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biscuits in an air fryer basket

Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits

These homemade air fryer biscuits are so quick and easy to make and they come out perfect every single time! Wonderfully fluffy, these traditional biscuits are a great make ahead side.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer biscuits, easy biscuit recipe, homemade biscuits
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 biscuits
Calories 219kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 cups Self-rising flour plus ¼ cup for flouring the board and biscuit cutter
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp shortening cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted for topping


  • Add flour, cut butter, and cut shortening and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix in butter and shortening. The flour mixture should still have chunks of butter and shortening that are the size of small peas.
  • Make a space in the middle of the bowl and pour in the buttermilk. Use a wooden spoon and mix the flour and buttermilk until it is combined and is a soft and sticky dough.
  • Flour a clean countertop (about 2 Tbsp of flour), marble slab, or large cutting board and pour the dough onto it. Flour your hands and gently knead the dough one or two times until it’s smooth. Pat the dough out into a square that’s about ¾ of an inch thick.
  • Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter, flour it, and cut out biscuits. You should get about 8 biscuits.
  • Optional step: Place your biscuits in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to ensure they stay cold.
  • Place biscuits on an air fryer parchment sheet liners (or a piece of parchment paper cut to fit your air fryer) about 1 inch apart. Place in air fryer basket and air fry on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 - 10 minutes and golden on top. Brush with melted butter and serve.


You could also bake these in a traditional oven if you don’t have an air fryer. Oven directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit before you began to make your biscuits. Once biscuits are formed, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart. Bake for 14-15 minutes, until tops are golden. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
  • All ingredients must be cold for these biscuits to work and rise. If it’s taking you longer than expected to shape your biscuits or if they start to feel extra sticky, do the optional step and stick them in the fridge to get them cold again.
  • These are freezer friendly. Bake them in your air fryer or oven straight from the freezer for the same amount of time.
  • I like to use self rising flour to cut down on the amount of ingredients needed. If you use all purpose flour, mix in 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of fine salt to it.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg