Homemade angel biscuits

These homemade Angel Biscuits are a delightful treat, combining the leavening powers of both yeast and baking powder to create a light, fluffy texture. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a side for your meals, these biscuits are sure to impress with their heavenly softness.


  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Mixing Dry Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Cutting in Fats:
    • Cut in the cold butter and shortening using a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Preparing Yeast:
    • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  4. Forming the Dough:
    • Add the yeast mixture and buttermilk to the flour mixture. Stir until the dough comes together.
  5. Kneading:
    • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently 3 to 4 times.
  6. Shaping Biscuits:
    • Roll the dough to 1-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter.
  7. Rising:
    • Place the biscuits on a baking sheet, cover, and let them rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheating Oven:
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  9. Baking:
    • Bake the biscuits for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  10. Serving:
    • Serve the biscuits warm.

FAQ Section:

Q1: Can I use all butter instead of a mix of butter and shortening? A1: Yes, you can use all butter, but the combination of butter and shortening gives the biscuits a lighter texture.

Q2: What if I don’t have buttermilk? A2: You can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of regular milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.

Q3: Can I freeze the unbaked biscuits? A3: Yes, you can freeze them on a baking sheet and then store them in a freezer bag. Bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Q4: How do I store leftover biscuits? A4: Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerate for up to a week.

Q5: Can I add cheese or herbs to the biscuit dough? A5: Absolutely! Feel free to add grated cheese, herbs, or spices to the dough for extra flavor.

Enjoy your homemade Angel Biscuits, a fluffy and delicious addition to any meal, or a treat on their own!