Butter Swim Biscuits

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These butter swim biscuits are soft and fluffy on the inside with a crisp outside edge. They are SOO GOOD and will go with just about anything!

You need a good biscuit to go with just about any meal. Try these swim butter biscuits with this Fried Chicken, these Mashed Potatoes, and these amazing Green Beans for a meal the whole family will love!

A biscuit being served out of the pan.

What ARE Butter Swim Biscuits?

If you love a good biscuit then you are going to LOVE these! They are cooked in butter to make them soft, moist, and tasty. But they also have a delicious and crispy outside edge. The texture is just AMAZING. And you really can’t go wrong with a delicious biscuit. They are classic, simple and a side that everyone loves!

I can’t get over how easy this recipe is! In fact, you probably already have just about everything that you need to make them. You may just have to pick up some buttermilk. Or, you can make your own using this buttermilk recipe. I mean, you all know that I love a good recipe that screams home-cooked without having to spend the entire day in the kitchen! You will love these so much that you will want to include them in every meal! I know that I do!

Ingredients in Butter Swim Biscuits

You probably have just about everything that you need to make these delicious biscuits! See the recipe card below for a list of exact measurements.

  • Flour: I used all purpose flour and it worked great in this recipe!
  • Baking powder: This is what will help the biscuits rise and be fluffy.
  • Salt: The salt will help enhance the flavor of the biscuits.
  • Granulated sugar: I like to use a little bit of sure to sweeten them up just a touch.
  • Buttermilk: You can use store bought buttermilk or make this homemade buttermilk. It’s super easy!
  • Butter: I prefer to use unsalted butter so that I don’t have to change the amount of salt in the recipe.

Let’s Make Some Biscuits!

These swim butter biscuits only take a few minutes to put together! You will be drizzling honey and eating them before you know it!

  1. Preheat: Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk ingredients to combine.
  3. Mix in buttermilk: Pour in 2 cups cold buttermilk. Stir just until combined. Be careful not to over mix it. 
  4. Melt the butter and pour into pan. Add dough: Pour the melted butter into an 8×8 inch baking pan. Pour the dough on top of the butter. Evenly spread the batter into the pan.
  5. Precut the squares: Using a knife, pre-cut 9 squares into the unbaked batter.
  6. Bake: Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden and the biscuits are baked through.
  7. Cool and serve: Allow the biscuits to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
4 pictures showing steps on how to make biscuit batter and how to place them in the butter in a pan.

Tips and Tricks

These swim butter biscuits turn out perfectly soft and fluffy! Here are some baking tips to make sure that yours turn out just right.

  • Melting the butter: Watch your butter closely when you are melting it. You don’t want it to be so hot that it boils. Just melted enough that you can pour it into the pan!
  • Don’t open the oven door: I know that it’s tempting to open the oven door while you are baking your biscuits. After all, you just want to see how they are doing! But when you open the door while you are baking, you let a lot of the heat out. This makes it so that they can bake unevenly. Keep the door closed and then just use the oven light!
  • Don’t overmix: When you over mix or set your mixer to mix on high then you add more air to your batter! It can get rubbery if overmixed. So use room temperature ingredients so that you don’t have to mix so many lumps and do it on a lower speed!
A close up of swim butter biscuits in a pan.

How to Store Leftovers

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers of these swim butter biscuits, then you will be happy to know that they are super easy to store!

  • Refrigerator: Once they are cooled then place them in an airtight container. Put them in the fridge and they can last for 4-5 days!
  • Reheat: To warm them back up, simply warm them in the oven at the lowest temperature. This usually takes about 10 minutes! Or, you can pop them in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds to a minute or until they are warmed through!
Swim butter biscuit with some strawberry jam being spread on one with a knife.

Butter Swim Biscuits

3.50 from 4 votes
These swim butter biscuits are soft and fluffy on the inside with a crisp outside edge. They are SO GOOD and will go with just about anything! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 9 biscuits

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk, cold
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk ingredients to combine.
  • Pour in 2 cups cold buttermilk. Stir just until combined. Be careful not to over mix it.
  • Pour the melted butter into an 8×8 inch baking pan. Pour the dough on top of the butter. Evenly spread the batter into the pan.
  • Using a knife, pre-cut 9 squares into the unbaked batter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden and the biscuits are baked through.
  • Allow the biscuits to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Nutrition

Serves: 9

Calories261kcal (13%)Carbohydrates32g (11%)Protein5g (10%)Fat12g (18%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gMonounsaturated Fat3gTrans Fat1gCholesterol33mg (11%)Sodium576mg (24%)Potassium247mg (7%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar5g (6%)Vitamin A403IU (8%)Calcium128mg (13%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword butter swim biscuits
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 1 star
    Had to add more flour because the dough was more like a batter. The butter over flowed in my oven and the house was filled with smoke. Baked an extra 10 minutes and they were still doughy and very heavy.

  2. I made these after having them at my daughter’s house. Unfortunately, after 25 minutes, mine were beautiful on the outside and “raw” on the inside. I put them back in the oven for an additional 20 minutes and they got done but the outside was really crispy. I wonder what I did wrong?

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely the best biscuits I have ever made! I followed the recipe with no adjustments and they came perfect! No more rolling and cutting dough for me! I’m just sorry that I’ve just now stumbled across this recipe!

  4. 3 stars
    I had to add more flour because they were way to wet to “precut”. The butter spilled over into my oven and now my oven and house are full of smoke! Other than that, the recipe is super easy. I hope they taste good!

  5. Delicious biscuits. super easy to make plus lots of butter! No rolling, no cutting and no mess. They taste like Hardee’s buttermilk biscuits, mouthwatering. I spread a little more butter on the top right after baking.

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