Gluten-Free Biscuits – Wheat Flour Unnecessary

Gluten-Free Biscuits

There is nothing like good, old-fashioned, buttermilk biscuits as a side dish to a southern dinner, or any kind of dinner for that matter! Of course, I have only experienced the joy of eating these flour-based biscuits since I got off the gluten-free diet.

During our gluten-free days, I mostly at cornbread and other gluten-free bread substitutes since there were very few recipes for tasty gluten-free biscuits available at the time.

Still, I missed the taste of real buttermilk biscuits…

I especially love biscuits hot and covered with a thick layer of melting butter or blackberry fruit jam. In fact, I have never ceased to enjoy eating buttermilk biscuits at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store before the meal with my family. I have wonderful memories of having delicious, old-fashioned food with the whole family at this restaurant.

Fortunately, in the last 10 years or so, many people have been creating great gluten-free recipes so that, now, these delicious available to everyone who is sensitive to gluten. There are lots of recipes for gluten-free biscuits online and in various gluten-free cookbooks. I have put the best ones in this article below.

Gluten-Free Biscuits

Prep Time: 20 minutes.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes.
Yields: 12 gluten-free biscuits.


  • 1 ½ cups of superfine of white or brown rice flour plus more for rolling
  • ¾ cups of tapioca or potato starch (not potato flour)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher or fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons of butter,  cut into small pieces
  • ¾ cup of milk (any kind including dairy-free)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Whisk together the flour, starch, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut the fat into flour either with a pastry cutter, two knives or by rubbing the fat into the flour with your fingers.
  • Make sure you leave some larger pieces of fat.
  • Add the liquid, starting with ½ a cup and gradually adding a little more at a time, mixing until the dough comes together.
  • Put a little flour on a work surface and dump out the dough.
  • Knead 3 or 4 times then either roll or pat it out about ½ inch thick.
  • Cut into biscuits using a 2 ½ inch cookie cutter.
  • You can gently reform the dough to cut more biscuits.
  • Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Recipe courtesy  Simply Gluten-Free

Simple Gluten-Free Biscuits

Prep Time: 40 minutes.
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes.
Yields: At least 12 biscuits.


  • 3 ½ cups of gluten-free flour mix
  • ¼ cups of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of cold buttermilk, or almond milk


  • Mix together the gluten-free flour mix, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Add in butter and mix together until crumbly and pea sized.
  • Add in eggs and milk.
  • Mix until a cohesive dough forms (will be slightly sticky).
  • Cover counter with additional gluten-free flour to make rolling easier.
  • Roll out dough to ½ inch thick.
  • Fold dough into thirds lengthwise.
  • Fold dough into thirds crosswise.
  • Roll out into ½ inch thick and repeat process two additional times.
  • Cut out biscuits and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Put biscuits into freezer for 20 minutes to allow it solidify and create flaky biscuits.
  • Bake in oven preheated to 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush with melted butter after baked for extra goodness if desired.

Recipe courtesy Your Home Based Mom

If you do not have the time or ingredients to make gluten-free biscuits from scratch, you can always buy a box of Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Bisquick and make a quick batch of biscuits with that. The recipe will be on the back of the box, as well as recipes for gluten-free pancakes, shortcake and waffles. Gluten-Free Bisquick is a handy all-purpose item to have in your pantry anyway.

Now, that you have the information and recipes to get you started, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, get in the kitchen and create your own batch of delicious, buttery biscuits! Perhaps, someday, you will come up with your own special recipe for making gluten-free biscuits!

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Clare Fecteau