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It’s quick and easy to have the best hot, flakey, delicious biscuits on the table in only 20 minutes with three simple ingredients and my three easy baking tips. Why save homemade biscuits for special occasions? These biscuits are so easy that they are perfect at any time. So, let’s get baking, and you’ll see these genuinely are the easiest 3 ingredient biscuits ever!

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

Really, that’s it!

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

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

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

How to Make the Easiest homemade biscuits

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

Easy Baking Tip #1: The Flour

Initially, I thought using 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 out that soft winter wheat is an ideal flour for making biscuits. It’s low in protein and has a low-gluten formulation.

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.

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

Turn All-Purpose Flour to Self Rising Flour

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

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.

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

Easy Baking Tip #2: The Fat

Using heavy cream provides a high concentration of fat, and it’s easy to use. You could use a combination of butter and buttermilk. 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 these quick and easy 3 ingredient biscuits! Heavy cream makes all the difference in the world for the best moist and flaky biscuits.

Here’s a quick comparison: heavy cream contains 36-40% milkfat, while whole milk has 3.5-4% milk fat. When making biscuits with only 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.

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

Easy Baking Tip #3: The Techniques

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

The first important technique is in the 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 my Easy Drop Biscuits recipe with 3 Ingredients. Just mix, drop, and bake. They really 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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Here’s the 3 Ingredient Biscuits Recipe:

a stack of homemade biscuits with three ingredients
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4.91 from 10 votes

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, Brunch, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword biscuits, biscuits from scratch, Breads, homemade biscuits, Rolls, Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 8 biscuits
Calories 267kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place biscuits on a cookie sheet about 2" apart. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden. Brush with butter. Serve warm.

Video

https://youtu.be/qtTOPF_42A8

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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!

And, be sure to pin this on Pinterest or Facebook so your friends can make these amazing 3 ingredient biscuits, too.

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28 thoughts on “Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits”

  1. 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?

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    • 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.

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

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    • 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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.

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  6. 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)

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  7. 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!

    Reply

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