Meme's Tea Biscuits Made Easy

Kay Skipper


My grandmother made these delicious Tea Biscuits at least twice a week.

Although Wal Mart sells a frozen tea biscuit which is very similar in taste, Meme's Tea Biscuits are better. On a 1 to 10 scale, Mary B's Tea Biscuits rank an 8 and Meme's rank a 10.

I admit Mary B's are very handy to use, but some people still prefer homemade bread and biscuits so I hope you enjoy this simple recipe. It is actually a very old recipe which can not be improved.

FYI (I just thought of something ironic pertaining to this old tried and true never fail tea biscuit recipe)My grandmother's name was Mary and the lady who taught her how to make these tea biscuits was named Sue B. Did Wal Mart's Mary B. ever sample these better than Mary B's tea biscuits? If so, Mary B has to be disappointed in her own inferior recipe.)

I can usually make approximately 24 small biscuits with this recipe. Diane Smith made 16 biscuits with this recipe. See Diane's tea biscuits pictured.

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30 Min


10 Min


2 c
plain flour (leveled)
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
heaping teaspoons of baking powder
level tablespoons of crisco shortening
cup (or slightly less) of buttermilk

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven @ 425

Sift first 4 ingredients together making sure to mix all thoroughly.
Add your Crisco shortening, blending into flour mixture very well.
Add buttermilk, slowly while blending well; kneed in bowl for a few minutes minutes.
Sprinkle work area and rolling pin with flour,roll and cut your dough to make tea biscuits using a cookie or biscuit cutter.
Apply Baker's Joy to cookie sheet; place tea biscuits on cookie sheet approximately 1/2 inch apart.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or til light golden brown. (Don't be intimidated by this recipe. You can make these if you really aren't a bread baker.)

This recipe makes many tea biscuits (they should be about the same size as Mary B's) Also, they are very delicious the next day cut open, buttered and then toasted. Offer them with apple jelly or your favorite jelly. Your family will be so impressed with your very own homemade tea biscuits and you will too.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Biscuits
Other Tag: Quick & Easy