Skip to main content

The Best Ever Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe Is by Martha Stewart

Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

Martha Stewart's Made-From-Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

One of the foods that I have fond memories of from growing up are biscuits, buttermilk biscuits. They were always buttery and moist and just plain delicious!

More recently, I thoroughly enjoyed the freshly baked, homemade biscuits that were delivered to my mother-in-law's home after her funeral and left determined to learn how to make a great buttermilk biscuit.

Biscuits are comfort food to me and I love the possibilities that they deliver. They are (as I recently discovered) easy to make and you can have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can have biscuits and gravy or a sausage or ham and egg biscuit. You can have them with fried chicken and mashed potatoes or with homemade corn chowder. Glaze them with milk and sugar and they make great strawberry shortcake.

On this page, learn how to make buttermilk biscuits as I did, from Martha Stewart, and you too could be eating biscuits every day. The recipe that Martha shared with me and that I'm sharing with you first appeared in a 2002 magazine and then in her 2002 Annual Recipes cookbook.

Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes

Total Time: 18 - 20 Minutes

Serves: About 12


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold and unsalted butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Measure the 4 cups of flour by spooning it into your measuring cup and levelling it with a knife.
  3. Put the flour in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk in the baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  5. Cut the butter into cubes and cut it into the flour until mixtures resembles coarse crumbs using a pastry blender or two knives. (Alternatively, as both Martha Stewart and I do, put part of the flour into a food processor, add the butter cubes and pulse a few times until crumbly. Then return the mixture to your bowl.)
  6. Add the buttermilk and stir until the dough leaves the sides of bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times. Pat out into a circle that is about 1 and 3/4 inches thick. Cut with large biscuit cutter or a large glass, dipped in flour to help avoid sticking.
  7. Place on pan. Biscuits can be touching.
  8. Brush the tops with melted butter or milk.
  9. Bake at 375 for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack (or not, if you want to eat them right away.)

How To Make Buttermilk Biscuits - Making Buttermilk Biscuits From Scratch

Martha's recipe and the instructions in this video really make it easy to make buttermilk biscuits, especially if you have never made them or never had success making them before. I highly recommend the video, which also does a nice job of explaining how you can use your food processor to simplify making biscuits.

Yummy and moist buttermilk biscuit with butter. Jam would be good, too.

Yummy and moist buttermilk biscuit with butter.  Jam would be good, too.

Yummy and moist buttermilk biscuit with butter. Jam would be good, too.

You Are Making Your Biscuits Wrong - A very interesting New York Times story.

  • You Are Making Your Biscuits Wrong By The New York Times
    "The most important thing is to make biscuits a lot. A biscuit recipe, after all, is not so much a series of instructions as what martial artists call a kata - a form that rewards repetition with excellence. Kathleen Purvis, a top dog on the food des
Scroll to Continue

More Martha Stewart Recipes & Reading

  • Martha Stewart Robin's Egg Blue in the Kitchen
    Martha Stewart blue is often called robin's egg blue and is available on a number of products by Martha. Supplement those pieces with other turquoise kitchen tools to bring your kitchen décor together.
  • Martha Stewart Lemon Cupcake Recipe
    The Lemon Cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes cookbook is absolutely amazing. On this page, you will find the lemon cupcake recipe and my story.My story actually starts with Martha Stewart's Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie. I have made...
  • Martha Stewart Blue Collection KitchenAid Appliances...
    Are you in love with Robin's Egg blue? Do you like the Martha Stewart blue collection? If you have seen it, you know how attractive and practical it is and that it includes the Martha Stewart Blue Collection of KitchenAid Appliances and home kitchen.
  • Martha Stewart Halloween Magazine Index
    Over the last several years I have created this index of Martha Stewart Halloween magazines. No one else does Halloween as well as Martha!
  • Martha Stewart on Pinterest
    If you love Martha and you're on Pinterest, be sure to follow this Pinterest board!

More of the Best-Ever Recipes

  • My Best-Ever Recipes Collection
    Collected over the last twenty years, my best-ever recipes are from various sources and include recipes for special occasions and for everyday meals. You'll find some extraordinary baking ideas, like carrot cake and banana bread, and some holiday...
  • The Best-Ever Summer Salad Recipe Collection
    There is nothing quite like a crisp and crunchy salad in the summertime...or a potato salad or a macaroni salad for that matter.On this page, please join us in our celebration of the magnificent summer salad. Here you will find links to a collection.
  • The Best-Ever Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
    Yummy. Just thinking about this recipe for scalloped potatoes brings on the heavenly aroma that they create as they bake and makes me hungry.
  • The Best-Ever Glazed Baked Ham Recipe
    How would you describe the best-ever glazed baked ham recipe? In my opinion, the recipe for the best baked ham would have to be fairly easy to put together and yield an absolutely delicious result. This recipe does just that. It is actually very...
  • The Best-Ever Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
    We've been eating these buttermilk pancakes for a couple of decades. No other pancake recipe has compared!

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

Have you ever made homemade buttermilk biscuits?

Abby Slutsky from America on July 19, 2020:

My husband loves biscuits. I will have to try this. They look yummy.

Cherryl Roulette on January 18, 2020:

Wow, I Love everything you teach. I made sure I wrote this recipe down. I made buscuits when I was a teen. Now I had forgotten my mom's recipe. My mom has passed away. So I can't ask her. But, Now with your buttermilk buscuit recipe I can rest assured that my buscuits will be perfect! I Loved your show on the network. Thank God, I can catch you on YouTube.

Don on June 03, 2019:

This is my go to recipe for biscuit. Haven't tried with the food processor yet.

Jeff Hutchings from Bournemouth UK on June 05, 2017:

What a wonderful recipe thank you. I can't wait to make these

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on May 28, 2016:

I love a good biscuit with cream or sausage gravy! Thanks for your recipe!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 22, 2016:

Yum! I haven't had biscuits in a long time. I would have to try this recipe real soon to make my own this winter. Thanks for sharing!

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on May 18, 2013:

Nice yummy lens ,makes me start craving for a milk-biscuit.

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on March 11, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks for the feedback Allidah! We love these biscuits, too.

anonymous on March 10, 2013:

WOW...Just made these biscuits this AM. Used King Arthur flour and followed the KA website recommendations for high altitude adjustments...less baking powder and baking soda, more liquid, and a higher temp. PERFECT!!!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 18, 2012:

I made homemade biscuits last week with a new recipe, but not with buttermilk. I'll have to try this one for sure!

fathomblueEG on August 31, 2012:

Oh definitely. Nothing better than homemade biscuits hot out of the oven with butter and honey or jelly. Oh so good!

GreenfireWiseWo on July 20, 2012:

Great lens - thank you.

fathomblueEG on July 16, 2012:

Oh most definitely! I love homemade anything baking wise. I love to bake. Homemade lovin from the oven, can it be heaven. To me it's happiness for all, seratonin for the brain. Bake something today and you'll be in love for life:-)

biminibahamas on May 03, 2012:

No, but I may now .. Martha is a great inspiration!

mockingbird999 on December 27, 2011:

I have, but yours look better than mine.

Dianne Loomos on August 07, 2011:

My Mom makes wonderful homemade biscuits. I make the country gray to go with them!

tandemonimom lm on August 06, 2011:

I've made buttermilk biscuits before, and boy did these pictures make me want to whip up another batch!

caketech on April 14, 2011:

Yep, made some this morning! My family loves them, and I make them from scratch like my aunt taught me when I was a teenager. Those old fashioned southern recipes are the best!

Related Articles