This is the recipe my mom always made. I like to use the butter flavored shortening, but you can use regular. Amount of biscuits you get depends on how big around you make them and the thickness. My daughter likes me to make smaller ones.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the shortening and mix until in little pieces. Add milk a little at a time and mix until it forms a ball.

  • Roll out on floured board to 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. Cut out in desired size and dip in melted shortening. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.

  • Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Variation: For shortcakes add 2 tablespoons for sugar to the dough and roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick.

Nutrition Facts

65.6 calories; 1.3 g protein; 8.4 g carbohydrates; 0.6 mg cholesterol; 126.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2006
This is definitely a very simple recipe for biscuits! I have made these biscuits 2 ways: with shortening or with butter/margerine. When I used the shortening, it made the biscuits flaky, but when I made it with the butter/margerine it made the biscuits softer. All in all, this is a GREAT recipe and my husband loves them everytime I make them. This is a keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2011
3.5 stars. Easy quick but lack flavor. Don't over work dough. Read More
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335 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 202
  • 4 star values: 73
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2006
This is definitely a very simple recipe for biscuits! I have made these biscuits 2 ways: with shortening or with butter/margerine. When I used the shortening, it made the biscuits flaky, but when I made it with the butter/margerine it made the biscuits softer. All in all, this is a GREAT recipe and my husband loves them everytime I make them. This is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2006
This is definitely a very simple recipe for biscuits! I have made these biscuits 2 ways: with shortening or with butter/margerine. When I used the shortening, it made the biscuits flaky, but when I made it with the butter/margerine it made the biscuits softer. All in all, this is a GREAT recipe and my husband loves them everytime I make them. This is a keeper! Read More
(403)
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2005
This is a great recipe! My husband loves these. I make up the recipe as is but I make the biscuits twice as big so we can make breakfast sandwiches. I have used different types of butter/oil that I've had on hand. I works well with vegetable oil and it makes them flaky. When I use shortning or butter it makes them more fluffy. I usually add 1/2 teasp. more of baking powder when I am making big ones. It helps to keep them from being so heavy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2004
This recipe is excellent. It's very easy to make and doesn't take a lot of time. The only change I made was doubling the amount of baking powder. The biscuits turned out really fluffly and made an excellent addition to the meal. They even tasted great the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2003
my fiance's family is from the south and he asked me if i could make biscuits. i tried thid recipe and he said they were just like his grandmothers! this recipe is very easy. dont get scared that these biscuits are lumpy they are supposed to be! delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
I've been up since 4:30 this morning and figured what the hay...I'll try to make biscuits for breakfast. My mom used to make the best biscuits in the whole world. Well these are almost as great and "stupid" easy to make. They take very little time to make. I didn't have any shortening so I used butter instead...worked out great. I brushed the tops with melted butter also. They rose up real nice. Next time I'm going to try with the shortening. I'll let you know how that goes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
I gave this recipe a 5 star rating because they are easy to make and taste great they came out crusty on the outside with a soft inside yum. The only thing I changed was that I didn't dip them in melted shortening. Overall they were a hit at my Thanksgiving table. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2005
I had no problems with this recipe! The biscuits were light and fluffy and were wonderfully crisp on the outside. I personally prefer lighter biscuits so I reduced the baking time by one minute and they came out perfectly. I had some leftover feta in the fridge so I mixed some of it into one of the biscuits and that also turned out well. I definitely recommend this recipe! Quick and delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
Very good! This made a perfect dough. Very easy to work with and the taste was perfection! Thanks! PS reduced salt to 1/2 tsp. and used margarine instead of shortening. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2003
Easy to make but pan is extremely hot. So don't let kids touch it or take it out of the oven. (The heat goes through most hotmittens) Doesn't take long to make and is easy to clean-up after. Tastes like buttermilk biscits. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2011
3.5 stars. Easy quick but lack flavor. Don't over work dough. Read More
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