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Get ready for your new go-to breakfast or dessert with these Gluten Free Buttermilk Sweet Biscuits! Butter them up to serve with tea, or add fruit to make shortcakes. This easy recipe makes fluffy, buttery biscuits with a lightly sweet taste and a golden exterior.
Easy Gluten Free Sweet Biscuits
Whether you’re putting together a brunch or having a barbecue, there’s always a place for biscuits at the table. These homemade buttermilk sweet biscuits are at the top of the list! They’re perfectly soft, fluffy and light. The subtle sweetness of these biscuits gives them a little something extra, and the recipe is entirely gluten-free!
Sweet biscuits, also known as shortcakes, can be served in a number of ways. You can load them up with berries and cream for a feel-good dessert or top them with a pat of butter and call it a day. However you enjoy these homemade biscuits, they’re guaranteed to satisfy!
What Makes this Recipe Work
So, how do you make a beautiful batch of biscuits with no gluten? It’s easy! This recipe calls for 1:1 gluten-free flour, which is a staple pantry item for those on the gluten-free diet.
And to get that light and fluffy biscuit texture, all you have to do is use cold butter! The small bits of butter in the batter will help your biscuits bake to perfection without becoming dry.
What You’ll Need
Let’s get into the ingredients you’ll need to make flawless homemade biscuits. I’m willing to bet you already have everything on hand!
- Gluten-Free Flour: You can use regular flour if you’re not gluten-free.
- Baking Powder: To help your biscuits rise to the heavens!
- Baking Soda: A teaspoon of baking soda supplements the baking powder.
- Granulated Sugar: You’ll need two tablespoons.
- Salt: Don’t leave this out! A teaspoon of salt is important for both the flavor and texture of these biscuits.
- Butter: Cold and cut into small cubes.
- Buttermilk: Use store-bought buttermilk or make your own by combining a cup of milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice.
- Milk: For brushing over the biscuits (optional).
How to Make Gluten Free Sweet Biscuits
These buttermilk biscuits couldn’t be easier to whip up. Nevertheless, here’s a detailed explanation of how to make them!
Prep for Baking: Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine Dry Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined.
Combine Butter & Flour: Add the cold butter and use your hands to rub the butter into the gluten-free flour until coarse crumbs form.
Add Buttermilk: Pour the buttermilk into the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix until the mixture comes together.
Knead Dough: Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface and use your hands to knead the dough a few times.
Cut Out Biscuits: Press the dough into a rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick and use a round cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet. Brush the top of each biscuit with milk, if using.
Bake: Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden. Allow the biscuits to cool slightly before serving them. Enjoy!
Tips for Success
If you could use some extra advice for making biscuits at home, check out these simple tips and tricks. They’ll guide you toward the best sweet biscuits of your life!
- For DIY Buttermilk: If you’re making your own buttermilk from a cup of milk and a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice, add a cup of milk to a bowl, mix in the acid well and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, pour the buttermilk back into the measuring cup and discard the extra tablespoon in the bowl.
- Measure Flour Accurately: Do not scoop your measuring cup directly into the gluten-free flour when you’re making these biscuits! That will cause it to pack down, and you’ll end up with too much flour. Instead, use a spoon to transfer the flour to the measuring cup and level it off with a butter knife.
- Make Sure Butter is Cold: You want your butter to be nice and cold before you cut it into cubes and combine it with the flour mixture. The small bits of cold butter will melt while the biscuits are baking, leaving maximum fluffiness in their wake!
- Don’t Forget to Grease: To avoid your biscuits sticking to the baking sheet, be sure to grease it with vegetable oil or cooking spray before you begin.
Ways to Use Sweet Biscuits
These biscuits are seriously the best. Here are some ultra yummy ideas for how to serve them!
- Make Strawberry Shortcake: I’m jumping right into desserts because I can’t help it! This Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake is just too good. Plus, it’s super easy to make with these sweet biscuits and fresh or frozen berries! Or make mini biscuits so you can use them in this Strawberry Shortcake Trifle!
- Slather with Butter: There isn’t much better than a buttered biscuit with a cup of tea, except maybe if you use Cranberry Orange Butter!
- Serve with Jam: Instead of topping your biscuits with butter, try spreading on some jelly or jam instead. Use whichever flavor you like, but I’m a fan of peach jam!
- Serve as a Breakfast Side: These biscuits make a great side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But there’s something so satisfying about enjoying a fluffy buttermilk biscuit in the morning! Especially when it’s served alongside this Cheesy Gluten-Free Breakfast Casserole. The sweet and savory combination is to die for!
How to Store Homemade Biscuits
These biscuits taste best the day they’re made, but you can store leftovers for a day or two if needed. Just place the cooled biscuits into a resealable plastic bag with all the air squeezed out and store them on the counter. Alternatively, you can wrap each biscuit tightly with plastic wrap.
Can I Freeze These?
These biscuits are okay to freeze as long as you wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or keep them in an airtight freezer bag. Frozen biscuits last for up to 1 month and can be warmed up in the microwave once thawed.
You Might Need
- NordicWare baking sheets are my absolute favorites for everything from roasting veggies to baking cookies to making these biscuits.
- While I find these baking sheets don’t have a huge problem with sticking, we don’t want to take any chances with biscuits, so make sure to spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
- I often use Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 baking blend as my gluten free baking flour of choice.
- Make sure you have some biscuit or cookie cutters!
Gluten Free Buttermilk Sweet Biscuits
- 2 1/4 cups 1:1 gluten-free flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp butter cold and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tbsp milk for brushing, optional
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined.
- Add the cold butter and use your hands to rub the butter into the flour until coarse crumbs form.
- Pour the buttermilk into the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix until the mixture comes together.
- Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface and use your hands to knead the dough a few times.
- Press the dough into a rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick and use a round cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits.
- Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet. Brush the top of each biscuit with milk, if using.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes. Allow biscuits to cool slightly before serving.
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