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Butter Swim Biscuits

Fluffy, butter swim biscuits! Easy pan biscuits made with simple ingredients for true old-fashioned flavor!
Course bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword biscuits, bread, butter, buttermilk, easy, fluffy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour Use White Lily flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
  • 1½-1¾ cup buttermilk cold
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter divided


  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  • Cut in the shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  • Slowly add in buttermilk, a little at a time, JUST until a wet dough forms. (may need to use slightly more or less buttermilk as stated) Set aside.
  • Melt 7 tablespoons of butter and pour it into a 8x8 glass baking dish.
  • Spoon the biscuit dough on top of the butter and gently spread it out.
  • Precut the dough into 9 squares. (this will allow the butter to get to all corners of each biscuit)
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden. (If the tops are still pale when almost done, flip the oven to broil to add some golden color to the tops but watch it carefully!)
  • Remove from oven and allow the butter to absorb into the biscuits.
  • Brush the tops of the biscuits with remaining tablespoon of butter.
  • Serve!