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These flaky homemade buttermilk biscuits are layers and layers of flavor.

Flaky Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

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Comfort food takes center stage with these tender and towering Flaky Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits that will have you licking every flake from your fingers. From the moment you pull them out of the oven the layers upon buttery layers and golden crown will have you eagerly anticipating that first warm, pillowy bite.

  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8-10 biscuits 1x


  • 3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar (or honey, agave, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk for brushing
  • (optional) Smoked salt for topping



  • Press down once and firmly with your biscuit cutter. Do not twist it! Twisting the biscuit cutter will seal the edges and prevent the dough from fully rising.
  • Do not over-mix your dough! The tenderness of these biscuits comes from not allowing too much gluten to develop. The more flour is worked, the more glutens that form. This also compresses down on the dough giving you a dense texture.
  • Keep everything COLD at every stage. The reaction of super cold butter combined with high heat causes the steam pickets that give rise to these impressive southern buttermilk biscuits.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Side Dish
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