Recipe: Super Simple Baking Powder Biscuits

Updated on July 13, 2016
Baking Powder Biscuits
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This is my go-to recipe when I want something simple I can cook in a hurry.

These biscuits are tender and moist, and they go equally well with chicken and gravy at dinner, or spread with butter and jam for a morning snack.

I also like them crumbled up, topped with fresh-sliced strawberries and milk for breakfast.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: About 16 biscuits


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk


  1. Mix together 4 cups flour, 6 teaspoons baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
  2. Add the oil and milk, stir it well.
  3. Dust a clean countertop with flour [I often use whole wheat for dusting, just to add a little flavor]. Form the dough into a ball, and roll it out until it's about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. With a biscuit cutter, or the top of a cup, cut out your biscuits. When you run out of room to cut, re-roll the remaining dough scraps. Form the last one by hand, using the last of the dough.
  5. Bake on a biscuit pan or cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 425F, or until golden brown on top.

Step 1


Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt first, stirring well.

Step 2


Add in the milk and the oil, and stir to make a thick dough. With your hands, form it into a ball. Dust a clean counter top with flour [all purpose or whole wheat, your choice] and roll it out into a layer about 1/2 inch thick.

Step 3


With a biscuit cutter or the top of a cup, cut your biscuits from the dough. When you run out of dough to cut, form all the scraps into a new ball and roll it out again. Repeat until you've only got enough left for one biscuit, and shape that on by hand.

Step 4


Arrange your biscuits on biscuit pans or cookie sheets. They can be pretty close together, but don't let them touch. Bake in a [preheated] 425F oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Step 5


Take them from the oven, and serve. Butter them, smother them with jam, dip them in gravy [but not all at the same time!] - and devour them.


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    • KL Klein profile image

      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      Sausage gravy sounds delicious. Do you have a recipe for it? Maybe you should make a hub!

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      Big Dan 3 years ago

      Great recipe and photos. Sausage gravy and biscuits is a big hit around here.

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      Haseena 4 years ago from India