Biscuits Like Grandma Used To Make

I remember when we would go down to my husband’s family home in Kentucky.

His family lived in the hills between Pike and Floyd county, down a long country road back to the house in the ‘holler. When I went there as a young bride, I remember watching my husband’s Mom cook. Now Gracie was the regular old fashioned Mama who cooked everything from scratch.

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I remember getting up in the mornings there and she would have a breakfast spread out as if it were dinner-on-the-ground at a Church Social. Biscuits, gravy, eggs, ham, sausage, apple butter, and jellies of all kinds.  I can remember watching her make the biscuits and stirring up that bubbling gravy.

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Now back in the day, a bride needed to be able to cook for her husband “Just like Mom used to make.” Well, I had a hard row to hoe there because Gracie was a wonderful cook. She showed me how and I tried my best, but it never was the same as she’d make.

But it’s not meant to be. Mama’s will always be the best.

Gracie always made up her dough and then rolled balls of it in her fingers and plunked them into the pan. Each of those biscuits was pressed up against the other, so the biscuits were like pull-aparts. Really good stuff!

With jelly. Homemade elderberry jelly. Lots of jelly.

But these biscuits are simple and easy and come closest to hers. So try them and see what you think.  After all, now my kid’s need to say  “Oh my, those biscuits that Mom makes…..mmmmmm.”   ( See more Easy Recipes here.) 

This biscuit mix is very soft and wet to begin, but keep adding a little flour on your table or hands until it gets dry enough to handle well. And you just need to fold it into itself a few times. Try and minimize the handling of the dough. You’ll get better and better each time you make them.

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Biscuits Like Grandma Used To Make

Easy pull apart biscuits. Like Mom used to make. Serves 9, if you serve one to each person. Good luck with that!

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  • 2 cups baking mix such as Bisquick
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup clear soda pop such as 7-up
  • 4 Tbsp butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450º
  2. Mix the Baking Mix and sour cream in a bowl together.
  3. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to blend well. All dry mix should be coated with the sour cream.
  4. Now add the clear soda to the mix and blend. It will be very moist.
  5. Sprinkle your counter or pastry board with flour and put this mixture on top. Then fold and plop, fold and plop until coated with flour. Just a little folding only & add flour as needed.
  6. Gradually shape into square or rectangle about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
  7. Use pizza cutter coated with flour to cut into 3x3 grid for 9 biscuits
  8. Using a 9in square baking dish, put butter into this pan and place in oven til butter melts.
  9. Don't let the butter burn!
  10. Pull hot dish out of the oven and place biscuit dough in to bake.
  11. Bake about 12-15 minutes til browned.
  12. Enjoy!




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7 thoughts on “Biscuits Like Grandma Used To Make

    • July 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm
      Thanks, and I think you will like these. And I must try your berry scones....mmmmmm. Reply
  • July 19, 2015 at 3:43 am
    Your husband and I were practically neighbors, and who knows, perhaps even related! I grew up between Lawrence Co and Pike Co, way up in another holler. My mom also made biscuits and gravy a breakfast staple. She still makes the best biscuits I've ever tasted -- flaky with a buttery crust. Now you've got me craving them -- I'm going to have to make some for breakfast in the morning! stargzrblog recently posted...Happy Vernal Equinox: Celebrating More Than Just Spring (or … A Love Story, Part 1)My Profile Reply
    • July 19, 2015 at 7:09 am
      Well, it is a small world out there. Glad you came by and commented to let me know. Reply
  • July 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    I cannot wait to try these. I have used sour cream but I forgot about the bubbly water! My grandmother was a great cook. Amy recently posted...Dogs And HeatMy Profile Reply
    • July 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm
      Thanks for the visit and your comment. I really appreciate it. And make some biscuits to remind you of your grandmother. Reply

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