Garlic Butter Biscuits - light, tender biscuits with garlic butter baked right in.

Garlic Butter Biscuits

Garlic Butter Biscuits - perfect with everything from hearty chili and fried chicken to indulgent steak dinners. They make the base of excellent breakfast sandwiches too!

Course Side Dishes
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 large biscuits
Author Barry C. Parsons


For the Garlic Butter

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic

For the biscuit dough

  • 1/2 cup garlic butter (prepared earlier as directed.)
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk


To prepare the Garlic Butter

  1. First prepare the garlic butter, which you will want to do an hour or more in advance. Even the day before is perfectly fine. This garlic butter will easily keep for a week in the fridge.
  2. Heat 3 tbsp of the butter over low heat; you will not want the butter to brown at all.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté it in the butter for just a minute or so until it softens.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool almost to room temperature.
  5. Stir it into the remainder of the 1/2 cup of soft butter at room temperature until thoroughly combined.
  6. Spoon the garlic butter onto a piece if plastic wrap and wrap it loosely before gently forming it into a small log shape.
  7. Refrigerate the butter until firm, then chop into small pieces about the size of the top of your thumb.

To prepare the Garlic Butter Biscuits

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, blend together the flour and baking powder.
  3. Pulse in the cold garlic butter pieces. Do not over incorporate the butter into the flour. Similar to making a flaky pastry, small pieces of butter should be visible in the flour.
  4. Transfer this mixture from the food processor into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Pour in the buttermilk.
  5. Working very quickly with a wooden spoon, fold the dry mixture through the buttermilk, only until the flour disappears, then stop immediately.
  6. Drop the sticky dough onto a well floured counter top or bread board. Sprinkle the top of the dough with additional flour as well as flouring your hands to handle the dough. I don’t even use a rolling pin for these biscuits, the dough is soft enough to pat it out gently with floured hands to a thickness of about 1 & ½ inches.
  7. Using a sharp 3 inch biscuit cutter cut the biscuits out an place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I recommend aluminum baking sheets because they tolerate the higher oven temperature without burning the bottom of the biscuits.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits are evenly golden brown.

Recipe Notes

As a substitute for buttermilk, just stir a tbsp of plain vinegar or lemon juice into regular milk to sour it.