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!
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!)
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.
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, there are just two simple steps to mixing the batter for butter swim biscuits.
- First, melt butter in an 8×8-inch (or equivalent) baking dish.
- Pour biscuit dough into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into nine equal pieces.
- 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.
- Next, take your sharp knife and cut through the biscuits again. Finally, serve the butter biscuits immediately while they’re hot!
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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 (Butter Swim Biscuits)
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- 5 Tablespoons butter
- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 and 2/3 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Melt butter in an 8x8-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.
BLAKE A COHELEY says
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!
EMMA Pharr says
Can they be frozen after cooking
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!
Rafiqa Darr says
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.
Yes, our ‘biscuits’ are more like rolls whereas what you call biscuits, we call cookies.
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!
Very good, thanks guys! Made no cuteness, but allowed the but to melt in the oven, creating a brown butter of sorts. Yum
Allison Gilliland says
I didn’t have buttermilk and used a substitute of 1cup sour cream mixed with 2/3 cup water. I also ran out of regular flour (not sure how this happened other than the fact that we just made it through he holidays) and subbed corn meal for the last 1 cup. They still turned out super yummy!!!!!
Oh yum! I love those changes!
these were amazing! We loved the crispy crust that was created. i also liked that didnt have cut in any butter and they were still so tender. thank you for a great recipe.
This is an easy to make biscuit recipe that pairs well with chicken! Yum!
Love these biscuits! So quick and easy to make.
These are delicious! I made them this morning for breakfast. My husband, who does not usually like biscuits, ate three and raved about them. I, who am always on a diet, ate two. The recipe is definitely a keeper! An added plus is that there is minimal cleanup.
Olaf the Omnivorous says
This has become my go to recipe for pan biscuits. So hearty, and the crust is so crispy and perfect. Fairly quick and easy to make. Good for breakfast topped with gravy, good for dinner as a roll, good as a snack stuffed with ham and jarlsberg. They’re just so good!
Paula– I think I grew up with Yankee biscuits, although DH didn’t grow up with me lol.
We agree that these are good, have an amazing crust (how can I make just only acres of crust without frying tiny pancakes all day, please?), and are a nice part of a meal. But they just aren’t baking powder cut-out biscuits. Once we get over that they’re not “biscuits”, we find we enjoy them!
Next, we’ll find out how well they freeze. I made two pans…..
Let me know how they freeze. I do enjoy that buttery crust.
Can this recipe be doubled to make in 9×13 pan to serve more?
Yes, it can.
mary whiteaker says
if you can make
biscuits this good how about a good chicken
dumpling reeipt I have tried for years and can never get them just right like my Mother did
I keep meaning to put my Chicken n Dumplings recipe on here, but it’s not written down and I don’t know the measurements and I always forget to measure and write them down when I make it. I’ll put it on the list.
Tommy G says
Just made these biscuits today… absolute perfection!!!Used a convection toaster oven and they cooked in 15 minutes!!! Will save me alot of time on Sunday a.m. versus old Pat and cut method!! AWESOME!!!!!
I love this recipe, however I have to now be gluten and milk free. Is there a pan recipe or gluten,milk free.
I don’t have one. I searched and found this, you can use almond milk for the buttermilk https://www.healthstartsinthekitchen.com/2017/12/15/southern-cast-iron-butter-drop-biscuits-gluten-free/
Also, these 2 sites have gluten-free recipes> https://cupcakesandkalechips.com/
Rachel Long says
I just made these biscuits and the whole family loved them. They are just like our favorites at a local restaurant. I didn’t use sugar because I don’t like sweet biscuits. I’ll definitely make these again!
Pamela Asbery says
Does the sugar offset the sour of the buttermilk, or is this a sweet biscuit?
It’s not a sweet biscuit. It’s such a small amount of sugar you can leave it out without really noticing.
would these be good with strawberries and cream?
The bottom on my biscuits did not brown. Is this normal? Loved how easy they were to make and the taste is awesome.
Yum-O!! These look so good! And I'm hungry so that's not helping the situation 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this at my Throwback Thursday party and I hope to see you again this week!
Michelles Tasty Creations says
You're killing me with these awesome looking biscuits this week! I can't wait to try them all and I'm still actually trying to diet! lol Oh well, we can't all wear bikini's. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Julie E says
I can't wait to try these biscuits! I've been following you too for a while now. 🙂 You have one of the most viewed link ups at Wednesday Whatsits and you've been featured. Thanks for sharing!
Can't try this because I'm gf but my mouth if watering just looking at them! Thanks for linking with me 🙂
These would be great. Biscuits are a treat at my house. This is being featured at the Recipe Box. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
Good morning, Paula 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that your recipe is one of the features this morning at All my Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you bring this week! http://www.lovebakesgoodcakes.com/2012/08/kit-kat-cake-and-all-my-bloggy-friends-7.html
Great recipe! We all love biscuits like these., I actually don't know anyone who wouldn't 🙂
DELICIOUS! I would have gladly helped to eat the biscuits!
Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!
Sarah Carletti says
I love biscuits and I need to make my own sometime soon! Thanks for linking up!
Michelle@ Learning to Be a Mom says
I love biscuits, but I'm too lazy to make them. I am so happy to see this recipe. It looks so easy. I am probably going to go make these tonight!
K Coake says
What a great and easy idea! I love biscuits. I don't make them very often, but sure love them. I am pinning this to try it. Thanks!
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
We love biscuits! These look super simple and tasty! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week!
Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says
Oh, these look so good! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Cornerstone Confessions. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
They're so easy. We love them.
I do have a link back it's at the bottom. “Linking up to these great parties” I doubled checked that you're on it. Sorry for confusion.
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
I am so happy you posted this recipe. One thing I am not good at making is homemade biscuits. I'm giving this a try… they look just delicious! Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY! Please add the OTMM button or a link to OTMM in your post! Thanks so much!
Loving this recipe! Stopping over from Marvelous Monday. Come visit me at jugglingactmama.blogspot.com