Loretta Lynn's Cat-Head Biscuits

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Funny name, delicious biscuit! Loretta gave them this unusual name because when her husband "Doo" made them, he dropped such huge amounts for each biscuit onto the baking sheet. She said they were as big as cat's heads!:)


The thing I love about these is that they only require 3 ingredients. That's almost as easy as popping open a can! They are also soft as velvet and delicious. My husband actually called them the best biscuit ever. And that's a lot coming from such a picky eater. Sorry babe! :)

Total Time: About 5 minutes prep

Yield: About 12

Source: Loretta Lynn's You're Cookin' It Country



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and shortening. A pastry cutter works great for this!
  3. Add buttermilk, stir until combined.
  4. Place the dough onto floured surface. You may need more flour on the counter than you think. This is a very sticky dough! But the extra flour does not make the biscuits end up dry.
  5. Drop in big cat head sized spoonfuls onto your baking sheet like Loretta's husband, or use a biscuit cutter or drinking glass and cut out 12 neat ones.:)
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  7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Enjoy!
  9. Loretta Lynn's Cat-Head Biscuits

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December 20, 20140 found this helpful

Those look so good. I will have to make them very soon. I never have self-rising flour. But, you can make your own: Add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt to 1 cup of flour. Voila!

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December 21, 20140 found this helpful

My kids love biscuits. I'll make these.

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December 29, 20141 found this helpful

Ive heard them called 'cathead biscuits' all my life. I don't think these came from Loretta herself. That is just a 'sayin' country folks use, just as they do many, many others.


Hint, if you let your biscuits touch while baking they will bake taller, fluffier and if you separate they will bake with browned sides which is very good too! I love mine to touch.

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January 1, 20220 found this helpful

Is there any way to make these with less shortening?

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January 2, 20220 found this helpful

You can also make them with just SR flour and half and half. We couldnt tell the difference. I dont usually buy the half and half, someone gave me a 1/2 gallon.

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