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Mom's Homemade Biscuits


I have been making these buscuits for years. The family really enjoys them when I make them to go with sausage gravy.

I have to make this batch times 6 to satisfy my family of 7 boys and 2 girls.

I some times use open cookie cutters to cut these biscuits with for extra a heart shaped one near Valentine's Day. My family enjoys these especially my oldest daughter who gave me a biscuit cutter for Christmas since she thought I needed an official biscuit cutter to use instead of the top of a glass or cup as I have been using for years.

When I make these biscuits with sausage gravy, my husband says I can have up to "half his kingdom" as a way to thank me.

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar (I usually omit this)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk


Servings 10


Step 1

Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar (if using), cream of tartar, and salt.

Cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add milk all at once. Stir just till dough clings together.

Knead gently on a lightly floured surface for 10-12 strokes. Roll or pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter or other open cookie cutter, heart shaped for example. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 450 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.


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