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Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits

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It’s quick and easy to have the best flakey biscuits on the table in 20 minutes with three ingredients and my three baking tips. Why save homemade biscuits for special occasions? This simple biscuit recipe makes them perfect for any time. So, let’s get started, and you’ll see these truly are the easiest 3 ingredient biscuits ever!

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a stack of homemade biscuits with three ingredients

I love biscuits or scones. Doesn’t everyone? Like many, though, I hadn’t had positive experiences making them.

Well, this fast and easy homemade biscuits recipe will completely erase all of those past mistakes. Making the best 3 ingredient biscuits is within your reach! I guarantee it.

Let me share a few of my tips with you for How to Make Quick and Easy Biscuits with only 3 ingredients!

What 3 Ingredients You Need for the Easiest Homemade Biscuits

  1. Self rising flour (for all purpose flour, see below)
  2. Heavy cream
  3. Salt

That’s it!

If you don’t have self rising flour in your pantry, see how to make your own easy self rising flour below.

Before you know it, you’ll pull these delicious, flaky 3 ingredient biscuits with heavy cream out of the oven.

No cream on hand? We have simple biscuit recipes that don’t use cream, too!

Check out our tender Buttermilk Drop Biscuits that use buttermilk instead of cream. Or our 3 ingredient drop biscuits that use milk and butter. For a little kick, try our cheddar jalapeno drop biscuits.

A baking sheet of 3 Ingredient biscuits fresh from the oven.

How to Make This Simple Biscuit Recipe

Read on to discover my 3 simple tips for creating the perfect from-scratch biscuits in only 20 minutes using these 3 basic – but must have – ingredients.

Easy Baking Tip #1: The Flour

Initially, I thought self-rising flour was the secret ingredient for making the perfect biscuit. After all, that’s what I used the first time my biscuits came out beautifully flakey and tall.

Then I began using organic flour, and I couldn’t find an organic self-rising flour. So, I did what anyone would do and turned to Google.

Through a little research, I found that soft winter wheat is an ideal flour for making biscuits. It’s low in protein and has a lower gluten.

A search for organic soft winter wheat brought me to organic 00 flour. I already used that for pizza dough. But, after trying it, it’s one of my favorite flours to use for biscuit making.

TFN’s Tip: Make your own self-rising flour to keep on hand.

Special flours aside, you can use all purpose flour with the changes below OR use self-rising flour.

A close up image of easy 3 ingredient biscuits made with self rising flour

Turn All-Purpose Flour to Self-Rising Flour

Turn all-purpose flour into self-rising flour with this simple recipe. It makes enough for two batches of biscuits.

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Mix well, and store in a container at room temperature.

Easy Baking Tip #2: The Fat

Heavy cream is high in fat and is easy to use. You could use a combination of butter and buttermilk or milk to get that amount of fat. But, it requires more mixing.

Pouring in cold cream is just easier.

Trust me. You don’t want to try substituting whole or low-fat milk for heavy cream in this simple biscuit recipe! Heavy cream makes all the difference in the world for the best moist and flaky biscuits.

Mixing bowl with self rising flour mixed with heavy cream for easy homemade biscuits

Here’s a quick comparison: heavy cream contains 36-40% milk fat, while whole milk has 3.5-4% milk fat. When making biscuits with just 3 ingredients, the right amount of fat is essential for the best and flakiest biscuits!

If you’re looking for that classic buttery flavor from using cold butter in your biscuit recipe, brush on a little melted butter after baking. Or make my easy drop biscuits made with milk and butter.

Or, you can even add a pat in the middle before baking to give them that buttery taste.

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Easy Baking Tip #3: The Techniques

There are two simple techniques to achieve fluffy, flaky homemade biscuit perfection…

The first important technique is folding.

The dough is patted out flat and folded like a letter several times over to create those beautiful layers.

A photo of Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits dough ready to be cut into biscuits. In the background is a mixing bowl.

The second technique to perfection is properly cutting the dough.

Press down and come straight up when you are cutting out the biscuits from the dough.

NO twisting! Moving the cutter side to side seals up the edges and prevents them from rising.

So, it’s straight down and up for the highest rise!

Sheet pan of cut biscuits ready to go into the oven.

If you’re looking for biscuits you can make without a biscuit cutter, check out our cheddar bay biscuits recipe. Just mix, drop, and bake. They truly are that easy!

Additional Prep Tips for the Best Homemade Biscuits

  • Consider using a food processor to mix the ingredients, especially if your kitchen is warm. On the other hand, keeping the dough as cool as possible is essential during preparation. So, the less you handle the dough, the better.
  • Heavy cream is an essential ingredient. It has a high-fat content (36%-40%). Compare that to milk’s fat content of 3-4% for whole milk and 2% for low-fat. High fat is an essential ingredient of biscuits. So again, don’t substitute regular milk or half-n-half for the cream in these homemade biscuits.
  • Use a cast-iron skillet for baking instead of a sheet pan to create “cathead” style pull-apart biscuits. These biscuits are clustered together.
  • A hot oven is essential for the best rise possible. Wait until your oven is to temperature before adding the 3 Ingredient biscuits.
  • Use these biscuits as a dessert? Skip the salt and substitute it for a tablespoon of sugar. Then you have the perfect shortcakes for that fruit!
Cut biscuits from scratch ready to bake. From 3 ingredients biscuits with heavy cream.

Now that you know the easy baking tips for making the perfect 3 ingredient biscuits let’s make a batch – or two!

These truly are the easiest homemade biscuits ever.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make biscuits rise evenly?

Space biscuits 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. This allows the cut biscuits to cook evenly yet rise tall.

How do you make biscuits taste better?

If you want the most luscious biscuits ever, brush the tops with melted butter after they come out of the oven. Brushing the butter on after baking lets the butter soaks into the baked biscuit, so you get a great buttery flavor in every bite.

Easiest Ever 3 Ingredient Biscuits Recipe

a stack of homemade biscuits with three ingredients
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3 Ingredient Biscuits

It's easy to have hot, flakey, delicious homemade biscuits on the table in just 20 minutes with my 3 simple baking secrets and only 3 ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Dessert, Brunch
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Rolls, Bread, Breads, biscuits, homemade biscuits, biscuits from scratch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 8 biscuits
Calories 267kcal


  • Baking Sheet


  • 2 cups self-rising flour (see notes for all-purpose flour)
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream (don't substitute milk, heavy cream is a must!)
  • ½ tsp sea salt


  • Keep cream in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
  • Add flour and salt to a medium bowl. Pour in cold cream and stir with a heavy wooden spoon until mixed. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
    a glass of cold cream and a large bowl with flour and salt.
  • Dump bowl onto a counter and scrape out any remaining dough or flour. Pat into a rectangle about 2" thick. Fold in thirds, turn 1/4 and fold again, continuing 3 times.
    rolling the biscuit dough on a countertop.
  • Cut biscuits with a 3" biscuit cutter. Press down and bring straight up. Do not twist biscuit cutter. Pat excess dough out, cut, and repeat process again.
    3 ingredient biscuits ready to bake.
  • Place biscuits on a cookie sheet about 2" apart. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden. Brush with butter. Serve warm.
    baked biscuits.



You can use all-purpose flour in place of self-rising flour, with these additions:
2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp fine salt. Mix well.


Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Now that you know my 3 easy baking tips and that you only need 3 simple ingredients to make the easiest and most delicious self-rising biscuits, go and make some!

A baking sheet of 3 Ingredient biscuits fresh from the oven.

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47 thoughts on “Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits”

  1. Hi couple of things. Have you ever used 00 flour for the biscuits? I’m going to try that with this recipe. Also you say 475 degrees but in your video you say 500 degrees? Which is it. Thanks and have a beautiful day!

    • Hi, yes, I have used 00 flour (see Easy Baking Tip #1: The Flour in the blog post). Just follow the directions for making your own self-rising flour, sustituting 00 flour for all-purpose flour. And, the correct temperature is 475ºF – initially I baked them at 500ºF, but after many rounds of recipe testing I found that the lower temperature makes more golden biscuits.

  2. Looks like a good recipe. Since I’m newly diabetic will the recipe work with whole grain wheat flour or other flours?

    • I have not made this recipe with whole grain wheat flour, but I believe someone here commented that they made it with gluten-free flour.

  3. Do you think these would work in a sausage gravy and biscuits casserole? The casserole calls for canned biscuit dough 🤢, cut into quarters and laid under the ender ingredients, then baked all together. I want to make my own biscuits for the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely quick and so easy! Easy to follow and create in a pinch for a very light and delicious biscuit. Thank you for sharing the recipe and tips. We loved the biscuits.

  5. 5 stars
    Omg! If you try this recipe you’ll never need another! It was absolutely perfect! I woke up craving biscuits this morning and now I’ll never have to worry about driving 20 minutes to McDonald’s or Hardee’s! Even my husband said, “wow you made these quick”!

  6. 5 stars
    Since finding this recipe, we make these all the time using the extra ingredients to turn them into self-rising biscuits and they always turn out well! They are delicious, tall and fluffy and so easy to make. No, they aren’t the old-fashioned crumbly, dense biscuits, but when you need something quick, these beat out store-bought any day! They also reheat well in the oven if you place them on a trivet in a pan with a little water for steam!

    • I am so glad you did try them! Who’d have that three (almost 2) simple ingredients would make such delicious biscuits, right??

  7. 5 stars
    I made these this morning! They were absolutely wonderful! Definitely will be making them again!! Thank you for such an easy but delicious recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    The easiest best biscuits I’ve made from scratch! We are always looking for ways to use our milk cows cream! This recipe will be added into our rotation! Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Found this recipe and have made them several time. Husband requested them tonight for dinner which means they have been a success. Has anyone tried to make them with low carb flours such as almond or lupin? I’ll eat them regardless but try to stay in low carb as much as possible. Thank you in advance.

    • I have not tried making them with low carb flours. I have tried making them with coconut cream instead of heavy cream, but it did not work. Maybe someone else will see your comment and try it.

  10. 5 stars
    My husband and I love these biscuits, and I make them all the time. Very quick and easy, and very delicious. I make them for my grandkids when they come over and they love them too. I make mine with a 3” cutter and I make them tall. We live in Texas where everything is bigger!

    I have a question. Has anyone tried to make these ahead of time and store in fridge?

    • I haven’t, though I have stored them in the fridge before for 15-20 minutes when I forgot to preheat my oven! Look for an upcoming post on freezing them to bake later.

  11. Hi there…. so your video says bake at 500 degrees, while your pinted recipe says 475 – which one is it please? Thank you!

    • Follow the recipe at 475 degrees, although either temperature works. Early on I used 500 degrees, but over time I found that 475 degrees produces a more evenly golden biscuit.

  12. 4 stars
    There are actually several good tips you can learn in the instructions. Worth reading just for them. And the biscuits are good. And very very easy to make. Are they the best? Well, no, not really. There is something about those old baking powder/crisco biscuits you just can’t beat, but for ease and pretty good texture and taste, these are a winner.

  13. 5 stars
    So tasty! I like high rise biscuits, this was easy to make. I don’t believe in wasting corners lol so I cut mine into squares. I served mine with honey butter. I’m keeping this recipe for ever.

  14. You say quick, easy, and biscuits and that got my attention! These actually look really easy to make and I’m not a baker. I can cook but son’t bake as well because you have to actually measure things! I can’t wait to try these!

    • You have no idea how much a challenge making biscuits was for me. What I like most about this recipe is that I don’t have to hassle with cutting in the butter or keeping buttermilk on hand. I can wait to hear how you love them!

    • I easily get 8-9 biscuits that are the size you see in the main photo. In the video, they’re almost too tall. I’ve never tried to double the recipe, but it mixes so quickly I would just make two batches.

  15. Great recipe!
    Any tips or recommendations for a spicing up the recipe a tad? Nothing much, not anything big. Just something to add a special flavor/more flavor ?
    (Besides putting butter on/in them)

  16. I actually love this recipe! I tried these with my family and they loved them. Super easy to make too. Thanks for the idea, Renae!


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