Never-Fail Biscuits

This recipe courtesy of The Cowboy Cook Jeff Tracy


There are literally hundreds of variations of biscuits recipes. Once you have a level of confidence with this basic recipe feel free to make your own variations.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup milk or buttermilk (or even half & half)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425-degrees.
  2. Sift flour and mix with baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Cut in or mix shortening with a fork until it looks like small crumbled pieces.
  4. Add milk while stirring with a fork (I’ve added an egg at this point on occasion, it works well) until dough becomes soft and does not stick to the bowl any longer. You can also mix with your hands, it’s a bit messier but fun.
  5. Lightly flour a cutting board and place your dough on the board. Knead the mixture with your hands several times.
  6. Roll out dough on the board with a rolling pin until ½-inch in thickness.
  7. Cut into preferred size using biscuit or cookie cutter. You can also use a glass.
  8. Place cut outs on non-greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown on top.
  9. Depending on the size of your biscuit cuts, this recipe will make 12 or more biscuits.

** In the summer time I use these for Strawberry shortcake. Sprinkle a touch more sugar on the biscuits when they come out of the oven.


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