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Make from Scratch: Grandma’s Biscuits


  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ½ c. cold butter
  • 1 c. cold milk


  1. Stir together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in milk and stir quickly to combine.
  2. On a well floured surface, knead the dough by folding it in half, pressing it out slightly and repeating those two steps until the dough holds together, about 2-3 kneading repetitions. I usually sprinkle 1/8 c. flour onto the counter, place the dough down and then sprinkle another 1/8 c. flour on top before kneading.
  3. Press out until ½” thick, cut into 2” rounds using a cookie cutter or even a drinking glass. Place on an oiled baking sheet, close together for softer sides and about 2” apart for crispier sides.
  4. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

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