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Old-fashioned Biscuits

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
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Servings: 24 biscuits
Author: Reader’s Digest Secrets of Better Cooking


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/3 cups milk


  • Sift flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar and baking powder. Cut in the butter with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk and stir with a fork until the dough is mixed and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • For drop biscuits, drop tablespoons of the dough onto buttered baking sheets.
  • For rolled biscuits, turn the dough onto a floured board and roll it into a sheet about 1 inch thick. Use a round cutter to cut out the biscuits. Do not handle the dough too much, for this will make the biscuits less tender.
  • For square biscuits, roll onto the dough and cut into squares, or par the dough into a buttered 9-inch-square pan or a rectangular pan 8 x 10 inches. Cut into squares when done.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Makes 16 to 24 biscuits.
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