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Honey Biscuits

Homemade Honey Biscuits are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, making them a must for your breakfast table! With just six common pantry ingredients, this flaky biscuit recipe can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes.

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Honey Biscuits Recipe

If you are like me, you love a sweet and salty breakfast! If I have pancakes or french toast then I need some sausage gravy or bacon to go with them.

One of the best ways to combine the sweet and salty ingredients is delicious biscuits. Not only are they a classic breakfast food, but you can make sandwiches out of them too!

Even if you are a purist when it comes to a biscuit, you can still have the sweet and salty flavors in these honey biscuits. Made with honey butter glaze, they are the perfect breakfast food.

And they are not just for breakfast, are a great substitute for sweet cornbread or Texas toast. The touch of sweetness is perfect with a warm bowl of soup or for sopping up some delicious gravy.

ingredients for flaky honey biscuits in individual bowls

Ingredients Needed

Flour – Use all purpose flour is best for this recipe.

Butter – Salted butter that’s frozen is best. If not, you will need to add more salt later.

Milk – Whole milk makes the best flavor.

Honey – Orange blossom or local wildflower honey. Substitute maple syrup.

Pantry staples – Baking powder, salt.

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How to Make Honey Biscuits

First: 1 hour before making, place the butter and the bowl in the freezer to chill. This is a must or the biscuits might not rise. Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Second: Grate the frozen salted butter on a box cutter to make strands and return to the freezer until ready to use.

In the chilled large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the cold butter (frozen butter) to the dry ingredients and fold to combine.

Third: Pour in the milk and the honey and stir with a spatula until the biscuit dough forms a shaggy consistency.

Turn the dough out on a floured surface and press it together to form a large circle 1 inch high. This is just a light knead to get the dough to stick together.

Be sure not to work it too much or the butter will get warm.

Fourth: Cut the biscuits with a biscuit cutter (roughly 1.5 inches) by pressing down but do not turn. Continue cutting more biscuits. If the dough is just scraps, reform the circle and continue cutting.

Fifth: Place biscuits on the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and have risen.

Sixth: While the biscuits are baking, combine the melted butter and honey.

When they are done, remove from the oven and brush the tops of the biscuits with the honey butter.

Let cool slightly and enjoy with butter or jelly!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

close up of biscuits on a white plate

How long do honey biscuits last?

Store any leftover biscuits in an airtight container for up to 1 week until ready to eat. When ready to enjoy again, reheat in a toaster oven or regular oven at 350F for 5-7 minutes.

Can you freeze them?

This is the best way to make the honey biscuits ahead of time. Just make the dough and cut the biscuits. Place on the prepared baking sheet but freeze them instead of baking them.

When they are frozen transfer to a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.

When ready to bake, remove from the freezer and place on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 425F for 15-20 minutes or until risen and golden brown.

stack of honey biscuits on a white plate with a honey pot in the back

Can I double the recipe?

If the honey biscuits didn’t rise or turn out how you expected check the following steps:

1. Were the ingredients cold? If the items are warm they won’t form the air pockets needed to create the flaky layers.

2. Is the oven at the right temperature? Check with an oven thermometer. It might be off slightly. Mine sure was!

3. Check to see if your baking powder is still fresh enough to create the bubbles.

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Freaky Friday

What is Freaky Friday? It’s a recipe exchange put on by Michaela over at An Affair from the Heart. There are about a dozen people each time that get assigned a fellow foodie website to make a recipe from to share with our readers.

I have a tendency to make recipes that speak to me, like these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers I made in a previous Freaky Friday on my appetizer site, Take Two Tapas.

It’s a win-win because we get to make a delicious recipe from a blogger friend and share it with our readers and you get to hear about another great food website we know you will love!

This time around I drew Erin from The Speckled Palate. I’ve known Erin since 2016 when we met at a blogging conference in Charleston. She’s so sweet and bubbly and I knew we would be friends instantly!

I feel like we vibe so much because she’s a busy mom like me and she loves to entertain. So why let a busy life interfere with connecting and spending time with family and friends? Full of entertaining tips and delicious and easy recipes, I head to her site all the time for ideas!

Some of my favorites from there are her charred corn salsa and her creamed kale! I could eat these all day long.

Did I mention she has 14 different recipes for bruschetta? They are all amazing but my BLT one is my fave. Oh, and if you are wondering where the name The Speckled Palate comes from, it’s a cute story that you can read here🙂

hand holding a half a biscuit with jam on it

Tips for No Leftovers

  • If all you have is unsalted butter, be sure to add a pinch to the butter glaze.
  • I haven’t tried this recipe with a biscuit mix like Bisquick. You won’t need it as you only need these 6 ingredients.
  • Keep the butter frozen until ready to use. If it softens or comes to room temperature the biscuits won’t rise.
  • Use a pastry cutter or fork when making the dough. Using your hands will heat up the dough too much.
  • Regular milk (I like whole milk for the richness) is best. Don’t use evaporated milk or half and half.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture to avoid lumps.
  • Don’t knead the dough too much. You want the flaky layers to be able to separate when rising.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, please write a five-star review in the comment section below (or on Pinterest with the “tried it” button – you can now add pictures into reviews, too!), and be sure to help me share on facebook!

hand holding a biscuit with jam

A true test of cooking in the South is knowing how to make homemade biscuits. As a biscuit lover, these are bursting with flavor and perfect at all your family meals. I like mine with fried chicken!!

honey biscuit on a stack of them

Honey Biscuits

Yield: 8 biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Homemade Honey Biscuits are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, making them a must for your breakfast table!

Ingredients

Biscuits

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, plus a little extra for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, frozen
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup milk

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. 1 hour before making, place the butter and the bowl in the freezer to chill. This is a must or the biscuits might not rise.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Grate the frozen salted butter on a box cutter to make strands and return to the freezer until ready to use.
  4. In the chilled bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  5. Add the frozen butter to the dry ingredients and fold to combine.
  6. Pour in the milk and the honey and stir with a spatula until the dough forms a shaggy consistency.
  7. Turn the dough out on a floured surface and press it together to form a large circle 1 inch high. This is a light knead to get the dough to stick together. Be sure not to work it too much or the butter will get warm.
  8. Cut the biscuits with a biscuit cutter (roughly 1.5 inches) by pressing down but do not turn. Continue cutting more biscuits. If the dough is just scraps, reform the circle and continue cutting.
  9. Place biscuits on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and have risen.
  11. While the biscuits are baking, combine the melted butter and honey.
  12. When the biscuits are done, remove from the oven and brush with the honey butter.
  13. Let cool slightly and enjoy with butter or jelly!

Notes

  • If all you have is unsalted butter, be sure to add a pinch to the butter glaze.
  • I haven't tried this recipe with a biscuit mix like Bisquick. You won't need it as you only need these 6 ingredients.
  • Keep the butter frozen until ready to use. If it softens or comes to room temperature the biscuits won't rise.
  • Use a pastry cutter or fork when making the dough. Using your hands will heat up the dough too much.
  • Regular milk (I like whole milk for the richness) is best. Don't use evaporated milk or half and half.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture to avoid lumps.
  • Don't knead the dough too much. You want the flaky layers to be able to separate when rising.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 437mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

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Tristin

Friday 28th of July 2023

These biscuits are that perfect golden color and look so flakey! Can't wait to enjoy them at my next brunch.

Susannah

Friday 28th of July 2023

I am absolutely obsessed with these biscuits! I loved them and am definitely going to make them again soon. So fluffy!

Sam

Thursday 27th of July 2023

Homemade biscuits in less than 30 minutes!? This is for sure a recipe to keep around.

Erin

Tuesday 25th of July 2023

I love that you chose this biscuit recipe so much because they are SUCH a dream and the perfect brunch item! What a combo of flavors, right?!? Thank you for your kind words... this collaboration has been one of my favorite ways to connect with new and old friends. :)

Sandra Shaffer

Monday 24th of July 2023

These biscuits are perfection! I think the key is to grate the butter like you do here. I'm going to be doing this handy trick now. Thanks!

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