Best Homemade Biscuits

Our best homemade biscuits are light and flaky, made with Greek yogurt to keep them moist and a little whole wheat flour for depth. They’re crowd pleasers!

Best Homemade Biscuits

Here’s a Christmas brunch idea from the two of us. Alex made these biscuits for a biscuit and gravy cook-off we had with his family a few weeks ago. First let me say, I had never heard of biscuits and gravy until I moved to Indiana. They are not a “thing” in Minnesota, and I was very confused by the concept (you eat that for breakfast?). Alex’s stepfather Joe is a tried and true biscuits and gravy aficionado, so Alex had idea of battling him with a vegetarian gravy. Against Joe’s biscuits from a tube and white gravy with sausage, Alex came to the plate with brown mushroom gravy and our best homemade biscuits. It was a hard sell with meat loving folk, but Alex turned out to be the hands-down winner! The comments on each ballot mainly pointed to the homemade biscuits, so, we thought we’d share them with you (sans gravy for now).

Best Homemade Biscuits

Making our best homemade biscuits

These biscuits are light, fluffy, and just buttery enough, with a bit of Greek yogurt to keep them moist (a trick we learned from The Fauxmartha). They’ve got some whole wheat flour for some added flavor and depth. The main trick to making these homemade biscuits is to freeze the butter before making the dough! Then you can grate the frozen butter into the dough, which helps it to be evenly incorporated. You can also simply refrigerate the butter and cut it into small pieces when mixing up the dough. After adding the dries and wets together, you’ll roll out the dough and fold it over several times: this is what creates those lovely layers in the dough.

For our best homemade biscuits, we cut them out with holiday cookie cutters to make them festive for the holidays! Of course if it’s not the holidays, simply use a circular biscuit cutter. Then we paired these Greek yogurt biscuits with a cranberry orange jam and it was the perfect match. Here’s the cranberry jam recipe!

Greek Yogurt Biscuits

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Homemade Biscuits


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x

Description

Our best homemade biscuits are light and flaky, made with Greek yogurt to keep them moist and a little whole wheat flour for depth. They’re crowd pleasers!


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Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (frozen for 1 hour if possible)
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • Chia cranberry jam, to serve

Instructions

  1. Freeze the butter for about 1 hour (optional, but makes for easy incorporation into the dough).
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. In a bowl, combine 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, ¾ cup whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ¾ teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
  4. Grate the frozen butter (or cut refrigerated butter into small pieces), then cut it into the dough using a pastry blender until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, and then stir in 1 ¼ cup milk until just combined.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and add a sprinkle of flour until just barely sticky. Gently roll out the dough to ½-inch thick; fold the dough in half and then in half again. Roll the dough out again, and then fold the same way again to create layers. Take care not to overwork the dough. Roll it out a final time to 1/2-inch thick, then let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Use a biscuit cutter or cookie cutters to cut out the biscuits and place them about 1 inch apart on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden.

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: Homemade Biscuits, Biscuits, Baking, Vegetarian, Baked, Best Homemade Biscuits, Brunch, Whole Wheat, Greek Yogurt

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

16 Comments

  • Reply
    Robyn @realfoodwholelife
    December 11, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I shouldn’t read blogs late at night because now I’m hungry and want to go make these biscuits! Always a big fan of chia seed jam, too.

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    December 11, 2014 at 5:10 am

    High five to Alex for his biscuit victory! These really do look like worthy winners and I super love that you made them into festive shapes <3 . Also, making this chia jam asap. So easy but so delicious!

  • Reply
    Anca @ Lovely Muse
    December 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Smells like childhood :)

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    December 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I love biscuits and jam. And I have yet to try chia jam but have them on my list to make. Cranberries are a nice spin too, as I usually just see them used for holiday cranberry sauce. Congrats on the family competition win! ;-)

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    December 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Biscuits and gravy were a mystery to me, too, when I first left the East Coast. This recipe looks fantastic, though, and I really need to try chia seeds already. They sound like such a cool food!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    December 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I love adding greek yogurt to my biscuits and I love the tree cut outs! I’ve never made chia jam, but I’ve heard of it before and it sounds fabulous :)

  • Reply
    Melissa
    December 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Those biscuits! That jam! I want them all. Sidenote: I grew up with sausage gravy on holidays, made from my dad’s secret recipe. I’m the sausage gravy maker now, though this is the only time I eat sausage. I’m wayyy interested in Alex’s version!

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 12, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Did your dad share the secret recipe or did you have to come up with one on your own? My portabella gravy is decent, but not quite shareworthy yet… something special about sausage!

  • Reply
    Anna
    December 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Perfect cookies! Can I substitute all purpose flour for whole wheat flour? Thank you and happy holidays!

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Hi — Yes, this should work.

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    December 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Oh wow, that jam sounds incredible! I love the chia seeds in it, and paired with these biscuits it would make any cool winter morning brighter!

  • Reply
    Lucie
    December 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    These sound absolutely amazing! Will definitely have to make them over the holiday season :) I just made a new Christmas cookie recipe which I know you will love. Please check it out! Oat cookies dunked in dark chocolate, topped with flaked almonds and dried cranberries. x http://juicyluciefoods.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/christmas-cookes.html

  • Reply
    Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
    December 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Those biscuits look perfect and that jam heavenly!! Love the combination – perfect to go with Christmas breakfast.

  • Reply
    Jessie Snyder
    December 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

    These are the cutest! Love love love. And looks delicious.

  • Reply
    Sally
    December 22, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    These look great for Christmas morning and I know my three year old will love the cookie cutter idea. I don’t have a pastry blender – any recommendations on how to pull this together without one? Thanks and happy holidays!

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

      If you do the grated butter method and then combined with a fork I think it’d be ok. Hope you enjoy!

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