Super Easy Biscuit Recipe with No Shortening

Super Easy Biscuit Recipe with No Shortening

I’m staying at my sister’s house for a couple of days and last night I REALLY wanted biscuits. I’m not a big biscuit maker and usually have used a box of Bisquick, but this recipe is VERY simple and uses only ingredients that most people would always have on hand:

Easy Biscuit Recipe

2 C flour
2 Tbsp Sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 C oil
2/3 C milk

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Put the oil in a small bowl, add the milk, but do NOT mix together. Move liquid into dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Knead a couple of times (I just used a silicone spatula, not my hands) to form it into a ball. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thick between two pieces of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Cut into 10-12 squares. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until very lightly browned. – – I spread the tops with butter for the last 2 minutes of baking.

Also try this Sour Milk biscuits recipe. It’s great for using up milk that has just started to go sour:



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  1. Now, who doesn’t love a good biscuit?

  2. Thanks! I’ve filed this recipe away for future use.

  3. I made these tonight. Loved them

  4. Loved them!!

  5. Awesome

  6. thanks they were a big hit with the family.Imade them to go with sunday Breakfast.:)

  7. Anonymous says:

    So delicious!! I simply dropped spoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined pan (didn’t roll out or cut dough) and they turned out amazing with less work!

  8. Tastes oh-so delicious just took them out the oven!


  9. Anonymous says:

    This was a lifesaver. I started making biscuits this morning and when I got to the shortening part there was none to be found. A quick Google search took me to you. I have to say these are much better then the ones I usually make. Thank you!

  10. Yeah!! I’m glad it helped you out!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Was in the same post as previous poster, wanted biscuits but had no shortening. Google brought me here. The only thing different I did was mix in some finely chopped garlic and a few sprinkles of canned parmasean cheese into melted butter and spread it over the top before baking. These were so good, a fight almost broke out over the last one, lol. Thanks much!!

    • Anonymous says:

      They were good, but a little to sweet for my taste, I will definetly make them again, but I will cut the sugar in half next time.

  12. Great easy recipe. we are on our second batch tonight! Thanks

  13. Thanks for the easy recipe. We are on the second batch tonight!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I used this recipe tonight, I changed the recipe a little…Instead of oil, I used melted margarine. and instead of baking them, I rolled the dough out and used it for my Chicken N Dumplins…It was awsome!!! Thank You!! :) Jackie House Springs, Mo

  15. Anonymous says:

    The texture was great and they smelled wonderful but the taste of the baking powder was very prominent. Would it be possible to cut that in half?

  16. They were delishious just finish eatin them :)
    and was easy to make

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  18. I made these with dinner the other night, and my partner said they were better than store-bought! I didn’t have enough milk on hand, so I used 1/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup sour cream. I also cut the sugar in half as suggested. This is definitely going to be my go-to biscuit recipe from now on. Thanks!

  19. Just put them in the oven… Rolled the dough into a log and sliced it.. My son had a GREAT time helping me out this morning.. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  20. Just put these in the oven :) I just rolled out the dough into a log and sliced it. My son (being autistic) had a GREAT time kneading the dough :) Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  21. I made them today for breakfast, I didn’t have a rolling pin or a biscuit cutter so I used a cup they came out wonderful, my husband said I should make them all the time

  22. thank you so much my biscuits are amazing jus saying and it’s all thanks to you!

  23. thank you so much my biscuits are amazing jus sayin and it’s all thanks 2 you!

  24. Just made this recipe. It was well recieved! Thank you very much.

  25. I’ve made this yummy recipe the past two days! Loved it!

  26. I woke up this morning craving biscuits and gravy and having a tight wallet I had to make do with what I already had and this recipe was perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  27. I made these last night and my hubby LOVED them! Thanks for helping make my first time making homemade biscuits painless and a huge success!

  28. Well, did recipe to the “T” and made came out looking like cookies. Never rose. Super bummed. We are in CO, could
    Elevation be the problem? Pls advise…

  29. I can’t believe how well these turned out for such a simple recipe! I used almond/coconut milk and added 2-3 tbsp of Italian seasoning… superb! I’ll try some of the other variations the above commenters left. Thanks so much for posting this… it is going into the kitchen toolbox.

  30. Looks so delicious! I am going to try this recipe. Thanks!

  31. This is just what I’ve been looking for! I have my MIL’s biscuit cutter and will make these tonight with our steak dinner. Hubby will be in for a great surprise!

  32. I love biscuits but almost never want to MAKE them. These look easy enough to try for sure, thanks for the post. I do have two questions though about this step:

    “Put the oil in a small boil, add the milk, but do NOT mix together. Move liquid into dry ingredients…”

    1) Should that be “small BOWL” instead of boil? and 2) Since some small amount of oil would be stuck to the bowl, and since you don’t mix the oil and milk, why not just pour the oil and milk directly onto the dry ingredients before mixing?

    • Yes, it is a bowl. You could try making it the other way, but I have always made it the way listed so I can’t guarantee the results like that. Let us know how they turn out if you try it!

  33. Lisa Brown says:

    I crave biscuits every now and then, want it with chocolate gravy :) Easy recipe, thanks!

  34. Shashank Tulsian says:

    Great recipe ! Thanks ! My kids just loved them and my wife just fell in love with them as much as she sent some of them to our neighbours for them to taste ! Thanks again !

  35. I made these twice, the first time they never rose both times I followed the recipe but I used bacon grease instead of oil. The first time they never rose, and the consistency of the dough was like drop cookie dough (Which is not rollable), they tasted good, but came out flat… The second time I did the exact same thing, used bacon grease again, and this time the dough came out like it should, and they rose. I know I didnt make any mistakes the first time. Was the weirdest thing. Either way these came out yummy in the end. Making them again today and praying for good results!

  36. Carol Nine says:

    This is a very good recipe to have. I always have oil on hand, but never have shortening.


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