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James Beard’s Cream Biscuits

Are you out of butter or shortening and you need to make biscuits? These Cream Biscuits from James Beard’s Beard on Bread may be just the recipe you’re looking for.

Tender flaky wonderful biscuits are what you’ll get with this recipe for Cream Biscuits, so good you won’t miss the butter or shortening.

James Beard’s Cream Biscuits

I love an easy biscuit recipe because A) biscuits are delicious to eat and B) because when you whip out fresh homemade biscuits you’re a goddess (true story!) So I’m always on the lookout for new better biscuits although my biscuit recipe is as good as any and made in the food processor so it’s fast too.

I liked the Cat Head Biscuits a lot even though they were slower to make than I like to spare time for. They were really stellar biscuits, if you’re looking for fun biscuits to bring to the table I’d say give them a go. Both of these recipes need butter or shortening and sometimes that can be a problem.

Biscuits Made without Butter?

Why would anyone need to make biscuits without butter? Sounds like crazy-ville to me but sometimes you run out. And even the most well-stocked freezer pantry from a prepper mama may occasionally run out of butter.

I also occasionally turn to shortening like Spectrum Shortening if I happen to have it on hand. But there comes a day when you just might need biscuits, and this is the recipe for you.

No cutting in butter, no food processor, no pastry blender, no knives, just mix, knead, pat, cut, and bake. Extremely easy, kid-friendly, and superb all in the same recipe means this one is a keeper.

Yield: 8 biscuits

Cream Biscuits

Cream Biscuits


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 3/4-1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 TBSP melted butter, -optional for the tops of the biscuits


  1. preheat the oven to 425˚
  2. sift the dry ingredients
  3. stir in the cream, starting with 3/4 of a cup and keep adding just until you have a workable dough that does not crumble
  4. knead lightly for a minute
  5. pat out the dough to about 3/4s of an inch thick on a baking stone
  6. cut out as many biscuits as you can
  7. gather the leftover dough and pat it out again and cut more biscuits or fashion the leftovers into little mini biscuits for kids
  8. brush the tops with melted butter
  9. bake on a 425˚ oven for 15-18 minutes
  10. serve hot with butter or jam or gravy

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