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homemade biscuits cut open with butter spread on

Sourdough Biscuit Recipe

  • Author: Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Bread Recipe
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Sourdough Biscuit Recipe

Homemade Sourdough Biscuit Recipe that can be made without yeast as long as you make a sourdough starter. These biscuits are light and fluffy on the inside and buttery on the outside.



  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick or 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold, not soft cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup active sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • melted butter to brush on the biscuits


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, two butter knives or your hands work the cold butter into the dry mixture until pea-size coarse crumbs have formed.
  3. Next, dd the sourdough starter and buttermilk or another dairy you are using to the bowl. Mix until a dough forms. If it seems dry add a tiny amount of buttermilk to the bowl. (See notes on sourdough starter)
  4. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead about 5 to 8 times just enough so the dough is soft and pliable. Do not over-knead or your biscuits will be tough and not tender.
  5. Roll out with a floured rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a round 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter or cookie cutter to cut the biscuits. 
  6.  Place the cut out biscuits on a buttered baking sheet 2 inches apart. Brush melted butter over the tops.
  7.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in a 450 F. preheated oven until golden brown.
  8.  Makes 18 biscuits. 


  • Do not over-knead or handle the dough.
  • Start with a very active sourdough starter
  • If your sourdough starter is very thick verses very thin you may need to add a drop or two more buttermilk to the dough.
  • The dough should be stiff,not sticky. Dust with flour well but the extra flour could make tough biscuits.


  • Serving Size: 1 biscuit
  • Calories: 131
  • Carbohydrates: 16.5g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 2.4g

Keywords: Sourdough Biscuits recipe, Homemade Biscuits without yeast, Sourdough Starter, No yeast biscuits

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