Flaky buttermilk biscuits stacked on white plate.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

The best and easiest buttermilk biscuits! Those buttery, flaky layers are easy to achieve with my tips!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk biscuits
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 210 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter chilled
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup half and half or whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
US Customary - Metric


  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Next, coat the cold stick of butter in flour mixture, then grate on the large hole side of the grater, right over the flour mixture. Cut in with a pastry cutter (fork works too) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. In a measuring cup, combine vinegar and half and half (or whole milk) and stir. Add egg and whisk well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to come together.
  6. Place dough onto floured surface and form into a disk. Press down until it is the thickness of two fingers (see video for visual). It's the easiest way to determine the thickness without reaching for a ruler with your flour-covered hands.
  7. Cut the biscuits out with a biscuit cutter (or round cookie cutter). Place biscuits on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Gather the remaining dough together, press into a disk (as previously) and cut out few more biscuits. Form the last amount of dough into a round biscuit. Place on baking sheet. Brush each biscuit with melted butter. Bake biscuits for 18 minutes or until they rise, you can see the layers and the tops are golden.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you do not have a biscuit cutter, do not use a glass. It will seal the edges and prevent the layers from forming. Instead, form the dough into a rectangle and cut with sharp small knife into square biscuits.

You can add various herbs, grated cheese, diced ham, bacon, onions, garlic, even sauteed mushrooms to the biscuit dough, in step 4.

Nutrition Facts
Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Potassium 127mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 8.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.