How to Make Homemade Bisquick Mix

Wondering how to make perfect biscuits with your own Homemade Bisquick Mix? With only 4 common ingredients, this handy baking mix is simple to make or replenish when you run low, eliminating unnecessary grocery store trips for more. Here's how to do it! And, as a bonus, we'll also share some creative ways to use your Bisquick mix with yummy recipe ideas perfect for snacks, meals or desserts. 

But First, Perhaps You're Wondering, What is Bisquick?

Bisquick is the brand name of a multi-purpose, pre-combined mixture of common baking ingredients manufactured and sold by General Mills' Betty Crocker brand. It was formulated for its convenience, facilitating quickly made fresh, flaky biscuits, pancakes, and much more. This pantry staple has been around for over 90 years. More on Bisquick' history here. Our homemade bisquick mix is a great version of the classic Bisquick product, customizable to your dietary needs, without unhealthy additives.

Easy, Quick, Homemade Bisquick Mix Recipe

Some of you have wondered how to make your own Homemade Bisquick Mix. It's actually very easy to make a Bisquick mix substitute with a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen or pantry. We've also considered the fact that you may be dealing with dietary needs and have suggested substitutes for lactose intolerant or gluten-free diets. 

We've provided a small recipe If you'd like to give it a try, and recipes for larger batches as well. 

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Small batch: 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt 
  • 6 tablespoons *butter

Family-sized batch:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup *butter

Pantry-sized batch:

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 4 tablespoons baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups *butter

* Note: If you’d rather not use butter, you can use tallow, lard, ghee or other oil or fat of your choice. Sometimes we’ve mixed fats, for example, using butter and tallow instead of just butter. If you like a buttery flavor but are lactose intolerant, you might consider using ghee instead of butter.


  1. Sift flour into a bowl; add baking powder and salt and whisk together. You can repeat the sifting to ensure that it's fully blended together.

  2. Grate your cold butter into the flour mixture. Then, using a pastry blender, blend the butter (or fat, or oil of your choice) into flour mixture until evenly combined. You can also give it a quick whirl in a food processor, pulsing ingredients for about 15 seconds.

  3. Place your Homemade Bisquick Mix into a zip-lock bag, hermetically sealed jar, or other airtight container. You can Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Your Bisquick Mix can also be frozen if you'd like to keep it longer. Cold ingredients make the best biscuits.

And some important, helpful tips

•  If you prefer less or more salt, use the amount that's best for you. It's just a matter of taste or dietary needs. 

•  Does your baking powder contain aluminum? Many brands do. It's great to check labels! Using aluminum free baking powder eliminates this unhealthy and dangerous additive from our diets. 

•  You can grate very cold butter or tallow to provide better dispersion of the fat into the flour. It's important measure your hard fat before grating. If you measure after grating, you won’t have an accurate amount.

•  You can also melt the butter, tallow, or shortening before adding it to the flour mixture to make sure it’s thoroughly dispersed, but be sure to thoroughly chill your mixture before using it for baking.

•  And if you prefer your Homemade Bisquick Mix to be sweet, feel free to add a bit of sugar or other natural sweetener, such as stevia. 

•  What's the best way to store biscuit baking mix? It should be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer. 

Now, Let's Make Quick and Easy Homemade Biscuits!

Now it's time to give your Homemade Bisquick Mix a try! Since "Bisquick" originally derived its name from combining the words "quick" and "biscuits", you can see for yourself if it lives up to its name. 

For some wonderfully quick and easy homemade biscuits, hop on over to our Best Bisquick Biscuit Recipe page!

This 2-ingredient biscuit recipe is the perfect recipe to try out your Homemade Bisquick Mix! That's what we did (pictured here) and the result was flaky, soft, buttery, and delicious. And they're so simple to make! 

Go ahead and whip yourself up a batch of good 'ole flaky, American-style biscuits.

This recipe yields 8 fluffy, tender biscuits. They're perfect for breakfast or lunch, to go with your dinner, or for a satisfying snack! It's the perfect biscuit recipe to throw together when you want something easy, fast and satisfying. 

More Recipe Ideas Using Your Homemade Bisquick Mix

The sky is the limit when it comes to using your Homemade Bisquick Mix! Here are a few recipe ideas that you may enjoy - with more to come!  

Since we were first offered Bisquick through Betty CrockerTM, Let's ask her what she would recommend...

From their website, Betty Crocker shares with us some creative and delicious recipe ideas using Bisquick baking mix.

Choose your favorite Bisquick Pancake Recipe or Bisquick Waffle Recipe from a wide variety of creative ideas that she offers that you'll enjoy for breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper or perhaps for dessert!  

Speaking of desserts, how about giving these delicious sounding recipe ideas a try using your own Homemade Bisquick Mix: Bisquick Coffee Cake Recipe IdeasBisquick Cinnamon Rolls, Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies, and here's an easy Bisquick Pie Crust Recipe from Country Hill Cottage, just add your favorite filling.

And what's for dinner? Here's a great Bisquick Chicken Pot Pie recipe from RecipeFairy. Or how about this Easy Bisquick Taco Pie or Chicken Tamale Pie using your homemade bisquick mix? Pizza is a family fav, so why not try Extra Easy Pizza using Bisquick pizza dough? Impossibly Easy Zucchini Pie sounds quite yummy as well. Bisquick Potato Pancakes are a great comfort food which pairs nicely with Polish Sausage or a rotisserie chicken, with a side of veggies or salad. And this Bisquick Chicken Dumplings recipe is sure to impress family and friends! 

Bisquick History

Curious About the History of the Original Betty Crocker Bisquick Baking Mix?

In 1930, one of the top sales executives for General Mills, Inc. (which owns the Betty Crocker brand), was on a business trip. While traveling, he had an interesting conversation with an innovative train dining car chef.

The sales executive was quite impressed by the chef's delicious, fresh biscuits. The dining car chef shared his secret with the passenger, explaining how he had created a biscuit baking mix, pre-combining part of the ingredients together, consisting of lard, flour, baking powder and salt, which the chef then stored on ice in his kitchen. This enabled the chef to bake fresh biscuits quickly on the train every day.

Betty Crocker Portrait from the 1960s from BettyCrocker.comBetty Crocker Portrait from the 1960s from

Upon returning from his business trip, the sales executive promptly “created” and marketed this convenient baking mixture. Thus, Bisquick was invented and soon became known as “a world of baking in a box”. The Bisquick baking mix derived its name by blending the words "biscuit" and‎ "quick", because the mix was originally sold as a way of making biscuits in "90 seconds from package to oven".

By the way, many of us grew up being familiar with the household name, Betty Crocker. But you may be surprised to find out that Betty Crocker wasn't actually a real person. The name was created as a way to personalize responses to questions. “Crocker” was chosen in honor of a popular company director, and "Betty" was selected because... well, she sounded friendly. So, yes, she is the brainchild of an advertising campaign developed by the Washburn-Crosby Company, a flour milling company started in the late 1800's that eventually became General Mills. 

But to this day, it is not commonly recognized that this innovative chef, who happened to be black, was never named or given inspirational credit. Thank you, Sir! Your ingenuity and creativity has been appreciated for many years all over the world! 

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