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Simple Biscuit Recipes

Updated on October 16, 2013

The simple and easy way to make your own biscuits and scones

Biscuits and scones are easy to make and delicious to eat. The simple biscuit recipes here are very easy, especially when you make up your own biscuit mix from my recipe, and you can add all kinds of wonderful flavorings and extras to make them super-special once you've mastered the basic biscuit recipe.

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Half-eaten scone - yummy with cream and jam!
Half-eaten scone - yummy with cream and jam!

Simple Biscuit Recipes from scratch

These next two recipes are a simple way to get started making biscuits and scones, either using a food processor or by hand. While a food processor isn't necessary, it can be very useful for those who (like me) have problems with their hands or arms.

Once you've made the basic biscuit recipe, check out the section below on ways to spiffy-up your baking with extra flavors and ingredients.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 22

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter chilled
  • cut in pieces
  • 2/3 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.
  2. Add everything except the milk to the processor bowl and buzz a few times until the fat is cut in to the dry ingredients. Turn on the processor and add milk cautiously - you may not need the full amount - until the dough forms a ball. It will be slightly sticky.
  3. Turn out and knead a few times on a floured surface. Roll or pat out into a sheet about 1/2" thick, then cut into triangles with a knife. Place the biscuits on a floured cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 mins until golden brown on top. Makes 12.
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Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 20

Serves: 6

Basic Scones

  • 225 g self raising flour
  • 2 1/2 ml salt
  • 5 ml baking powder
  • 25 -50g butter
  • 150 ml milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven and a baking sheet to 450F.
  2. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together, then rub in the fat (or use the food processor, as above). Stir in enough mlik to give a soft dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface, then roll or pat out to about 3/4" thick. Cut into triangles with a sharp knife, place on the hot baking sheet and bake at the top of the oven for 8-10 minutes until browned and well risen. Makes 10-12.

Alterations and Additions

Use a cookie cutter or round glass to cut the dough into rounds. You'll have leftover scraps from this which can be bunched together, re-rolled and cut again. These "second rollings" are not quite so tender as the first rolling, and you'll still end up with scraps, so I always use the knife and make triangular biscuits.

Form the whole ball of dough into one large, round, flat scone, and score the top into eighths or twelfths with a sharp knife (don't cut all the way through). This will give a big scone which breaks easily into single-serving sections. You may need to give it a little longer in the oven to make sure it's cooked all the way through.

Brush the tops with beaten egg or milk to give a shiny browned top. For sweet scones, you can also sprinkle sugar on top: colored sprinkles (hundreds-and-thousands for our Brit readers!) work too for a non-traditional look. These toppings work best with an egg wash rather than milk, as the egg glues them on rather than dissolving them like the milk tends to.

Wholemeal flour works fine in biscuits or scones but you'll need to increase the amount of baking powder. Experiment to find out what works best with your flour.

Flavorings

Sweeteners like sugar or stevia

Spices like cinnamon or ginger

Herbs (fresh or dried) (rosemary and cheese is yummy!)

Grated cheese

Dried fruit

Cut-up fruit leather (commercial or homemade)

Fresh fruit (mushed up or in chunks - try blackberries! - reduce the amount of milk used)

Combinations of the above!

I use home-grown stevia (leaves dried and crushed) in recipes but you can buy it in several different forms. Experiment with replacing sugar in recipes: in baked goods like cakes and cookies you can't replace all the sugar because it plays a part in the chemical processes of baking, but since scones and biscuits bake perfectly well without sugar you can replace all the sugar with stevia.

Make Your Own Biscuit Mix

Even more simple biscuit recipes

If you make biscuits or scones frequently, make up this mix and keep it in the fridge, then all you need to do to make biscuits is to add milk or water, mix and bake.

8.5 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups dried milk

2 1/4 cups vegetable shortening, butter or margarine

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then cut in the fat by hand or in a food processor. Store in the fridge and use within 10-12 weeks.

Wholewheat version

8.5 cups wholewheat flour

6 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups dried milk

2 cups vegetable shortening, butter or margarine

To make rolled biscuits

Preheat oven to 450F. Combine 3 cups of mix and up to 2/3 cup milk or water in a large bowl. Let dough stand for a few minutes. Knead dough lightly on a floured surface about 15 times. Roll or pat out to 1/2" thickness, cut into triangles with a knife or rounds with a cookie cutter. Place 2" apart on an ungreased baking sheet (you can flour the sheet), bake 10-12 mins. Makes 12.

To make drop biscuits (even easier!)

Preheat oven to 450F and flour a baking sheet. Combine 3 cups of mix and up to 3/4 cup milk or water in a bowl to make a soft sticky dough. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet and bake 10-12 mins until golden brown. Makes 12.

Baking Equipment - This is similar to what I own and use

Making biscuits on video

Do you make biscuits or scones? - What's your favorite thing to add to them?

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      nonya222 3 years ago

      Thank you! Finally made scones that didn't resemble driveway pavers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Phew, they turned out! They don't look as good as Mom's, but taste delicious. Should be yummy with my homemade beef stew tonight

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for this lens! First, I am far from a baker, not much into breads, deserts, etc. But I was going to try making my mom's Feather Light Biscuits recipe, I had a craving LOL, and her recipe called for hard margarine. OMG, I haven't seen that in many years. So wasn't sure whether to use butter or something else. Mom's recipe is a little different in quantities than your Speedy Biscuits, but the ingredients are close enough. So thank you... will let you know how they turn out LOL

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Love biscuits and scones. I come from a hot tea-drinking family as my mom and grandmother had their share of cuppas each day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love to top them with sausage gravy.

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      ramonabeckbritman 4 years ago

      I'm not very good at making biscuits. They always come out hard as a brick.

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I love making biscuits...but I cannot find shortening here in China.

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      Cdoimne 5 years ago

      Great lens! I absolutely love biscuits!

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      I make homemade biscuits and I love to top them with butter and homemade jam or honey and butter. Homemade is the best always!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can't beat home made scones. So easy to make once you know how!

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      teresa-carol-spencer-cook 5 years ago

      great lens! maybe I can actually make biscuits now

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      walclan 5 years ago

      I now know what an American biscuit is! They look just like scones. We call cookies, biscuits.

      I will make up the recipes. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used the "speedy biscuit in food processer" - except I made them by hand - recipe and doubled it to make 24. I ended up using more milk then was called for (on purpose) and less baking powder (by accident). They're in the oven now. I hope it turns out okay!

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      journey103 6 years ago from USA

      Very Yummy!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Oh how yummy!

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Mmmm, these look really tasty. Delicious lens!

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      ha I was going to ask the same question about all purpose flour, good to know to use plain flour instead

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      Kevin Wilson 2 6 years ago

      @fionajean: No, self-raising flour has baking powder already mixed in it as a raising agent (hence the name). All-purpose flour is a North American kind which is white, no raising agent, and midway between bread flour and special cake flour for gluten content, so you can use it for either but it's not the best for either. The nearest equivalent in the UK would be plain flour.

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

      This may sound like a stupid question but all-purpose flour is not self-raising is it?

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      BlackHeart1 6 years ago

      Great lens !!.. I've featured it here http://www.squidoo.com/top-5-food-cooking

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      QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

      Great lens. I'm good at cooking meals, grilling etc but one thing I truly stink at is baking. Never seems to come out right but maybe I'll try one of your recipes and see if I can whip my baking skills into line.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love scones, but at about $3 apiece for small ones around here (GOOD small ones), I don't buy them often. Making them myself would certainly be a whole lot more economical, and these recipes might even be easy enough for ME to pull off. (I'm culinarily challenged.)

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      NinaLaZina 6 years ago

      I am always in a rush, so the speedy biscuits seem just up my street and not much ingredients so that's also good. thanks for sharing.

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      lilyofthevalley1 6 years ago

      Ooh, they all look so good! I'm no baker, but I bet I could try out some of these recipes without too many fire alarms going off ;) Great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens-looks delicious!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yum...scones are delicous..can't wait to try your recipe :) Thanks for creating a lens about them, and I joined your fan club too =)

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Good one. Just joined your fan club.

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I've made both. I went through a period of time when I made scones almost every day. For biscuits, I use a baking mix but your speedy biscuit recipe looks like one I'd like to try.

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      shandigp 6 years ago

      I happen to have been wanting to try making biscuits from scratch. Thanks!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Nice and timely...I need to make some scones. Thanks! u

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      Yum, there is nothing like a freshly baked homemade biscuit I love that the speedy biscuit recipe calls for ingredients that I often keep on hand.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      These look delicious! :)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I just started making scones, but I make biscuits all the time. Love this lens. Trying your recipe for my own mix tonight. Angel blessed.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      I bought packaged biscuit dough at the store this holiday season to cut down on the prep time. Blech! How do people eat that stuff? Beautifully done lens about making homemade biscuits and great photos too! ~Blessed by a Squid Angel~

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      MartinPrestovic 7 years ago

      No not really that often but when I do make them especially my fruit ones they disappear real quick. Let me try your recipes. My kids love biscuits. They love dunking them in milk or in hot chocolate.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      No, I don't make biscuits but there is nothing I like better than a homemade biscuit!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Nice lens. We enjoy biscuits. Thank-you for the biscuit mix recipe.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I make lots of biscuits! Great lens!