How to Make Homemade Bisquick Mix

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Craving biscuits and out of store bought mix? Make this easy Homemade Bisquick Mix as a substitute for quick biscuits, pancakes, cinnamon rolls and casseroles.

Our family is generally a “from scratch” family, even when it takes a little more time and a few more ingredients. Homemade biscuits with loads of butter and our “folding” technique, homemade pie crusts and even seasoning mixes we find so much better than store bought.

But when times get tough and ingredients get scarce, we’re not afraid to use store mixes, or make copycat recipes of those classic mixes that we grew up on.

homemade biscuit mix in a jar

I found this recipe in my old cookbook titled Amish-Country Cookbook. This cookbook is over 40 years old and is a goldmine for recipes like this! This homemade bisquick mix is easy to make and can store at room temperature for up to a year. More on storing this mix safely below!

What is in bisquick?

Bisquick brand biscuit mix is a box mix you can find in the baking aisle of your store. If you can’t get to the store, it is super easy to make on your own! There are just 4 ingredients:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • shortening
ingredients for homemade bisquick

How to Make Homemade Bisquick Mix

  • Place the flour, baking powder, salt and shortening in a bowl.
  • Use a pastry cutter or two forks to cut the ingredients together.
  • Sift through the mix with your clean hands. to make sure it is all mixed well and there are no large chunks of shortening.
  • Store your mix in an airtight container at room temperature.
homemade biscquick in a bowl

What can I use instead of shortening?

We use shortening because it is great for long term storage. Another option besides shortening is lard. You can find lard in the baking aisle of your grocery store. It’s what we use in homemade tortillas that make them turn out so beautifully!

Can I use butter in homemade biscuit mix? Yes! You can use unsalted butter if you’d like, but please note that you’ll need to store the mix in your refrigerator or freezer if you use butter in order to keep it fresh. With butter, you’ll want to use this mix within 3-4 months.

homemade biscuit mix in a sealed jar

How to Store Homemade Bisquick Mix

This always ready biscuit mix is safe to store at room temperature in an airtight container. You’ll want to store it in a cool, dry place. Humidity and heat can affect the texture of this mix.

If you have space in your fridge or freezer, you can store the mix in there too! Then you don’t have to worry about the mix getting too warm.

What can I make with bisquick?

There are many recipes you can make with homemade bisquick. Any recipe that calls for Bisquick, use this mix instead in equal amounts. Here are a few of our favorites:

homemade bisquick in a jar
homemade bisquick in a jar

Homemade Bisquick Mix Recipe

4.66 from 23 votes
Craving biscuits and out of store bought mix? Make this easy Homemade Bisquick Mix as a substitute for quick biscuits, pancakes, cinnamon rolls and casseroles.
Servings 7 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening

Instructions
 

  • Place the flour, baking powder, salt and shortening in a bowl.
  • Use a pastry cutter or two forks to cut the ingredients together.
  • Sift through the mix with your clean hands. to make sure it is all mixed well and there are no large chunks of shortening.
  • Store your mix in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Use this dry mix in place of bisquick in equal amounts.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making about 7 cups of mix, with 1 serving being ¼ of a cup. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 163
Keyword amish, homemade mix, pantry
homemade biscuit mix in a glass jar with measuring scoop

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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BERT BELLOWS
2 years ago

Can you use bleached flour with this recipe?

Sandra
1 year ago

Can you use butter or margarine instead of shortening? I want to make your impossible cheeseburger pie recipe tonight but I have no bisquick mix!

Aja
1 year ago

Would raw coconut oil be OK? On it’s own, it has a very long shelf life.

Fran Brummer
1 year ago

I’m so bored and fed up with this pandemic so I am going to make this Dry Bisquick Mix as it looks amazing on this dull, cold, dreary Saturday in Toronto, Ontario!

Millie
1 year ago

Can I use oil instead of shortening?

Amy
9 months ago

5 stars
Fantastic recipe for me to use. Great

Gina
9 months ago

5 stars
Do not substitute shortening
If you put any type of liquid such a oil even coconut oil because it liquefies at room temp. You would end up with a pancake batter. Shorting holds the dough together and does not melt a room temperature, so if you did not uses all your mix you can put it on a shelf in your pantry. I mix mine and put it in a jar in my pantry.

NANCY
6 months ago

Thanks so much for the recipe, I usually do everything by scratch, but bought some Bisquick & noticed, after bringing it home it had some ingredients BIO engineered and i was shocked. A lot of our food has ingredients in it that could be harm full to us. Other countries do not mess with their food. Sad. THANKS AGAIN, NANCY