Biscuit making doesn’t get any simpler than these 3-Ingredient Biscuits. Slather them with butter and you won’t believe how deliciously light and tender these biscuits are.
There’s actually 2 ways to make 3-Ingredient Biscuits and I’ve made them both. They can be made with butter or shortening. The slightly taller and more golden ones in the pictures are made with butter.
Which type you prefer is really a matter of personal preference. I think butter biscuits have a better flavor and they have a flakier texture.
Shortening Biscuits are old-school southern biscuits like the ones at Cracker Barrel. They are crumblier in texture. They are also smoother on top and don’t rise as much. In the picture above, the biscuits in the front and middle are made with butter and the ones in the back are shortening.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the buttermilk. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 2 minutes. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet, roll into a 6×6 inch square, and cut into 12 even sections. Do not separate.
Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center of the square comes out clean. Separate into biscuits, and serve hot.