Three Ingredient Biscuits

Want to make homemade biscuits but don’t have a lot of ingredients or time on your hands? This wonderful 3 ingredient biscuit recipe from scratch is for you! These will make the perfect addition to your next meal.

Want to make homemade biscuits but don't have a lot of ingredients or time on your hands? This wonderful 3 ingredient biscuit recipe from scratch is for you! These will make the perfect addition to your next meal. #quickrecipe #biscuitrecipe #3ingredientsrecipe #fromscractch #scratchmadeThree Ingredient Biscuits

Yes! Only three ingredients and you can have made-from-scratch biscuits! How exciting is that? I know my grandma would have LOVED to have had this recipe. Watching her make biscuits when I was growing up is something I treasure, but I also remember what a huge mess it made! She had to drag out quite a few ingredients which made her counters look like her pantry threw up on them!

–Looking for more 3 Ingredient Recipes? Check out these Quick and Simple 3 Ingredient Recipes From Scratch

No more ladies! I promise you can obtain crusty biscuits that are just PERFECT for gravy or slopping up grits or the last bit of soup. I was a little skeptical that these would actually turn out okay (especially using a milk alternative) but they’re pretty darn awesome if I may say so.

This recipe uses self-rising flour. If you do not have any, it’s very easy to make! 

Self Rising Flour Recipe

  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Now on to the recipe…

3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients for biscuits:

  • 2 cups Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/4 cup COLD Butter (NOT margarine)
  • 3/4 cup Milk (a dairy-free milk will work)

How to Make 3 Ingredient Biscuits:

Preheat over to 425 degrees.

Add flour to the bowl with cold butter cut into pieces.

Incorporate the flour and butter until you get a good crumbly mixture.

Stir in milk. (You can make these 3 ingredient biscuits without milk, just use a dairy-free alternative such as almond milk or soy milk.)

Work the dough until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Place dough on well-floured surface and roll or pat out until around a half of an inch thick. Resist the urge to over-knead the dough. The less kneading you do, the flakier and light your biscuits will be. Using a biscuit cutter or a cookie cutter, cut out your biscuits and place them on a well-greased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-14 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool and it’s time to eat!

A few more things…

Can you make biscuits without baking powder?

In a way, you can! If you don’t have any baking powder on hand you can make your own. Just combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar. Use as a 1 for 1 replacement for baking powder in any recipe.

Can you make biscuits without shortening?

Obviously, if you’ve read or made the recipe above, you know you can! Of course, if you’d rather use shortening in this recipe you definitely can. Otherwise, stick with the butter, which will give you a little bit of a richer flavor.

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3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/4 cup COLD Butter NOT margarine
  • 3/4 cup Milk a dairy-free milk will work

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 425 degrees.
  2. Add flour to the bowl with cold butter cut into pieces.
  3. Incorporate the flour and butter until you get a good crumbly mixture. Stir in milk. Work the dough until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

  4. Stir in milk. Work the dough until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

  5. Place dough on well-floured surface and roll or pat out until around a half of an inch thick. Resist the urge to over-knead the dough. The less kneading you do, the flakier and light your biscuits will be. Using a biscuit cutter or a cookie cutter, cut out your biscuits and place them on a well-greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 10-14 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool and it's time to eat!

Recipe Notes

These biscuits will freeze well if you want to make a large batch at one time. OR you can even make the recipe and then freeze the dough (after you've cut it into biscuit shapes) and then bake at a later date.

These 3 Ingredient Biscuits make a great side dish for a warm soup such as this Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup or top them with a bit of Homemade Honey Butter or a Simple Homemade Jelly for a sweet treat.

The whole family gobbled up these 3 ingredient biscuits, and I have plenty to freeze to use at a later date. These biscuits will freeze well if you want to make a large batch at one time. OR you can even make the recipe and then freeze the dough (after you’ve cut it into biscuit shapes) and then bake at a later date.

Looking for a little bit different biscuit recipe? You might want to try one of these:
Cream Biscuits
Buttermilk Biscuits
Yellow Squash Cheddar Biscuit Recipe
Sweet Potato Biscuit Recipe

Have you ever tried this 3 ingredient Biscuits recipe? Do you have a favorite easy biscuit recipe?

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This 3 Ingredient Biscuit Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in April 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.

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22 Comments

  1. You can actually make very good biscuits with just self-rising flour and milk. You need to have everything out & ready before you mix them and then work quickly to cut them out & stick in hot oven.

  2. I like recipes that don’t make my kitchen a mess, too!

    Right now I’m really into making large batches of biscuit mix that I can store in my pantry. A bit of extra work at first but then it’s ready for easy biscuits, pancakes, quick breads, etc.

    I want to try that cookie cutter idea. So cute!

  3. This is my kind of recipe!!! Easy and good. A perfect combination!
    Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY and sharing a great biscuit recipes!

    1. No, the butter really should be cut into this recipe or this biscuits won’t “fluff up” like they should. You can melt the butter and they will be edible, just not quite the same.

    1. No, you will need self rising flour for this recipe or will need to create self rising flour from the all purpose flour. For each cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and that will create “self rising flour”.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you! With this self-rising flour recipe, I will make excellent biscuits tonight! With being quarantined and not wanting to risk infection, my family is not going out at all. So recipes made without fresh ingredients like eggs or milk is welcome here!

        1. I’m not sure then. Was your baking powder too old? They should rise in the oven, other than the baking powder being old I’m not sure what would cause them not to rise.