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Thanksgiving Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits

Here's a delightful recipe for classic buttermilk biscuits that will be perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
Buttermilk biscuits. Photo: Miranda Levingston for BK Reader.

These buttermilk biscuits are fluffy, buttery and perfect for Thanksgiving — a wonderful addition to complement your feast! With their golden tops and flaky layers, these delightful treats are more than just a side dish — they're a hug on a plate, adding a touch of homemade love to your festive table.

Here's the recipe for classic buttermilk biscuits:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, cold
  • Additional buttermilk for brushing


  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt until well combined.
  • Cut in Butter: Add the cold butter cubes to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You want some pea-sized pieces of butter remaining.
  • Add Buttermilk: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cold buttermilk. Use a fork or a spatula to gently stir the mixture until it just comes together. Be careful not to overmix; the dough should be shaggy.
  • Form Biscuits: Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Pat it into a rectangle about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter or a sharp knife to cut out rounds or squares, dipping the cutter in flour before each cut. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space between each.
  • Bake: Brush the tops of the biscuits lightly with buttermilk. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown on top.
  • Serve: Once done, transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with butter, honey, or your favorite gravy!