Easy Homemade Simple Biscuits
These simple cookies are buttery and flaky and everything a cookie should be. Quick and easy to prepare and right in time for dinner!
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 teaspoons of baking powder
- 3/4 cup COLD butter
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
First, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Then, the secret to great cookies is COLD BUTTER. Really cold. Many times the cookie dough is worked so hard that the butter softens even before the cookies go into the oven. Try cutting the butter into small pieces and returning it to the refrigerator, removing it only when you are ready to incorporate it into the dough.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Use a cookie cutter to cut the cold butter into a flour mixture. Don't get too crazy here - you want to see little pea-sized pieces of butter all over the dough.
Add milk and egg and mix until ingredients are combined. The dough will be sticky but do not continue to work it. You should be able to see the pieces of butter in the dough.
Turn the dough onto a generously floured surface. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough so that it does not stick to your fingers and knead 10 to 15 times. If the dough is super sticky, just sprinkle it with extra flour.
Pat the dough to a thickness of 3/4 to 1 inch and cut it with a cookie cutter or glass. I ended up with nine this time, but depending on who nibbles on the cookie dough, I can get up to 12 cookies.
Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden on top.
For more indulgence, brush the tops of the cookies with melted butter. Happy Cooking Time.