Baking Powder Biscuits

“I usually make my biscuits out of Bisquick. Bisquick was always a staple in the house, but you need to have a recipe for when you run out of Bisquick.” – Calla Ferre

“I remember Mom making these while I was growing up. I helped to cut out the biscuits with a little glass. I found the exact same glass in at the thrift store and picked it up for my own biscuit making tool. These remind me a lot of the biscuits you get at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Great for making dumplings.” – April Ferre

Baking Powder Biscuits

Course: Biscuits


  • 1/3 Cup Shortening
  • 1 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Milk


  • Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Cut shortening into flower, baking powder and salt with pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in just enough milk so that dough leaves the sides of the bowl and rounds up into a ball. (Too much milk makes dough sticky; not enough milk makes biscuits dry).
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 10 times. Roll or pat 1/2-inch thick. Cut with floured 2-inch biscuit cutter.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1-inch apart for crusty sides or touching for soft sides. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve with honey. Makes 1 dozen biscuits.
  • Cheese Biscuit Variation: Add shredded cheese during kneading.


If using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt.

Recipe – Calla Ferre – From Gold Metal Century of Success, 1979