Mom's Baking Powder Biscuits


This is the recipe for baking powder biscuits my mom always made. I like to use the butter-flavored shortening, but you can also use regular. The amount of biscuits you get depends on how big you make them and their thickness. My daughter likes me to make smaller ones.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 5 tablespoons shortening

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon melted shortening, or as needed (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add shortening and cut into flour until incorporated into little pieces. Add milk a little at a time and mix until dough forms a ball.

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

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes.


Variation: for shortcakes, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the dough and roll dough out to 1/2-inch thick.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

66 Calories
3g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 23mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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