In The Kitchen - Breakfast/Brunch
May 11, 2020

Mamaw's Buttermilk Buscuits

A family take on a traditional southern recipe.

8 min read

One of my earliest memories with Mamaw, other than playing with the menagerie of dogs, kittens, and goats (yes, goats!) she always had, is making homemade biscuits with her in her kitchen.   Her biscuits were as big as your hand (she cut them out using the mouth of a mason jar), and so buttery soft on the inside. I could happily eat a plateful.  Best of all, they were so simple to make, she’d always let her ‘youngens’ help.

Now, I confess, it took some doing for her to convince me to try them with her sausage gravy - I am a butter, honey and jam kinda girl -  but she was right.  She usually was.  Whether covered in gravy or slathered in jam, these homemade biscuits will bring a smile to all around the table.  

Mamaw's Buttermilk Buscuits

12 Biscuits
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks butter), cold & cubed (or 6 Tablespoons shortening and 2 Tablespoons butter)
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Note: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can add white vinegar or lemon juice to milk.  For 1 cup buttermilk, add 1 Tablespoon vinegar or juice to just under 1 cup milk so the total liquid [milk +vinegar/juice] measures 1 cup.

For honey biscuits, add 4 teaspoons sugar and 4 Tablespoons honey.  For cheddar and chive, add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 cups cheddar, 6 Tablespoons chive


  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
  • Cut cold butter into mixture with a pastry cutter until lumps of butter are the size of ~ 1/2 a kernel of corn
Buttermilk Biscuit dough
  • Stir in buttermilk and combine.
  • Knead dough for ~1 minute to incorporate flour.  Dough will be shaggy and rough looking.
  • Flour a surface and roll dough so it is just under an inch thick.
Buttermilk Biscuit dough being cut
  • Flour your biscuit cutter (or glass jar) and cut rounds.
  • Place rounds on the prepared baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.
Buttermilk Biscuits stacked on marble

Fresh and hot from the oven, these biscuits taste like a touch of home.  Serve with butter, preserves, honey (and maybe a little of Mamaw’s homemade sausage gravy).  Enjoy!


Buttermilk Biscuit plated