Easy Homemade Biscuit Mix Recipe From Scratch

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How to make easy homemade biscuit mix recipe with just 4 simple ingredients and NO toxic preservatives and artificial flavors that are found in store-bought baking mixes. Make soft and fluffy, buttery biscuits from scratch in 15 minutes or less!

I used to almost always keep store-bought Bisquick mix or canned biscuits on hand to make an easy batch of biscuits in a pinch. The problem is that neither are very healthy! Recently I made my own homemade pancake mix to get around this problem; then I thought, why not just make my own homemade Bisquick mix?

homemade biscuits from biscuit mix cut in half and lathered in butter on a small white plate next to a spoonful of jelly

This homemade biscuit mix just makes life way more convenient. There's no need to mix up a fresh batch of biscuits every time I need them. Simply dump it into a bowl, drop in a splash of milk and mix everything up. Now you have the best biscuits with none of the toxic ingredients that are in so many store bought baking mixes!

One of my favorite ways to use homemade biscuits is by making these quick and easy strawberry shortcakes. Did you know that you can even use biscuit dough to make biscuit cinnamon rolls?

Why I Think You'll Love Homemade Biscuit Mix

  • It's easy to make with simple ingredients, and I'll walk you through step by step on how to make it.
  • Biscuit mix stores for months. You can freeze it too!
  • As always, homemade tastes so much better. Who says that you have to skimp on quality in the name of convenience? I love being able to quickly whip up a batch of flaky, buttery homemade biscuits in 15 minutes or less no matter how busy my schedule is.
  • Homemade biscuit mix is budget-friendly, using only 4 basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. With prices going up in the grocery stores, I appreciate that this recipe doesn't cost much to make.
  • Better yet, homemade Bisquick mix is so much healthier than what you can buy at the store. NO toxic preservatives or artificial flavors….It's just nice to know precisely what all is there.
  • This biscuit mix makes a really fun gift in a jar for any holiday or special event, like somebody's birthday. Something tells me that this would be perfect for a Christmas gift swap!
homemade biscuit mix in a large glass mason jar on a red and white polka dot tea towel on a large wooden cutting board

Ingredients & Substitutions Notes

This recipe uses pretty simple ingredients, so you probably already have everything on hand…

  • All-Purpose Flour – I recommend using regular all-purpose flour for this recipe. If you want to make this a gluten-free biscuit mix, substitute 1:1 with a cup for cup gluten-free all-purpose flour. You may also need to add a pinch of xanthan gum. If you go this route, be sure to check all of the other ingredients over to ensure that they are truly gluten-free. Or you can use my recipe for soft gluten-free drop biscuits!
  • Baking Powder – The baking powder in this recipe is responsible for giving the biscuits good rise in the oven. This makes for the super soft and fluffy homemade biscuit we all love!
  • Sea Salt – Of course you can use table salt, but I love the flavor of this “real” Redmond sea salt.
  • Unsalted Butter – I recommend using unsalted butter for this recipe, but if you have to use salted butter, just be sure to reduce the actual salt in the recipe by about 1/8 teaspoon. Whether you use salted or unsalted, it's important that you use cold butter, as it will tend to leave behind tiny chunks throughout the biscuit dough. Every single one of those tiny butter chunks will melt and turn to steam as the biscuits bake, leaving behind little pockets of air, which results in the flaky layers that are so desirable in a good batch of fluffy biscuits. If the butter is too warm, it will melt as you mix everything together, eliminating the desired air pockets and ultimately resulting in a heavy, dense biscuit that nobody will want to eat!

You can find the full ingredients and instructions for this recipe in the recipe card below.

How to Make Homemade Biscuit Mix

In the steps below, I'm going to show you how to make this recipe the traditional way using a pastry blender, and I'm also going to show you an alternative method using the food processor. Feel free to use whichever method you prefer!

Pastry Blender Method

  1. To make homemade Bisquick substitute using a pastry blender, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
  2. Next, you'll want to “cut” the cold butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender. If you don't have a pastry cutter, you can also just use the flat side of a dinner fork to sort of mix the butter into the dry ingredients.
  3. Once you've mixed everything together well, your biscuit mix is ready to go! Next I'll show you how you can make it in the food processor, or you can scroll down below to find out how to store it.
steps collage showing how to make homemade biscuit mix recipe

Alternative Food Processor Method

  1. Start by adding the flour, baking powder and salt to your food procesor.
  2. Pulse the dry mixture until well combined.
  3. Add the cold butter and pulse again to incorporate, until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Once again, that's it! You've got biscuit mix. Next let's look at how to store homemade biscuit mix…

How to Store Biscuit Mix

Homemade biscuit mix stores best in an airtight container or mason jar and in the refrigerator. Stored this way, it should keep for up to 3 months.

Alternatively, you can also freeze homemade biscuit mix. Simply place your biscuit mix into an airtight container or freezer bag, and into the freezer for up to 8 months!

biscuit mix in a large glass mason jar on a red and white polka dot tea towel on a large wooden cutting board

Easy Homemade Biscuit Recipe From Homemade Biscuit Mix

Now that you've made your very own biscuit mix, let's use it to make the best homemade biscuits!

Before getting started, grease up a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray; then preheat the oven to 400ºF. Don't have cooking spray? No worries, just line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  1. Use a measuring cup to add 1 1/2 cups of homemade biscuit mix and 1/2 cup of milk to a large bowl, mixing together.
  2. Once a soft, sticky dough starts to form, knead the biscuit dough until everything is well combined.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick, and then cut your biscuits out with a round biscuit cutter or a large round glass cup. Take care not to twist the biscuit cutter as you cut each biscuit out, but press straight down instead; twisting the cutter can damage the structure of the biscuits and subsequently affect how high nicely they rise.
steps collage showing how to make biscuits from homemade biscuit mix recipe

TIP: Alternatively, you can skip having to roll out the biscuit dough by making drop biscuits. Once you've mixed everything together, just drop the biscuit dough by the tablespoon onto your cookie sheet. A cookie scooper works really well for this!

Finally, transfer each biscuit to the baking sheet that you greased up in the first step. Bake them at 400ºF for about 7-9 minutes, or until the tops of each biscuit are golden brown.

biscuits from homemade biscuit mix lathered in butter on a small white plate next to a spoonful of jelly

Serve your homemade biscuits with a lathering of butter and a spoonful of your favorite jam or jelly. Personally I'm a sucker for flaky biscuits served with a helping of my favorite homemade peach jam. Or you can just serve them plain with a glass of milk!

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Why aren't my biscuits rising?

The most common reason for biscuits not rising is old baking powder. Believe it or not, baking powder can expire; in fact, I once had a can of baking powder that went bad before the expiration date! Baking powder is the sole leavening agent for homemade biscuits, so buy it as fresh as possible.

Why are my biscuits tough?

Tough biscuits are usually caused by overworking the dough. Take care not to over-mix or over-knead your biscuit dough, and roll it out gently so as to prevent the gluten in the flour from strengthening too much, which causes tough, rubbery or hard biscuits.

On the other hand, tough biscuits can also be caused by adding too much flour. As I stated in the instructions for this recipe, your finished biscuit dough should be fairly wet and sticky. Don't be tempted to add more flour; this will result in a dry, hard and tough biscuit, which is not desirable.

Finally, it is possible that your butter is melting prematurely as you mix up your biscuit mix or biscuit dough. Use COLD butter, and be sure to store your biscuit mix in either the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to mix up the biscuits; I can't stress this enough. You want an even amount of tiny butter chunks spread all throughout the finished biscuit mix. Once you've mixed up your biscuits and set them into the oven to bake, that butter will melt and evaporate, resulting in little air pockets all throughout the biscuits. This is what gives them the soft, flaky texture that we all know and love.

Why are my homemade biscuits dry and crumbly?

This is most likely because you over-baked the biscuits. As stated in the instructions, you want to bake your biscuits at 400ºF for 7-9 minutes, but be sure to keep an eye on it! Some ovens vary in the amount of heat produced, so yours may finish baking sooner than that, or they may take longer. You can tell that your biscuits are done when they've gained a golden-brown color on top.

More Ways You Can Use Homemade Biscuits

biscuits from homemade biscuit baking mix lathered in butter on a small white plate next to a spoonful of jelly

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homemade biscuits from biscuit mix cut in half and lathered in butter on a small white plate next to a spoonful of jelly

Homemade Biscuit Mix

Easy homemade biscuit mix recipe with just 4 ingredients. Fluffy, buttery biscuits that you can make from scratch in 15 minutes or less!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

Pastry Blender Method

  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Cut butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or fork.
  • Transfer to an airtight container or mason jar and store for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Alternative Food Processor Method

  • To get started with the food processor method, add the flour, baking powder and salt to a food processor.
  • Pulse the mixture until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  • Next, add your cold, cubed butter to the dry mixture, and pulse everything together until the mixture is coarse and resembles the texture of cornmeal.
  • Transfer to an airtight container or mason jar and store for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

How to Make Homemade Biscuits with Homemade Biscuit Mix

  • Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, and preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Start by combining 1 1/2 cups of homemade biscuit mix and 1/2 cup of milk* in a large mixing bowl.
  • Once a soft, sticky dough has started to form, knead the mixture by hand until everything is well combined.
  • Once everything is mixed together well, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and use a rolling pin to roll it out to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Cut your biscuits out with a round biscuit cutter or glass cup, and place each biscuit onto the baking sheet that you already greased up.
  • Bake at 400ºF for 7-9 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  • Serve and enjoy your homemade biscuits lathered in butter with your favorite jam or jelly!

Notes

*Although I prefer whole milk, you can use skim milk, 2% milk, whole milk, or whichever you have on hand.
How do you store homemade biscuit mix?
The best way to store biscuit mix is in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Most importantly, you want to keep the butter in the mixture as cold as possible up until the point that you're ready to mix up your biscuits. 
Can you freeze homemade biscuit mix?
Yes, you can freeze homemade biscuit mix. Simply place your biscuit mix into an airtight container or freezer bag, and into the freezer for up to 8 months!

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg
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