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The Best-Ever Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe is by Martha Stewart

Updated on March 1, 2015
Buttermilk Biscuits
Buttermilk Biscuits | Source

Martha Stewart's Made-From-Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

One of the foods that I have fond memories of from growing up are biscuits, buttermilk biscuits. They were always buttery and moist and just plain delicious!

More recently, I thoroughly enjoyed the freshly baked, homemade biscuits that were delivered to my mother-in-law's home after her funeral and left determined to learn how to make a great buttermilk biscuit.

Biscuits are comfort food to me and I love the possibilities that they deliver. They are (as I recently discovered) easy to make and you can have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can have biscuits and gravy or a sausage or ham and egg biscuit. You can have them with fried chicken and mashed potatoes or with homemade corn chowder. Glaze them with milk and sugar and they make great strawberry shortcake.

On this page, learn how to make buttermilk biscuits as I did, from Martha Stewart, and you too could be eating biscuits every day. The recipe that Martha shared with me and that I'm sharing with you first appeared in a 2002 magazine and then in her 2002 Annual Recipes cookbook.

Biscuit Baking Tip:

Biscuits require a gentle touch and there's no rolling pin required.

Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe
Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes

Total Time: 18 - 20 Minutes

Serves: About 12


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold and unsalted butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Measure the 4 cups of flour by spooning it into your measuring cup and levelling it with a knife.
  3. Put the flour in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk in the baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  5. Cut the butter into cubes and cut it into the flour until mixtures resembles coarse crumbs using a pastry blender or two knives. (Alternatively, as both Martha Stewart and I do, put part of the flour into a food processor, add the butter cubes and pulse a few times until crumbly. Then return the mixture to your bowl.)
  6. Add the buttermilk and stir until the dough leaves the sides of bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times. Pat out into a circle that is about 1 and 3/4 inches thick. Cut with large biscuit cutter or a large glass, dipped in flour to help avoid sticking.
  7. Place on pan. Biscuits can be touching.
  8. Brush the tops with melted butter or milk.
  9. Bake at 375 for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack (or not, if you want to eat them right away.)
3.1 stars from 79 ratings of Martha Stewart's Easy Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

How To Make Buttermilk Biscuits - Making Buttermilk Biscuits From Scratch

Martha's recipe and the instructions in this video really make it easy to make buttermilk biscuits, especially if you have never made them or never had success making them before. I highly recommend the video, which also does a nice job of explaining how you can use your food processor to simplify making biscuits.

Biscuit Baking Tip:

The closer together you place the biscuits on the pan, the softer they will be when they are done baking.

Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet - Perfect for baking biscuits!

This baking sheet is perfect for baking homemade buttermilk biscuits!

Yummy and moist buttermilk biscuit with butter. Jam would be good, too.

Yummy and moist buttermilk biscuit with butter.  Jam would be good, too.
Yummy and moist buttermilk biscuit with butter. Jam would be good, too. | Source

Everything You Need To Make Biscuits - Buttermilk Biscuit Must Haves

Here are a few things you will need to make perfect buttermilk biscuits everytime!

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Hand Crank Flour Icing Sugar Sifter, Stainless Steel, 5-Cup
Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Hand Crank Flour Icing Sugar Sifter, Stainless Steel, 5-Cup

Some people believe that a flour sifter and sifting of the flour makes your biscuits lighter. However, Martha and I both use a wire whisk.

Pastry Blender - 5 Blades - Stainless Steel with Wood Handle
Pastry Blender - 5 Blades - Stainless Steel with Wood Handle

This is the way your mother cut the butter into the flour. Some of us prefer to use our food processors, which makes the work a bit faster.


Biscuit Baking Tip:

Practice makes perfect. The more biscuits you make, handling the mixture gently, the better they'll be.

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

Have you ever made homemade buttermilk biscuits?

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      caketech 6 years ago

      Yep, made some this morning! My family loves them, and I make them from scratch like my aunt taught me when I was a teenager. Those old fashioned southern recipes are the best!

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      tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

      I've made buttermilk biscuits before, and boy did these pictures make me want to whip up another batch!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      My Mom makes wonderful homemade biscuits. I make the country gray to go with them!

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      I have, but yours look better than mine.

    • biminibahamas profile image

      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      No, but I may now .. Martha is a great inspiration!

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      fathomblueEG 4 years ago

      Oh most definitely! I love homemade anything baking wise. I love to bake. Homemade lovin from the oven, can it be heaven. To me it's happiness for all, seratonin for the brain. Bake something today and you'll be in love for life:-)

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      GreenfireWiseWo 4 years ago

      Great lens - thank you.

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      fathomblueEG 4 years ago

      Oh definitely. Nothing better than homemade biscuits hot out of the oven with butter and honey or jelly. Oh so good!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I made homemade biscuits last week with a new recipe, but not with buttermilk. I'll have to try this one for sure!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      WOW...Just made these biscuits this AM. Used King Arthur flour and followed the KA website recommendations for high altitude adjustments...less baking powder and baking soda, more liquid, and a higher temp. PERFECT!!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for the feedback Allidah! We love these biscuits, too.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice yummy lens ,makes me start craving for a milk-biscuit.

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      Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Yum! I haven't had biscuits in a long time. I would have to try this recipe real soon to make my own this winter. Thanks for sharing!

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      Margie Lynn 11 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      I love a good biscuit with cream or sausage gravy! Thanks for your recipe!

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