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Down-Home, Delicious Biscuits


There’s just something about a favorite recipe passed down through the family. We probably all have a beloved grandmother, aunt, or mother that could draw you from the bed on a Saturday morning with the aroma of homemade biscuits.

FS OIA April biscuits in pan
Arkansas has a long tradition of good Southern cooking. And the folks at First Security are no exception. So we’ve included a biscuit recipe from our ‘Tasty Traditions’ section of our What’s Cookin’ at First Security Cookbook.” This section is devoted to recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. You will find a mouth-watering assortment of biscuit recipes in this section as well as the ‘Breads and Rolls’ section.


Prep Time: 30 – 40 minutes
Servings: 2-3 dozen biscuits

FS OIA April biscuits ingredients


  • 1 packet yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 5 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and shortening.
  4. Stir in yeast mixture, flour, and buttermilk.
  5. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into biscuits.
  6. Place on baking sheet.
  7. Bake until golden brown or about 15 to 20 minutes.

Note: Dough may be refrigerated for a week or more.

Nutritional Information Per Biscuit (If making 36):
Calories: 112
Calories from Fat: 41
Carbohydrates: 15.3 grams
Sodium: 15 milligrams
Protein: 2.2 grams

FS OIA April Biscuits on plate 650


Prep Time: 30 – 40 minutes
Servings: 10 – 12 biscuits


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • ½ cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.
  3. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork.
  4. Add milk.
  5. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead 10 times.
  6. Roll out to ½ inch thickness and cut with floured biscuit cutter or round glass.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees, or until golden brown.

Nutritional Information Per Biscuit (If making 12):
Calories: 136

Calories from Fat: 55
Carbohydrates: 17.8 grams
Sodium: 58 milligrams
Protein: 2.5 grams


Prep Time: 30 – 40 minutes
Servings: 10 – 12 biscuits


  • 2 cups of self-rising flour, plus extra to add
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup of milk


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. If using a cast iron skillet, preheat skillet as well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cut shortening into flour with pastry cutter or fork until it forms lumps that are about the size of peas.
  3. Add milk and stir in gently.
  4. Form dough into a ball, adding more flour if necessary to keep it from being too sticky.
  5. Turn out on floured cloth or surface and pat dough until it is about ½ inch thick.
  6. Fold the dough in half and pat again until it is about ½ inch thick. DO NOT OVERWORK THE DOUGH.
  7. Cut with floured biscuit cutter or round glass to make biscuits.
  8. Place in heated cast iron skillet and bake in a 500 degree oven until golden brown, or 10-12 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Biscuit (If making 12):
Calories: 171
Calories from Fat: 83
Carbohydrates: 18.9 grams
Sodium: 10 milligrams
Protein: 3.1 grams

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Employees and customers of First Security Bank have contributed their favorite recipes to What’s Cookin’ at First Security, a cookbook that benefits Arkansas Foodbank. They are available at any First Security Bank location for $20.

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Mary Wood is a lifetime lover of words. She hails from the suburbs of Nimrod, Arkansas where she is co-owner and number one stacker of wood in her family's sawmill. She loves playing in the dirt and raising a zoo-load of animals on their family farm. Her passions include living life with her husband Steve, son Caleb and all-grown-up daughters Rebecca and Rachel and son-in-law Matt. Homeschooling, writing women's Bible studies, and renovating their home fill up the remainder of her time.

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