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Angel Biscuits are a heavenly addition to any dinner table! These light and fluffy southern biscuits are quick and easy to throw together and they freeze great if you want to make them ahead!

There is no better way to round out dinner than with some kind of hot, fresh bread! Some of our other favorites are Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread or Jalapeno Cornbread.

angel biscuits in a bowl with a striped linen napkin

Fluffy Angel Biscuits

If you have never tried or even heard of angel biscuits, you are in for a treat! They are almost a cross between classic biscuits and a dinner roll, thanks to the addition of yeast, which helps both with flavor and lifting the biscuits to new heights!

We love serving these as a side with soups, salads, or all kinds of dinner ideas. They are amazing split open and buttered with a drizzle of honey. Or use them to make the best sandwiches for breakfast or lunches. They are absolutely delicious with leftover ham!

And unlike other yeast breads, these don’t need a long proofing time before you can bake them, so they are perfect if you forgot to plan ahead.

golden brown homemade biscuits in a pan

What you Need to Make Easy Biscuits

You can literally have hot, fresh bread with any dinner with these angel biscuits since it only requires staple ingredients. Even the buttermilk has a quick and easy substitute that works well if you don’t happen to keep buttermilk on hand. Although since buttermilk freezes well, it’s always a good idea to keep some in the freezer, if you have space!

  • Flour: Regular all-purpose flour makes up the bulk of these biscuits. You will need extra to pat out and cut the biscuits so they don’t stick to the counter, the biscuit cutter, or your hands.
  • Butter & shortening: I know people have strong feelings about using shortening, but the combination of butter AND shortening gives the best texture to these biscuits. It’s the same approach I use in my favorite homemade pie crust!
  • Yeast, baking powder & baking soda: This trio of leavening agents work together to give lift and flavor to the biscuits. While most biscuits are made with just baking powder or baking soda, the addition of yeast makes these biscuits almost like dinner rolls.
  • Buttermilk: There is nothing like buttermilk for moist, flavorful biscuits! If you don’t have any on hand, I have a post on How to Make Buttermilk that can help!
  • Sugar: The slight sweetness balances out the butter and salt of the biscuits without making them overly sweet. So they are still perfect with honey drizzled over the top.
  • Salt: Adding salt to baked goods keeps them from being boring or bland!

a round biscuit cutter cutting out dough

Best Angel Biscuits Ingredients

These heavenly biscuits take hardly any work to throw them together. You can actually make your biscuit dough a couple of hours or even a few days in advance and just keep it in the fridge until you are ready to bake. The additional time just allows the flavor to develop from the yeast!

  1. Prep work: Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. The higher cook temperature helps the biscuits rise quickly, along with the leavening agents, for the lightest, fluffiest biscuits. If you are using a cast iron skillet, go ahead and butter the bottom and sides of the pan. Or you can also make these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Proof the yeast: I tested these biscuits using active dry yeast, which requires proofing for five minutes in a little warm water to wake it up. You can use the same amount of instant yeast and skip the proofing step, if you prefer.
  3. Cut in the fat: In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Then use a pastry cutter to cut the cold butter and shortening in until it resembles coarse crumbs or small peas. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can do this step with two knives or even just using your hands.
  4. Add the buttermilk and yeast: To keep your biscuits light and airy, use a fork to gently mix the flour mixture together with the yeast and buttermilk, stirring just until everything is moistened and coming together.
  5. Cut out biscuits: Turn the dough out onto generously floured surface. It’s a nice, soft biscuit dough and you may need to sprinkle additional flour on top of it and rub some on your hands to keep the dough from sticking. I like to just pat it out into a 1-inch thickness rather than using a rolling pin. Use a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter to cut out your biscuits and arrange them close together in your prepared skillet or baking sheet. It’s okay for them to touch!
  6. Bake until golden: It doesn’t take long, only about 15 minutes, for these angel biscuits to puff up and get nice and beautifully browned on top. As soon as I pull them out of the oven I like to brush the tops of the biscuits with a little additional melted butter for extra flavor and a lovely sheen, but it’s an optional step that you can skip. The biscuits are plenty buttery as is.

biscuit dough in a cast iron skillet

How do you Make Fluffy Biscuits?

There are a couple of key things to know to get the fluffiest biscuits. The first is to use cold butter and shortening. Keeping the butter cold means that it will melt and steam while baking. This will help the biscuits to be light and fluffy every time!

Another key tip is to not overwork your biscuit dough, either when mixing it or when you are patting and cutting it out. I prefer to pat out the dough with my hands rather than rolling it. It is easier to overwork the dough with a rolling pin.

brushing the tops of angel biscuits with melted butter

Tips and Tricks

  • Make-ahead and freezing: You can make your biscuit dough up to 1 week in advance. Then store it in the fridge until you are ready to bake. Or bake and freeze the biscuits for up to 2 months. Just thaw them and pop them in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until they are nice and warm and they will be almost just as good as fresh!
  • Brush the tops with melted butter: This step is optional, but the buttery finish on the tops of the biscuits is so good! You could even melt equal parts honey and butter together for a sweeter finish on top of the biscuits.
  • Using cast iron: A cast iron pan is fantastic, but not essential to making angel biscuits. But whatever pan you use, I recommend arranging the biscuits close together before baking. This way they support each other and rise upwards instead of spreading out. Plus, then they have soft, almost pull-apart sides that are one of our favorite parts about them. A couple pie plates, a baking dish, or a baking sheet will work as well though.
  • Making a half batch: This recipe makes a large batch of biscuits! But they are so irresistible and last so well in the freezer that we always go through them and wish we had more. You can make a half-batch if you only want a dozen biscuits though.

a biscuit on a plate with honey on it

More Delicious Biscuit Recipes

Are biscuits the best part of the bread world? I think it’s a pretty good chance that they are! They are easy to make, unpretentious, and super comforting. They are also just as good on the dinner table as they are being served at breakfast! Be sure to check out some of these other delicious biscuit recipes that we enjoy at our house!

Angel Biscuits

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Author Amy Nash

Servings 24 biscuits

Angel Biscuits are a heavenly addition to any dinner table! These light and fluffy southern biscuits are quick and easy to throw together and they freeze great if you want to make them ahead!

  • 1/4
    warm water
  • 4 1/2
    active dry yeast
  • 5
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4
    granulated sugar, divided
  • 3
    baking powder
  • 1
    baking soda
  • 1 1/2
  • 1/2
    salted butter, cold and cubed, plus more for brushing on top of the biscuits
  • 1/2
    vegetable shortening, cold
  • 2

Serves: 24

Calories161kcal (8%)Carbohydrates24g (8%)Protein4g (8%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Trans Fat1gCholesterol2mg (1%)Sodium214mg (9%)Potassium127mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar3g (3%)Vitamin A33IU (1%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium49mg (5%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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