5 from 1 vote
These farmhouse style baking powder biscuits are a tradition in our family. Incredibly easy to make, even on busy mornings, and perfectly light and tender, I love making these for my girls, just like my mom always made them for me.
Farmhouse Baking Powder Biscuits
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Servings: 6 biscuits
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening using a pastry cutter or by rubbing it into the flour with your hands until combined.
  3. Add milk all at once and stir in using a fork just to bring everything together into a shaggy clump. Try not to overwork the dough by stirring too much.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into about a 3/4-inch thickness, then cut out using a biscuit cutter, or even just use a knife to create square biscuits and transfer to a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until tops barely begin to brown and biscuits have risen. Remove from oven and serve with butter, honey and jam.
Recipe Notes
You can use butter in place of shortening if you want.  Shortening tends to make a flakier biscuit while butter makes the biscuits softer.