Mom’s Homemade Biscuits

My mom is famous well known for her homemade biscuits.  She should be.  She’s been making them since she was 8 years old – for 73 years!  That’s right.  She grew up on a farm – working in her dad’s cotton fields and in her mom’s kitchen.  She learned to make biscuits at the side of her mom (my namesake).

Her biscuits are really homemade or from scratch as they used to say.  Growing up, she made them in their special wooden biscuit bowl that her mom had promised would be hers someday.  We don’t know what happened to that old biscuit bowl, but Grandma’s biscuit making skills live on through my mom and my daughter (hey, it’s OK to skip a generation, right?).  And that’s all that matters!

Mom makes her biscuits entirely by hand – no rolling pin, no biscuit cutter, nothing but her hands. She’s always used White Lily self rising flour and her biscuits are always the exact same size and every one of them have the ridges on top from her perfect three finger pat.  I’ve tried and tried to duplicate her biscuits.  Well, I haven’t tried too often because the results have always been dismal at best and caused me to throw in the towel, stomp it and shake my fist at it.

To me, the perfect biscuit is not too thick, but crusty and flaky on the outside and tender in the middle.  It’s the perfect vehicle for my mom’s homemade jams and jellies.  My mouth is watering just thinking about mom’s biscuits with homemade blackberry jam.

I finally realized that one of my many problems with biscuit making was the fact that I don’t like to do it by hand because I don’t like the squashy feel of combining that shortening and flour with my fingers.  So I adjusted my biscuit making to include my pastry blender, a fork and a biscuit cutter and now they are pretty decent.  Not my mom’s, mind you.  But decent.

The last time I visited my mom, I purposely made sure I had my camera to capture each step of my mom’s process.  The grands were with me, so mom made biscuits for breakfast every single morning.  The lighting was not the best, but the pics came out fairly decent.

My mom, of course, doesn’t really have a recipe, but she measured everything so I could share it all on my blog.  My mom is the best!  And I’m so excited to present mom’s homemade biscuits.  Remember:   Practice makes perfect!




Mom’s Homemade Biscuits
  • 2 Cups Self Rising Flour
  • ½ Cup Crisco Shortening
  • 1 Cup Milk (or buttermilk)
  1. Preheat oven to 500 and grease a baking pan.
  2. Place flour in a large bowl. Mix in shortening with your fingers or a pastry blender until blended well. If using a pastry blender, mix until mixture resembles small peas. Add milk, a little at time, and mix until just blended, kneading a few times. (Don't overwork the dough or the biscuits will be tough). You want a soft dough and all of the flour will not be used.
  3. Wash hands with cold water, dry and sprinkle hands with flour. According to mom, cold water keeps the dough from sticking to the fingers.
  4. Pinch off dough, roll and place on baking pan. Pat with three fingers to get that perfect indention. Bake at 500 for approximately 10 minutes.

About Alli

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  1. Melinda Snavley says

    Sure wish I had one this morning. My kids love Them!!! Sure wish we could find that bowl for her.

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe and pictures. My sister in law makes them this way and they are perfect every time. I use the pastry blender and rolling pin method. Now I may have the courage to try to make them this way. Love Love some homemade biscuits.

  3. Yummy!!! They look amazing. Tell your mom thanks for showing us how to make them.

  4. I am so excited! I am going to try this soon. I have been looking for a good homemade biscuit recipe! Thank God for your blog, now I have ALL of the good recipes!!!!

  5. These look so good! I do love a good recipe that’s been tested by generations!
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  6. You know what they say, “It’s the finger that stir’s the pot” You and I have something in common, almost, I can’t make biscuits either. I quit trying, at least you are still doing it 🙂 My husband makes good biscuits!! My mother did the finger print on top of her biscuits also. I don’t know if people outside of the south can make good biscuits but I know those Southern ladies like your Mom sure can! LOVE the pics of her hands in the dough <3
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  7. I should never learn how to make homemade biscuits. I would probably eat the whole batch. Especially with this recipe. It looks very much like the one my grandmother used to me her biscuits. I still remember them coming out to the oven, hot & buttery! Yum!

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  8. Alli,
    I’ve made biscuits once or twice and they were okay but not like the really good ones. I love family recipes and can’t wait to try this one. Pinned.
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  9. They look delish. This post reminded me of my grandmother’s Angel Biscuits, she made them from scratch…nothing like them. And my mom has a cabinet with a biscuit contraption…that’s all I know but it looks cool…
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  10. I attempted to make these delicious biscuits, though I was a little scared, they were a complete SUCCESS!!!! This is my new recipe! I’m so excited!

  11. I love eating and making biscuits! Your mom’s recipe is very different from what I’ve been making. I’m super curious and will be trying this out soon! 🙂
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  12. Lauren Johnson says

    This is so special to have. My Nanny made these biscuits all of her life and was well known for them. But there was never a recipe. She passed away at age 90 in December. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe!

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