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You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one!
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First and foremost

This is Joanna Gaines’ recipe.

Not mine.

I am simply sharing the amazingness of this biscuit recipe (or what we thought was amazing; you may think otherwise)

Texture of these biscuits

THEY AREN’T FLAKY BISCUITS.

Their texture is tender and more dense and doughy in the center.

If you’re expecting flaky biscuits, please tame your expectations!

What we thought

Joanna Gaines is brilliant. I wish I could take credit for these fluffy, buttery biscuits but I owe all the credit to her.

These biscuits were beyond anything I’ve ever tasted from a biscuit. In fact, these biscuits reminded me of biscuits you get at a southern cafe or a fried chicken fast food place.

I know you might think that it’s demeaning to compare homemade biscuits to a fast food place but I think that’s what she was going for.

She wanted you to be able to make the buttery, tender, fluffy biscuits you get at fast food places or restaurants right in your own home.

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About the most fluffy and buttery biscuits ever!

Joanna Gaines certainly achieved what she set out to do. These biscuits were melt in your mouth and I could not get enough of them.

At first I thought I was going to halve this recipe, because it said it made 20, and I’m so glad I didn’t because that would have been a terrible decision.

In one sitting, I ate three biscuits. Everyone who came over had at least two on their plate. I had only eight biscuits left at the end of the night!

You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

What you can serve the biscuits with

I made black pepper sausage gravy to go on top of the biscuits because all biscuits should be served with white gravy, jam, or clotted cream.

I couldn’t find clotted cream around here, even at the British market. I think it was the wedding of Harry and Meghan that caused all the clotted cream to be sold out!

You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

How easy are these biscuits?

The biscuits were pretty easy to make. Standard butter, flour, pastry cutter.

It does require at least 30 minutes chill time so keep that in mind if you are making this for breakfast.

You can keep it in the fridge overnight too if you are prepping ahead of time.

If you are putting them in the fridge overnight, just know they may not rise as high as they normally would.

Can you freeze them?

I would cut them out into biscuit shapes and either put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (if you have the freezer space for a big baking sheet) or put them in a plastic bag then freeze up to three weeks.

You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

Is this THE fluffy biscuit recipe?

I believe they are.

I have made this recipe countless times already and I haven’t had an issue with rise or fluffiness.

They always come out fluffy and tender.

Baking is a science and it can be finnicky.

If your biscuits don’t come out fluffy, there are a multitude of reasons that this could be happening.

I try to address it below and I hope your biscuits come out fluffy!

You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes
You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

High rise!

They really rise high. I think the key is to use self-rising flour AND additional baking powder AND baking soda.

They were still incredibly tender and fluffy, though.

I can’t stop dreaming of these.

Mine didn’t rise as high as yours. Mine are flat!

Hard for me to say why. There are so many factors.

Did you use buttermilk? It reacts to the baking soda and baking powder to help with the rise.

How old is your baking soda and baking powder?

See below on baking powder for more information.

Did you use self-raising or regular flour?

Truly every oven is different, too. That could affect the rise.

Additionally, overworking the dough can affect the rise too.

Another reason your biscuits might not be as fluffy or have a high rise. The SCIENCE behind baking powder.

The TYPE of baking powder makes a huge difference in your fluffy biscuits.

Baking powders can be fast-acting, slow-acting, or double-acting, depending on the acid or acids they contain, according to Shirley Corriher.

“Some acids react with liquid, while others react with heat. Double-acting powders usually contain two acids—one for liquid, the other for heat.”

And there we have it.

What kind of baking powder did you use?

I use double-acting, aluminum-free baking powder (see more below on aluminum-free).

Aluminum-free baking powders react with liquid and not with heat.

This makes them faster acting because as soon as you add the liquid (buttermilk, which has acid in it so it reacts kind of like how when you mix baking soda and vinegar together), you gotta move fast and get these into the oven promptly because most of the bubbles (reaction) are released shortly after mixing.

However, if you use baking powders with aluminum, their action is delayed until you put them in the oven.

So there is definitely a trade-off.

If your biscuits are flat or not as fluffy or high-rise as mine, I highly suggest you take a look at your baking powder!

You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

Mine have a metallic taste

I highly suggest using aluminum-free baking powder.

Since you are using so much baking powder in this, if you don’t buy aluminum-free (I think they mostly all are aluminum-free these days but check the label), you’ll get that metallic taste.

There isn’t enough salt in these

Honestly, this is not my recipe. They’re Joanna Gaines’. I made them just as written and we didn’t think they needed more salt.

There’s already so much salted butter in this that I feel if I added more salt, I would be eating straight salt.

Everyone’s salt preference is different, too. If you are used to eating higher sodium food, then your tastebuds will automatically think something less salty is bland.

If you think these need more salt after tasting them, I would suggest adding a sprinkle of salt to your biscuit before you take a bite or sprinkle it on top of the butter or jam.

You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

I would have kept the entire tray for myself had it not been for cookbook club ;)

You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes
You'll want these biscuits on your breakfast table! They're so fluffy, buttery, and incredibly tender. You won't be able to just eat one! #biscuits #breakfast #breakfastrecipes

Go grab all the ingredients and these biscuits this weekend. You will NOT regret that decision. Not one bit.

Other recipes to go along with these fluffy biscuits!

Blackberry lemon jam or blueberry lavender jam on top of these biscuits would be the perfect addition with some salted butter or clotted cream!

Jalapeño mango jam would be a spicy, sweet yet flavorful kick!

Vanilla honey peach butter sounds so decadent and good.

4.50 from 131 votes

The Most Fluffy and Buttery Biscuits Ever

These biscuits rival any restaurant or fast food joint. They’re so tender, fluffy, and buttery. They’re the best biscuits I’ve ever made at home!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill time:: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20 biscuits

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups (500 g) self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder, (see blog post above for more details; use double-acting, aluminum-free baking powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ pound (340 g) (3 sticks) SALTED butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 large eggs, beaten PLUS 1 large egg for brushing
  • 1 ½ cups (355 ml) buttermilk, plus more as needed and for brushing
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Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add the butter and using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until pea-like crumbs form.
  • Stir in the beaten eggs with a wooden spoon until just combined. Then pour in the buttermilk until the dough comes together into a sticky mass. You may need more buttermilk if it's still too dry and there is flour still at the bottom of your bowl. I ended up having to add in 1/2 cup more. DO NOT add 1/2 cup more all at the same time. Do 1 tablespoon at a time until the right consistency is reached.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready, preheat oven to 400 °F (204 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Dust a little flour onto your work surface then put the dough onto the work surface and use your hands (flour them) to press into a round, roughly 14 inch diameter and 1/2 inch thick. See photos in the blog post.
  • Use a floured 2 3/4-inch round biscuit cutter to cut out about 20 biscuits. Reform the scraps of dough into a circle again to cut more.
  • Transfer biscuits to prepared baking sheet and arrange them so they are touching each other. See photos in the blog post.
  • In a small dish, beat together remaining egg and buttermilk then brush on top of the biscuits.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  • Let cool slightly before devouring! They’re best eaten out of the oven, day of.
  • Serve with your favorite sausage gravy, jam, or clotted cream.

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Notes

Several have noted that this recipe “lacks salt.”
Truthfully, this isn’t my recipe. It’s Joanna Gaines’ and I have made this countless times and haven’t had an issue where it tasted bland.
This recipe uses SALTED butter AND self-rising flour which has salt in it already. It’s hard for me to gauge what someone’s sodium preference is. If you tend to like things saltier, I suggest adding 2 teaspoons of Diamond kosher salt to the dry mixture but again, I haven’t made this with the addition of salt so I can’t be positive it’ll thus come out “too salty.”
Perhaps a safer way is to brush melted butter on top then sprinkle with kosher salt on top after tasting the first biscuit and seeing if you need the additional salt.
From Magnolia Table cookbook by Joanna Gaines

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuit, Calories: 236kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g

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  1. Hi just reading the comments and looking at the recipe which is great but I am wondering if you don’t have the buttermilk can you make it and how do you make it thanks

    1. yes, you can make it. for every 1 cup of milk, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, stir, and let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. Have made these several times and they are ALWAYS AMAZING! Idk what issues the naysayers are having but I make a double batch for my large family and they are always gone! Follow the directions and the tips and they will be amazing!

  3. I liked these. They are good. And a hint to those that need more salt, melt some butter and add salt, brush on top of biscuits about 2 minutes before done or just add some salt to the buttermilk and egg brush. I do need a high altitude recipe however, I believe I made the correct adjustments.

    1. yup, you sure can! :) in the post it says: You can keep it in the fridge overnight too if you are prepping ahead of time. If you are putting them in the fridge overnight, just know they may not rise as high as they normally would.

  4. Abut to make these now but just wanted to say that a Fanastic idea of the area at the Receipe that you can Halve or Double the receipe and it changes auto for you!

  5. I have made your Fluffy and Most Buttery Biscuits Ever several times. Your recipe is phenomenal! I have tried many various recipes for biscuits from cookbooks to the internet and your recipe is the best. Melts in your mouth. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe…and it has plenty of salt.

  6. This is my 1st time making biscuits & this recipe worked out perfect! Right amount of salt taste & as you added a little more buttermilk so did I. I was only able to make 15 with this recipe not 20. And I was only able to find aluminum free baking powder but not double acting & the biscuits did have height to them still. I’m in Phoenix, Arizona & they baked for an extra 3 minutes, covered with foil so the tops did not burn, baked perfectly at our elevation. I will definitely use this recipe again…. Thanks for the tips & information!

  7. Just wondering.🤷‍♀️ The salt issue are you using the salted butter like it calls for? Used salted and the husband that’s salts everything said salt was in good amount. Maybe that could be reason for lack of salt taste.