Quick & Easy 6-Ingredient Homemade Biscuits Recipe: Better Than a Box Mix by Jan Mostrom

Quick & Easy 6-Ingredient Homemade Biscuits Recipe: Better Than a Box Mix

I used to love to throw together some biscuits from a box mix back when the kids were small and time was short. These delicious homemade biscuits remind me of those, only much better. These tender biscuits don't require any rising and are so easy to make.

These six easy and basic ingredients will produce beautiful buttery biscuits as a side dish for any meal: flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, butter and whipping cream. The ingredients are mixed into a dough, rolled out and baked in the oven until golden. 

Eat these tender biscuits with your favorite dinner or for brunch or breakfast. I also use them for my strawberry shortcake recipe.

If you like baking biscuits from scratch, here are a few more homemade biscuit recipe to try:

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, optional (you decide if you want a sweeter version)
  • 1 1/4 cup soft butter (divided)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups whipping cream

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Recipe Notes

  • The sugar is optional but recommended if you are using the biscuits for a dessert recipe. 

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add 3/4 cup of the butter. When butter is mixed in add the cream starting with 1 1/2 cups. Combine into a dough. Add more cream as needed to create a dough. (It won't be wet but should hold together.)
  2. Flour a clean surface and place dough on it. Knead the dough with your hands for about 1 minute. Roll out dough with a floured roller to about 1/2-inch thick.
  3. Using a round pastry cutter or glass, press and make as many dough circles as possible. Combine scraps of dough, rework into a ball, roll out and repeat the process finally ending with an even number of circles.
  4. Grease a cookie sheet. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small dish. Place half of the dough circles on the sheet, brush the dough circles with the melted butter, and lay another circle on top finally brushing the top with the melted butter.
  5. Place in a preheated 450-degree F oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and serve warm with butter, honey or jam.

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Rolling Pins
Rolling Pins $8 & Up
Flour $3 & Up
Pastry Brush
Pastry Brush $6 & Up
Sugar $2 & Up
Salt $1 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Is there anything better than homemade bread or biscuits baking in the oven? Love this easy, delicious recipe! #yum
Jan Mostrom
Elisa Schmitz so true!!! The wonderful smell fills up the house!
Elisa Schmitz
That’s almost the best part. Almost!!

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