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small batch homemade biscuits :: fluffy, flaky, homemade biscuits - small batch style. this recipe makes four biscuits, and a fifth biscuit with the dough scraps.

Small Batch Homemade Biscuits for Two

sara a.
Flaky, simple, delicate homemade biscuits for your breakfast and brunch needs.  This recipe makes 4-5 fluffy homemade biscuits, and is a great biscuit recipe for two people.
4.68 from 65 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 5 biscuits
Calories 168 kcal


  • 1 cup all purpose flour plus extra for dusting and cutting
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt (or 1/2 teaspoon other salt)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cold, unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cold, whole milk


  • Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  
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  • Cut the cold butter into 1/2" cubes, then add them directly into the dry ingredients. Use your hands to crumble the cold butter into the dry ingredients, forming a coarse crumb.**
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  • Using a fork, gently stir in the whole milk until a rough ball of dough forms. (Add another tablespoon of flour if the dough seems too wet).
  • Turn the rough dough out onto a very well-floured surface.  Gently form it into a rectangle that is about one inch thick.  Fold the front half of the rectangle onto the bottom half, and gently pat down again.  Fold the dough in half again, but this time fold the right side onto the left side. (This is how we create the layers!)
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  • Gently repeat the folds from the last step. (Fold in half from front to back, gently pat down, then fold in half from side to side.) Gently form it into a rectangle that is about an inch thick.
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  • Dip a 2" biscuit cutter into the extra flour. Cut two biscuits from the dough, firmly pressing down as you cut.  Don't twist the cutter, but you can gently wiggle it back and forth to free the biscuits from the dough.
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  • Gently form the remaining dough into another one inch thick rectangle, and cut out the third and fourth biscuits. Place the biscuits about 1/2" apart on the prepared baking sheet.***
  • Bake the biscuits at 425 F for 12-14 minutes until the tops and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, and let the biscuits rest until they are cool enough to handle. Enjoy!


**WITH A BOX GRATER:  Use the large holes of a box grater to grate the cold butter into the flour mixture, then stir it in.
**WITH A FOOD PROCESSOR:  Pulse the dry ingredients and cold butter cubes 5-6 times, until the mixture resembles a coarse crumb (only tiny pieces of butter are left).
  • The butter needs to be VERY cold.  If you are not immediately mixing the cubed or grated butter into the dry ingredients, keep it in the freezer until you mix it in.  Additionally, if you aren't immediately baking the biscuits once they are made, keep them in the refrigerator until you bake them.
***If you have ample excess dough, gently mold it together to form another biscuit.
>>Refrigerate biscuits up for to one week by keeping them in an airtight freezer bag.
>> TO FREEZE:  Let biscuits cool completely on a wire rack.  Tightly wrap the biscuits in heavy duty aluminum foil, then place them into freezer bags and remove all of the air.  This helps protect the flavor and texture when you're ready to reheat them!  Freeze for 2-3 months.


Serving: 1biscuitCalories: 168kcal
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