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Easy Biscuit Recipe without Baking Powder - biscuits stacked in a bowl and on top of each other
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Easy Biscuit Recipe without Baking Powder

This easy biscuit recipe without baking powder creates the most fluffy biscuits you could ever imagine! Made with simple ingredients, this recipe calls for all-purpose flour, whole milk, sugar, and butter. You will love these flaky biscuits with jam, butter, or whatever you prefer!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 2’’ wide biscuits
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Anjali Shah



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place butter in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to starting the recipe. In the meantime, mix flour with salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  • Next, use a box grater to grate the butter over the flour mixture. Use your hands to combine ingredients. The result should be a coarse dough.
  • Add milk to the dough and knead to combine.
  • Place dough on a clean surface. Extend the dough with your hands, about ½-inch thick. Then, fold it over, and extend again. Repeat this process three times to make lovely layers in the biscuits.
  • Use a biscuit cutter of 2 ½ inches to cut 16 biscuits. Use a different sized cutter if desired.
  • Place biscuits in the prepared baking tray, no need to set them far apart as they will not expand much.
  • Optional: Beat an egg and brush the tops of the biscuits. This will provide a nice golden brown color.
  • Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown on the top and base.


Expert Tips 
  • Avoid keeping the butter at room temperature for this recipe. You'll want to make sure it is super cold straight from the freezer!
  • If you don't have a 2 ½-inch sized biscuit cutter, any other size will work. You can also use a sharp knife to cut the biscuits into squares.
  • Do not twist your biscuit cutter when cutting your biscuits - push straight down and pull up to ensure the tops of your biscuits are even and not sloped (so they bake evenly).
  • Make sure your baking soda and cream of tartar is fresh for best results.
  • Do not overwork your biscuit dough.
  • Spoon and level your flour for accurate measuring.
  • The final taste of the biscuits is neither too sweet nor salty! The biscuits are very versatile and the perfect tea biscuit to eat with jam, butter, or whatever you love! 


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g