Homemade Bisquick Mix Recipes

You can make your own version of the popular baking mix, Bisquick. This page contains homemade Bisquick mix recipes.


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This a good master mix to use in place of Bisquick and saves money to boot.



Whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Place half of the dry mixture and half of the shortening into a food process. Process until combined. Repeat for second half of ingredients. Combine both batches in a big bowl and work with your hands, breaking up any larger pieces.

Store in a covered container and use within a month. To measure, use the same scoop and level method you would use with regular flour.

Note: In hot weather, especially if your kitchen is not air conditioned, mix should be kept in the refrigerator.

Source: Amanda's cooking blog

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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February 22, 20110 found this helpful
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I must have at least a half dozen of these homemade mixes, and I've found them all to be just as much like Bisquick as is possible. My kids enjoy making their own pancakes when they're home, and this is a good and fast way to get the job done. I've never been one to use very many boxed mixes, but I do like making my own. Much, much cheaper for sure.


Thank you for sharing yours with us.


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May 24, 20120 found this helpful
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This one makes a smaller batch:
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Crisco

Mix dry ingredients together, then using a pastry knife cut the Crisco into the mix. Makes 1 cup Bisquick equivalent.

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I need the ingredients for making your own Bisquick.

By bonnie from Niagara Falls

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful
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The Master Mix (Homemade Bisquick Substitute)

9 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/3 cups powdered milk
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup baking powder
2 cups shortening


1. In a large pan, stir the dry milk, baking powder, sugar and salt into the flour; mix thoroughly.


2. Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until the MIX is the consistency of corn meal.
3. Place the mix in a covered glass or plastic container and keep in a cool, dry place.

4. In warm weather the MIX should be refrigerated.
5. Use within a month.
6. To measure, pile the MIX lightly into a cup and level off with a spatula or the back of a knife.

Recipe from the following website: http://www.recipezaar.com

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January 13, 2006

I am looking fo a homemade version of Betty Crocker boxed "Bisquick" mix. I have used it for years and know it's out there somewhere. It's quicker and easier than the "flour" way, since I usually don't have all the goodies anyway. Thank you for your help.


George Lamb from Leeds, AL


January 13, 20060 found this helpful
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8 cups flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 cups shortening

Sift flour and measure. Sift again with the baking powder and salt.

Cut in the shortening until the mixture has a fine even crumb. Place in a closed container and keep in refrigerator, using as desired.

This mixture will keep at least a month in the refrigerator. It will yield five batches with two cups of the mixture to the batch. It may be used for biscuits, dumplings, shortcake, waffles, muffins, quick coffee cake, and dozens of other things.

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January 14, 20060 found this helpful
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Here's the recipe I have:


5 c Flour


2 1/2 tb Baking powder, double acting
2 tb Sugar
2 ts Salt
1 ts Cream of tartar
1 c Shortening

Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening with pastry blender
until it resembles crumbs. Store in airtight container up to six weeks at
room temperature, or freeze for up to six months

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Does anyone have the recipe for mixing the flour and shortening in large batches to have to make different items such as: biscuits, pancakes, pies, cinnamon rolls, etc., like Bisquick? I thought I got it on line here. It was about 6 pages long in great detail, but I misplaced it. Now I am lost. It has to be on a link someplace. Please help.

By Mary Anne


May 22, 20121 found this helpful
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Here's the one I use, with no shortening. It works great!

9 c. all-purpose flour


3/4 c. canola oil
1 Tbsp. salt
1/4 c. baking powder
2 c. non-fat dry milk powder

Combine all ingredients and store in a covered container.

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May 24, 20120 found this helpful
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Homemade Bisquick Mix
Yield: 6 cups

6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter

1. Measure the sifted flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend thoroughly.

2. Cut in cold butter using a pastry cutter until thoroughly incorporated. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 months.

Perhaps you're wondering just how well this homemade Bisquick mix will work in your traditional Bisquick recipes. This has been successfully substituted store bought Bisquick in all of my favorite recipes.

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I am concerned about using shortening as all the labels I have been reading indicate a hydrogenated process has been carried out. ie. Crisco. Can I make a Bisquick homemade mix using oil? And if so, how much would I use?

By lorraine mcdonald


January 18, 20110 found this helpful
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I personally wouldn't use oil as a substitute for shortening for any bisquik/flour type of baking unless the recipe calls for it because oils give a more flat dense end product. Just substitute an equal amount of unsalted butter or if using salted butter don't use the recommended salt amount in the recipe. And please don't even think to use margarine as a substitute to save money because it is hydrogenated too even if only partially and even if the margarine package says not hydrogenated some of the ingredients they use to make the margarine are.

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November 6, 2009

Does anyone have a recipe for making Bisquick?

Nicole from Chicago


Recipe for Making Bisquick

Here is one, a very good one too, I might add.
Tried and true.


Combine flour, milk, baking powder, and salt in a very large bowl.
Cut in shortening until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Store in tightly
closed covered container in a cool place. Makes about 10 cups.

By Julia

Recipe for Making Bisquick

Small Batch Baking Mix

In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda,
and dry milk powder. Stir with a whisk to blend.
Cut in shortening using a pastry blender or heavy-duty mixer. Seal and label.
Use within 10 to 12 weeks. Makes about 7 cups.
Use as you would for any Bisquick recipe.

JoanDogs (07/19/2006)

By JoanDogs.

Recipe for Making Bisquick

Much cheaper to buy the generic mix.
Piggly Wiggly has a good food club mix. (07/19/2006)

By Dorie Crews

Recipe for Making Bisquick

I have been making this for 20+ years and it makes a a good supply and works wonderfully. I've also included some recipes to use.

Sift flour, then measure it and sift again with the baking powder, salt, and sugar. Sift the mixture twice. Add shortening, cut in, place in tightly covered container. (When it says cut in the shortening - I just take my electric mixer and use that to cut it in. When it looks like Bisquick, stop mixing.)


2 cups biscuit mix; 1/2 cups milk. Bake 450 for about 12 minutes.


2 cups biscuit mix; 1 egg; 1/2 cup milk. Beat the egg and add to the milk. Add liquid to mix, stir until thoroughly blended. Roll and cut. Bake 450 about 12 minutes.


2 cups biscuit mix; 2 eggs; 1 1/3 cups milk. Beat eggs well and add to milk. Add to dry ingredients, beat until thoroughly mixed.


2 cups biscuit mix; 3 tbsp sugar; 1 egg; 1 cup milk. Beat eggs slightly, add milk, then sugar, then combine with biscuit mixture, mixing until liquid ingredients are just blended into dry. Half fill greased muffin tins and bake 400 for about 20 minutes.


To make cinnamon buns, use the rich biscuit mixture. Roll dough to 1/3 inch thickness, spread with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Roll up as for jelly roll. This roll can be wrapped in wax paper and stored in refrigerator for several hours. Cut when ready to bake in 1 inch slices. Bake 450 for 12 minutes. (07/20/2006)

By Linda Valentine - Spokane WA

Recipe for Making Bisquick

Witty/Eliz. Schneider Colchie, prints:

(Store dry ingredients premixed in tight bag for up to 6 months.) When ready to use, for 3 batches of whatever (scant 2 cups each):

  1. In a bowl, add mix above with 5 Tblsp solid vegetable shortening and 3 Tblsp unsalted butter, cut
    into tiny pieces, and blend with fingertips, a
    pastry blender or electric mixer until
    shortening/butter is no longer visible.
  2. Divide this total mixture evenly into 3 airtight
    containers, if not using immediately. Close and refrigerate for up to a month.
Use this just like Bisquick for biscuits, coffee cake, sortcake, and bread recipes. (07/22/2006)

By lynda

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December 26, 2008

Does anyone have a recipe for homemade Bisquick? I have a copycat Red Lobster Biscuit recipe that uses Bisquick, but I never buy it. Thanks in advance.

Kathy from Illinois


Homemade Bisquick

The recipe for homemade bisquick I have used for years is as follows:

  • 8 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups instant nonfat dry milk
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable shortening

Just blend all together with pastry blender and use as bisquick substitute.

Stays fresh for about 10 weeks. Can also be made with half whole wheat flour and half all purpose. I even like to use bread flour for a lighter outcome. (09/12/2008)

By Gail Richards

Homemade Bisquick


  • 8 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups shortening

Blend all ingredients well. Use as you would regular Bisquick.

This is from one of the cookbooks I compiled. It's called Mixes In Jars. It's several recipes of just dry mixes. (09/16/2008)

By thestorylady

Homemade Bisquick

Most 'make-it-yourself' mixes make a huge batch. They do make smaller boxes of Bisquick if you don't use it much. Also Jiffy mix is almost exactly the same thing at a lower cost. Make coffee cakes, pancakes or waffles with the remainder of the box. (09/17/2008)


Homemade Bisquick

Here is a recipe I've had for the Red Lobster Biscuits.

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

  • 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • parsley flakes
  1. Mix Bisquick, cheddar and milk into soft dough. Beat with a
    wooden spoon for about 30 seconds.
  2. Spoon on to greased cookie sheet. Smooth down tops to avoid hard
    points from forming.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 min at 450 degrees.
  4. While baking, melt butter in pan and stir in garlic powder.
  5. Once biscuits are cooked, brush butter on tops, sprinkle with
    parsley and serve hot. Serves 10

Enjoy! Susan (09/19/2008)

By Susan

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May 28, 2010

Mix first six ingredients together. Cut in shortening, and mix well. Keep in refrigerator, as it has no preservatives. Use as you would Bisquick.

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February 3, 2010

I need a homemade Bisquick recipe.

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