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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 12 biscuits
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3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/3 cup powdered milk 

5 teaspoons baking powder 

1 tablespoon sugar 

2 teaspoons cream of tartar 

2 teaspoons kosher salt 

1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into bits, plus 4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup shortening 

1 1/2 cups buttermilk 


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Stir together the flour, powdered milk, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar and salt in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut the chilled butter bits and shortening into the dry mixture until blended thoroughly. Fold in the buttermilk until the dough comes together.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and use your hands to press it into a circle measuring 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut out circles with a biscuit cutter or a glass. Place the biscuits in cast-iron skillets, then brush the tops with the melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.