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The Best Ever Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe Is by Martha Stewart

Updated on May 24, 2017
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 219 ratings of Martha Stewart's Easy Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

Biscuit Baking Tip:

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

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:

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

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

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

Have you ever made homemade buttermilk biscuits?

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    • Abby Slutsky profile image

      Abby Slutsky 

      2 months ago from LAFAYETTE HL

      My husband loves biscuits. I will have to try this. They look yummy.

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      Cherryl Roulette 

      8 months ago

      Wow, I Love everything you teach. I made sure I wrote this recipe down. I made buscuits when I was a teen. Now I had forgotten my mom's recipe. My mom has passed away. So I can't ask her. But, Now with your buttermilk buscuit recipe I can rest assured that my buscuits will be perfect! I Loved your show on the network. Thank God, I can catch you on YouTube.

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      16 months ago

      This is my go to recipe for biscuit. Haven't tried with the food processor yet.

    • Jeff Hutchings profile image

      Jeff Hutchings 

      3 years ago from Bournemouth UK

      What a wonderful recipe thank you. I can't wait to make these

    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      4 years ago from the USA

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

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      4 years 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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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      7 years ago from Johanesburg

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

    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

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

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      7 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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      Susan Deppner 

      8 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!

    • fathomblueEG profile image


      8 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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      8 years ago

      Great lens - thank you.

    • fathomblueEG profile image


      8 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:-)

    • biminibahamas profile image


      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

      I have, but yours look better than mine.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

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

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

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

    • caketech profile image


      9 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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