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Angel Biscuits

Make up this biscuit dough and it'll keep in the refrigerator for days. Since I frequently make hot biscuits for breakfast, and again in the evenings, the dough will last 3-4 days. I have kept it for as long as 6 days without a problem of any kind.


I've added a little extra sugar to the recipe and made the best cinnamon rolls, too. It's easy enough to add shredded cheese to part of the dough or dried onion. My children always loved the cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Roll out the dough, butter it really well, sprinkle on cinnamon and brown sugar, add raisins, roll up, cut and allow to rise, then bake. Almost as easy as working with canned biscuits and so much better flavored.


  • 1 package active dry yeast (about .25 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup warm water, about 110 degrees F
  • 2 cups warmed buttermilk, about 110 degrees F
  • 5 to 5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup chilled shortening
  • 4 Tbsp. chilled butter
  • melted butter
  • Brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins are optional


Dissolve the yeast in the 1/4 cup of warm water. Set aside.


In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal, with some small pea-size pieces of fat. Stir in yeast mixture and buttermilk, blending well.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with floured hands just a few turns. Pat into a round about 1/2-inch thick. Cut with 2- to 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutters.

Place cut out biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover with a dish cloth and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 to 20 minutes. Brush tops with the melted butter while still hot.

If making into cinnamon rolls, omit this butter, and glaze with a simple powdered sugar, milk, and a few drops of vanilla. Makes about 2 to 3 dozen angel biscuits, (or cinnamon rolls) depending on size.


Servings: 24-36
Time:30 Minutes Preparation Time
20 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My friend Catherine D. in NC

By Pookarina/Julia from Boca Raton, FL


Angel Biscuits

I hadn't seen this recipe since we were in Tennessee. This sounds like the ones made out at the old Silver Dollar City which is now Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, (close to Gattlinburg). A lady who worked at the BBQ place wrote the recipe down for me, and of course, I lost it before I got home. Their's had more sugar than most biscuits do, and our kids
loved them. They were soft and smelled so good.

I will try your recipe and maybe add a little more sugar to see if I can come close.
Thank you Pookarina.
Lee (04/25/2010)

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