Because I’m the Mom {Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits}

“Mom, why do you get to put all of that butter and honey on your biscuits and we only get a tiny bit?”

The question asked was fair enough. Buttermilk biscuits, fresh from the oven, are meant… they practically BEG for… melted butter honey goodness, but my kids don’t need to know that. They will be just fine with the little pat of butter and a slight drizzle of honey. No need to spoil them rotten at an early age by introducing them to an overload of honey and butter on top of a warm, delicious, flaky buttermilk biscuit.

My answer, one that I thought I’d never hear coming from my mouth, “Because I’m the Mom, that’s why.”

“That’s not fair!!” one little person exclaimed.

Out comes another phrase I used to roll my eyes whenever I heard it as a kid… “Well, honey, life is not fair.” Followed by, “Someday when you become a mom  you can put as much honey and butter on your buttermilk biscuit as you want.”

To me a warm, fresh from the oven buttermilk biscuit slathered in butter and doused in sweet honey is one of life’s guilty pleasures. It’s one I first discovered from my mom, as she would savor every last bite of her biscuit.  At our family table growing up, her biscuit even got a separate plate from the other breakfast food, just so the honey wouldn’t seep over into her bacon and eggs.

Go ahead and make this recipe, slather the biscuits up in some delicious butter and honey, and enjoy eating every last bite. In my world, it’s one of the best things about being a grown up!

Recipe: Warm and Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
Tall, fluffy buttermilk biscuits made even better warm from the oven with a pat of butter and drizzled with honey. A recipe that has been in my recipe box since before I was married.
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold, and cubed into smaller pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk or buttermilk substitute (1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, left to set for 10 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Flour for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F
  2. In a medium bowl and using a wooden spoon, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. Using a pastry blender or fork, add butter cubes into the dry ingredients. Blend, without over blending, butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles course meal.
  4. Add the buttermilk slowly, and stir until the mixture is just combined. It will still be someone dry, but should hold together when pressed.
  5. Dump dough mixture out onto a slightly floured board.
  6. Using your hands, gently pat the dough out until it is approximately ½ inch thick. Do not over handle the dough and do not use a rolling pin... simply flatten the disc out with your hands.
  7. Starting at the very edge, use a round cutter and cut the biscuits. (You should get 10 biscuits from this recipe).
  8. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, with sides of each biscuit touching another.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly brown on the top.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush with the 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  11. Serve warm with a butter and honey.

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  1. says

    I just LOVE that you said that! I laughed OUT LOUD!

    We have a bit of baking issues here as our oven doesn’t cooperate, so I’m bookmarking this to try this summer!!!

  2. says

    I was just looking for a biscuit recipe – my son requested them. But being from the northeast, I have no idea how to make biscuits, and every recipe I found called for vegetable shortening (shudder).
    I was so glad to find yours in my inbox this morning! Thank you!

  3. Kristi says

    This brought such a huge smile to my face this morning! I heard those phrases as a kid & have said them out loud as a mom as well. Butter & honey FTW, especially if the biscuits are fresh out of the oven! Your mom is a woman after my own heart. Absolutely the biscuit needs a separate so as to not let honey drift over to the bacon & eggs!

  4. says

    Nothing beats a homemade biscuit with lots of honey and butter. I remember my mom always using “because I’m the mom” and I don’t have kids yet but I can see why that is an appealing line. I love it!

  5. says

    Definitely one of the perks of being a mom!! I’ve been craving biscuits since you posted these on Instagram – I just may have to make up a batch today!!

  6. Windy says

    This post made me giggle and start salivating! Those biscuits look so good. And I am a mom, so I can have as much butter an honey as I want, too. 😉 At our house, even dad gets in on it with the response “because I’m a grownup.” Still though, I can’t blame them or get mad when they roll their eyes, hehe.

  7. says

    I use your other biscuit recipe many times each month. (Your mom’s, perhaps?) They are one of the few things I can nearly make from memory, I’ve made them so many times. Is the main difference the use of butter instead of shortening? I’ll have to try these sometime soon.

    • says

      That recipe is my mom’s (well the one she has been using for years from the original Betty Crocker Cookbook). They are both great recipes resulting in fluffy, flaky, tender biscuits. I use this one when I don’t have shortening and have an abundance of butter on hand! :)
      You can’t go wrong with either!

  8. Denise says

    Since I happen to be short on butter these days, can you reshare your mom’s recipe? I would love to make some biscuits today.

      • Denise says

        Thank you so much….I can never, never get my biscuits to be as big and as
        fluffy as yours look. I will give it a try. Hopefully being at sea level won’t make a difference. Not really sure what it is that I’m doing wrong. I actually ‘measure’ 1/2 “….but still….pretty flat disks….hmm, I see one thing…I did use a rolling pin..maybe that’s the secret ?

        • says

          You’ll have to let me know how they turn out!
          I’ve always been told that over handling biscuit dough is the key to flat biscuits. Definitely blend together minimally and don’t use a rolling pin… just pat the disc out with your hands!

          Best of luck! Can’t wait to hear how you like them.

  9. says

    Seems like NYC invoked similar cravings in both of us….I’ve been craving fresh homemade biscuits since I got home too. 😉 I was short on butter so haven’t made them yet. Perhaps this week now that I’ve stocked up on butter.

    • says

      It is a good one, isn’t it? I had an 8th grade teacher who used to lead us in a “sing song” version of “Life is not fair” all together.

    • says

      My 8th grade teacher used to “direct us” (like a choir director) in saying “Life is not fair” all together. We’d have to do it several times a day when someone was feeling especially slighted :)

  10. says

    My parents ALWAYS said, “because I’m the parent/mom/dad.” Period.
    And I’m totally quasi functional… kiiiiidding!!!! ANd now, I eat ice cream for breakfast, because I’m the mom, BAM!
    These look heavenly, btw!


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