Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Traditional Southern Biscuits

It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!

Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN BISCUITS!!

There seems to be more than one “traditional” southern biscuit recipe out there so I guess it depends on where you live in the South.  So, if this isn’t the “traditional” you’re used to just chalk it up to my Yankee upbringing.  🙂 I’m not sure where I picked up this version.  I just know I’ve had this recipe for ages and these biscuits are pretty darned tasty.

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


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2 cups all-purpose flour
2 T butter, cold
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup solid vegetable shortening, cold
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.  Add 1 T of the cold butter and the cold shortening and work into the dry ingredients, using your hands, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  (I use a pastry cutter, or you can use a couple of forks and cut it in.) Stir in milk.  Dough will be sticky.  Dust work surface with flour.  Turn dough onto floured surface.  Gently fold each side toward center.  Pick up the dough and dust the work surface with additional flour.  Return dough to floured surface and fold each side towards center again.  Turn the dough over and press it out to 1” thickness.  Cut biscuits, straight down, do not twist the cutter, with a 2 ¼-inch round cookie cutter.  Melt remaining tablespoon of butter and add to 10-inch round cake pan.  Place biscuits in pan, turning once (to coat both sides with butter), about ¼-inch apart.  Let biscuits rest 15 minutes before baking. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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