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Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

It’s Turkey Time!

Well, not literally. We have 13 days, 18 hours, 25 minutes, and 15 seconds. 14 seconds. 13 seconds.

Time is ticking away until the big day!

Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful holiday filled with delicious food, on top of delicious food, on top of tasty appetizers, and delectable desserts! While this day is meant to be full of thankfulness, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying wonderful food, it can also bring a lot of stress! I mean, there’s a lot of food that needs to be ready at one time! How do you store it all? How do you when to make what? Can it travel well, if you have to travel? There’s a lot of variables?

Did that just stress you out? Don’t worry! I have a ton of tips and tricks to make this Thanksgiving Day truly timeless! (Did you appreciate all the alliterate there? I tried.)

I think the biggest piece of advice I can give is to practice your recipes ahead of time! Why am I even talking about Thanksgiving so soon? Because practice makes perfect! If you want to make a new recipe, please don’t test it on the big day. Every kitchen is different so you might have to make small tweaks to a recipe based on your oven temperature, humidity level, moisture content, etc. By testing ahead, you can figure out those tweaks so it’s perfect for the big day! You also might not like the recipe. That’s okay, not everyone has the same taste palette, but you don’t want to miss out on a classic dish at Thanksgiving because you went rogue with a new recipe!

That’s exactly why you should make these biscuits this weekend! Practice them now, have a delicious biscuit for breakfast, and rest easy knowing you’re already one step ahead of the game.

This biscuit recipe is wonderful because it makes a ton of biscuits and it super easy to throw together! Just mix the dry ingredients together, toss in some butter, add a little buttermilk mixture and you’re good to go.

The other amazing part of making biscuits on Thanksgiving? They don’t have to be perfect! I’ve never met a perfectly shaped biscuit, and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t trust it anyway. This isn’t the kind of recipe where you need to get out the rolling pin and get the dough flat and even across the top. Just form it into a rough rectangle and that’s enough for these guys.

You might see the sugar and be concerned. The sugar won’t make these sweet, it just helps balance out the other flavors. Kind of like when you add a little salt to sweets, it enhances the flavor without being too strong!


4 cups of flour

4 teaspoons of baking powder

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 1/2 sticks of butter, frozen

1 1/2 cups of buttermilk

1 egg

2 tablespoons of butter, melted

To begin, cut up the butter into little cubes and place it in the freezer. Then combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients together!

Pull the frozen butter out of the freezer and begin to work into the dry ingredients, using a knife, pastry cutter, or your hands! You want the butter to be in pea-sized pieces! Whisk together the buttermilk and the egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry mixture. Using a fork, gently stir together.

Once the dough is sticky and almost combined, dump the dough onto a floured surface. I like to keep a little bowl of flour by my work surface in case I need more! Knead the dough for about a minute or so, adding more flour as necessary. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle using your hands, I like my biscuits thick, so about an inch and a half in height!

Using a round biscuit cutter (or if you’re feeling really radical, use a knife and make square biscuits!), cut out about six biscuits! Place in a cake pan or on a sheet pan and brush the tops with melted butter. Bake in a 450-degree preheated oven, for about 15 minutes! The biscuits will be puffed and golden brown on the top!

Let cool slightly and serve with butter and jam!

These biscuits are everything you want them to be and more! They’re buttery and flakey and soft with a good chew to them! Did your mouth just water? Because mine did! In fact, I think I’ll go grab a biscuit right now…

-Holly Michelle

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