread is another super quick and easy side dish – perfect for pasta dinners and a great side for soup!

Butterhorn Rolls are one of my favorites! They take a little more time (as they’re made with yeast) but are worth every second!

Moist Cornbread is my go-to side dish for chili. I love the flavor and texture, especially with a drizzle of honey!

biscuit cut in half with honey on it on top of a silver wire cooling rack

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stack of two biscuits with a red jelly on top
5 from 1 vote

Mile High Biscuits

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
10 biscuits
These fluffy, buttery Mile High Biscuits are such a delicious addition to any meal. Use them to build a sandwich, top with sausage gravy or lather with butter and honey!


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening*
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter for topping optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt.
  • Use a pastry cutter (or fork) to cut the shortening and butter into the dry ingredients.
  • Once the shortening and butter are in pea-sized pieces, add the egg and milk.
  • Stir until just combined.
  • Dump the biscuit dough onto a surface that has been dusted with flour.
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to about 1-inch thickness.
  • Cut into circles with a biscuit cutter or use a knife to cut into squares. (I use a 2 1/2" biscuit cutter)
  • Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  • Brush with melted butter, if desired. Enjoy warm!


*Can replace with additional butter


Calories: 285.62kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.33g | Protein: 4.91g | Fat: 15.17g | Saturated Fat: 8.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.11g | Cholesterol: 44.21mg | Sodium: 382.44mg | Potassium: 104.7mg | Fiber: 1.02g | Sugar: 3.21g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Calcium: 134.03mg | Iron: 0.73mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    These biscuits are the best — better than KFC and Angel biscuits. I love them!