Let’s make the most perfect fluffy biscuits ever! Light and tasty, they are a great addition to any meal!

Fluffy, perfect, lightly floured biscuits in a white dish with blue flowers seated on a floral hot pad on top of a wooden table.
The Most Perfect Fluffy Biscuits

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Ah biscuits. Where I live, they are a national treasure. You definitely need to know how to make biscuits here in the South, it’s like a rite of passage. A time honored tradition.

There are even jokes about people using canned biscuits instead of from scratch (oh the horror!) I’m looking at you, Southern Women Channel!

Biscuits are such a versatile food. Sweet or savory, meal or side dish. There are only a million ways to eat a biscuit. With sausage gravy, on top of casseroles, even just by themselves with butter and jam. First things first, you need to start with the best biscuit.

If you’re anything like me, you have probably attempted to make biscuits before and maybe they have flopped. I’ve been there, friend. Today, we will change that!

Baking ingredients for fluffy biscuits in a stainless steel bowl on a counter with flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Mixing the biscuits

What do I need to bake The Most Perfect Fluffy Biscuits?

Need a fresh out of the oven, from scratch recipe for biscuits? Well, here it is! So simple and delicious! This has become such a staple recipe in our house and it pairs nicely with Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Roast Chicken with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, as well as so many other recipes.

Supplies:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Coat a 9×9 inch sized baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and milk until smooth.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined and the dough holds together.
  • Lightly cover your work space in flour, for kneading.
  • Transfer dough onto your floured surface and knead until no longer sticky. Dough should be flaky in texture.
  • Gently roll dough into an 8-inch log with your hands.
  • Using a pastry scraper or knife and cutting board, cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • Place the cut biscuits into the buttered baking dish and bake until lightly golden, 18-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

What Makes a Biscuit Fluffy?

Cold ingredients are the secret to a fluffy biscuit. The mayonnaise and the milk should be right out of the fridge before adding to this recipe.

The chilled ingredients are less likely to fully absorb the dry ingredients which allows for a lighter, fluffier biscuit.

Should You Let Biscuit Dough Rest?

For best results when using All-Purpose Flour, allow biscuit dough to rest for 30 minutes before cutting and baking the dough.

What Happens if You Put Too Much Baking Powder in Biscuits?

The problem with too much baking powder in a recipe is it causes the dough to over rise. This produces very large bubbles that when they pop causes the biscuit to drop.

Besides flat biscuits, too much baking powder will produce a metallic, bitter taste.

Can I Make Biscuit Dough the Night Before and Refrigerate?

Yes you can. I suggest covering the dough before placing it in the refrigerator so that it does not dry out.

What Happens If You Place Your Biscuits Too Far Apart?

Biscuits like to snuggle. How fun, even the food here is cozy!

I kid. But honestly if you want a nice, tall biscuit then the cut dough should be touching in the pan before placing it in the oven.

Should Biscuit Dough Be Dry or Wet?

You want your biscuit dough to be a little on the drier side. It will be flaky but not falling apart. This texture is necessary for a light biscuit. Which is why it is important to be sure not to knead the dough too much.

Does Too Much Kneading Toughen Biscuits?

As with most light texture baked goods and or rolls, excessive kneading can toughen the dough due to the gluten in the flour being overdeveloped.

Especially with these biscuits, you only want to manipulate the dough into an 8 inch log shape and then do not knead or shape any further. Dough texture with be soft yet flaky.

Best Way to Reheat Biscuits

In a 300 degree oven, place biscuits wrapped in a moistened dish towel on foil or parchment on a baking sheet and heat for 5 minutes. Keep checking and extending time as needed.

The most perfect fluffy biscuits in a white dish on a floral hot pad.

The Most Perfect Fluffy Biscuits

Yield: 8 biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Biscuits are such a versatile food. Sweet or savory, meal or side dish. There are only a million ways to eat a biscuit. But first, you have to start with the perfect biscuit.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ t. Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Coat a 9x9 inch sized baking dish with butter and set aside.
    3. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
    4. In another bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and milk until smooth.
    5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined and the dough holds together.
    6. Lightly cover your work space in flour, for kneading.
    7. Transfer dough onto your floured surface and knead until no longer sticky. Dough should be flaky in texture.
    8. Gently roll dough into an 8-inch log with your hands.
    9. Using a pastry scraper or knife and cutting board, cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
    10. Place the cut biscuits into the buttered baking dish and bake until lightly golden, 18-20 minutes.
    11. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Notes

Enjoy these perfect fluffy biscuits all the ways you use biscuits! Slathered with butter and jam! Butter and honey! Even a delicious sausage gravy and biscuits!

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18 Comments

  1. These look awesome! Hope to try this recipe this weekend for breakfast!

    1. I’m so glad!! I’d love to know what you think if you make them!

  2. I’ve never seen a biscuit recipe with mayonnaise in it before – I’m intrigued!

    1. They are surprisingly good without even a hint of mayonnaise flavor!

  3. Oooo biscuits are the best! I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

    1. They really are! So versatile! Glad you found this helpful!

    1. They are so easy, which makes them way too tempting to make often! Thank you!!

  4. Diane Gail says:

    OMGoodness! Those biscuits look fantastic!

  5. Nothing like fresh fluffy biscuits! These look so delicious.

  6. These look delicious! Excited to give them a try!

    1. Thank you so much! They are quite good! Let me know how you like them!

  7. I’ve never seen a biscuit recipe with mayonnaise before! I’m going to save this to try. You make it sound easy and yummy!

    1. Thank you so much! If you try them, be sure to let me know how you like them!

  8. Well, I had leftover chicken soup to use up today, so I thought this would be a good day to try these biscuits. WOW! They truly are delicious and so easy to make! My hubby is looking forward to having the two that are leftover with butter and jelly for a snack tonight. He said I can make these again over and over again; – and I will. Thanks, Christen for the wonderful recipe. I look forward to continuing with your blog and trying many more things.

    1. I am so glad you like them!! You are very welcome, and I’m glad you found this helpful!

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