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Flying Biscuits

Biscuits in a basket with fall color striped napkin.

I have a confession to make. I’m a southern cook who can’t make biscuits. I can kind of make them, but not to my satisfaction. Most of the time they come out like hockey pucks. Flat, dense, and heavy. But in my defense, there are no biscuit makers in my family. I’ve had to fend for myself as far as biscuit-making is concerned.

The biscuits at The Flying Biscuit Café are some of the best around. The Flying Biscuit Café is a small chain of restaurants started in Atlanta that is known for their biscuits. They are extra rich biscuits made from butter, heavy cream, and half and half with sugar sprinkled on top.

Three biscuits stacked on small white plates.

I recently decided to give biscuits another try using the recipe from The Flying Biscuit Cafe Cookbook: Breakfast and Beyond. And while they didn’t rise as much as I would have liked them to, they were tender and delicious.

I’m always super careful not to overwork the dough so I don’t think that is the problem. And I’ve always had good luck making scones which is a very similar process. I think that at least in this case I rolled the dough a little too thin. The recipe said the dough should be 1 inch thick and I’m pretty sure mine was somewhere between 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch. I sometimes can’t help myself with rolling dough. If I had left it at 1-inch, I don’t think I would have been able to cut more than 4 or 5 biscuits.

Three Biscuits stacked on small white plates.

But if you are at all good at making biscuits, you will rock this recipe!  And then can you come over to my house and show me how you rocked it. Pretty please? If I can make decent biscuits out of it, you can do much, much better. And I have hope that one day the Biscuit Fairy Godmother is going to sprinkle some fairy dust on my dough and I am going to bake the most light, pillowy, soft biscuits ever .

There seems to be a consensus that White Lily flour is the best for making biscuits. It is made from soft red winter wheat and has a low protein and gluten content that helps produce light, fluffy biscuits. From what I’m told, it can be difficult to find outside of the south, but it can be purchased online. Martha White is another good brand.


Be sure that when you cut the dough with the biscuit cutter you do not twist the cutter. Just go straight down and up. Another tip I can’t ever remember to try is to place the biscuits on the baking sheet bottom-side up.

Do you have any tricks for getting your biscuits to rise super high?

Flying Biscuit Cafe Biscuits on a plate with more biscuits in background.

Flying Biscuit Cafe Biscuits

Flying Biscuits

Flying Biscuit Cafe's biscuit recipe. They're light, tender, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot of yummy!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, best to use a soft wheat flour like White Lily
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon half and half for brushing on top of biscuits
  • 1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling on top of biscuits


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Cut butter into 1/2 tablespoon-sized pieces and add to flour. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in heavy cream and half and half. Using a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the cream and mix just until it starts to form a dough.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 to 3 times. Use a rolling pin to roll dough to 1-inch thickness.
  • Dip a 2 1/2-ich biscuit cutter (I think the one I used was slightly larger) in some flour and then cut the dough. Scraps can be gathered and rerolled 1 time.
  • Place biscuits on prepared sheet spacing apart by 1/4-inch. Brush tops with the 1 tablespoon half and half and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 minutes.


Makes 8-12 biscuits.
Be sure that when you cut the dough you do not twist the biscuit cutter. Just go straight down and up.
Course: Bread

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21 thoughts on “Flying Biscuits”

  1. Brush the tops of the biscuits with cold heavy cream. Also, be sure to use a cutter that doesn’t pinch the sides/edges closed. It rises because if the air. But if the sides are cut but sealed, that air is trapped and can’t make air pockets.

    1. Has anyone made these exactly as written? Have you tasted the biscuits at the actual Flying Biscuit restaurant? Can you compare the 2? Did you have any issues? Have any suggestions?? Thank you to the commenter who said more salt, you’re Being helpful.


        I just saw them make it in Diners Drive Ins and Dives.

        Baking Soda and baking powder were used.

  2. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Get out!!! I LOVE Flying Biscuit’s biscuits! There is one right down the street from my condo in Midtown, Atlanta and it is my brunch destination of choice. I could eat an entire pan of their biscuits! Pinned! I am practically giddy with excitement! No waiting 3 hours for a table just to eat a biscuit!! yippee!

    ps- I’m not even going to tell you what happened the first and only time I’ve tried to make non-bisquick biscuits. It’s mortifying. And quasi not my fault.

  3. Irina @ wandercrush

    I love the Flying Biscuit Cafe! Unfortunately I’ve never tackled any biscuit recipes myself, but I remember my friend’s science fair project in high school was seeing the optimal baking soda / baking powder combination to get the highest rise. Hahah, I should really consult her!

  4. Samina | The Cupcake Confession

    I loveddd these biscuits and I can’t seem to find any fault with them! 🙂 They look delicious and buttery! And I want to make these urgentlyyyyy!!!!!! 🙂

  5. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    There is nothing wrong with these biscuits! They look amazing and delicious! I like them this size… then I don’t look foolish trying to bite into them! LOL

  6. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I can’t make proper biscuits either ((although yours do look great!)) but I’m not a Southern girl so… If it makes you feel any better, I’ll tell you that I’m a Spanish cook who cannot make paella or a decent Spanish omelette haha.
    These look amazing, Christin, don’t be so hard on yourself! I’d totally eat a couple of these 😉

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Consuelo. I probably just have expectations that are too high. I’m sure you can make a perfectly good Paella and Spanish omelette 🙂

  7. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    My “southern” biscuits always come out like hockey pucks, too, so I have no tips for you unfortunately! So sad. I’m going to have to try this one out – they look so good!

  8. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I love a good fluffy biscuit and these look so yummy! I really need to bake up a batch soon 🙂

  9. I loveeee a good biscuit! These look great – perfect for spreading on a little jam! Mine never seem to rise super high either … so I’m right there with you. Hope you had a great weekend!!

  10. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Delicious Christin! I find it hard to believe you don’t make biscuits. These look fabulous!

  11. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    For somebody who can’t make biscuits, the ones on the photos look pretty good to me! I’d love to have one now! 🙂

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