Homemade Biscuits

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Biscuits are a table staple. It is not uncommon to find biscuits on the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. This recipe will show you how to make your own homemade biscuits without milk!

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You’re in luck! This recipe is for homemade biscuits without milk. It’s a little different from the traditional recipe, but it tastes just as good and can be made with ingredients that are easy to find. Give this one a try!

These fluffy, buttery biscuits will fill your stomach and warm your soul on cold winter mornings or when you need something comforting to eat. They go well with eggs, bacon, ham or sausage for breakfast and they’re a delicious side dish to any meal. Some people think that biscuits can only be made from scratch using milk but this is not true!

This recipe is an adaptation of the classic buttermilk recipe, but tweaked for people like me, who’s kids drink all the milk!

This easy homemade biscuits recipe is dedicated to tweaking.

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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 –> Keep your butter cold. It’s the most important part of this process. Cold butter actually steams inside the buns creating that irresistible flaky texture you just can’t beat!

No. 2 –> To help keep the butter nice and cold, we’re using ice cold water. This is important, as handling the dough with warm hands will start to melt the butter, and we can mitigate some of that by using super cold water.

No. 3 –> Flaky layers are the direct result of the pat and fold technique. Avoid using a rolling pin if possible! Pat the biscuit dough into a rectangle, fold the short sides into the center, then repeat.

Key Ingredients

All purpose flour: All purpose flour is the main ingredient in biscuits because it’s got less protein than bread flour, which helps the dough to develop a softer, more tender texture.

Butter: Butter is used in biscuit recipes because it contributes a rich flavor and helps maintain the dough’s moisture. Butter also provides fat, which is necessary to give the biscuits a tender texture.

Baking powder: Baking powder acts as a raising agent in biscuits, helping them to turn out fluffy and rise higher. Baking powder also adds some flavor, but it will not make the biscuits taste salty or sour.

Salt: Salt is an important ingredient in biscuit dough because it adds flavor and also affects how well the baking powder works to produce a fluffy texture and rise. Salt also gives your biscuits a savory taste without adding any buttery flavors.

Ingredients for no milk biscuits.

How To Make Biscuits Without Milk

MAKE THE DOUGH:

  1. Combine 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the bowl of your food processor. Add 1/2 cup cold, cubed butter and pulse 5 – 8 times, until the mixture starts to look coarse and crumbly. See below for manual directions.
  2. Add 3/4 cup cold water and pulse another 5-8 times – avoid over-mixing here!

FORM THE DOUGH:

  1. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and press the dough together. Knead slightly, if required, but the dough should be somewhat dry and crumbly, you’re just folding it onto itself until it’s mostly in one piece.
  2. Press the dough into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Fold the dough into thirds, short edges into the middle. Rotate a quarter turn, press the dough into a rectangle and fold again.
  3. Cut the biscuits as desired. I prefer square but you may prefer round.

BAKE THE DOUGH

  1. Gently transfer the biscuits to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop the biscuits in the fridge for 20-30 minutes while the oven preheats.
  2. Preheat oven to 425f.
  3. Once the oven has reached the temperature, remove the biscuits and bake them on the second from the top rack at 425f for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. I like to bake mine for 15 minutes, then brush with butter, then bake another 5 or so minutes until the tops are golden brown.
  4. Serve warm!
Homemade no milk biscuits ready to bake!

No Food Processor? No Problem!

If you don’t have a food processor, don’t fear! This recipe comes together beautifully by hand as well.

Simply cutting the butter into the flour using a pastry blender, two knives, or forks.

It’s going to take longer, but it is the old-fashioned way!

Round Or Square?

I’m gonna catch some flack for this from the round biscuit crowd, but I believe in cutting my biscuits square. There are so many reasons to bake square biscuits, and none of them (except the last one is due to laziness!)

Cutting round biscuits means off-cut dough that must be re-worked before being cut. The more you work biscuit dough, the less likely it is to be flaky and beautifully layered.

Squared-off biscuits make better sandwiches, and increased real estate for whatever you’re slathering on it; be it whipped honey butter, gravy, or a fried egg and bacon.

It’s actually quicker and less work to cut a rectangle into smaller rectangles. Gotta hit the easy button whenever you can!

No milk biscuits piled high on a marble counter.

Make Ahead Biscuits

This recipe is easily adaptable to make ahead biscuits.

Instead of chilling the biscuits in the fridge while the oven preheats, place them in the freezer and allow them to freeze for 2-3 hours, or until solid. Transfer the frozen biscuits to a freezer-friendly airtight container or freezer ziplock bag.

Your frozen biscuit dough should be used within 2-3 months for best results.

To bake the frozen biscuits, remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw on a parchment-lined baking sheet while the oven preheats. You’ll need to tack on a few extra minutes of bake time.

Batch + Storage Information

Batch:

This easy homemade no milk biscuit recipe makes 8 beautiful biscuits. This recipe can be easily doubled or halved. If halving, use 6 tablespoons of ice-cold water!

Storage:

Biscuits are best enjoyed fresh and warm, but they can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

If you’ve got way too many biscuits (As if that’s possible!), they can be placed in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer for 2-3 hours until completely frozen. Transfer the frozen biscuits to an airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.

Variations + Substitutions

  • Most biscuits are made with milk or buttermilk, so the water can easily be subbed for milk.
  • Add a tablespoon of sugar for a sweeter, breakfast biscuit.
  • Add some fresh chopped herbs or spices to your dough before baking for a savory treat.
  • Whole wheat biscuits: substitute up to 1 cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
  • Dairy free biscuits: sub the butter for cold shortening – I have not tested this personally, but I do believe it will work!

Food processor: I have a Cuisinart Food Processor that is probably 10 years old, and it’s a total workhorse! This unit is great for grinding up jalapeno salt, shredding pounds and pounds of cheese, whipping up hot chocolate mix, and even making biscuit dough.

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A stack of fresh baked no milk biscuits.

Homemade Biscuits Without Milk

Allyson Letal
These tender, flaky and delicious biscuits are made without milk. You can make them in less than 60 minutes with just 5 ingredients! If you’ve been looking for an easy butter biscuit recipe with no milk, then this is the one for you!
    4.50 from 61 votes
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 13 minutes
    Rest Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 48 minutes
    Course Baked
    Cuisine American
    Servings 8 biscuits
    Calories 216 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    Instructions
     

    • Combine 2 cups all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the bowl of your food processor. Add 1/2 cup cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients and pulse 5 – 8 times, until the mixture starts to look coarse and crumbly. (See notes for directions without food processor)
    • Add 3/4 cup cold water to the bowl of the food processor and pulse to combine, another 5-8 times, avoid overmixing at this point.
    • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and press the dough together. Knead slightly, if required, but the dough should be somewhat dry and crumbly,
    • Press the dough into a rectangle, then into thirds, short edges into the middle. Rotate a quarter turn, press the dough into a rectangle and fold again.
    • Cut the biscuits as desired.
    • Gently transfer the biscuits to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop the biscuits in the fridge for 20-30 minutes while the oven preheats!
    • Preheat oven to 425f.
    • Once the oven has reached the temperature, remove the biscuits and bake them on the second from the top rack at 425f for 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
    • Serve warm!

    Notes

    Batch:

    This easy homemade no milk biscuit recipe makes 12 beautiful biscuits. This recipe can be easily doubled or halved. If halving, use 6 tablespoons of ice cold water!

    Storage:

    Biscuits are best enjoyed fresh and warm, but they can kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Homemade biscuits can be frozen, too, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer for 2-3 hours until completely frozen. Transfer the frozen biscuits to an airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.

    variations + substitutions

    • Most biscuits are made with milk or buttermilk, so the water can easily be subbed for milk.
    • Add a tablespoon of sugar for a sweeter, breakfast biscuit.
    • Add some fresh chopped herbs or spices to your dough before baking for a savory treat.
    • Whole wheat biscuits: substitute up to 1 cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
    • Dairy-free biscuits: sub the butter for cold shortening.

    no food processor? no problem!

    If you don't have a food processor, don't fear! This recipe comes together beautifully by hand as well.
    Simply cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender, two knives, or forks.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 355IUCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
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    21 Comments

      1. I haven’t tried. It’s possible, but margarine and butter do have different properties, so I can’t really guarantee any results

      2. @Ally,
        instead of margarine (hydrogenated oils) i suggest a lard (rendered animal fat) (vegans can use vegetable shortening) (but WARNING also hydrogenated)
        and use an imitation butter flavoring to replace lost flavor.
        (the butter flavoring likely will be water based so reduce water by like quantity)

        1. That’s a great point, but the reason I didn’t recommend tallow or lard, which I use and love, is that lard tends to behave A LOT differently than butter in recipes. Recipes that aren’t specifically written for rendered animal fats can flop costing cooks time and money.

          I haven’t tested this one with lard or tallow, so I don’t feel confident in advising it, but generally, you can swap butter and margarine 1:1 without ill effects.

    1. I have never made biscuits before without milk but I have to tell you these was the perfect biscuits an so fluffy an flackies I will be making more of these biscuits

    2. 5 stars
      This is my go to biscuit recipe. I can’t count how many times I’ve made it since discovering it last year. It works up so quickly and is easy and flakey and perfect. I add 1 Tablespoon of sugar to the recipe (when I remember) to suit my family’s taste. But other than that make no adjustments. It’s just so easy and good. Thankful to have a recipe that doesn’t need milk. We are always out 😂

    3. I love this biscuit recipe! I’ve made it at least a dozen times in the past year and it has never once failed me. I add 1 tablespoon of sugar but other than that it’s perfect! Sooo flakey and delicious. My husband says he doesn’t like biscuits and he tried them and has actually requested them. This recipe is a keeper!

    4. y do you make it so difficult.i simply asking for the ingredients for biscuits with ap flour an water an how to do it an I have to go through all this BS just to get the simple recipe so stupid

      1. I’m sorry you feel that way. I put a lot of effort into ensuring people who are using my recipes have success each time they make it, including the first time. We’re not all champion biscuit makers, brisket smokers, or sourdough bakers and I try to include as much information as one could need in a friendly, approachable post for those home cooks.
        There are 2 prominent locations on the page where you can skip all of the content and go straight to the recipe card; 1. right at the top of the screen where it says “JUMP TO RECIPE” , and 2. in the table of contents where it says “PRINTABLE RECIPE”.

      2. @Justin, I’ve made this recipe and other biscuit recipes many times and I still love reading baker’s tips and tricks, key ingredient suggestions etc. I also use the jump to recipe button now that I’ve made the recipe a few times. It’s wrong to assume other people (myself included) don’t appreciate the extra information. You may be a pro baker but you are one of few.
        It’s unfortunate that you couldn’t find the jump to recipe button (it is pretty much always found at the top of any recipe on any blog and is standard practice.)

        If you are able to make edible biscuits with ap flour and water only, you must have magical unicorn dust or a very bland palate.

      1. That’s a good question! I bet they could be rested covered in the fridge overnight. The butter will solidify, so they might take a bit longer to cook – like if you were to freeze them.

    5. Ok well I’m just trying this recipe for the first time ever so it sounds and mixes very well by hand and the mixer did everything in the recipe wish me luck