Biscuit Baking Mix DIY

This is a recipe that everyone needs to keep in their recipe box. It is much cheaper to make your own There are times when you reach for it in your cupboard and you are out of it or there isn’t enough. This can be mixed up easily in the food processor or by hand. The food processor is faster, because you will have to cut in the shortening.

I don’t buy baking mix any more because this is cheaper to mix it up and keep it on hand. You use it in recipes the same as you would commercially made biscuit mix. I have saved the back of a box of baking mix that has recipes and taped it to my container. That way I have the biscuit, dumpling and muffin recipes at my finger tip. My jar will be ready to refill soon. It is a staple in my pantry.

Biscuit Baking Mix DIY


  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening


In a large bowl or food processor add all the ingredient except shorting and mix until blended. Next add shortening. If you are mixing by hand you will have to cut the shortening in with a fork or pastry blender. In the food processor pulse until shortening is blended in.

Store in an air tight container and use it in the same recipes as commercially made mix.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Forestwood says:

    This is great. I used to have a cake mix DIY that I used to make up with similar ingredients, and label them so that all I needed to do was add vanuilla and water. Those were the days I was pretty organized and making a lot of cakes. There is a cookie mix here I made occasionally but I am a bit confused as we call cookies biscuits and what appears to be your biscuits, we call pastry.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Actually there are recipes for making cookies and coffee cakes from this type of baking mix. Bisquick has published many cookbooks for this kind of baking mix. It is just less expensive to make the mix yourself. I will take a look at your recipe. I am always open to new ideas. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. KerryCan says:

    This, and the pancake mix, are such great and sensible things to keep on hand! Thanks!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I have a couple more recipes for the pantry that I plan to share. They are easy to put together and place in a container. It is nice to just grab and cook. I have brain dead days that I want to have something handy and easy. What made me think to post these because they are not a sexy eye catching food items. In a Face book group that I follow on canning, a person asked what was she doing wrong? She was trying to figure out how to make $300 a month for food stretch. She had a garden and was canning. And her husband was frustrated with her because she could not stay in that tight budget. So there was 600 comments on how she should get rid of hubby but not much advice on making do. I knew it took a lot of courage for her to ask and 600 comments to show hubby the door will teach her to keep the problem hid. The adults in my childhood was all products of the depression and now I am grateful to remember their frugal habits. I have resorted to doing some of it in retirement. But living in a middle class world sure doesn’t prepare you for poor times.


      1. KerryCan says:

        Your point about the lack of helpful advice is a great one. It’s so easy to laugh and say, “get rid of the hubby,” but what about being actually supportive?!

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        1. trkingmomoe says:

          That is why I think sharing this type of recipe is worth saving and having on hand even if you never plan to use it. It might be helpful to someone else. Thanks for commenting.


  3. It's Yusra Patni says:

    Seems like such a simple recipe.


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