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!Jump to Recipe
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Mile High Biscuits
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup shortening*
- ½ cup butter
- 1 egg
- ½ 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 ½" 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!