Buttered Pan Biscuits {Butter Swim Biscuits}

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Buttered Pan Biscuits is an easy biscuit recipe that requires no rolling, no kneading, and no biscuit cutter. Warm, homemade biscuits are so much easier than you thought.

You will be amazed at how quickly you can make these biscuits. They’re made with just six ingredients and it’s the easiest biscuit recipe ever!

pan of butter swim biscuits.

I’ve heard this recipe called Butter Dip Biscuits and Butter Swim Biscuits since the dough is literally swimming in butter!

Even though they’re bathed in butter, these biscuits rise sky-high. Plus, the edges get crispy from the butter. Personally, I want to just eat the outside edge! So good!

Buttered Pan Biscuits

We have a Saturday morning tradition. Big Daddy makes breakfast on Saturday morning. Usually, it’s biscuits, Chocolate Gravy (the boys call it ‘Mommie’s Gravy’ even though it’s not ‘my’ gravy at all but I guess they associate something sweet with me) or Brown Gravy, (You guessed it, they call Brown Gravy, Daddy’s gravy… which actually IS his gravy.) and sausage or bacon… maybe eggs.

Big Daddy is obsessed with biscuits. He insists I make better biscuits. I insist he just says that so that I’ll make the biscuits.

We both hate cutting biscuits out and the clean up. Besides, Lincoln doesn’t like the ‘brown parts’ of the edges. We needed an ‘all center biscuit’. You know the biscuit that is baked in the center of the pan that’s doesn’t have that outside crust?

These buttery pan biscuits were a hit! Big Daddy – thumbs up! Me – thumbs up! Lincoln – thumbs up! Ryder – two thumbs up! (He likes breakfast!)

Serving of homemade bread on a small white plate.

How to Measure Flour Properly

Flour is the most improperly measured ingredient!

To correctly measure flour, first, sift the flour. Then using a spoon or scoop lightly scoop flour out of its container into a measuring cup. Continue filling the cup until it is overflowing, then using the back of a butter knife level the flour. Scooping the measuring cup directly into the flour to fill can result in up to 25% more flour than lightly spooning the flour into the measuring cup. More flour in a recipe will make it dense and dry.

butter swim biscuits in a baking dish.

Ingredients for Butter Swim Biscuits

You probably already have every ingredient to make these biscuits.

  • All-purpose flour 
  • Baking powder – not baking soda
  • Sugar – Optional. There is such a small amount, you may want to leave it out.
  • Salt – Use more or less than suggested
  • Buttermilk – Regular milk is not the same when baking.
  • Butter – unsalted


Basically, these biscuits are the easiest to make.

First, melt 5 tablespoons of butter in an 8×8-inch (or equivalent) baking dish.

After the butter is melted in your baking dish, mix the dough.

Pouring milk into a bowl with flour in it.
Stirring milk and flour together with a whisk.

In a mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together. Combine this by whisking it.

Next, add the buttermilk and mix with a large spoon or stiff spatula. Don’t overmix.

biscuit dough in butter in glass baking dish

Pour batter in baking dish over butter and press flat. Next, score the dough into 9 biscuits with a knife.

Next, take your sharp knife and cut through the biscuits again. Finally, serve the butter biscuits immediately while they’re hot!

Place your pan of biscuits into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. When they’re done, the edges will be browned and crispy, and the top golden brown.

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I updated this post from an earlier version dated July 30, 2012. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

Buttered Pan Biscuits

Buttered Pan Biscuits (Butter Swim Biscuits)

An easy recipe for biscuits. Instead of rolling and cutting the, or even dropping them, they're spread into a pan, scored, and baked.
Author: Paula
5 from 37 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
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  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 and ⅔ cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Melt butter in an 8×8-inch dish.
  • Add all dry ingredients to a bowl. Add buttermilk and stir until just combined. Don't over stir.
  • Pour dough into the dish with melted butter and press flat. Score into squares.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 268IU | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    There is magic in this recipe! They’re so easy to make and come out with light fluffy insides and crispy crusts. I’ll put a little more salt in next time or sprinkle some on the top as a different reviewer suggested. Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these biscuits to go with sausage gravy for our church family. It was a great success! Thank you for making this recipe available; these are my new favorite biscuit.

  3. Just loved this recipe. Sprinkled some garlic powder into the butter and dry ingredients to accompany spaghetti. Wow!

  4. 5 stars
    For Breakfast – Drizzle with some strawberry syrup before baking and there is no turning back. For Lunch – top with some coarse sea salt. For Dinner – I topped with cut scallions and fresh chives – incredible!! Great, easy recipe that always delivers, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    So good and easy!! I used kefir instead of buttermilk and they turned out great. Let them cook until well browned to get that crispy crust!

  6. I have not tried pan biscuits, or what the Americans call ‘biscuits’ – I am English, and to people in the UK, ‘biscuits’ are chocolate digestives, ginger nuts, etc. It took me an age to find out what American biscuits actually are, after reading a description of them in an American work of fiction.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe really was as easy and delicious as advertised. When I’m in a rush, the prospect of cutting butter into the mix and making individual biscuits is overwhelming. These were just as tasty as my go to recipe, especially the crispy-salty edge pieces. I one and a halved the recipe to fit my pan and it worked. Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    Very good, thanks guys! Made no cuteness, but allowed the but to melt in the oven, creating a brown butter of sorts. Yum

5 from 37 votes (19 ratings without comment)

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