Buttermilk Biscuits
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Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

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To me, old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits go with every meal. You can have biscuits and gravy for breakfast, a biscuit sandwich for lunch, and biscuits for your bread at dinner. Am I right or am I right? Haha.

One of the reasons I like biscuits is that they don’t require yeast or rising time. It’s nice to be able to whip up bread fairly quickly. While I do love homemade bread and rolls, they take much longer to make and most of us don’t have time these days.

Lightly floured cutting board.
Lightly Floured Board

These biscuits came from my Victory Cookbook, which features recipes from during and after World War II. They are pretty basic and I had all of the ingredients in my pantry except the buttermilk.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Shortening
  • Buttermilk

Equipment You May Need

  • Flour Sifter
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Pastry Blender
  • Biscuit Cutter
Biscuit dough on cookie sheet.
Biscuits Ready for the Oven

Helpful Tips

  • I didn’t want to buy a whole carton of buttermilk, so I bought the powdered kind which lasts for about a year in the fridge once it is opened.
  • You can also make your own buttermilk.
  • Instead of using a biscuit cutter, I used the top of a small glass jar to cut the dough. This dough was a bit sticky so I will probably use a biscuit cutter next time.
  • Instead of a flour sifter, I used a whisk, which is what I do most of the time. I don’t use my flour sifter too often unless I am trying to be really authentic and old-school like my grandma.
Pile of biscuits on white plate.
Buttermilk Biscuits Ready to Serve

Other Recipes You May Enjoy

If you want a biscuit recipe that doesn’t require buttermilk, you can try my Baking Powder Biscuits. Most people have all of those ingredients in their kitchen. Another great bread to try is Irish Soda Bread. This Recipe for Scones is also quite yummy. These biscuits would be great with my Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie or with this Lamb Rogan Josh from Shilpa at Easy Indian Cookbook! You could also top them off with this Honey Butter Recipe from Mary at Dine Dream Discover. That would be delicious!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

1940's Buttermilk Biscuit recipe perfect for any meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 2 Cups Flour Sifted
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Cup Shortening Cold
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk Cold


  • Preheat oven to 450°F and spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Cut in shortening using 2 knives or a pastry blender.
  • Add cold buttermilk and stir quickly.
  • Place dough on lightly floured board and knead for a few seconds.
  • Use hands to flatten dough to ½ inch thickness and cut with biscuit cutter.
  • Place on cookie sheet at least 1 inch apart.
  • Bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Keyword 1940’s Recipe, Biscuits, Buttermilk Biscuits

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